The Plot (from Goodreads):
A small town hides a big secret…
Who killed Emily Vaughn?
Prom Night. Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn dresses carefully for what’s supposed to be the highlight of any high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the night, because of that secret, she will be dead.
Nearly forty years later, Andrea Oliver, newly qualified as a US Marshal, receives her first assignment: to go to Longbill Beach to protect a judge receiving death threats. But Andrea’s real focus isn’t the judge – it’s Emily Vaughn. Ever since she first heard Emily’s name a year ago, she’s been haunted by her brutal death. Nobody was ever convicted – her friends closed ranks, her family shut themselves off in their grief, the town moved on – so the killer is still out there. But now Andrea has a chance to find out what really happened…
If you can’t remember the ending to Pieces of Her, click here for a reminder of what happened.
If you haven’t read Pieces of Her, I recommend reading it before Girl, Forgotten. You could also watch the show–it’s pretty true to the story, minus a few gory details.
Nothing is more exciting to me than a new Karin Slaughter book! Thank you to William Morrow/Harper Collins for a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.
Honestly, I didn’t really like Andrea in Pieces of Her. She was annoyingly helpless, and I didn’t find her POV as interesting as Jane’s. I was surprised to see that Karin was continuing her story, but she really grew on me in this book. Fresh out of the Marshall Academy, Andrea is rushed into her first case on special request of her uncle Jasper, with hopes of uncovering information to keep her father in prison for life. She’s no longer helpless–she is now a clever investigator, and much easier to root for!
I would recommend reading Pieces of Her first, because there’s a lot of important backstory about Andrea and her family that you’ll miss if you skip to this one. Girl, Forgotten will also give away the ending of Pieces of Her. If for some reason you don’t want to read it, though, Emily Vaughn’s story can carry itself!
Similar to my opinion of the first book in the series, I enjoyed the plot line set in the past more than the present. Emily’s case kept me hooked, and I really enjoyed figuring it out alongside Andrea and Bible.
I got a kick out of how Karin brought her love of memes to this book in the form of Mike’s silly texts to Andrea. I’m interested to see where the slow progression of Mike and Andrea’s love story goes, too.
The very end of Girl, Forgotten leaves the reader with the impression that another book in the series will be coming soon, and I’m excited to read it!
Audio Review: Kathleen Early’s voice immediately brings me back to reading the beloved Will Trent series, and feels like coming home. I adore her narrations, and I always associate her with Karin’s books, even when I’m listening to something else she’s read! As always, this audiobook production was perfect.
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