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Book Review: Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna


Even though this is not a terribly long book, it took me what felt like ages to finish! At the same time, I didn't want to abandon it, because it wasn't bad and I definitely wanted to know what happened, so I kept reading. What I like about the book was mostly the detective Max Caplan, who felt like the only well-developed and interesting character. In fact, I would read more novels with his as the protagonist. That being said, he shared the starring role with Alice Vega, who just felt like the tired caricature of the troubled detective with nothing to lose. I've seen that too many times, and it does no compel me anymore. The story itself was engaging, though oddly, not gripping even though it centers around the disappearance of two young girls. I usually prefer not to read mysteries where children are the victims or hurt, but I picked this as my Book of the Month some time ago, so something must have intrigued me. The book is set in a town in Pennsylvania, and I felt the author did the place a disservice by making just about every character seen a hick who can barely speak proper English. It felt manipulative and I didn't like it. The ending, too, felt a little forced and too typical in a way that I would discuss now for fear of spoiling it. All in all, it wasn't the worst book or worst thriller (though only moderately thrilling), however it was also not the best by any means. I might read another book about Caplan in the future, but I won't be rushing to it.