It took me a while to get to the latest release in Owen Laukkanen's Stevens & Windermere series, The Forgotten Girls. The last one in the series, book, was very good but as I said in my review last year, it was very dark. And based off the name of The Forgotten Girls I was thinking this book was going to be another dark book. I was right, it was.
The prologue opens up with a young woman, actually a girl, who is train jumping attempting to get to Washington state in order to see one of her friends before they pass away from cancer. She takes the risky northern pass which is way too cold for any one to be outside on a train in the winter. She then goes into the middle of a heated train car and runs into a man that she struggles with, but is eventually killed.
Now there is a quick jump to a man picking up a woman at a bar and bringing her back to his apartment. As he is getting ready, she unlocks his phone and starts to look at both his Facebook profile and pictures on his phone. As she is flipping through the pictures, she ends up seeing a picture of a dead girl and flips out calling the police. It turns out that the man had his phone stolen a while ago, and the pictures are being uploaded to the cloud by the stolen phone, not the man. But this is when Stevens and Windermere end up getting involved and starts the main action of the book.
Without describing much of the action, Stevens and Windermere end up heading out west near the northern pass and discover there is a serial killer on the loose killing people who won't be missed by others: runaways, prostitutes, etc. The book moves between the view of Stevens & Windermere, the serial killer himself, the friend of the young woman murdered in the prologue who is looking for the man who murdered her best fried, and Mathers (Windermere's boyfriend, and fellow FBI agent). The book has a solid pacing throughout and has my favorite thing for commute reading: bite-sized chapters. But it was dark, and at times I thought too dark.
Quick Review: 3 out of 5 stars.