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Girl, Forgotten: The gripping new latest 2022 crime suspense thriller from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author

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The past is eluded to in Girl, Forgotten and enough information is provided by the author to give a new reader the bones of any previous storylines but…you can’t help but feel you’ve missed something. Their teacher at the time was Dean Wexler, who took Emily home one night from a party where she was incoherent.

For the diner scene at the end, she hasn’t taken her work phone with her even though it’s the climax with all the arrest warrants etc. In the present, Andrea looks into Emily's clique of 'friends', Clay, Blake, Nardo and Ricky, all revoltingly nasty pieces of work. Emily has been ostracised by her former friends and expelled from high school due to her pregnancy, but she refuses to just disappear. For me, Girl, Forgotten is a much better book than Pieces of Her, from the perspective of Andrea Oliver. Andrea as a character really grows on you, she seems to become more confident as she is now standing on her own two feet becoming resourceful and determined .Andrea is assigned to protect a federal judge who has received credible death threats, however, this is just a cover, her real mission is to discover the truth of Emily Vaughn’s murder and uncover if it has any ties to her own past. Forty years later, Andrea Oliver, newly qualified as a US Marshal, is sent to Longbill Beach to investigate death threats being made against a judge. The other characters by and large are pieces of work, really awful excuses for human beings but they do make for immersive reading. I listened to half of this as an audiobook, and Kathleen Early does a great job with her narration, as she did with Pieces of Her (and all of Slaughter's books for that matter). From the bestselling author of False Witness and The Silent Wife comes a gripping closed community mystery in which US Marshall Andrea Oliver is tasked with uncovering a secret that’s remained buried for four decades.

Told over two timelines, 1981 and forty years later, this is a harrowing tale of intrigue and subterfuge. The author does a wonderful job in depicting a green and apprehensive Andrea slowly coming to terms with her new role as a US Marshal, ably trained and supported by Catfish with his rules.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.

If you find yourself in the same situation, then I am pleased to say that I didn't find that it was a barrier to enjoying "Girl, Forgotten" in its own right.I will say that it was rather dense in terms of subject matter, and it does contain a range of triggering elements to be aware of. Furthermore, I’m actually looking forward to hanging out with her again and if the last few pages are anything to go by, …. Andrea is partnered with an older Marshall, Leonard ‘Catfish’ Bible, who delights in educating his new green partner. Andrea is partnered up with Leonard Bible and together they get allocated the night shift, keeping an eye on the judge and her family during the late hours.

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