When a young mother is out running errands with her two young daughters she decides to leave the girls outside in the car to quickly run into the store. After returning to the car she finds the children gone and frantically begins to search the surrounding area but when the girls aren’t found the police are called and the search begins.
With very little to go on and hope disappearing the family decides to hire Alice Vega, a private investigator from California that has become famous for returning missing children. After Vega arrives she brings former police officer Max Caplan in to help her solve the case and the two begin chasing down every lead possible to bring the girls home to their mother.
Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna is a thrilling suspense read as the search begins for two missing children which of course would have most readers on the edge of their seat. The investigators and gritty and tough and won’t quit until they find the missing children and get them home safely to their mother.
While I enjoyed the intensity of the story with the missing girls involved I had a bit of trouble connecting to the main character, Vega. Obviously she’s meant to be all business and tough as nails but with little to go on about her she seemed a bit robotic to me. On the other hand I did come to love Cap, the single father who had left the police force and now working as a PI. There’s a touch of a romantic connection that quite honestly I could have done without too.
I would also mention with this book I found it incredibly heavy on the dialogue, pages and pages of conversations to the point that I wondered why some of it is even included and a few times it felt a bit unnatural. I hadn’t picked up a book that relied quite so much on the conversations of the characters carrying the whole story so it seemed a bit odd to me.
In the end there were some things I loved and some not quite so much but the story overall is one that is certainly a page turner leaving me to be open to trying this author’s work again in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Penguin’s First to Read.