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Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

“Opening this book is like arming a bomb—the suspense is relentless and the payoff is spectacular.  Lead character Alice Vega is sensational—I want to see lots more of her.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

   As addictive, cinematic, and binge-worthy a narrative as The Wire and The Killing, Two Girls Down introduces Louisa Luna as a thriller writer of immense talent and verve.   
   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 Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied. 
   With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385542494
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 38,575
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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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Two Girls Down 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An earlier reviewer wrote that this was a book you can’t put down. It may sound trite, but it’s true. This Louisa Luna mystery grabs you in chapter one and holds on right to the end. Her characters are vivid and evolving. The plot builds excitement with every twist and turn. By the end, you will hope that this is beginning of a series featuring the two protagonists, Vega and Caplan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved evey minute! The two main characters are so interesting and right. Hope this begins a series! Love, love, love their interaction and Vega is a hero and Cap is so lovable! More, please!!
Anonymous 10 days ago
2:30a.m. and I just finished TWO GIRL DOWN. I'M LONG ING FOR THE STORY TO CONTINUE. Maybe a sequel with Cap and Vega together as partner in the private eye business. Wonderful character development tucked inside a thriller of a plot.
Anonymous 15 days ago
And doesn’t let you go till you’ve finished.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I love Vega and Cap. Looking forward to more?
Anonymous 6 months ago
The Eclectic Review More than 1 year ago
Alice Vega is a bounty hunter who finds missing persons. She keeps her emotions close to her vest, but inside she is in turmoil. When she was contacted by the missing girls' family to work on the case, she expected that the police would be threatened and wouldn't work with her, so who better to help her than local Private Investigator Max "Cap" Caplan who resigned from the police department under disagreeable terms. But will this cool-headed man and "goofy" dad of a bright teenage daughter see through her and find out her secrets? Will she be able to find the girls in time? "Never assume you’re gonna find who you’re looking for. Assume you’re gonna find the other thing. Which will generally be someone who wants to kill you. Sometimes they’re the same." Cap agrees to help Vega with her unorthodox ways of interrogation and subduing perps and her trans-formative personality going from serious to flirtatious to vulnerable in a matter of minutes. Will he be able to work on this case without it becoming personal? I see hints of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo's Lisbeth Salander in Alice Vega's character. Vega has the same quiet confidence with underlying anger that Salander has, but I felt that Vega opened up more easily. She is a great character and I was waiting with intense anticipation on what she would do next. Cap's character is a great compliment to Vega because of his level-headedness to deal with certain volatile situations. The story line is fast-paced with many twists and turns. When I thought I had it figured out, it went in another direction. The ending was incredible, very disturbing, and well worth the wait. If you love suspense thrillers, crime fiction, and great character development, give this novel a try!
Chelleskin More than 1 year ago
Alice Vega is a bounty hunter hired to find two girls who were kidnapped from a mall. Vega is a female Bosch. She is tough and smart. Teaming up with a disgraced ex cop, they navigate the twists, turns, and lies on their quest to investigate the crime. Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna is an adrenaline rush from start to finish. I was offered a digital copy of Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was a decent read. The main character, Alice Vega, was very strange. Intelligent and tough, but weird. There was something that kept niggling at my brain while reading this. Then it hit me. This was a YA book. I guess I should have figured that out way before the end with all the "duh's" I said to myself when the book was way over explaining things. Not that being a YA is bad, it was just that it was a surprise to me that I didn't figure out until the end. A good read that I enjoyed. Thanks to Doubleday Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
bookaholicNC More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh. This book was fantastic. I really couldn't put it down - spent most of the night up reading it. Worth every minute. I love Vega and so hope she appears in more books.
Dianne57 More than 1 year ago
I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes the darker side of mysteries and a real kick-ass heroine and a totally shocking denouement (I mean she actually kicks literal ass!). The characters are written very realistically, their backstories are revealed quite slowly and that is a bit refreshing for me. If I had one major problem it would be that Alice Vega wasn't given a larger part, at times she was treated like a secondary character and I didn't get the feeling that she was supposed to be that. This is a wonderful book and my only other complaint would be that I couldn't keep all the character's straight -especially if I had to step away from reading for a while (but that might be a problem for my rapidly aging brain! lol). Anyone can read the synopsis, so I won't go there - I'm just going to let you know that this was a riveting look into the small-town life, an interesting look into the drug culture, Police-procedure in a small town and what happens to a family when their children are abducted. I hope that this becomes a series. *ARC supplied by the publisher/Edelweiss.
WordPassion More than 1 year ago
Cap, single father and private detective, and Alice Vega, a mysterious woman from the other side of the country who just happens to be very successful in tracking down missing persons, are called on to join forces when two young sisters disappear. At odds with local law enforcement, they initially experience resistance as the girls' mother desperately tries to think of anyone who would want to kidnap her children. The connection between Cap and Vega deepens as they get closer to finding the answer and discover that two prior disappearances may be connected. Deadbeat dads and drug dealers pale in comparison to the real perpetrators and to their reasons for these young girls, all connected by dance class. A disturbing realization but fascinating read. 
navia25 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book it kept me intrigued all the way through. Great book to read you won't want to put it down.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Two Girls Down is a great book. It’s a thrill ride of epic proportions. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It’s chock full of one liners and one bad ass female bounty hunter/private investigator named Alice Vega from California. Alice is hired to go to Denville, Pennsylvania to locate two young sisters who went missing from a mall parking lot. Alice does her job with precision and doesn’t let anyone or anything get in her way. She also enlists the help of former cop turned private investigator Max Caplan who has his own dragons to slay considering that he left his police career in disgrace. There was no shortage of suspects concerning the girls’ disappearance. The police are clueless. Alice has resources that are uncanny. She has a hacker named The Bastard who can get her all kinds of information. Max’s role ends up being the anchor since he was able to stop her from being completely unhinged. In her own words, Alice is “The Motherf*cker Who Gets Sh*t Done.” She is relentless and bows down to no one. Even when she gets hit in the face with a wooden board, she just shakes it off. In another instance, she subdues several guys with items she picked up from a hardware store. She is clearly the Black Widow. It’s hard to believe that she only went through basic training in the Army. I could go on and on about her attitude and sheer confidence but you’ll just have to read it for yourself. Two Girls Down was amazing. The story and the characters are well written. I can’t give much detail because it’s a mystery at its core. There is never a dull moment and you will never figure out who done what until the big reveal. I hope that Alice’s story doesn’t end here. She has a lot of depth and I can see a bright future in sequels for her. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna is a very highly recommended mystery/thriller. Jamie Brandt, a single mother, is running late while on her way to a birthday party where the whole family is invited. When she stops at Kmart to buy a gift, she leaves 10-year-old Kylie and 8-year-old Bailey in the car while she runs into the store. When she returns, the sisters are gone. After 48 hours with no lead, Jamie's Aunt Maggie Shambley, hires California bounty hunter Alice Vega to locate the girls. Vega is a no nonsense enigmatic investigator who has a well-publicized national reputation for finding abducted children. The Denville, Pennsylvania police chief, in a pique of misplaced pride, immediately refuses to work with Vega to find the girls, despite the fact that after budget cuts, the department can barely keep up with the local oxycodone and meth epidemic. With help from "the Bastard," a computer hacker who assists her, Vega has access to resources and information the police don't. She also hires a local disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is currently working as a PI. Vega knows that he has inside contacts and a favor he could call in with the local police. Vega and Cap work together to uncover a complicated web of lies, false leads, and inconsistent statements to try and find the girls before it is too late. I liked Vega and Cap, who are both flawed but well-developed characters. They work very well together. Cap's problems (and strengths) are presented upfront, but Vega's are hidden and very slowly revealed in small increments. Both of them are fully aware of the ticking clock and how every hour, every minute, the girls are not found is one minute closer to what may be their death. They are both keen observers of people and can pick out clues that the police are overlooking. Luna uses a third-person narrative that allows us access to the main protagonists' thoughts and feelings. Their thoughts and motivations are so different and contrast starkly with each other. She also does a great job describing all of the supporting characters; they are all written as real people. This is an excellent nail-biting complex thriller that moves at a steady pace, building up the tension incrementally with each new suspect and lead. The writing is exceptional; the plot is complex and carefully reveals each new piece of evidence. I was totally immersed in the drama. The final conclusion was a shocker and took me by surprise. Well, Done, Louisa Luna! I am hoping that this signals the start of a series featuring Vega and Cap. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Doubleday via Netgalley.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This was really good! I went into this book rather blindly having never read the author before and not seeing much about the book. I thought it looked like a rather good mystery so I jumped in and started reading. I didn't stop reading until I had reached the end of the book. It has been a long time since I wanted to read a whole book in a single sitting but that is exactly what I ended up doing with this story. I am so happy to have stumbled upon this wonderfully written mystery. This book grabbed me right away. You know from the very start that something bad is going to happen to Jamie's kids. When they disappear in the parking of the local Kmart, there aren't a lot of clues as to where they might may be. Jamie's aunt hires a private investigator who has a reputation for finding lost people, Alice Vega. Vega is determined to find the girls and will do what it takes to find them quickly. She enlists the help of a former cop turned private investigator, Cap. Vega and Cap have very different styles of investigating but they soon form a great team. Together they sort through clues and piece a trail back to the girls. I liked the characters in this story. Vega and Cap were both really interesting characters that ended up in their jobs for very different reasons. Vega was more than willing to cross over the line if that is what is was going to take to bring the girls home. She was tough and worked tirelessly. Cap seemed more like your normal good guy. He is a really good guy who puts his teen daughter first in his life. They were both really smart and have a lot of great instincts. There was a lot of excitement in this story. I was actually pretty nervous about what would happen a time or two in this story. I couldn't figure out how things would work out and just had to go along with Vega and Cap to find out. I didn't expect to have an emotional reaction to this story but as I read to the end of the story, I found myself with a broken heart. I would recommend this book to others. This was a very fast paced novel that was almost impossible to put down. I will definitely be reading more for this talented author in the future. I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Doubleday Books via First to Read.
TheGrumpyBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
This is another one of those books you just can't put down:  a plot that grabs you by the front of your shirt and doesn't let go, with excellent character development, and what a way with words. Two Girls Down, by Louisa Luna, takes the reader through the emotional roller coster of searching for missing children. That emotional trauma is, of course, felt most by the children's families, but we are shown how it also affects the authorities involved in the search.   Two Girls Down is the heart-wrenching story of the kidnapping of two little girls, and the search and rescue effort. It would be easy to blame the mother, Jamie Brant, as she curses at them and is, herself, an abuser of both drugs and alcohol, but she loves her children. Jamie's aunt hires a famous bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to find the girls.   Lead character, Vega, refers to herself as someone who finds missing persons. Lead supporting character, Max Caplan (Cap) is a disgraced police officer turned private investigator who Vega hires to assist her. Cap's disgrace is due to his taking the fall for a younger officer who had a family to support.   Through the voices of her characters, Luna reminds us of the dangers of starring at our phones instead of watching our children in any public place; of our prejudices: one character disliked Vega because of her appearance - she was a quarter Mexican. Then there is the effect drug use and alcoholism have on families:  one older couple was at risk of losing their home because of their daughter's abuse of drugs and alcohol. The opioid crisis was mentioned several times.   Through the voice of the narrator, she reminds us of many of today's issues:  urban sprawl is mentioned more than once, and runoff from a coal mine is said to be causing a stream to be named Black Creek. One character with leathery skin was said to resemble another attractive character, except that she had spent too much time in the sun. Also, mentioned was the dangers of tobacco use (a person who had smoked for years and looked it, and another who didn't know if her cancer was caused by a life with parents and a husband who smoked or by asbestos in her workplace).   All of these things are subtly woven into a compelling yet agonizing, and all too realistic story. This is one that will stay with you after you have closed the book, or turned off your e-reader. Two Girls Down will be available for purchase on January 9, 2018.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
This is my first time reading a Louisa Luna novel. Two Girls Down is an intense investigative suspense that follows Alice Vega and Max Caplan as they search for two missing girls. They disappeared nearly without a trace, but Vega's clever skills get the ball rolling in the right direction. I was really impressed with the flow of the story as it follows Cap and Vega tracking down leads and looking for any possible connections. They run in circles until the breaking lead comes to light. What also made their investigation so compelling was the characters themselves. Vega is like a machine, running on fumes and determination to close her case. On the other hand, Cap can't leave his cop past behind and holds tightly to his anger. He uses his skills to charm their suspects into speaking while Vega has to hold back from assaulting everyone. At first, I was a bit disappointed in her character for being too single-minded and brash. However, as the story progressed I realized her character has layers and a pain filled past that somewhat explains her behavior. Also, it worked out because Vega and Cap complement each other in ways that make the story more seamless. The writing style is unique and really allows you to hear the voice of the characters. I am definitely looking forward to more from Lousia Luna and I would not be upset to see more about this duo! *ARC received via First to Read*
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
She had intended for it be to quick, to leave the two girls inside the car while she picked up a present inside the local Kmart. A quick snatch and go, she got the gift and headed out to her car. It appeared she was successful until Jamie reached her car and found it empty. Her two daughters were gone. Jamie enlisted the help of Alice Vega, a PI with a remarkable history of finding missing individuals but she is not welcomed by the Denville Police Department. Needing information from the department, Vega persuades a former member of their office to join her team. These two are quite the combination as Vega is resilient and Cap is brilliant. A perfect combination for this case as they confront the Denville Police and work together to locate the missing sisters. There doesn’t seem to be much to go on as the police try to piece this case together and with their resources stretched thin, the police are left scratching their heads. Meanwhile, Vega and Cap are talking to everyone and investigating every lead. This rigorous investigation provides many leads, some helpful and some not. What I enjoyed about this novel was how Vega and Cap worked together to solve this case. Cap used to be a cop, so he is used to following a set of rules whereas Vega sets her own rules, working together they have to cross some lines with each other. They try to work with the police department and share their leads hoping that it will help the case which I thought was an interesting twist with this novel considering that Vega and Cap were doing most of the work. I really enjoyed how the author wrapped up this novel. It wasn’t an abrupt ending but an exciting conclusion that was suited the novel perfectly. I really enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it. I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Doubleday Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this copy,
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Meet Alice Vega, one of the very few female bounty hunters known. Vega is well-known for her ability to find lost/kidnapped children. Two young girls, sisters, disappear from a parking lot at the mall. Their mother hires Vega as the local police don't seem to be doing much of anything. When the police tell Vega to go away, they don't need her help, she enlists the aid of former cop Max Caplan. With very little to go on, Alice and Cap start at the beginning, looking at all the suspects, everyone the girls have been in contact with. There are secrets and lies, bigger lies, evasions, drug dealers, and murder. Time is running out and Alice and Cap are getting desperate. This is a new author to me... and one I'm sure I will see more of. She has breathed life into the characters of Alice and Cap. Their back stories are terrific. The story premise is exciting..full of action. I found myself trying to guess who took the girls ... I failed. It was a surprise ending. Many thanks to the author / Doubleday Books / Netgalley for the uncorrected ebook file of TWO GIRLS DOWN. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.