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Girl, Forgotten: A Novel by Karin Slaughter
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Girl, Forgotten: A Novel (edition 2022)

by Karin Slaughter (Author)

Series: Andrea Oliver (2)

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"It's Slaughter's prodigious gifts of characterization that make her stand out among thriller writers."   -- Washington Post From the New York Times bestselling author of PIECES OF HER, comes an electrifying thriller featuring newly minted US Marshall Andrea Oliver as she investigates a cold case with links to her father's past.  A small town hides a big secret... Who killed Emily Vaughn? A girl with a secret... Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for the prom. For an athlete, who is smart, pretty and well-liked, this night that should be the highlight of her high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening, that secret will be silenced forever.   An unsolved murder... Forty years later, Emily's murder remains a mystery. Her tight-knit group of friends closed ranks; her respected, wealthy family retreated inwards; the small town moved on from her grisly attack. But all that's about to change. One final chance to uncover a killer... US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in Longbill Beach on her first assignment: to protect a judge receiving death threats. But, in reality, Andrea is there to find justice for Emily. The killer is still out there - and Andrea must discover the truth before she gets silenced, too...… (more)
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Title:Girl, Forgotten: A Novel
Authors:Karin Slaughter (Author)
Info:William Morrow (2022), 400 pages
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Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter

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I did not really enjoy this book. I felt the story to be rather boring and I didn't care much for the characters. ( )
  RikkiH | Oct 15, 2022 |
Emily Vaughn is just the opposite of Girl Forgotten. Forty years after her brutal murder, the murderer has not been caught and the small town of Longbill Beach, Delaware still ponders the gruesome act. In 1982, Emily was approaching high school graduation when she was drugged and raped at a party, becoming pregnant. She has no idea who the father is. As a result of her pregnancy, she was ostracized by her friends and the town.

Her mother, Esther Vaughn, a Reagan appointee judge, made it known that Emily would keep the baby, basically putting her life on hold for several years. Walking home after a failed attempt to attend her high school prom, Emily was bludgeoned to death and her naked body thrown in a dumpster.

Moving the to present day, Andrea Oliver, a lost and floundering young woman in Pieces of Her, has gotten her life in order and has just graduated as a United States Marshal. Her first assignment is to protect Judge Esther Vaughn who has been receiving death threats. This posting serves a dual purpose: protect Esther and solve the 40-year-old cold case. Andrea’s biological father, Nick Harp who was a suspect in Emily’s murder and is currently serving time in federal prison for domestic terrorism, is up for parole in several months and it would be nice to find something to keep him in jail.

Andrea is teamed up with wise old Leonard “Catfish” Bible who shows her the ropes at times and lets her sink or swim on her own at others. He is full of wise “rules” that he spouts on all occasions. As they investigate, it is interesting to learn who stayed in the small town and what they are up to, two forming a cult preying on young women. Andrea is frustrated that she can’t do anything to help these poor women and also that her cold case investigation is going nowhere.
Slaughter uses a dual time line approach. We follow Emily as she pursues a “Columbo-type” approach to solving the mystery of who got her pregnant while currently Andrea tries to solve Emily’s murder alongside her true Marshal assignment.

But as always in good mysteries, secrets and suspects abound and at some point someone will make a mistake. Girl, Forgotten is a great procedural mystery as well as a story of Andrea’s growth as a person and a marshal. All the original 1982 suspects continue to be suspects both in the cold case and the death threats. And it is only by peeling back the layers that these cases can be solved.

Slaughter has a way with characters and each and every one of them is memorable; some for their kindness and many for their despicable nature. Readers will like Andrea but they will love Catfish Bible.

I would like to see Slaughter take Andrea elsewhere—leave the plot line of her biological father behind and watch her develop on her own, however the book’s ending portends more of Nick Harp in the next book.

I did not realize that Pieces of Her was a companion novel until I read about it in a review. At that point, I remembered a few things which enhanced the current story which, however, totally stands on its own. ( )
  EdGoldberg | Oct 11, 2022 |
This was a good story, with interesting characters, and a good narrator. Parts of it were hard to read, especially some of the parts from the early 1980s concerning the treatment of girls. There were some really bad people in this story, but worst of all were that some of them were the very ones who should be protecting the young girls involved, such as a doctor and even the victim's parents.

The victim in this book was a high-school teenager who was raped, and suffered miserably due to her mistreatment by almost everyone, from the doctor who first examined her, to her best friends, her entire high school including those in authority, and her parents, even though she had always been a good student and a very caring person. It was more than sad, it was infuriating over and over.

It seemed overly harsh for the times to me. I could believe it would happen like that a few decades earlier, but perhaps it was the particular town where it took place. I was living in California at that time, so I'm sure it was different than this town.

This wasn't exactly a cozy mystery, and even after reading it all, I'm not sure who committed the crimes. I guess we'll never know, although I think there will be a third book in the series in the future. ( )
  MartyFried | Oct 9, 2022 |
Very well done thriller about a young girl, Emily, who is pregnant in 1981, and her parents want to keep it quiet because her mom is being considered by Reagan to be named a judge. When Emily decides to defy her father and go to her prom, she sees members of her clique, but sadly ends up dead. 40 years later, Andrea Oliver, a new US Marshal, is being assigned to protect the judge but due to her own past, she is very interested in investigating the death of Emily.
This is a very tense thriller which delves into the months prior to Emily's death and all the people that she considered guilty. Andrea follows these people and tries to determine who was the culprit, while also uncovering some shady dealings.
I will go back and read book 1 of the series as I had not read it, and I think it will provide some insight into Andrea. ( )
  rmarcin | Oct 1, 2022 |
Karin Slaughter writes thrillers and while I vastly prefer her stand-alones over her series, this one was pretty good. A young woman in the mid-eighties discovers she's pregnant without any memory of any sexual encounter, but she was at a party where she got wasted and she suspects that it was either one of the boys at that party or the teacher who gave her a ride home who are to blame. Before she can get far with her investigation, however, she's murdered.

Years later, US Marshals are assigned to protect her mother, a judge, after she received threatening letters. Andrea, the main character of another Slaughter novel and now a US Marshal, investigates that earlier murder amid plenty of danger to everyone.

Slaughter is always good for a well-paced and exciting thriller and this book was no exception. Her titles, however, are impossible to remember and are far too generically "thriller" to be memorable. She does a great job describing the eighties and the feeling of growing up in a small town past its prime. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Sep 29, 2022 |
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"It's Slaughter's prodigious gifts of characterization that make her stand out among thriller writers."   -- Washington Post From the New York Times bestselling author of PIECES OF HER, comes an electrifying thriller featuring newly minted US Marshall Andrea Oliver as she investigates a cold case with links to her father's past.  A small town hides a big secret... Who killed Emily Vaughn? A girl with a secret... Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for the prom. For an athlete, who is smart, pretty and well-liked, this night that should be the highlight of her high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening, that secret will be silenced forever.   An unsolved murder... Forty years later, Emily's murder remains a mystery. Her tight-knit group of friends closed ranks; her respected, wealthy family retreated inwards; the small town moved on from her grisly attack. But all that's about to change. One final chance to uncover a killer... US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in Longbill Beach on her first assignment: to protect a judge receiving death threats. But, in reality, Andrea is there to find justice for Emily. The killer is still out there - and Andrea must discover the truth before she gets silenced, too...

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