Girl, Forgotten

Blackstone Audio. (Andrea Oliver, Bk. 2). Aug. 2022. 15:45 hrs. ISBN 9781504780353. $22.95. THRILLER
Best-selling author Slaughter’s (False Witness) latest, the second in the “Andrea Oliver” series (following Pieces of Her), does not disappoint. Picking up two years after the events of the first book, the story traces events over two timelines, in 1982 and 2022. In the present, Andrea is finishing her training with the U.S. Marshal Service and beginning her first assignment. This assignment conveniently allows her to look into her psychopathic cult leader father’s background and perhaps bring new charges against him to keep him locked up. The focus shifts back and forth between Andrea and her entertaining partner, Leonard “Catfish” Bible, and the story of young murder victim Emily Vaughn. Forty years later, the town still wants to know who killed her and who is the father of her child. Luckily for listeners, actress and narrator Kathleen Early brings both the delightful and the villainous characters to life, complete with spot-on, evocative accents.
VERDICT Listeners will be so invested in the characters and the story that they may not be able to turn this compelling book off. Fans of Michael Koryta and Christi Daugherty will be captivated.
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