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. (From Goodreads)
First and foremost, thank you to DoubleDay Books for the free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Reading this was intense, it was dark and gritty, and the deepest fear of any parent. It does contain many triggers, so if you have an issue with drug use, molestation, and violence, than please proceed with caution. I will add that even though the topics are so heavy, it is written with as much tact as possible. There was also a lot of foul language, so again if you take issue with that, you’ve been warned.
Alice Vega is tough, vulgar and she gets her job done, she may have very violent ways of getting it done, but she knows what she’s doing.
I love Max Caplan, he added so much to this book, he was softer, more loveable, and a fantastic father, he was the character that this book needed, he made it more enjoyable to read.
When this book ends, you will ask yourself, “How far would you go to protect the ones you love?” I will add, that I hated, I mean really hated a certain part of this book, and two certain characters, they really made my stomach turn. Very despicable. But major kudos to Louisa Luna for writing a book that can evoke so many emotions from the reader.
“Cap truly believed there was nothing harder than being a kid. You were always an alien trying to learn the earth rules.”