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August 23, 2022

Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter ~ an Audiobook Review

by Donna Huber

Andrea Oliver has just graduated from U.S. Marshal Service training and her first case assignment hits pretty close to home. Assigned to protect a judge is just part of her assignment. Her uncle wants her to investigate an unsolved murder from 1982 in hopes of keeping her father behind bars.

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book cover of thriller Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter
August 2022; Blackstone Publishing;  9781504780360
audio (15h 45m), ebook, print; thriller

I'm a relatively new fan of Karin Slaughter. I only discovered her books 5 years ago and I've enjoyed the 5 books I've read so far. I don't usually listen to suspense and thriller audiobooks, but her stories are so captivating that I tend to become solely focused on the story.

I didn't realize that Girl, Forgotten was book two in the Andrea Oliver series. But it doesn't matter. I assume book one is focused on why Andrea and her mother are in the Witness Protection Program. As this is only the second book and Andrea is just embarking on her Marshal Service career and the case is related to her own past there is plenty of backstory to let you get to know the characters.

I really liked Andrea and her complex past makes for an interesting story. I assume we will see more of Mike in future books as he is the marshal who oversees Andrea's mother's witness protection. He is full of personality so it will be fun to watch the complicated relationship between him and Andrea. I'm not sure if Leonard Bible, her partner, will appear in future books as she hasn't decided on which area she wants to go into. I liked him though and hope to see him again.

Girl, Forgotten is a dual timeline story. We switch between Emily in 1982 and Andrea in present day. My only real complaint about the story is that there are no immediate indications that we have switched timelines which I think is more confusing when listening to the audiobook. You figure it out within the first paragraph or so of a new chapter but I would have liked for there to have been a chapter heading or something so it was evident right from the start of the chapter.

Emily's story was a real eye-opener to the early 1980s for me. I was just a child then so I didn't really know misogynistic it was. I'm sure my eyes were bugging out of my head during the interaction she had with her pediatrician (a man). I was like how the heck was this a doctor let alone a doctor for children.

Kathleen Early does a great job as the narrator. There are a lot of characters some of them appear in both timelines and I felt they were all given distinct voices which made the story easy to follow.

The audiobook is kind of long - almost 16 hours - but I was so focused on the story that the time flew by yet at the same time I feel like I "got my money's worth" so to speak. If you are looking for a story that will suck you in, then this is the book to pick up.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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