The Lost Girls
The Lost Girls
by Jessica Chiarella
July 6, 2021
by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
When her true-crime podcast becomes an overnight sensation, a young woman is pulled into the web of a case that may offer a surprising connection to her own sister’s disappearance years earlier.
It’s been more than twenty years since Marti Reese’s sister, Maggie, disappeared. Only eight-years-old at the time, Marti can’t remember what happened, just that Maggie got into a car and never returned. After years of grief and countless false leads, Marti is coping as best she can: abandoning her marriage, drinking to forget, and documenting her never-ending search via a true-crime podcast. But when the podcast becomes an unexpected hit and Marti thinks she’s finally ready to put it all behind her, a mysterious woman calls with new information that could lead her down a dangerous path.
For years, Ava Vreeland has been fighting to overturn her brother’s murder conviction. After finding strange similarities between the two cases, Ava is certain there’s a connection between the murder and Maggie’s disappearance, one that could prove her brother’s innocence. Together, Marti and Ava embark on a quest for the truth, but the more Marti digs, the more she’s shaken by the answers she might find, and what it is she’s even searching for…
As a lover of true crime podcasts, this book was right up my alley. I feel like Chiarella was influenced from popular podcasters in creating Andrea and Maggie. It was spot on how I would expect a investigative podcast host to be which was fascinating to read. Maggie’s risky behavior really shows how dangerous it can be to work in a journalistic field. It’s devastating to get into the mind of someone who has experienced the type of trauma that Maggie dealt with as a young child. Chiarella did a great job of making Maggie not only relatable but realistic. I believed that someone who had lost their sister to mysterious circumstances would turn out exactly how Maggie did.
This book gave me chills and a sadness that I wasn’t expecting. The twists and turns were a little heavy handed as each time something new was revealed I wasn’t as shocked as I wanted to be. This is the only reason for the four stars instead of five. Otherwise, this book was really well done and had great characters.
Thanks so much to Jessica Chiarella, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, and Netgalley for this chilling read!