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In an elite suburb of New York City, girls are dying. That doesn’t happen in Greenvale, with its immaculate lawns, exclusive yacht clubs and multi-million dollar mansions. But behind its perfect façade, its trimmed hedges and luxury cars, a darkness lies. Girls, dependent on Adderall, outmaneuver each other to get into top colleges, while the mothers’ need to live vicariou In an elite suburb of New York City, girls are dying. That doesn’t happen in Greenvale, with its immaculate lawns, exclusive yacht clubs and multi-million dollar mansions. But behind its perfect façade, its trimmed hedges and luxury cars, a darkness lies. Girls, dependent on Adderall, outmaneuver each other to get into top colleges, while the mothers’ need to live vicariously only makes it worse. Bella DeFranco is one of the Bronx’s top SVU detectives. At only 37, she disarms everyone with her stunning good looks, yet she is as tough as most men—and a lot smarter, too. Yet when is summoned to Greenvale, she finds herself getting lost in a case that even she can’t comprehend. She stumbles into a land of secrets, a place where husbands hide their pasts from their wives, where friends are not what they seem, and where no one wants to know too much. As she digs deeper into layers of suburban dysfunction, she comes to learn that, behind all the fake smiles, there is a subtle violence--rivaling even her crime-ridden streets of the Bronx. With a killer on the loose, time running out, and a new partner who never recovered from his washed-up alcoholic days, the odds are stacked against Bella. She is determined, though, to save these girls, whatever the cost. Yet as she gets close, the depth of psychosis she discovers shocks even her….


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In an elite suburb of New York City, girls are dying. That doesn’t happen in Greenvale, with its immaculate lawns, exclusive yacht clubs and multi-million dollar mansions. But behind its perfect façade, its trimmed hedges and luxury cars, a darkness lies. Girls, dependent on Adderall, outmaneuver each other to get into top colleges, while the mothers’ need to live vicariou In an elite suburb of New York City, girls are dying. That doesn’t happen in Greenvale, with its immaculate lawns, exclusive yacht clubs and multi-million dollar mansions. But behind its perfect façade, its trimmed hedges and luxury cars, a darkness lies. Girls, dependent on Adderall, outmaneuver each other to get into top colleges, while the mothers’ need to live vicariously only makes it worse. Bella DeFranco is one of the Bronx’s top SVU detectives. At only 37, she disarms everyone with her stunning good looks, yet she is as tough as most men—and a lot smarter, too. Yet when is summoned to Greenvale, she finds herself getting lost in a case that even she can’t comprehend. She stumbles into a land of secrets, a place where husbands hide their pasts from their wives, where friends are not what they seem, and where no one wants to know too much. As she digs deeper into layers of suburban dysfunction, she comes to learn that, behind all the fake smiles, there is a subtle violence--rivaling even her crime-ridden streets of the Bronx. With a killer on the loose, time running out, and a new partner who never recovered from his washed-up alcoholic days, the odds are stacked against Bella. She is determined, though, to save these girls, whatever the cost. Yet as she gets close, the depth of psychosis she discovers shocks even her….

30 review for The Forgotten Girls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

    2.5 stars. The more I thought about this one the more I decided to round up. The writing is not very good. The characters are bland cardboard cutouts. The story is straight out of an episode of Law & Order:SVU. It is not unlike so many other procedural crime thrillers out there. However, something about this particular book stayed with me. And yes I am fully aware that I gave Gone Girl 2 stars. I plead the fifth. The latter book excels in characterization, creativity, and writing. However. I saw the 2.5 stars. The more I thought about this one the more I decided to round up. The writing is not very good. The characters are bland cardboard cutouts. The story is straight out of an episode of Law & Order:SVU. It is not unlike so many other procedural crime thrillers out there. However, something about this particular book stayed with me. And yes I am fully aware that I gave Gone Girl 2 stars. I plead the fifth. The latter book excels in characterization, creativity, and writing. However. I saw the "twist" in that one coming a mile away. And though I figured bits and pieces out, I didn't figure this one out as nicely. And that surprised me. Bella DeFranco is a detective with the Special Victims Unit of the NYPD. She travels to the suburbs when a beautiful suburban housewife named Josyln Freed is raped and murdered. When she arrives in the small town, she sees it is very much like And meets the victim's "friends" who are all like And all the women have daughters who are like And all the men are like Bella has no idea who killed Joslyn Freed. There are red herrings. There are jumped-to conclusions, there are secrets. Everyone seems to be hiding something. Then Bella finds out Joslyn uncovered and was writing a story for the newspaper about a secret drug ring at the high school. Because all the girls are actually like Joslyn starts sniffing when she finds a bunch of Adderall in her daughter's room. It turns out all the girls do Adderall. It's the only way they can keep up so they can all get into Vanderbilt and have perfect lives. Then it turns out that all the moms are really like And secretly want to And Bella just can't figure the case out. Because Joslyn was murdered and raped. Brutally. Without mercy. Something a person who is even the eensiest bit squeamish wouldn't be able to do. But all the men in the town don't seem to have motive........ So there are a lot of tropes I hate about this. But some things I really enjoyed. This author really made me think about gender roles and society and our own societal biases that play a role in our judgment. This book also goes into detail about what makes a psychopath and why not all of them are murderers, rapists, or criminals. What sets them apart from other humans is a lack of human emotion. Some of the most brilliant and successful CEOS, scientists, and celebrities are in fact psychopaths. They became that way because they can distance themselves from emotion and think purely about physical gain. They do not form attachments to others nor do they feel remorse for wrongdoing. It's amazing how many of them there are in the world. That really struck a chord in me. Something else that really struck me about this book is shedding light on the increased problem that we have with prescription drugs. Primarily Adderall. It seems harmless on the outside. It is just something that helps kids focus. Helps them study. Helps them juggle all the extracurriculars, AP classes, varsity sports. All for what end? The truth of the matter is, Adderall is pretty much prescription cocaine. It is extremely addictive and has massively traumatic side effects. I should know. I used to be addicted to it. Maybe that was why this part of the book resonated with me so much. The subject matter was a little in your face (I think the author definitely had her own opinions of this drug) but it was very realistic and I applaud this author for taking it on. And it was worked very well into the plot of the story as the culture, affects, and indications of this drug were examined. The book kinda took a sharp left turn into this Which was unexpected and cumbersome, but it actually made things a wee bit more interesting. I will always take this Over this Any day of the week. And I've decided I will read the second book because I am interested in seeing where this goes. So there's that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anuradha

    Bad. Bad. Just horrible. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is a show that I love, and this book just had to ruin it all. Meet Isabella de Franco, aka Bella, Queen of the SVU. All men want her, and all women want to be her. She's tall, blonde (well, strawberry-blonde is still blonde I say), pouty, and artsy. She is more beautiful than Grace Kelly, a better cop than Olivia Benson, more badass than Lara Croft, and kinder than Mother Teresa. In short, she is just plain perfect. Or so the author th Bad. Bad. Just horrible. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is a show that I love, and this book just had to ruin it all. Meet Isabella de Franco, aka Bella, Queen of the SVU. All men want her, and all women want to be her. She's tall, blonde (well, strawberry-blonde is still blonde I say), pouty, and artsy. She is more beautiful than Grace Kelly, a better cop than Olivia Benson, more badass than Lara Croft, and kinder than Mother Teresa. In short, she is just plain perfect. Or so the author thinks. Here's my issue. Each time an author makes his/her protagonist motherfucking perfect in every way, I want to die. I mean, what? Her only flaw is that she's too good at her job and that she's a workaholic? Whatever happened to the beauty of imperfections? I love flaws in characters because they endear me to that character. Making them abso-fucking-tutely perfect just pisses me off. Really, Ms. Steele, would it have killed you to have given your character some depth? Bella is partnered with Jimmy "Mack" Menedez, a powerfully built, aging, albeit attractive Cuban detective with a dark past. Haven't read that before! Anyway, our attractive detective and her attractive partner are called to investigate the death of an attractive woman with an attractive husband, attractive children, and attractive friends; a crime she solves with the help of her attractive ex-boyfriend, and equally attractive boss. Yes, because being attractive is the most important thing on earth, all of our characters have to be attractive. The only "unattractive" person in the whole motherfucking narrative is the quintessential bad guy. Even the murderer is attractive. Because of course, looks are all that matter, and such things as depth of character, intelligence, and being a good person are all secondary traits. Our "elite squad" is called to Greenvale, a gated community in Westchester County, home for the rich and, well the beautiful. Our victim is Joslyn Freed, a middle-aged (albeit beautiful) woman, and a mother of two. An intelligent woman (she went to Princeton and Columbia), Ms. Freed is perhaps the only person the story who had some depth to her character. And she was dead within the first ten pages. All of her friends are straight out of Mean Girls, and are by far the most unpleasant, immature bimbos I have ever had the displeasure to read of. They are so fucking shallow, even the Dead Sea would get a complex. All they care about is hair and makeup, and getting their lovely daughters into Vanderbilt University. They are jealous, manipulative, stupid, vapid, and just plain irritating. All regular, suburban moms. All the children, including Ms. Freed's are addicted to Adderall, and Ms. Freed, while freelancing for the Gazette finds out, and now people hate her for it. The privileged high school is one big drug-dealing arena, and everyone in the school is a zombie. Ms. Freed's husband was cheating on her, her daughter's shrink was a class-A bitch, and her daughter had fought with her before the murder. Her "best friends" were jealous of her daughter having got into Vandy, as they all seemed to call it. They plotline was so thin, I could have cut it with a butter knife. I figured the killer out within first half. There are many necessary details, like the overweight other best friend, a mental facility for psychos, a dead sex offender, and many live sex offenders. Now, I'm sure these were added to throw the reader off the case, but Ms. Steele did such a bad job of it, these red herrings actually feel deliberate. I hate Bella de Franco. She ts an arrogant bitch who thought she was the best everything. She ts bossy to the extent of driving someone to homicide. Her homicide. She thinks everyone is stupid and slow, and that she is the only one who is aware of what is going on. She thinks things like "It seemed amateurish to have used so much tape, and she wondered if the guys running the show here had ever investigated a real homicide." about her colleagues, and on more than one occasion considers her partner stupid. She doesn't pay attention to what others are telling her, because she is just too fucking cool, and she gives instructions like fucking Miranda Priestly. she thinks she was the world's most intelligent person, and somehow seems to think everything is a dig at her. It is also evident that Ms. Steele does not have a clear grasp of the English language. Tenses: "The Masters in Forensic Psychology she earned from John Jay at night hadn’t hurt her career either." She had earned, Ms. Steele. "It turned out one of them had noticed a fire in the Dumpster around midnight and alerted the manager, while the other stayed with the cars, taking care of the long line of people wanting to leave. Other than that, they saw and heard nothing." Ever heard of parallelism, Ms. Steele? And the right use of the past perfect tense? I think for me, the highlight of the book was when Ms. Steele actually used the word swag to describe someone. Yes, not even swagger. Swag. Really? She doesn't know the difference between the words tan, and tanned, and even used words like "crew" to describe Ms. Freed's posse. She doesn't realise that driver's licence comes with an apostrophe, and for some reason, seems to hate commas. "Three months later her transfer was complete." "The yachts stood powerfully upright, defiant and proud..." It's called an Oxford comma, Ms. Steele. Oh, and guess what, she rewrote Through the Looking Glass. Please welcome Twiddle dee doo and Twiddle dee dum. Ms. Steele, for future reference, kindly note that they are Tweedledee and Tweedledum. I don't think I have been gladder to put a book down. *starts SVU marathon. The Stabler episodes, of course.*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Drexler

    The story line was ok. Pretty predictable and elementary. The storyline could have used some work. It did not flow together and there was alot of lose strings at the end. The whole Ridley plot line could have been left out all together and it would not have made one bit of difference. I wondered what was the point of that whole story line in the first place? Very weird. I never connected with the main character Bella. There was no insight on her. I felt very disconnected from most of the charact The story line was ok. Pretty predictable and elementary. The storyline could have used some work. It did not flow together and there was alot of lose strings at the end. The whole Ridley plot line could have been left out all together and it would not have made one bit of difference. I wondered what was the point of that whole story line in the first place? Very weird. I never connected with the main character Bella. There was no insight on her. I felt very disconnected from most of the characters. I never understood what made them tick and why they were a certain way. There was no back story on any of the characters, therefore you never get to feel a connection with any of them. I don't feel like this book was a waste of my time, but it was nothing I haven't read before.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I couldn’t put this one down! I like Bella and Mack already and am looking forward to reading The Lost Girls...which I am starting today.

  5. 4 out of 5

    lizzie

    The Forgotten Girls I took a gamble with this book. It was a free download, I hadn't read anything before by the author Alexander Steele. But have to say, it was worth the gamble. I really enjoyed it. Yes, there were quite a few spelling and printing errors in the book, but that didn't deter me away from the story. It was cleverly written, the leading characters were both likable. The story kept my attention throughout, and even when I thought I had figured it out, the plot was exciting, and kept The Forgotten Girls I took a gamble with this book. It was a free download, I hadn't read anything before by the author Alexander Steele. But have to say, it was worth the gamble. I really enjoyed it. Yes, there were quite a few spelling and printing errors in the book, but that didn't deter me away from the story. It was cleverly written, the leading characters were both likable. The story kept my attention throughout, and even when I thought I had figured it out, the plot was exciting, and kept me turning those pages. The Forgotten Girls is the first book in a series, book number 2 has already been added to my "to read" list.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Very good intriguing read. Will be reading this authors next book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    This was a great story only let down by some daft howlers of mistakes costing it the 5 stars for me. If not for those it would've been full marks as I really liked it and hope there are more to come, although I see the author's not released another as yet. I liked Bella a great deal and there's a lot more to come from her and also her new partner Mack. Both have interesting back stories hinted at here and there, especially him. The mistakes, though....oh dear....Greenvale suddenly spelt Greenavle, This was a great story only let down by some daft howlers of mistakes costing it the 5 stars for me. If not for those it would've been full marks as I really liked it and hope there are more to come, although I see the author's not released another as yet. I liked Bella a great deal and there's a lot more to come from her and also her new partner Mack. Both have interesting back stories hinted at here and there, especially him. The mistakes, though....oh dear....Greenvale suddenly spelt Greenavle, dropped speechmarks and commas, Stephanie's used when Stephanie was meant (an odd one), summer misspelt as summet, apostrophe errors (of course-no e-book would be complete without THESE). Then annoyingly Jessie was spelled this way or Jesse and even Jessei for variation at one point and again with Emilie suddenly becoming Emile from time to time. Then we had whose used instead of who's and petty instead of pretty. Irritating as these are all silly mistakes someone should've spotted. !! I imagine the author is probably American and wondered if she's ever heard of Jimmy Savile over here as there are some astonishing parallels in the book which made me think of him and all that surfaced after his death. If she reads this she should Google him !!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "soon forgotten" 'The Forgotten Girls' is the first in a new series that looks destined to feature Bella and Mack. As a Brit, I don't really get the panic over which school the rich kids get into, but this was a big enough deal for someone to start killing females in Greenvale. With Bella as the lead detective and Mack tagging along in her wake, it flipped the stereotypical match-up. Their relationship isn't out of the blocks yet, but it will be eventually. This took me a long time to read, unusu "soon forgotten" 'The Forgotten Girls' is the first in a new series that looks destined to feature Bella and Mack. As a Brit, I don't really get the panic over which school the rich kids get into, but this was a big enough deal for someone to start killing females in Greenvale. With Bella as the lead detective and Mack tagging along in her wake, it flipped the stereotypical match-up. Their relationship isn't out of the blocks yet, but it will be eventually. This took me a long time to read, unusually, as I tired of the standard set of lightly drawn characters and situations. The only time I sat up and laughed was when the American version of Jimmy Savile turned up. I mean, really? At least try to write something original. That piece could have been lifted almost directly from the newspapers. If you can forgive the cliches and just want a time filler then this one is for you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Masters

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Definitely a page turner and an easy read that sucks you in from the beginning and keeps momentum all they way through. Although I would say the plot was revealed pretty early, there were enough minor details that still needed revealing as the book made its way towards a conclusion. All in all a great a great read and I look forward to the next edition. Some spelling/grammar mistakes, but there were few and far between and didn't spoil the book. I wish authors would lo Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Definitely a page turner and an easy read that sucks you in from the beginning and keeps momentum all they way through. Although I would say the plot was revealed pretty early, there were enough minor details that still needed revealing as the book made its way towards a conclusion. All in all a great a great read and I look forward to the next edition. Some spelling/grammar mistakes, but there were few and far between and didn't spoil the book. I wish authors would look at the submitted corrections in Amazon and make these simple changes. At the end of the day surely that's free editing?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bj

    Free on Amazon as of 12/29/14! Note this is classified as a mystery thriller, not a romantic suspense (thought I'd mention it as nearly all my books are romance/erotica:).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Venla

    I found this book when I was going trough free books on Amazon as I was trying to finish my reading challenge for 2019. Sadly, I wasn't able to finish the challenge and this book is one of the reasons why. I thought that it would be a fast read and only take a few hours. Well, I ended up struggling with this for a couple of days because I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. However, here I'm finally rating it. If you are looking for a pretty basic crime novel with a woman as a protagonist, g I found this book when I was going trough free books on Amazon as I was trying to finish my reading challenge for 2019. Sadly, I wasn't able to finish the challenge and this book is one of the reasons why. I thought that it would be a fast read and only take a few hours. Well, I ended up struggling with this for a couple of days because I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. However, here I'm finally rating it. If you are looking for a pretty basic crime novel with a woman as a protagonist, go ahead and read this but please, don't expect much. The protagonist, Bella DeFranco felt very distant the whole time and you couldn't really get to know the main characters that well. The book mainly focused on the plot itself which was not that interesting by itself so... I think this book just failed to be exciting, that is all and I, for sure, did not enjoy reading this and I'm actually kinda annoyed by the fact that this will be my first review of the year. I really hope that the next few books that I manage to get started will actually make me happy that I read them. I also wrote a longer review in Finnish which can be found in my blog

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Hicks

    Forgetting where you placed your keys. Forgetting what you were supposed to pick up at the grocery store. Forgetting if you locked your door or not are things that the average person struggles with remembering, but forgetting a human being is a completely different matter. Detective Bella DeFranco had her hands full. When a young woman finds herself murdered on a yacht, this sends shockwaves through the Greenvale community. This type of thing just doesn’t happen there. And while Bella begins to d Forgetting where you placed your keys. Forgetting what you were supposed to pick up at the grocery store. Forgetting if you locked your door or not are things that the average person struggles with remembering, but forgetting a human being is a completely different matter. Detective Bella DeFranco had her hands full. When a young woman finds herself murdered on a yacht, this sends shockwaves through the Greenvale community. This type of thing just doesn’t happen there. And while Bella begins to delve deeper into the murder, she finds out that there are other young girls ending up dead too. Could these deaths be related? Her partner, Mack, is on the case to help her solve these murders, if in fact that is what she was dealing with. Quite naturally, the more she dug into the situation, the worse the characters seemed to get. The lies, deceit and backstabbing of alleged best friends who seemed to care, but what they were really doing was something all together different. As you read this story, the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit quite snug. This was a pretty decent read. It’s not too long and easy to navigate through. I did find Mack, Bella’s partner, to be a bit rude and somewhat unrealistic as to how he referred to women as “broads.” I’m sure there are men that use that term, but I found it off-putting to have a detective speak to his partner in that manner when referring to women. I don’t know too many police officers and/or detectives who speak in those terms. I also found Bella to be a bit too tough and not soft enough around the edges. I get that she’s in a man’s world and have to handle business as necessary so she is taken seriously, but I felt this went a little overboard for my tastes. However, having said that, this was an ok read. I enjoyed the story plenty. Overall, the Sexy Nerd gives the Forgotten Girls four additional brain cells to help boost the memory. (chuckle!) To read original post, please go to https://www.thesexynerdrevue.com/2020... Thank you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    SeeJennyRead

    I picked up The Forgotten Girls by Alexa Steele on Google Play Books for free. I figured “what the heck, why not.” I didn’t go into it with high expectations, to be honest. I’ve had a couple of duds with free books in the last couple months. Enough to where I don’t get my hopes up when I begin a new one. I was pleasantly surprised, though. This is a solid ‘who-dun-it’ novel. I thought the author brought the characters to life well. The story line was strong and well paced. The author threw in a I picked up The Forgotten Girls by Alexa Steele on Google Play Books for free. I figured “what the heck, why not.” I didn’t go into it with high expectations, to be honest. I’ve had a couple of duds with free books in the last couple months. Enough to where I don’t get my hopes up when I begin a new one. I was pleasantly surprised, though. This is a solid ‘who-dun-it’ novel. I thought the author brought the characters to life well. The story line was strong and well paced. The author threw in a few twists and turns that I enjoyed. If I had one criticism it would be that I wished the author had allowed the novel to fill out just a bit more. I liked the characters enough that I would have been okay with learning more about their lives, what makes them tick. I also felt the novel ended just a smidge too abruptly. I mean this as a compliment. I wanted the story to continue, which I feel is one of the marks of a good story line. My compliments to the author. It was a fun read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leslynn

    Interesting story line, but the ending was disappointing and irrelevant.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Neha Mehta

    If you are like me a true crime buff who enjoys a good “whodunit” then this book partially meets your expectations. I enjoyed the book but halfway through already knew who the killer was (I guess watching Criminal Minds, NCIS and Law and Order paid off!) I wish it could have been more thrilling and the pieces of the puzzle did not fall so easily into place. Everything detectives Bella and Mack did yielded results so it was rather predictable who the killer was in the end. Having said this I enjo If you are like me a true crime buff who enjoys a good “whodunit” then this book partially meets your expectations. I enjoyed the book but halfway through already knew who the killer was (I guess watching Criminal Minds, NCIS and Law and Order paid off!) I wish it could have been more thrilling and the pieces of the puzzle did not fall so easily into place. Everything detectives Bella and Mack did yielded results so it was rather predictable who the killer was in the end. Having said this I enjoyed the insights provided on female serial killers and I will read the next book in the series. I think a good one time read but had the potential to be so much more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla

    Was just ok, parts were a little boring and there was spelling mistakes I'll have to tell Amazon about. It seems to be one of those books that's alright, but never really want to pick up. Even though you want to find out the ending.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela

    A quick and suspenseful read! Perfect for vacation reading 👍🏻

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ramona

    Page turner Gets off to a good start and keeps you hooked to the end. Bella and Mack are teamed up for this case, but it looks like a good fit. This kept me guessing until the end. The wrap up was a surprise.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    Defintely a different mystery story but kept you guessing til the end

  20. 5 out of 5

    Denim

    This is one of those I'd love to rate a four but just can't get myself to do it. It's definitely a 3.5. Great pacing and characters. I absolutely adore the female antagonists and that the men take a backseat as villains. What won me over was Ryan's speech about preconceived notions about women and violence. I think what keeps me from rating it a four was the point of views. There wasn't much differentiation in tone and vocabulary. I think she handled Bella quite well but each character sounded t This is one of those I'd love to rate a four but just can't get myself to do it. It's definitely a 3.5. Great pacing and characters. I absolutely adore the female antagonists and that the men take a backseat as villains. What won me over was Ryan's speech about preconceived notions about women and violence. I think what keeps me from rating it a four was the point of views. There wasn't much differentiation in tone and vocabulary. I think she handled Bella quite well but each character sounded the same but read differently. She was the only one with true personality. I also wanted to see Jamie fall for his idiocy, affair, and neglect with his family. I wish in some way Jamie and Stephenie had a chapter dedicated to how they both lost everything. That would've put a nice bow on everything in the end. It was a gripping read. I couldn't put it down. It's somewhat reminiscent of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects which is a favorite of mine. The plot was great and I'll definitely read more from this author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jagged

    There is a bias in the psychiatric, and in our culture, that still views women through the traditional lens of caregiver and nurturer. I loved this book. It had me completely engrossed. The writing was really good. I wasn't a big fan of Bella, because she is just too feminist for me. But, I loved that Steele did not focus on feminism, in fact she even pointed out problems with it. I enjoyed the lack of man-hating agenda going on in this read that I thought would be inevitable with a character like There is a bias in the psychiatric, and in our culture, that still views women through the traditional lens of caregiver and nurturer. I loved this book. It had me completely engrossed. The writing was really good. I wasn't a big fan of Bella, because she is just too feminist for me. But, I loved that Steele did not focus on feminism, in fact she even pointed out problems with it. I enjoyed the lack of man-hating agenda going on in this read that I thought would be inevitable with a character like Bella. I even found, as the story went on, that I could appreciate Bella's character, and more than tolerate her. I found myself becoming rather attached to her. This speaks volumes to me as far as Steele's writing abilities. I didn't really care for the motive. But it was different and I can respect that. I am certainly willing to read further. Thank you for the great read, Steele.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I just finished this book and I have to say I'm a little disappointed. Overall, it was a good read with an interesting story. The descriptions were very detailed; painting a clear picture without being superfluous. However, I found the characters to be very two dimensional. The one exception was a secondary character, who never really got off the ground . There are quite few pages in the middle of the book, where a relatively unnecessary character is haphazardly thrown in just to explain things to I just finished this book and I have to say I'm a little disappointed. Overall, it was a good read with an interesting story. The descriptions were very detailed; painting a clear picture without being superfluous. However, I found the characters to be very two dimensional. The one exception was a secondary character, who never really got off the ground . There are quite few pages in the middle of the book, where a relatively unnecessary character is haphazardly thrown in just to explain things to the reader. The dialogue is between him and the main character, but it's obvious that he's really talking to us; the audience. Lastly, I found that the 'big reveal' at the end was over-the-top; showcasing a kind of Jekyll & Hyde that hadn't been well developed during the story. It was not a bad book, but also not a good book. I will not be reading the sequels in this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is the authors debut book and as debut's go it's very good. The story flows really well with a couple of twists towards the end that I wasn't expecting. Bella Defranco is a great character and I think the author has done a great job by letting us not find out to much about her so that I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series to learn more about her. The book sees Bella having to work a case after a woman's body has been found on a yacht. What Bella and her partner come ac This is the authors debut book and as debut's go it's very good. The story flows really well with a couple of twists towards the end that I wasn't expecting. Bella Defranco is a great character and I think the author has done a great job by letting us not find out to much about her so that I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series to learn more about her. The book sees Bella having to work a case after a woman's body has been found on a yacht. What Bella and her partner come across in their searches is not what you would expect in an ideal suburban location of rich and well to do locals. This is a fast paced novel that had my attention from the first chapter and I look forward to reading more in the series. The Forgotten Girls is currently still free to download on Amazon.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Willem Koenders

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love the general theme of a series of crimes, with an individual diving into, solving it along the way while her/his character develops. I hated this one though. Bella is the New York stereotypical “advanced” or “cultural” type that is perpetually annoyed with all the rich folks that live in their own little arrogant world. These rich types, in the book, all have an annoyingly shallow character - they’re all the same, caring just about themselves, with crappy marriages, love of money not people I love the general theme of a series of crimes, with an individual diving into, solving it along the way while her/his character develops. I hated this one though. Bella is the New York stereotypical “advanced” or “cultural” type that is perpetually annoyed with all the rich folks that live in their own little arrogant world. These rich types, in the book, all have an annoyingly shallow character - they’re all the same, caring just about themselves, with crappy marriages, love of money not people, and ordering “lesser” people around. I think the reader is supposed to like Bella as the main character going through all of this, but I’m just annoyed at her (and hence the writer’s) incredibly condescending view of small town & rich folks, as if they’re all the same. It’s almost ironic that Bella is annoyed through the story - so am I.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    High Society Psycho Murder in the burbs. Good story and pacing. The characters were written well but it was a bit predictable for me, not at the beginning but somewhere in the middle. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because then I want to see if I’m right. It was nice to see the heroine did not need a man in her life to feel complete but I would like to read more of these books from this author to see where Bella and Ryan end up. To summarize this book. Money does not buy happiness, love or fri High Society Psycho Murder in the burbs. Good story and pacing. The characters were written well but it was a bit predictable for me, not at the beginning but somewhere in the middle. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because then I want to see if I’m right. It was nice to see the heroine did not need a man in her life to feel complete but I would like to read more of these books from this author to see where Bella and Ryan end up. To summarize this book. Money does not buy happiness, love or friends. Even the rich are flawed and getting your kid into the right college can be murder.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)

    Published: 04/08/2014 Author: Alexa Steele Recommended for: fan's of crime fiction Edition: Kindle I found this novel on the Kindle Store for free and so I thought I would give it a go. This is a book with a good pace and good characters. It draws you in right from the beginning and manages to keep the same pace throughout the book.It is a good book if you enjoy trying to work out who it was that did it. The only thing stopping me from rating this book 4star is spelling and grammer mistakes. But a go Published: 04/08/2014 Author: Alexa Steele Recommended for: fan's of crime fiction Edition: Kindle I found this novel on the Kindle Store for free and so I thought I would give it a go. This is a book with a good pace and good characters. It draws you in right from the beginning and manages to keep the same pace throughout the book.It is a good book if you enjoy trying to work out who it was that did it. The only thing stopping me from rating this book 4star is spelling and grammer mistakes. But a good read for any readers who enjoy crime stories.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ɑƨħŵɑɡ ♥Team Magnus Damora FOREVER♥

    I liked this story and the mystery of the forgotten girls of Dunmore hospital. I think it was brilliantly written. The two detectives, Mack and Isabella were interesting. They remind me a bit of Linden and Holder from The Killing series. Though their relationship is a bit formal since they just met and started working together but I'm definitely interested in reading more from this series. I liked this story and the mystery of the forgotten girls of Dunmore hospital. I think it was brilliantly written. The two detectives, Mack and Isabella were interesting. They remind me a bit of Linden and Holder from The Killing series. Though their relationship is a bit formal since they just met and started working together but I'm definitely interested in reading more from this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen Barber

    This had potential, but didn't really quite come together for me. Bella could have been irritating. While the writer plays up to every stereotype possible, the redeeming feature is that Bella is actually presented as a decent character. She's not incapable of making mistakes, and she is not immune to the horror of her work. Together with Mack, they are sent to a high-achieving district to work out what is going on when a woman's body is discovered. With a few obvious red herrings, and some element This had potential, but didn't really quite come together for me. Bella could have been irritating. While the writer plays up to every stereotype possible, the redeeming feature is that Bella is actually presented as a decent character. She's not incapable of making mistakes, and she is not immune to the horror of her work. Together with Mack, they are sent to a high-achieving district to work out what is going on when a woman's body is discovered. With a few obvious red herrings, and some elements that don't quite tie together, the two crack the case.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Reads like an episode of Law and Order: SVU, though not one of the better ones. In the end, the whole thing was rather predictable. My biggest gripe, however, was that I just didn't care for the characters. Bella de Franco, the oh-so-perfect (according to her description, anyway) protagonist, in particular was deeply unlikable and came across as an arrogant, judgmental bitch. I wasn't overly thrilled with her partner Mack's habit of referring to every female character they encountered as a "broa Reads like an episode of Law and Order: SVU, though not one of the better ones. In the end, the whole thing was rather predictable. My biggest gripe, however, was that I just didn't care for the characters. Bella de Franco, the oh-so-perfect (according to her description, anyway) protagonist, in particular was deeply unlikable and came across as an arrogant, judgmental bitch. I wasn't overly thrilled with her partner Mack's habit of referring to every female character they encountered as a "broad", either.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    This was great! I kept thinking at different stages, I had it figured out and was always wrong! Great storyline and I loved the characters. Once I got started it was hard to put down. Will definitely recommend to friends.

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