Girl, Forgotten Pdf is a Suspense Crime Mystery Thriller by Karin Slaughter. From the New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her, comes an electrifying thriller featuring newly minted US Marshal Andrea Oliver as she investigates a cold case with links to her father’s past.
Girl, Forgotten Summary
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 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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About Karin Slaughter Author Of Girl, Forgotten Pdf Book
Karin Slaughter who wrote Girl, Forgotten Pdf is the author of more than twenty instant New York Times bestselling novels, including the Edgar–nominated Cop Town and standalone novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. She is published in 120 countries with more than 40 million copies sold across the globe. Pieces of Her is a Netflix original series starring Toni Collette, and False Witness, the Grant County, and Will Trent series are in development for television. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta. you can reach her on these social media channels below.
Girl, Forgotten pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : William Morrow (August 23, 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062858114
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062858115
- Item Weight : 1.24 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.25 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #230 in Women Sleuths (Books)
- #362 in Murder Thrillers
- #920 in Suspense Thrillers
- Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5,437 ratings
Girl, Forgotten Book Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 28, 2022
I’ve read all of Karin Slaughter’s books, and while I hate the profanity, she writes some interesting stories. I didn’t realize this one was a sequel until I finished it and read some of the reviews. It’s been awhile since I read Pieces of Her, which wasn’t a fave of mine. It wasn’t quite believable to me and I didn’t like Andy in that one. She was much too immature for her age. She’s still a mess in this one.
There were two storylines, 40 years ago in the early 80s and the present day. The MC in the 80s storyline, 17-year old Emily Vaughn, was a smart, kind, compassionate, girl with a bright future who was treated horribly by everyone once they found out she was pregnant, including her childhood friends Clay Morrow, Bernard “Nardo”Fontaine, and twins Erica “Ricky” Blakey and Eric “Blake” Blakey, and her teacher, Dean Wexler. She was ostracized, bullied, and physically assaulted by nearly every single male in her life, yet nothing was done about it. The poor girl had been raped after being given drugs by “friends” at a party and had little to no memory of that night. She didn’t realize she’d been raped until she found out she was pregnant a few weeks later during a doctor’s visit for nausea, vomiting, and lapses in time. The doctor she went to treated her like garbage and deliberately hurt her during her exam. She never found out who raped her before she was brutally attacked and left for dead in a dumpster on prom night at 7 months pregnant. She was kept on life support for 2 months until her daughter, Judith, could be delivered.
In the present-day story, 33-year old Andrea Oliver,
becomes a federal marshal and is immediately sent on a mission to her biological father’s hometown of Longbill Beach, Delaware, by her uncle, Jasper Queller, that they both hope will help her add a few more nails to the coffin to keep her biological father, Nick Harp aka Clayton Morrow, a psychopathic serial killer serving a life sentence, from being paroled.
Her new partner, Deputy Leonard “Catfish” Bible, a former Marine, is an interesting character. He doesn’t give Andrea much direction, but lets her fly by the seat of her pants, despite the fact she’s a newbie. He was a little too corny to start, but I liked him and his sassy boss, Deputy Chief Cecelia Compton. I also liked Andrea’s former boyfriend and her mother, Laura’s handler, Inspector Michael “Mike” Vargas, USMS with WitSec, but I didn’t think she deserved him.
Deputy Bible had specifically been requested by 81-year old Federal Court Judge Esther Vaughn, Emily’s mother, to protect her and her family after receiving several death threats. Her husband, Dr. Franklin Vaughn, had recently retired and was in poor health. The local chief of police, Jack “Cheese” Stilton, was the son of the former chief and had been a friend of Emily’s. He and the USMS didn’t get off on a good start.
Dean Wexler 65 and Nardo Fontaine were operating a very profitable fava bean farm (cult) together known as Dean’s Magic Beans. Their volunteers were all anorexic young women selected from other countries. Their set up and activities were suspicious, but had so far been untouchable by law enforcement. A teenage girl’s skeletal body is found in the field and appears to be a suicide. It’s not the first. Wexler, Nardo, and Cheese make it clear they don’t appreciate Catfish and Andrea’s interference.
The mystery of who the baby daddy was and who killed Emily is kept til the end. I suspect there will likely be another book or two added to this series and look forward to reading it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2: A very good, if dense, mystery thriller that connects the lives of two woman over 40 years.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 13, 2022
I want to preface my review by saying that when I purchased ‘Girl, Forgotten’ by Karin Slaughter, it was described on Amazon as being a ‘standalone thriller’, so I assumed that there were no tie-ins to her other books. I was mistaken. ‘Girl, Forgotten’ follows Andrea Oliver from ‘Pieces of Her’, just grown up and newly graduated from the United States Marshall Services (USMS). I haven’t read ‘Pieces of Her’ or watched the Netflix adaption, so there were elements that I felt were underdeveloped by the end of the book. However, I am assuming that they may be addressed in ‘Pieces of Her’ so I have added that book to my TBR pile and will edit this review once I get around to reading it. ‘Girl, Forgotten’ is a richly developed story and even without reading ‘Pieces of Her’, I didn’t feel disoriented with the narrative.
Set in the fictional town of Longbill Beach, Maryland, the book begins on April 17, 1982, where the 17-year-old and pregnant Emily Vaughn is getting ready to attend her senior year high school prom. Emily has been ostracised by her former friends and expelled from high school due to her pregnancy, but she refuses to just disappear. Her only emotional support is her Gram who unfortunately suffers from dementia and can’t protect Emily from the hardships she is enduring. Emily makes her way to the prom, and we meet several characters along the way who pose a threat to her and the baby. Sadly, by the end of the evening, she became the victim of a brutal attack that leads to her death, with the perpetrator remaining a mystery in the intervening years.
Jump to forty years later and Andrea has just completed the gruelling 20-week course to become a United States Marshall and join the USMS. Andrea had struggled to find her place in the world since she found out two years prior that her parents were not who she thought they were. Her mother, Laura, had hidden the fact that Andrea’s biological father was a psychopathic cult leader whom she had turned into the police. The fallout from this admission had shaken Andrea’s world apart and she is now trying to move forward, one foot in front of the other. Andrea is assigned to protect a federal judge who has received credible death threats, however, this is just a cover, her real mission is to discover the truth of Emily Vaughn’s murder and uncover if it has any ties to her own past.
The narrative jumps back and forth between Emily and Andrea and through the alternating chapters, we discover long-hidden secrets that ripple between the two women. With Emily, we go back six months before the prom as she learns of her pregnancy and the innocence of her youth begins to be stripped away. Andrea journeys to Longbill Beach and starts to unearth the mystery of what happened to Emily on that fateful night forty years ago. She discovers that there are forces at work who will do anything to keep the secrets of that night hidden and comes face-to-face with evil. As the two women move towards the finale, the intricate dance of their journeys is tangibly interconnected even over the decades separating them.
Emily’s character undergoes a transformative process throughout the book. Whilst she has a rather privileged life, it only looks perfect from the outside. Her parents are rather neglectful and abusive in their own ways, and the only person who offers her unconditional love and support is her Gram. But, with her Gram suffering from dementia and having fewer lucid moments, Emily turns to her friends for support. Referred to as the ‘clique’ and friends since childhood, this is the group that Emily believes in unconditionally. However, she quickly becomes disillusioned by their selfishness and conceit, realising that the rose-coloured glasses of her childhood cannot withstand the transition into adulthood. Faced with the reality of being a pregnant teenager and seeing the life she longed for fall apart, Emily must quickly grow up. As the layers of her childhood are ripped away, the true strength of her character shines through. What happens to Emily made my heart break. This was someone who went from being rather naïve to someone who found their inner strength to fight for themself and their baby.
Andrea is an interesting protagonist. She hasn’t become a deputy marshal due to a burning desire for justice, but rather as a protective measure against her father. That doesn’t stop her from giving her all to the judge’s protective detail or the case of Emily’s murder. She is not perfect and makes mistakes, but, like Emily, she has the strength of character and courage to follow her convictions. I do wish she had not referred to her USMS training as much as she did throughout the book. Every time she had to investigate something new, you could almost guarantee she would mention or think about her USMS training, after a while, it got slightly repetitive and redundant. There were also some elements to her backstory that weren’t fully explored, however, I think these might have been contained in ‘Pieces of Her’ which I hadn’t realised was the first book in the series.
Overall, I enjoyed reading ‘Girl, Forgotten’. The story is dark and complex, with the mystery multi-layered and compelling. I will say that it was rather dense in terms of subject matter, and it does contain a range of triggering elements to be aware of. Our two main characters, Emily and Andrea are well-written and developed. Both women are bought to life by Ms Slaughter, and I felt a connection with them. The background characters were also detailed and have enough substance to make them come to life. I do need to give a special mention of Bible whom I just loved. I would happily read a spin-off series from his POV any day. I highly recommend the book to anyone who has read and enjoyed other books written by Ms Slaughter, or who enjoys a good murder mystery/suspense novel. 4.5 out of 5 stars! Rounded to 5 stars.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good – though perhaps more drawn out than it really needed to be.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on June 30, 2022
I have not read “Pieces of Her”, nor have I seen the Netflix adaptation of it, so I came to this book with no prior knowledge of the character of Andrea Oliver. If you find yourself in the same situation, then I am pleased to say that I didn’t find that it was a barrier to enjoying “Girl, Forgotten” in its own right. Of course, it is perfectly possible that readers familiar with book one may have been able to appreciate certain elements more fully, but Karin Slaughter does a perfectly decent job of introducing the essential background information into the narrative, so that new readers are put suitably in the picture. That aspect aside, the central mystery contained in “Girl, Forgotten” works perfectly well in isolation and does not require you to be familiar with the first book in the series.
There is a lot to like about this novel. The core structure is essentially that of a procedural (it cannot really be referred to as a “police procedural”, because the investigating officers are US Marshals rather than police officers). The narrative alternates between two timeframes – the present day and the time around the murder of Emily Vaughn in 1982. I liked the nostalgic elements of the 1982 sections and readers of a certain age will, no doubt, take some pleasure in being reminded of some of the socio-cultural references made. I also admired the characterisation of the two lead investigators in the contemporary setting – Andrea Oliver and her experienced partner, Deputy Leonard “Catfish” Bible. The relationship and interaction between the two is skilfully portrayed and suggests that the author may have been laying the foundations for future books featuring this pair.
The aspect that I was less taken with was the pace of the novel. There were periods in the central block of the story when it felt more drawn out than it really needed to be and this detracted from the overall impact of the narrative. I have made a similar observation when reviewing Karin Slaughter’s writing previously, so it does appear to be a deliberate stylistic choice on her part. Nonetheless, this is a well-structured and enjoyable story that is well worth adding to your reading list.
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