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Where the Lost Girls Go

(Laura Mori Mysteries #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  543 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Rookie cop Laura Mori catches her first investigation when the fiery crash of a sports car lights up the night sky. The fire burns the body beyond recognition, but the police are able to identify the car as that of Kent Jameson, celebrity author and benefactor of Sunrise Lake. And Jameson fears that the unidentified body is his seventeen-year-old daughter Lucy, who stormed ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Crooked Lane Books
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I have to admit that the cover was the first thing that made me want to read Where the Lost Girls Go, that and the great title. So, it was a plus that the blurb made the book seem very interesting.

Rookie cop Laura Mori has finally gotten her first case when a young girl crashes her car. However, this is not an open and shut case. It seemed that the body in the car doesn't belong to the owner's daughter Lucy. So, who is the dead girl in the car and where is Lucy?

I really liked Laura Mori. I
Laura Mori’s character is a newbie about to get a crack at her first case. She is written as competent, intelligent and a slightly naïve woman who wants to make a difference in her life and the lives of others. I enjoyed that her character is of the Japanese ethnicity. She is no wilting waif and I love protagonist diversity. Throughout the story you will also see her struggle with her feelings about her family. She loves them but they do not accept her life choices and it weighs on her. This ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where the Lost Girls Go (A Laura Mori Mystery #1) By R.J. Noonan

The book starts out with a female driver named Blossom who is driving a car who feels sick to her stomach. Did that mystery woman put something in her Pepsi, when she wasn't looking. Blossom is struggling to keep her standard transmission car on the road. She also feels dizzy. Mori and Cranston are driving with caution, Mori having gotten her training from the Oregon Police Academy. Mori thinks Cranston is old-school, he was her
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read!
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

A serial killer in Portland?? That may be the case. When Rookie Officer Laura Mori arrives at an inferno of a car on fire with her partner, she had no idea what was going to develop. What seemed to be a tragic traffic accident turns into a homicide investigation. Since her partner is due to leave for vacation Mori is assigned the case. The girl in the car turns out not to be who they thought but someone linked to a missing persons case involved several “lost girls”. What
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was really slow until about half way and it picked up some. I liked The Sisters by Noonan much better. I will continue to read her books there were a few twists in this one.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
While I liked seeing an asian woman as a police detective the story just didn't really hold me. I plowed through because I was hoping there was going to be a twist or a big reveal that I never saw coming. Unfortunately I figured out the killer very early on and was correct in my assumption. The red herrings just weren't red enough.
Listened as audio book and the "reader" was excellent.

Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Noonan really "wowed" me with this debut novel! This was a VERY well-written psychological thriller. It was a fast-paced page turner with interesting characters and plot twists that keep you up reading far too late into the night! I could hardly wait to get to the end to see "whodunit", but I also hated to be finished with the book!

I loved the Laura Mori character and her struggle to have her job seen as important and worthy in a culture that is especially hard on women and their career choices.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good plot twist at the end but the author dragged it out too long.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
50% The lead character is so weak. immature and unsure of herself she was impossible to like or listen to. The other characters are overplayed and obnoxiously dramatic or mere sketches of characters. The narrator on the audio book was bad and the story was lame. All in all this one was not for me.
Kayla Keck
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
It took a really long time for this book to get going. The beginning was unnecessarily long and boring, explaining the task force and identifying the victim when the intro already told us who it wasnt. Also I really didn't like Mori, she was portrayed pretty wimpy and scared most of the time and things just somehow always worked out for her which seemed unrealistic. I also didn't love her relationships with Nat or andy. The book got interesting talking about the Prince and the end but the rest ...more
Lisa Tortorello
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would really give this book 3.5 stars if I could. The beginning started out with a bang with a young girl getting killed in an unexplained car crash. The middle of the story was a big slow moving for me, but not enough to lose interest. I'm glad I kept reading and found out the answer to where the lost girls go and since it wasn't where I thought that boosted my review!
Linda Munro
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laura Mori is a Rookie cop who is called to a fiery crash. The body inside is burnt beyond recognition, but the vehicle is registered to a local author and benefactor of the community. After reporting the accident to the owner of the vehicle, Lucy learns that the celebrity’s 17 year-old-daughter has stormed out of the house earlier that evening after an argument; everyone feels that it is the daughter in the car.

Lab reports indicate that the unidentified body belongs to a runaway named Kyra,
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very good debut novel, I really enjoyed this book. Great characters that were well developed and believable, especially Laura who grew so much as the story progresses. Lots of suspence and you know when you can't stop turning the pages that you are onto a winner. Full of twists, turns and excitement this was an excellent read that all lead up to a very satisfying ending. I will definitely read more from this author. Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for an advanced copy of this ...more
My thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an ARC of “Where The Lost Girls Go” by R.J. Noonan, in exchange for an honest review.

Rookie cop Laura Mori just landed her first case and it’s a big one. Following a fiery, fatal, single-car accident that made it impossible to identify the driver, the vehicle is quickly determined to belong to the town’s most famous resident, renowned author Kent Jameson. Pursuing this lead, the author admits to Laura that he got into an argument with Lucy, his
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Laura Mori is a rookie detective who catches her first big case when a young woman thought to be the daughter of a local author dies is a fiery accident. Mori still lives at home with her parents, who own a Chinese restaurant and who do not approve of Mori's chosen profession. Having a protagonist who is smart, enthusiastic but undervalued both at home and at work really makes the reader root for her success. Noonan also creates and great mystery with many unexpected plot twists. I'll enjoy ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
This book was neither great nor terrible. The characters did not seem fully developed and therefore came across as one dimensional. The mystery was interesting but not necessarily conuming. Not sure I want to try anymore by this author but wouldn't discourage someone else.
Sarah Rife
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Huge thank you to Netgalley & Crooked Lane books for giving me this opportunity to read this ebook in exchange for my honest review!

So to me this is a tale about a lost girl, depending on how you look at this Lucy Jameson's life you could have two very different perspectives. You could see her as the Spoiled rotten rich girl, or maybe she's just a scared teenage girl experiencing her first crush and deals with life by running away? You'll have to make your own assumptions on that one when
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This was my first book by this author and I'm so glad I gave it a shot. I listened to the audio version thru Hoopla courtesy of my local library and it was a great distraction while sitting in traffic on my daily commute. It popped up at the bottom saying what others have also checked out. The title as well as the cover drew me to see what it was about. I just have to say I think it's pretty awesome that libraries are using these types of online sites to offer more opportunities for their ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received the finished, hardback edition of Where the Lost Girls Go by R. J. Noonan through Goodreads Giveaways.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Where the Lost Girls Go by R. J. Noonan.

Where the Lost Girls Go by R. J. Noonan is my first read for 2020. This novel falls into the mystery/thriller genre and is the first novel in the 'A Laura Mori Mystery' series. And, to the best of my recollection, Where the Lost Girls Go is the first book I've read by R. J. Noonan.

I love the beautiful
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
When the lead character is a female police officer, I want that character to be an officer who happens to be female, not a naive girl pretending to be a cop. If Mori were a male cop you wouldn't hear about his crush, which was completely irrelevant to the story.

I'm no cop, but I can't count the number of violations of police procedure there were. Mori is supposed to be a bright rookie, but she takes every statement by a suspect as truth. And she goes all in every time. "I found these drugs in
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Where the Lost Girls Go" is in an interesting police procedural that follows a young police officer, Laura Mori, as she follows the clues to solving a crime. While she is on patrol, there is a car accident that at first seems accidental but then is clearly a murder. The car belongs to a rich author who seems to be untouchable. At first assuming the body is of his daughter who stormed out after a fight, Laura investigates the estate. After it turns out to be one of the "lost girls," teens who ...more
Grace Koshida
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rookie cop Laura Mori goes to the scene of a fiery car crash. The vintage sports car belongs to celebrity author Kent Jameson, who fears that the unidentified body is his 17-year-old daughter Lucy, who stormed out of the house that night after an argument.

This case is not a straightforward DUI but a homicide since the car’s brakes was deliberately cut.
Forensics reveal that the body was not Lucy, but a teen runaway named Kyra whose disappearance has been linked with more than half a dozen “lost
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a little unsure on this one. I gave it 4 stars because I did really enjoy it but I had some big issues as well. The first half of the novel does a very good job at set up. I felt like the pacing was right and there was the right amount of personal life vs. The Case. I loved that there was diversity in the cast of characters (although her family seemed to follow Asian-american stereotypes almost offensively closely...) and the characters were reasonably complex.. the main ones were anyway.

May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked that this story had a strong female character. Because of that, it was also awesome that, other than a crush mentioned briefly, there wasn't a love story mixed in. I really appreciated that & hope that R.J. Noonan and other authors will keep up the trend.

As far as the story itself, I found it pretty interesting, but when I reached the end, I realized I had some unanswered questions. At times it felt like there were 2 storylines, but by the end it seemed like it was all 1 with lots
In a lot of ways this isn't my usual fare. Although I read a lot of crime fiction and mysteries I very rarely read one in which the main character isn't strong, fierce and badass. To be honest, I'm not sure I ever have before this.

Laura Mori is not my usual heroine. She wasn't particularly confident. She wasn't really capable of defending herself. She scared easy. She wasn't sarcastic. Or bitter. Or outspoken. And she was kind of naive. But I actually rather liked her. She wasn't any of the
Barbara Schultz
3.7 Awww I believe I have found a new favorite investigator. This is Laura Mori first investigation. I am a big mystery/thriller fan, most of my repeat investigators male or female have nasty potty-mouths ~ those nasty f-bombs
I do love this character. Audio narrator Emily Woo Zeller does an excellent job performing all the characters.
Although there were twists in this I had my suspicions somewhat early (view spoiler)
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a strong start for the character Laura Mori! I found just the right amount of character development and likability for her.

The mystery itself had a few twists and turns. I did feel some of the red herrings were a little obvious, and I honestly laughed when Laura mentioned it sounded like a story trope, because it was, in a mystery novel.

I have to admit the ending did surprise me to some degree. I don't want spoilers in my review but it was not exactly as I expected. I was close but not
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: friends, drama
I just read another mystery about missing people. And again, the heroine is a female police officer. This mystery of this book was carefully crafted and keep the reader engaged in the story line. I did figure out who the killer was right before the end of the book. My only criticism was that the heroine was just too good to be true. She was a minority (Japanese), worked with another minority (African American), had information and knowledge about many things, could pass for a young girl, had a ...more
Ana Manuelian
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book. An interesting modern mystery with many twists that changed the direction of the story. I read through the book pretty quickly, not able to be patient as I wanted to keep following where the clues went. Would have been a 5 star review but there were a few things that I found myself frustrated with. At times I interpreted clues differently than Laura did and found myself getting a little aggravated that she and the other officers acted differently than I thought they ...more
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Rosalind Noonan is a New York Times bestselling author of women’s fiction and domestic suspense novels and is a graduate of Wagner College. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes in the shade of some towering two-hundred-year-old Douglas fir trees. This is her first mystery under the name R. J. Noonan.

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