Brenda’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was lost in the sunny, weedy, lush coulee with three of my Traveling Sisters reading Two Girls Down. Things started off a little quiet and relaxing in the coulee for us but quickly turned into a chilly, unnerving, fast-paced race to finish for us.
Two Girls Down is an entertaining yet disturbing dark psychology thriller that started off a little slow and confusing for us as our main characters Vega and Cap team up together to find two missing girls.
Louisa Luna does a fantastic job here creating very interesting and memorable characters here with Alive Vega and Cap and his daughter Nell. The dynamics between them really made the story for us. She does a good job balancing Vega and Cap with their differences that complement each other making them an interesting team. Cap being more realistic and Vega more like a superhuman who gets things done. We loved the dynamics between Cap and Nell and our hearts warmed with the way they took care of each other, adding some softness to the darkness in the story.
Vega and Cap follow a few different leads and suspects and it was confusing to keep track of everything and after a while, we just gave up trying to keep the suspects straight. It didn’t take away from the story for us and we didn’t miss anything when that final shocking twist came that left me speechless. The ending is shocking, high on drama, disturbing and so brilliantly done. I highly recommend but with some caution as it’s a story about two missing girls.
Alice Vega is a tough bounty hunter (in a unique kind of way). Her specialty is finding missing people. She’s good at what she does – and she knows it. Rawhide tough, she doesn’t let anyone get too close to her, but knows this time she’s going to need help.
Max Caplan, (Cap) is a former policeman who was forced into early retirement. He’s a single father raising his sixteen (going on 25!) year old daughter, while now working as a private detective.
Vega is called to a small town in PA to assist in finding two missing young girls. It’s time to enlist the help of Cap. With two sets of eyes, and no help from the local police department she hopes to hunt down the kidnappers before it’s too late.
I just loved the dynamic between Cap and Vega. You can feel the tension, touch the sparks…grasp the loneliness of their hearts. Truthfully, I was more swept up in their dynamic than the actual kidnapping!
This is a slow read, but once in I was all in, and found it hard to put down. The chapters are long, but you’ll easily lose yourself in the storyline. I didn’t want it to end, and was left hoping to hear more from Cap and Vega in the future! Highly recommend!
Thank you to NetGalley, Doubleday Books and Louisa Luna for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review.
Jamie Brandt makes a quick stop at the mall with her two girls to grab a birthday present. She’s just going to leave her girls in the car for a quick sec as she’ll be in and out, no big deal. When she comes out however, they are gone. Just like that.
Jamie’s family hires Private Detective Alice Vega to find the girls. Finding missing people is Vega’s speciality. Needing help, she partners with a former cop, Max Caplan a/k/a “Cap.” Tough and funny – somehow they immediately trust each other and make one heck of a team. The cops however, don’t want Vega and Cap investigating this case and they try to stop them at every turn, yet Vega and Cap are determined. They will do whatever it takes to find these girls, even if it gets them into trouble or, in the alternative, if trouble finds them first.
“Two Girls Down” by Louisa Luna kept me on my toes. Talk about a fabulous suspense that grabs hold from the first page and doesn’t let up! The character development was spot on. I loved the interplay between Vega and Cap! They have an understated chemistry and I can’t help but hope I see them again sometime soon. I also loved the relationship between Cap and his daughter Nell. Each character brought another layer to this well written suspense.