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The Forgotten Girls

(Suburban Murder #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  8,353 ratings  ·  608 reviews
In an elite suburb of New York City, girls are dying. That doesnt happen in Greenvale, with its immaculate lawns, exclusive yacht clubs and multi-million dollar mansions. But behind its perfect façade, its trimmed hedges and luxury cars, a darkness lies. Girls, dependent on Adderall, outmaneuver each other to get into top colleges, while the mothers need to live ...more
Kindle Edition, 227 pages
Published August 4th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services
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Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

2.5 stars.

The more I thought about this one the more I decided to round up. The writing is not very good. The characters are bland cardboard cutouts. The story is straight out of an episode of Law & Order:SVU. It is not unlike so many other procedural crime thrillers out there.

However, something about this particular book stayed with me.

And yes I am fully aware that I gave Gone Girl 2 stars. I plead the fifth.

The latter book excels in characterization, creativity, and writing. However. I saw
Jan 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Anuradha by: BookBub
Bad. Bad. Just horrible. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is a show that I love, and this book just had to ruin it all. Meet Isabella de Franco, aka Bella, Queen of the SVU. All men want her, and all women want to be her. She's tall, blonde (well, strawberry-blonde is still blonde I say), pouty, and artsy. She is more beautiful than Grace Kelly, a better cop than Olivia Benson, more badass than Lara Croft, and kinder than Mother Teresa. In short, she is just plain perfect. Or so the author ...more
Lydia Drexler
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
The story line was ok. Pretty predictable and elementary. The storyline could have used some work. It did not flow together and there was alot of lose strings at the end. The whole Ridley plot line could have been left out all together and it would not have made one bit of difference. I wondered what was the point of that whole story line in the first place? Very weird. I never connected with the main character Bella. There was no insight on her. I felt very disconnected from most of the ...more
Diana Garza
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldnt put this one down! I like Bella and Mack already and am looking forward to reading The Lost Girls...which I am starting today. ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Forgotten Girls

I took a gamble with this book. It was a free download, I hadn't read anything before by the author Alexander Steele.

But have to say, it was worth the gamble. I really enjoyed it. Yes, there were quite a few spelling and printing errors in the book, but that didn't deter me away from the story. It was cleverly written, the leading characters were both likable. The story kept my attention throughout, and even when I thought I had figured it out, the plot was exciting, and kept
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very good intriguing read. Will be reading this authors next book.
Lynda Kelly
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a great story only let down by some daft howlers of mistakes costing it the 5 stars for me. If not for those it would've been full marks as I really liked it and hope there are more to come, although I see the author's not released another as yet.
I liked Bella a great deal and there's a lot more to come from her and also her new partner Mack. Both have interesting back stories hinted at here and there, especially him.
The mistakes, though....oh dear....Greenvale suddenly spelt Greenavle,
Ted Tayler
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
"soon forgotten"

'The Forgotten Girls' is the first in a new series that looks destined to feature Bella and Mack. As a Brit, I don't really get the panic over which school the rich kids get into, but this was a big enough deal for someone to start killing females in Greenvale. With Bella as the lead detective and Mack tagging along in her wake, it flipped the stereotypical match-up. Their relationship isn't out of the blocks yet, but it will be eventually. This took me a long time to read,
Nicholas Masters
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Definitely a page turner and an easy read that sucks you in from the beginning and keeps momentum all they way through.

Although I would say the plot was revealed pretty early, there were enough minor details that still needed revealing as the book made its way towards a conclusion.

All in all a great a great read and I look forward to the next edition.

Some spelling/grammar mistakes, but there were few and far between and didn't spoil the book. I wish authors would
Dec 29, 2014 marked it as to-read
Free on Amazon as of 12/29/14! Note this is classified as a mystery thriller, not a romantic suspense (thought I'd mention it as nearly all my books are romance/erotica:).
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrillers, 2020
I found this book when I was going trough free books on Amazon as I was trying to finish my reading challenge for 2019. Sadly, I wasn't able to finish the challenge and this book is one of the reasons why. I thought that it would be a fast read and only take a few hours. Well, I ended up struggling with this for a couple of days because I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. However, here I'm finally rating it.

If you are looking for a pretty basic crime novel with a woman as a protagonist,
Kimberly Hicks
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kimberly by: Amazon Prime
Shelves: read-on-kindle
Forgetting where you placed your keys. Forgetting what you were supposed to pick up at the grocery store. Forgetting if you locked your door or not are things that the average person struggles with remembering, but forgetting a human being is a completely different matter.

Detective Bella DeFranco had her hands full. When a young woman finds herself murdered on a yacht, this sends shockwaves through the Greenvale community. This type of thing just doesnt happen there. And while Bella begins to
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I picked up The Forgotten Girls by Alexa Steele on Google Play Books for free. I figured what the heck, why not. I didnt go into it with high expectations, to be honest. Ive had a couple of duds with free books in the last couple months. Enough to where I dont get my hopes up when I begin a new one.

I was pleasantly surprised, though. This is a solid who-dun-it novel. I thought the author brought the characters to life well. The story line was strong and well paced. The author threw in a few
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story line, but the ending was disappointing and irrelevant.
Neha Mehta
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
If you are like me a true crime buff who enjoys a good whodunit then this book partially meets your expectations. I enjoyed the book but halfway through already knew who the killer was (I guess watching Criminal Minds, NCIS and Law and Order paid off!) I wish it could have been more thrilling and the pieces of the puzzle did not fall so easily into place. Everything detectives Bella and Mack did yielded results so it was rather predictable who the killer was in the end. Having said this I ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-books
Was just ok, parts were a little boring and there was spelling mistakes I'll have to tell Amazon about. It seems to be one of those books that's alright, but never really want to pick up. Even though you want to find out the ending.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
A quick and suspenseful read! Perfect for vacation reading 👍 ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Page turner

Gets off to a good start and keeps you hooked to the end. Bella and Mack are teamed up for this case, but it looks like a good fit. This kept me guessing until the end. The wrap up was a surprise.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Defintely a different mystery story but kept you guessing til the end
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This is one of those I'd love to rate a four but just can't get myself to do it. It's definitely a 3.5. Great pacing and characters. I absolutely adore the female antagonists and that the men take a backseat as villains. What won me over was Ryan's speech about preconceived notions about women and violence. I think what keeps me from rating it a four was the point of views. There wasn't much differentiation in tone and vocabulary. I think she handled Bella quite well but each character sounded ...more
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I just finished this book and I have to say I'm a little disappointed. Overall, it was a good read with an interesting story. The descriptions were very detailed; painting a clear picture without being superfluous. However, I found the characters to be very two dimensional. The one exception was a secondary character, who never really got off the ground
There are quite few pages in the middle of the book, where a relatively unnecessary character is haphazardly thrown in just to explain things to
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
There is a bias in the psychiatric, and in our culture, that still views women through the traditional lens of caregiver and nurturer.

I loved this book.
It had me completely engrossed.

The writing was really good. I wasn't a big fan of Bella, because she is just too feminist for me. But, I loved that Steele did not focus on feminism, in fact she even pointed out problems with it.
I enjoyed the lack of man-hating agenda going on in this read that I thought would be inevitable with a character like
Willem Koenders
Jan 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is the authors debut book and as debut's go it's very good.

The story flows really well with a couple of twists towards the end that I wasn't expecting. Bella Defranco is a great character and I think the author has done a great job by letting us not find out to much about her so that I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series to learn more about her.

The book sees Bella having to work a case after a woman's body has been found on a yacht. What Bella and her partner come
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
High Society Psycho

Murder in the burbs. Good story and pacing. The characters were written well but it was a bit predictable for me, not at the beginning but somewhere in the middle. Thats not necessarily a bad thing because then I want to see if Im right. It was nice to see the heroine did not need a man in her life to feel complete but I would like to read more of these books from this author to see where Bella and Ryan end up.

To summarize this book. Money does not buy happiness, love or
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 04/08/2014
Author: Alexa Steele
Recommended for: fan's of crime fiction
Edition: Kindle

I found this novel on the Kindle Store for free and so I thought I would give it a go.

This is a book with a good pace and good characters. It draws you in right from the beginning and manages to keep the same pace throughout the book.It is a good book if you enjoy trying to work out who it was that did it. The only thing stopping me from rating this book 4star is spelling and grammer mistakes. But a
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, read-2018
Reads like an episode of Law and Order: SVU, though not one of the better ones. In the end, the whole thing was rather predictable. My biggest gripe, however, was that I just didn't care for the characters. Bella de Franco, the oh-so-perfect (according to her description, anyway) protagonist, in particular was deeply unlikable and came across as an arrogant, judgmental bitch. I wasn't overly thrilled with her partner Mack's habit of referring to every female character they encountered as a ...more
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I liked this story and the mystery of the forgotten girls of Dunmore hospital. I think it was brilliantly written. The two detectives, Mack and Isabella were interesting. They remind me a bit of Linden and Holder from The Killing series.

Though their relationship is a bit formal since they just met and started working together but I'm definitely interested in reading more from this series.
Karen Barber
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
This had potential, but didn't really quite come together for me.
Bella could have been irritating. While the writer plays up to every stereotype possible, the redeeming feature is that Bella is actually presented as a decent character. She's not incapable of making mistakes, and she is not immune to the horror of her work.
Together with Mack, they are sent to a high-achieving district to work out what is going on when a woman's body is discovered. With a few obvious red herrings, and some
Danielle Sears
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!

This story was amazing from beginning to end. I was kept guessing and even when I t thought I was right, I was wrong. The main character leaves nothing to be desired. She is smart and witty. I'm reading book 2 in this series now and I hope there will be a third!!
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