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From the New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her comes an electrifying thriller featuring newly minted US Marshall Andrea Oliver as she investigates a cold case with links to her father’s past.

A small town hides a big secret.

Who killed Emily Vaughn?

A girl with a secret. Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for the prom. For an athlete, who is smart, pretty and well-liked, this night that should be the highlight of her high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening, that secret will be silenced forever.

An unsolved murder.

Forty years later, Emily’s murder remains a mystery. Her tight-knit group of friends closed ranks; her respected, wealthy family retreated inwards; the small town moved on from her grisly attack. But all that’s about to change.

One final chance to uncover a killer.

US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in Longbill Beach on her first assignment: to protect a judge receiving death threats. But, in reality, Andrea is there to find justice for Emily. The killer is still out there—and Andrea must discover the truth before she gets silenced, too.

©2022 Karin Slaughter (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Previously seen in Pieces of Her…

… and is now a full fledged US Marshal. Andrea Oliver goes to Longbill Beach to protect a Federal Judge who is receiving death threats. Andrea however has an alternative agenda. She is also investigating the murder of the judge’s daughter (Emily Vaughn) from 40 years ago.
Emily was kind, intelligent and thought she had a great group of friends. As a 17 year old young woman she went to a party with a group of her friends. Unfortunately for her not everyone there was a friend. Someone slipped her a drug, or maybe it was the tab of acid one of the boys in her clique gave her. Either way she has almost no memory of the events that followed. A few missed periods later she finds out that she is pregnant. Emily had been a virgin. She can’t believe it could have been a friend and her only suspect is a local teacher that everyone seems to want to protect. Emily soon becomes the local pariah. I guess in 1984 in small towns this may still have been considered taboo.
Andrea has connections to the case but is keeping them under wraps and is doing this second investigation on her own.
Andrea discovers the retired teacher now running a fava bean farm. His workers are all volunteer, anorexic looking young women. When one is found after a supposed suicide it puts Andrea in direct contact with him.
I could go on and on but I think I’ve said enough without revealing too much.
Kathleen Early does a sensational job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Wow! What a ride!

I’ve been a fan of Karin Slaughter for over a decade. Her writing grips me like no other. It’s like you’re there witnessing every scene with her rich descriptions.

While this is a sequel to Pieces of Her, it could easily be read as a standalone. I liked this book way more than Pieces of Her which I never fully connected with like her other books.

Bravo! Highly highly recommended.

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Captivating! One of Slaughter's best!

Girl, Forgotten is a "can't put it down" gem from start to finish! Karin Slaughter is absolutely brilliant at humanizing her characters — and Kathleen Early brings them to life through her narration. I highly recommend this book / audiobook for any fan of the genre!

I applaud Slaughter for not shying away from the reality and rawness of violent crime. This book is no exception and, as per usual for Slaughter, it depicts sexual, physical, and emotional violence (as well as other triggering topics, e.g., anorexia) with honesty. That said, I didn't find Girl, Forgotten to be as graphic or — what some may consider — "disturbing" as some of her other novels/books.

On a much lighter note... I'm a big fan of the "F-word", which made the main characters all the more F'ing endearing.

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Politically Left leaning yet again...

Really disappointed to see Slaughter shove her liberal view in my face again and throw the whole 80's theme off with her rhetoric and vitriolic disdain for a President and stereotyping but I guess she's showing off her new found woke voice. I will never read another book of hers and I've read every single one even her small time co-written novellas. Stick to crime not interested in your politics.

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disappointment

I have read everything Karin Slaughter has written and so I was very excited to read this book. I was extremely disappointed. Very boring. I found the characters unlikable and the plot seemed a desperate attempt at a follow up to a so-so read. I guess I was just hoping for another “Pretty Girls” which this wasn’t.

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So Good!

I read the first book in this series and I loved it❤️This one was amazing as well❤️Karin Slaughter addresses very real and very difficult topics in a very gripping and compelling story. Warning….It’s hard to listen to at times due to the the graphic nature and vulgar language but unfortunately it’s the reality of it and Slaughter does it so well. It evoked every emotion within me to the DEEPEST LEVEL❤️Unexpectedly there were some topics that were a trigger for me. It was so emotional for me that I considered stopping but I knew that would be a mistake.

An EXCELLENT and a very REAL series….I highly recommend reading the first book and “Girl Forgotten”.
Kathleen Early as narrator, once again, is absolutely PHENOMENAL!!!😘 She has always been a FAVORITE of mine❤️She is definitely one of the BEST narrators I’ve listened to! Standing Ovation!! BRAVO!

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Ugh

Ugh this is so hard to get through. It is so overly descriptive that my brain can’t even stay focused on the actual story.

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Overly violent

Story was drawn out way too long. Violence was intense.
Domestic violence was over done. Mystery was good but really could have been the same without so much arm twisting and hitting.

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Could be shorter

I think this book could be shortened. It drags on a bit some of the scenes could be cut down.

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I hated every single thing about this audiobook

I listened to 8hrs of this book before I finally quit. There's not a single nuanced character in this book. Just good & bad people. I get that misogyny was pretty prevalent during the time, but this whole book so far can essentially be boiled down to trauma p*rn. It's WAY too over the top. Every woman, with the exception of Emily's mother is punished for existing. The small attempts of having some levity when it comes to Andrea & Mike fail terribly and everything takes forever for this author to get through. I really cannot stress how much I hated this book. Narrator was good, that's all I can say.

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