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Two Girls Down

(Alice Vega #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  16,330 ratings  ·  2,266 reviews
When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Ca ...more
Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Doubleday
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Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I could not put this book down! I read this book over the course of one day. Brilliant. Two Girls Down is a page turner with well developed characters, an intriguing and well written plot, suspense and a feeling of dread.

Jamie is a single Mother to two young daughters, 10 year old Kylie and 8 year old Bailey. She is running errands and goes into a Kmart ALONE (R U f'ing kidding me? Who leaves kids alone in a car?)to buy a birthday present. While she is in the Kmart picking out a gift, her daugh
Larry H
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars here.

I love when a book you stumble upon by an author you're not familiar with turns out to be a terrific read. Such was the case with Louisa Luna's Two Girls Down . It's a well-written, suspenseful whodunnit with some pretty fascinating characters.

A single mother, sometimes Jamie Brandt just needs a break from her two daughters, 10-year-old Kylie and 8-year-old Bailey. They're always wanting something, needing something, and she's just tired. What she wouldn't giv
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alice Vega is a tough bounty hunter (in a unique kind of way). Her specialty is finding missing people. She’s good at what she does - and she knows it. Rawhide tough, she doesn’t let anyone get too close to her, but knows this time she’s going to need help.

Max Caplan, (Cap) is a former policeman who was forced into early retirement. He’s a single father raising his sixteen (going on 25!) year old daughter, while now working as a private detective.

Vega is called to a small town in PA to
megs_bookrack ((is on vacation))
When single-mother, Jamie, runs into Kmart to buy a gift, she somehow doesn't think twice about leaving her young daughters, Kylie and Bailey, alone in the car.

She's frazzled already and knows if she brings them in they will just be begging for treats, something she doesn't have the patience for today.

Little does she know, in just minutes, her whole world will be turned upside down, as upon returning to the car, she finds it empty.

The girls are gone.

Ill-conceived parenting choices aside, this
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna is a 2018 Doubleday publication.

Taut Suspense- Impossible to put down!

Two young girls go missing from a local mall. However, the small-town police force is overwhelmed and ill equipped to handle the case, so the family hires bounty hunter, Alice Vega to find the missing girls.

From there, Alice hires a local guy, Max Caplan, a former member of law enforcement, who left the force under dubious circumstances.

In a taut race against the clock, Alice and Max forge a p

4.5 stars
Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna is everything that a good mystery/thriller should be! This fast past story was riveting, character driven, dark and twisty from beginning to end! Alice Vega, as the ceaseless bounty hunter, was an enigmatic character that drew you in and made you anxious to know more.

In a small town in New Jersey, two girls are taken from a shopping mall parking lot. After a few days without progress, the family calls in Alice Vega, a bounty hunter/private detective with a
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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2.75 Stars

When I first read the description for this novel, I knew it was one I had to read. I decided to try it on audio. Unfortunately, this audiobook and I didn’t mesh as well as I’d hoped.

Jamie and her two daughters, 8-year-old Bailey and 10-year-old Kylie are headed to a party. However, they need to stop at Kmart first to pick up a gift. Jamie heads into the store alone as she thinks it will be faster that way. When sh
j e w e l s
I would not recommend you listen to this book. The actress narrating the book did a nice job for the most part, except when she had to portray so many different suspects/characters. Ugh. She could be really terrible to listen to then. And all those imitations of young guys/asthmatic old women/crusty police personnel just was too over the top to enjoy. I really prefer a subtle voice change when one narrator is reading for so many varied characters. There are few people talented enough to pull off ...more
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Two Girls Down is an entertaining yet disturbing dark psychology thriller that started off a little slow and confusing for me as our main characters Vega and Cap team up together to find two missing girls.

Louisa Luna does a fantastic job here creating very interesting and memorable characters here with Vega and Cap and his daughter Nell. The dynamics between them really made the story for me. She does a good job balancing Vega and Cap with their differences that complimented each other making t

Two Girls Down is my first book from Louisa Luna, and while I probably won't read any of her previous books, I will definitely read any other adult books she will (hopefully) put out. This book was intense, very mysterious, and I had no clue who it was until it was revealed at the end.

The cover of this book is beautiful, and I'm sure it will be even prettier in person once the book is out. I read an ARC via NetGalley and the publisher, and it had a different cover on my uncorrected proof.
JanB(on vacation till October)
This book is fast-paced and entertaining, with well-developed characters and an opening line that hooked me immediately: “Jamie Brandt is not a bad mother”. Jamie is a harried single mom who runs into a store to pick up a few items, leaving her 8 and 10-year-old daughters in the car. When she returns, the girls are missing.

The overworked and short-handed local police have no leads after several days, so the family hires Alice Vega, a former bounty hunter who has a great track record for finding
"Don't stew in your juices, don't let anything sink in. Don't wait, don't bide your time, don't save your breath, don't sleep on it."

'Cause time is of the essence.....

Jamie Brandt runs into a store in the mall for a quick birthday party gift leaving her two young daughters in the car. Less hastle without the girls begging for items in the checkout line. In record breaking time, Jamie is back in the parking lot with shopping bag in hand. An empty car meets her eyes. No one seems to know what happ
Sarah Joint
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
An intense thriller based in my very own state of Pennsylvania... which doesn't paint the state in a very flattering light, but makes a valid point about a lot of small towns in America. This is an unpredictable book with a lot of action and twists, involving so many suspects that it's dizzying.

Hired by the family of two missing girls, Alice Vega drops everything and makes the trip to Pennsylvania from California. Only ten and eight, it's clear that this isn't a case of the girls just taking of
David Putnam
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Really wanted to love this book and did until about page 200. A big part of the problem falls firmly onto my head, I was a cop too many years. The second issue, the writer part of me saw the prose disintegration. Almost as if someone else edited the last hundred pages.
There are too many things wrong with the weapons and tactics and the way the ex-cop would think. I understand that fiction is not what happens in the real world. But what is important is what the reading world has come to accept.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

Talk about how to grab a reader. “Jamie Brandt was not a bad mother. Later she would tell that to anyone who would listen: police, reporters, lawyers, her parents, her boyfriend, her dealer, the new bartender with the knuckle tattoos at Schultz’s…”.

What Luna does is get the characters exactly right. In just a few pages, she was able to nail the main characters. I loved Cap from right off the bat. An ex-cop and current PI, he loves his teenage daughter and the two of them together just seemed re
Dorie  - Cats&Books :) (on hiatus until Oct 10)
This is a very well done, page turning, high tension mystery/thriller. I was engaged from the very first page and read it in two sittings. Ms. Luna’s writing is smooth flowing and her characters are very well described, in particular the two main characters in the book. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that in parts the back stories on Alice Vega, the private investigator and the ex-policeman that she engages, “Cap” Max Caplan, get a little wordy. At some points I just wanted the ...more
Louisa Luna's Two Girls Down is a binge-worthy whodunnit crime fiction novel that realistically paints how rural America is affected by today's drug epidemic. The story starts off with single mother Jamie Brandt taking her two daughters Kylie and Bailey to the mall so they can get a gift for Kylie's friend's birthday party. Jamie is a struggling single parent in a town where income inequality is rampant. Denville, Pennsylvania is a small town outside of Philadelphia—modest, poor, ignorant, a ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: botm
4 Captivating Stars.

Jamie Brandt makes a quick stop at the mall with her two girls to grab a birthday present. She’s just going to leave her girls in the car for a quick sec as she’ll be in and out, no big deal. When she comes out however, they are gone. Just like that.

Jamie’s family hires Private Detective Alice Vega to find the girls. Finding missing people is Vega’s speciality. Needing help, she partners with a former cop, Max Caplan a/k/a “Cap.” Tough and funny - somehow they immediately tr
When a young mother is out running errands with her two young daughters she decides to leave the girls outside in the car to quickly run into the store. After returning to the car she finds the children gone and frantically begins to search the surrounding area but when the girls aren't found the police are called and the search begins.

With very little to go on and hope disappearing the family decides to hire Alice Vega, a private investigator from California that has become famous for returnin
Diane S ☔
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
A small town in Pennsylvania, a town considered safe, a mother makes a mistake with horrific results.A single mom in a hurry, she leaves her you get daughter's in her vehicle and runs into Walmart to grab a last minute birthday gift. When she returns to her vehicle, she experiences a parents worst nightmare. Her girls are gone.

The grandmother hires Alice Vega, a bounty Hunter who specializes in finding missing children. When she gets into town she hires Cap, an ex policeman who has a storied pas
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn’t what I expected. Two sisters are abducted from a parking lot and the real story of what happened to them is absolutely astonishing and unbelievable.

Alice Vega comes into the story as a private investigator hired to find Kylie and Bailey. She teams up with Max Caplan and together they run through all kinds of mazes to find these girls. Mix that with the local PD, another two missing girls, and the girls’ mother and this story makes for a fast paced read that will keep you guessin
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Even though this is not a terribly long book, it took me what felt like ages to finish! At the same time, I didn't want to abandon it, because it wasn't bad and I definitely wanted to know what happened, so I kept reading. What I like about the book was mostly the detective Max Caplan, who felt like the only well-developed and interesting character. In fact, I would read more novels with his as the protagonist. That being said, he shared the starring role with Alice Vega, who just felt like the ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Jamie Brandt is a mother who has two daughters Kylie 10 & Bailey 8 they always want something or need things done she needs a break away, but when both daughters go missing from a parking lot in a mall she is distraught, beside herself with worry, she brings in Alice Vega an expert in missing children.

To help her she brings in a former cop who has left the force in dubious circumstances Max Caplan who has demons of his own including a teenage daughter Nell, but when Caplan,s daughter Nell is tak
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Good God this was one hell of a roller coaster ride! From the strong opening sentence all the way until the end this one had me glued to the pages as I wondered what happened to Bailey and Kylie Brandt?! Missing children stories always get to me, no idea why I’m so drawn to them because it’s such a nightmare thing to imagine happening to my own kids, yet they never fail to gain my attention and Two Girls Down was one of the most riveting missing persons stories that I’ve read in awhile.

Vega and
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I loved the partnership between Cap and Vega. And what could top that experience? Finding out there’s a sequel in the works! YAY!

In small town Pennsylvania, two young sisters disappear from a mall parking lot. Their mother is desperate to find them and hires a bounty hunter named Alice Vega.

The police refuse to work with Vega. With budget cuts and crime problems spreading them too thin, they aren’t available to consult with her. Needing some kind of assistance, she seeks out
Jamie Brandt does what every harried parent thinks about doing all the time...she leaves her two young girls in the car while she runs into a store for a quick errand. The worst thing happens as she returns to the car and finds ten-year old Kylie and eight-year old Bailey have vanished. Denville, Pennsylvania is a small town where things like this don’t happen. The overwhelmed police department clearly doesn’t have the resources to find the girls quickly so the desperate family reaches out to Al ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, netgalley
About: Two Girls Down is a mystery thriller written by Louisa Luna. It will be published on 1/9/2018 by Doubleday, an imprint of Random House, 320 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, crime, and fiction.

My Experience: I started reading Two Girls Down on 12/19/17 and finished it on 12/28/17. I love the start. I read this book during my Christmas travel and sometimes only read snippets of it so I didn’t fully enjoy the read as much as I normally would. I would have loved it if Cap caught some
3.5 stars
“Did you see two girls in party dresses?” she asked the people behind the counter. “Eight and ten years old. Did they come in to use the bathroom?” Then to the couple, and the man: “Did you see two girls?” They all said no. She left, looked back at her car, still empty.

When two young girls go missing from a strip mall parking lot, the family reaches out to a bounty hunter, Vega, known for finding missing kids. She's the type to get shit done, no matter what it takes. When the local
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Favourite read of 2018 so far!

This was just so much fun, a pretty perfect example of what a crime thriller-whodunnit should be.

I loved the enigmatic bounty hunter/P.I. Alice Vega. Not a lot was revealed about her, just enough for you to know her without knowing her. There is still a lot of space to grow with Vega; more story that can be told.

The minute she popped onto the page I knew I was in fictional love. Vega is damaged and snarky and ruthless, smart and cynical, with
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two Girls Down
Louisa Luna

MY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️▫️
PUBLISHER Doubleday Books
PUBLISHED January 9, 2018

A riveting and entertaining page-turner that will keep you guessing all night long.

Two young sisters, Kylie, age 10 and Bailey, age 8, disappear from a strip mall parking lot in Denville Pennsylvania. Jamie Brandt, the girls mother was not a bad mother, but she was not a perfect mother either. Jamie’s wealthy aunt hires Alice Vega, a tireless private investigator from California who specialize
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Louisa Luna is the author of the novels Brave New Girl, Crooked, and Serious As A Heart Attack. She was born and raised in the city of San Francisco and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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