Two Girls Down
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Two Girls Down (Alice Vega Book 1) by Louisa Luna


“When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied. 

With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.”


Alice Vega is a bounty hunter who finds missing persons.  She keeps her emotions close to her vest, but inside she is in turmoil.  When she was contacted by the missing girls’ family to work on the case, she expected that the police would be threatened and wouldn’t work with her, so who better to help her than local Private Investigator Max “Cap” Caplan who resigned from the police department under disagreeable terms.  But will this cool-headed man and “goofy” dad of a bright teenage daughter see through her and find out her secrets?  Will she be able to find the girls in time?

“Never assume you’re gonna find who you’re looking for. Assume you’re gonna find the other thing. Which will generally be someone who wants to kill you. Sometimes they’re the same.”

Cap agrees to help Vega with her unorthodox ways of interrogation and subduing perps and her trans-formative personality going from serious to flirtatious to vulnerable in a matter of minutes.  Will he be able to work on this case without it becoming personal?

I see hints of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo’s Lisbeth Salander in Alice Vega’s character.  Vega has the same quiet confidence with underlying anger that Salander has, but I felt that Vega opened up more easily.  She is a great character and I was waiting with intense anticipation on what she would do next.  Cap’s character is a great compliment to Vega because of his level-headedness to deal with certain volatile situations.

The story line is fast-paced with many twists and turns.  When I thought I had  figured it out, it went in another direction.  The ending was incredible, very disturbing, and well worth the wait.   If you love suspense thrillers, crime fiction, and great character development, give this novel a try!

Thank you to Ms. Luna, Doubleday Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity review this book!


Louisa Luna is the author of the novels Two Girls Down, Brave New Girl, Crooked, and Serious As A Heart Attack. She was born and raised in the city of San Francisco and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.


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