This week’s review is from an author whose DI Kim Stone novels I started to read this year. I admit that I was skeptical about the series at first, but now I’m hooked. Lost girls is the third in the series, where kidnappers snatch two young girls off the street. The last time this happened only one girl made it out alive, but Kim Stone vows to save both.
The Good Bits.
You can enjoy this book without having read the first two. But some elements of Kim’s past may confuse you. Mind you, the other books are good so you should read them, but you can make it through without them. For those who have been following the series, this book adds in a few new characters to the series. One of the mothers of the missing girls knew Kim before, so you get more of a look into her experience in foster care. There’s also a new negotiator fellow that butts heads with Kim. This creates some conflict alongside the investigation, and maybe even some sexual tension…
After the kidnapping Kim and her team set up their headquarters in one family’s house. This seems unorthodox to me, but hey, I’m not a detective. It’s an effective method for showing the conflict between the detectives and the parents. And the parents and the kidnappers via text. And the detectives and the kidnappers, and so on and so on. Add in all the secrets and lies that can build up in married couples and you’ve got a recipe for drama. And I do love drama. Not to mention, because the victims are so involved in the investigation, I was more attached to them than usual. Sometimes you read all these thriller mysteries and you focus on the detective or the villain, and the victims fall to the wayside, but Angela makes you pay attention to them.
I did have a bit of an issue with one of the new characters. A criminal profiler or sorts joins to the team, and her and Kim disagree about the usefulness of profiling. This is good, conflict is happening. Then, the negotiator shows up, and the profiler all but disappears. She went from a potentially interesting character, to a character who seemed altogether unnecessary. She faded right into the background.
There was also a side mission involved a case that went wrong in the beginning of the book. I normally like side plots because they mix things up. I enjoy them even more when they end up connected to the main plot. This was not the case here. It’s not that the side plot was bad, it’s that it, like the criminal profiler, seemed unnecessary.
I'm not sure if I like seeing the villain's POV in a thriller… It takes away a lot of guessing opportunities
— Liselle (@lunchtimelib) November 23, 2015
The Last Bite.
Lost Girls is a great addition to the DI Kim Stone series, though not my favourite. Angela always does well at delivering a story with gripping tension that has you turning the pages like your life depends on it. I’m already looking forward to the newest book in the series when it comes out. Also, can I just say, I got this eBook on my Kindle for $3.99 CAD. I don’t know what magic made this happen, but for that price, you should absolutely buy it. Like, right now. You’re not busy right?
What do you think of side-plots? Like? Dislike?
Did you read Lost Girls? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
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