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The Forgotten Girls (Stevens & Windermere #6)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  630 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews
They are the victims no one has ever cared about, until now. Agents Stevens and Windermere return in this new crime novel.

She was a forgotten girl, a runaway found murdered on the High Line train through the northern Rocky Mountains and, with little local interest, put into a dead file. But she was not alone. When Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint FBI-BCA viol
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars

The Forgotten Girls is book six in a series by Owen Laukkanen that features agents Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere.

A string of murders on the High Line. All young women. All of them constantly moving from place to place never setting down roots. Someone thought that no one would notice or even care that these women were dead.

But someone has noticed.

Ash knew she was taking a chance. Her friends told her not to do i
James Thane
This is another excellent entry in Owen Laukkanen's series featuring Kirk Stevens of the Minnesota BCA and Carla Windermere of the F.B.I. This case finds the pair far from the comforts of home in Minnesota, working along the "High Line" of western Montana, Idaho and Washington in the middle of a brutally cold and snowy winter.

Over the space of several years, a number of women and girls have gone missing or have turned up dead along the route of what was, historically, the Great Northern Railroad
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Received from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

He preys on women. Women who will not be missed. They are runaways, transients, prostitutes, etc. Women, who, once gone are forgotten. He hunts the forgotten girls.

This book opens with a teenager being found murdered. No one is quite sure of her name (her real name), where she comes from or why she was riding the rails. FBI agents Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere stumble upon the case after the murdered teen's picture is
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
I received an e-ARC of The Forgotten Girls from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

The Forgotten Girls is the sixth entry in a series featuring Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) agent Kirk Stevens and FBI agent Carla Windermere, who are part of a joint BCA-FBI task force that investigates violent crimes. This is my first book in the series and, though it can be read as a standalone, reading previous books may provide more insight into Stevens and Windermere. I
Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
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First of all, I want to admit that this was my first encounter with the Stevens & Windermere series, and it worked beautifully as a standalone. I enjoyed the detectives, even though I know it is probably more beneficial to follow them from book one. I am sure that an even stronger connection can be established.

Sixth in the series, The Forgotten Girls takes us on a journey to uncover a killer who is targeting young female drifters. When
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Deep in the northern mountains of the United States, where winter is harsh and people are scarce, girls have been going missing for years. Many of them are Native American, some are prostitutes, some are runaways, some are small town barmaids, all are the kind of girls that could easily disappear without anyone noticing. Until now.

When FBI agents Windermere and Stevens get wind of the case, all they have is a dead girl, an unidentified runaway rail rider, and a gut feeling that there is somethin
Sharon Beers
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sheyla ✎
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"You don’t ever surf trains on the High Line."

The Forgotten Girls is a police/FBI suspense thriller.

A serial killer has been killing women for years. He uses the High Line train to pick his victims. His usual victims are women who nobody cares much for. They are either Native American Indians, prostitutes or runaways. He also takes advantage of the cold weather to hide his killings.

The novel starts with a runaway girl named Ash becoming one of his victims. Ash has made many friends with the
Jan 22, 2017 added it
Danger on the High Line -- a serial killer is preying on women. He is the stuff of urban legend, a ghost. Riding the rails through the cold, snowy winter taking what he wants. FBI Agents Stevens and Windermere catch the case and head for the Rockies. The ghost is a survivalist and seems to disappear into thin air leaving no clues behind. But he's made a mistake: one victim lives.

This is the first novel in the series I've read and I definitely want to know the backstory of these agents. I could f
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How have I never heard of this author/series before? This is a dark, exhausting thriller about a serial killer. But it is carefully balanced by the character driven sides of the story. Both the main stars (FBI agents and partners) and the book specific characters (in this case a runaway, a waitress, a few others) are so likeable that you can balance the loathing you feel for the serial killer.

The book becomes unrelenting in the middle (seriously--forget putting the book down once the chase begin
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book will be published on March 2017. Mark your calendars!

“You don’t ever surf the trains on Highline” is a common catchphrase used by drifters who hop the trains in the Northwestern railroad. The reasoning? There is something evil there. People just die, they disappear, they never show up to where they are headed. The evil comes in the form of a deadly serial killer; they call him the ghost rider.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn’t realize this is book 6 already in the Windermere series. I was too awestruck by the cover and blurb when I decided to request this one. No fear though, this works perfectly as a standalone.

I can cut this story down into three distinctive parts easily. The first one is really setting the stage. I was nose diving into a whole unknown world to me, a world of people who ‘ride trains’ for what seems to be for years on end. Young men, but also girls, runaways. Two of these girls are Ash and M
In Owen Laukkanen's The Forgotten Girls, the sixth installment in the Stevens and Windermere thriller series, this novel will give you goosebumps and feel cold all over by the end of the novel. It all started when someone found a photo of a dead girl's body in their phone's Cloud System. And that had sent FBI Agents Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere on a hunt of a brutal and ruthless serial killer. When they received the call about another dead body of a girl found in the cold of winter, they've ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading a couple of European thrillers (and quite good ones) it was time to come home to the U.S. and specifically Minnesota. This state is home to three of my favorite authors (my favorites number in the dozens if not dozens of dozens but they are still favorites). John Sandford, PJ Tracy and the newest of the three, Owen Laukkanen.

Laukkanen's protagonist, Stevens and Windermere operate out of the FBI headquarters in Minneapolis, Stevens working for the BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehensi
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Owen Laukkanen has developed a certain style with the Stevens and Windermere books. Sort of a cat and mouse game between an ordinary but intelligent criminal and one or more sets of police agencies or rival criminals. The Forgotten Girls is a bit of a departure from that formula, but Laukkanen proves he can write a straight up mystery thriller just as well as anyone.

Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere are a bit of an odd pairing, representing the Minnesota BCA and the FBI, but they complement each
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
FBI agent Carla Windermere and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Kirk Stevens work together to find the killer of a young girl Ash. They learn that she was hopping the trains that run through the top of the US. They also learn that over 25 women have gone missing -- waitresses, call girls, the homeless -- mostly women who are not really missed. A serial killer appears to ride the rails and use the area as a killing ground. Windermere swears these women will no longer be forgotten. Mila, ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mike by: Dixon
Owen Laukkanen keeps up the quality in this, the sixth Stevens and Windermere novel. Clearly, he is one of the best thriller/police procedural authors around today. You can always count on his books being tightly plotted with complex characters while avoiding the often inane twists for twists' sake espoused by the many Harlan Coben wannabes. I highly recommend this series.
Bonnie Brody
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed Laukkanen's last novel, 'The Watcher in the Wall', and expected more of the same quality in this new mystery. I was disappointed however. The writing leaves much to be desired and the story is repetitive and somewhat banal.

Native American girls and runaways have been going missing on the High Line cross country train for years. There are tales of a bogey man type killer who is on the loose. No one takes this seriously though until Windermere and Stevens get wind of it. For years
Melanie Johnson
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read by Laukkanen and the premise sounded pretty good. There is a "shadow" that rides on the trains in the Northwest and seems to be killing girls but it seems to be just a rumor. No one takes it very seriously because the girls are "forgotten" - runaways, prostitutes, etc. I enjoyed the beginning of this book, but it did seem to drag a bit about halfway through. There wasn't much of a mystery in this novel and the hunt for the killer seemed to be much longer than n ...more
Mindy Tysinger
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it

First off a big thank you to Penguin Random House for this excellent opportunity to read this book before it's released in exchange for an honest review. I love this program. "The Forgotten Girls" is about a serial killer who prays on women who are either runaways, prostitutes, or otherwise neglected. No one to miss them. The forgotten. His vehicle? The trains running through the midwestern states. Two FBI agents stumble into a case of one woman who was not his typical mark. After some investiga
Bent Hansen
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This book is my first encounter with both the series about police detectives Stevens and Windermere and the author, Owen Laukkanen - and both encounters were pleasant ones. Laukkanen develops his story effectively and without much bravado or twists and turns, and the pages practically turn themselves. My main objection - albeit a minor one (hence the 4 stars) - is that there are too few surprises along the way for the reader. There is tension and some nailbiting in several places, but no real "I ...more
Melissa Lenahan
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I have read all 5 of the previous books by this author and was so excited to read this new story. I must say I loved all of the previous books and read them all super fast but I had a really hard time with this book. There was a disconnect for me with the two main FBI agents in this book. In all the other books there was a real chemistry with them but this book had none of that which was very disappointing for me. Also the story just didn't flow for me at all. I still love this author but this b ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, mystery
When Mila says goodbye to Ash as she hops a train, she worries about the so-called ghost rider. Does he really exist or is he just another version of the bogeyman? Oh, he exists, and he has a special hatred for women. But the victims are less than pillars of virtue, so their deaths are seen as comeuppance of a sort. Stevens and Windermere beg to differ. When they discover what's going on, they begin a headlong race against time to catch the killer.
Heather Nicole
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a great run away thriller. It's part of a series but it IS stand alone readable. However it lacked an emotional connection with the two FBI characters. But it was still do able. Now the chapters switched between the prey, the hunter and the FBI - loved that! I couldn't get enough. Definite page turner. Loved the connection the author built for the prey!
Michael Martz
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd give 'The Forgotten Girls' a solid 3.5 stars.... What began as a 3 escalated a bit due to the excitement at the end- a satisfying conclusion.

I like Owen Laukkanen's writing, in general, but I have a couple problems with it. The first is that he sometimes gets a little too simplistic in his technique and, unless the story line is really propulsive, the reading can become a little slow. The second is that there always seems to be a logical flaw somewhere that ends up bugging me throughout the
Amber Garabrandt
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to First to Read for an eARC of this book.
    A body is found dead, frozen in the snow.  A runaway, forgotten by society.  Pictures of her, both dead and alive, show up on a phone, the owner swearing he knows nothing of them.  As they move through this case, FBI agents Windermere and Stevens begin to see that there are more, many more.  Women that society turned their back on- that no one would miss.  The forgotten girls.
        Mila, grief stricken after learning of her friend Ash's d
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I requested this book from NetGalley to review, I didn't realize that it is the 6th in a series featuring Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Activities agent Kirk Stevens and FBI agent Carla Windermere. As a result, it took me awhile to understand these two characters and why they would be paired up. Nevertheless, the book enthralled me with its mile a minute action and short chapters that made the pages seemingly turn themselves.

Young women have been turning up dead for years along the northwes
Carol Taylor
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting for the latest book by Owen Laukkanen and it did not disappoint me. I have read all the books in the Stevens/Windermere series and I enjoyed them all. Most of the earlier books were set in and around the Twin Cities but for this case Stevens and Windermere have to travel out west. There is a serial killer who is preying on vulnerable women around a railroad line referred to as the High Line (going through North Dakota, Montana, the tip of Idaho, etc.). At the same time they are ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, crime
I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
FBI agents Windermere and Stevens are following the very cold trail of a series of dead girls. Girls from the lowest echelons of society: prostitutes, runaways, addicts, drifters. Girls nobody cares about. Forgotten girls. The hunt for a killer races through the frigid northern part of the US across Minnesota, Montana, Idaho and Washington.
The killer is evil and his crimes are horrifying. The weather is bitter cold and snow is piling up. A
Tom Tischler
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
She was a forgotten girl found murdered on the High Line train through the northern
Rocky Mountains. There was little local interest so she was put into the dead file. But
someone was interested, Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint FBI-BCA violent
crime unit. When they stumbled upon the case they discovered a horror far greater than
anyone expected. A string of murders on the High Line all of them young drifters who
no one would notice. But someone has noticed and through the midwinter a
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Owen Laukkanen's debut thriller, THE PROFESSIONALS, was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in spring 2012. Its sequel, CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE, will hit stores on March 21, 2013.

An alumnus of the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing BFA program, Laukkanen spent three years in the world of professional poker, traveling to high-stakes tournaments across the globe as a writer for www.PokerList
More about Owen Laukkanen

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