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Girl, Forgotten
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Girl, Forgotten
A Novel
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

"It's Slaughter's prodigious gifts of characterization that make her stand out among thriller writers."Washington Post

From the New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her, comes an electrifying thriller featuring newly minted US Marshal Andrea Oliver as she investigates a cold case with links to her father's past.

A small town hides a big secret...

Who killed Emily Vaughn?

A girl with a secret...

Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for the prom. For an athlete, who is smart, pretty and well-liked, this night should be the highlight of her high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening, that secret will be silenced forever.

An unsolved murder...

Forty years later, Emily's murder remains a mystery. Her tight-knit group of friends closed ranks; her respected, wealthy family retreated inwards; the small town moved on from her grisly attack. But all that's about to change.

One final chance to uncover a killer...

US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in Longbill Beach on her first assignment: to protect a judge receiving death threats. But, in reality, Andrea is there to find justice for Emily. The killer is still out there—and Andrea must discover the truth before she gets silenced, too...

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

"It's Slaughter's prodigious gifts of characterization that make her stand out among thriller writers."Washington Post

From the New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her, comes an electrifying thriller featuring newly minted US Marshal Andrea Oliver as she investigates a cold case with links to her father's past.

A small town hides a big secret...

Who killed Emily Vaughn?

A girl with a secret...

Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for the prom. For an athlete, who is smart, pretty and well-liked, this night should be the highlight of her high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening, that secret will be silenced forever.

An unsolved murder...

Forty years later, Emily's murder remains a mystery. Her tight-knit group of friends closed ranks; her respected, wealthy family retreated inwards; the small town moved on from her grisly attack. But all that's about to change.

One final chance to uncover a killer...

US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in Longbill Beach on her first assignment: to protect a judge receiving death threats. But, in reality, Andrea is there to find justice for Emily. The killer is still out there—and Andrea must discover the truth before she gets silenced, too...

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About the Author-
  • Karin Slaughter is one of the world's most popular storytellers. She is the author of more than twenty instant New York Times bestselling novels, including the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and standalone novels The Good Daughter and Pretty Girls. An international bestseller, Slaughter is published in 120 countries with more than 40 million copies sold across the globe. Pieces of Her is now a #1 Netflix original series starring Toni Collette, Will Trent is now a hit television series starring Ramón Rodríguez on ABC, and further projects are in development for television. Karin Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta.

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  • Library Journal

    March 1, 2022

    Sent to Longbill Beach to protect a judge who's been receiving death threats, newly minted U.S. Marshal Andrea Oliver has something else on her mind: she hopes to discover who killed Emily Vaughn there on her prom night in 1982. With a 250,000-copy first printing.

    Copyright 2022 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 18, 2022
    Bestseller Slaughter’s gripping follow-up to 2018’s Pieces of Her takes Andrea Oliver, a newly minted U.S. marshal, and her partner, Deputy Leonard Bible, to Longbill Beach, Del., to protect federal judge Esther Vaughn, who has received a series of threatening letters. Longbill Beach happens to have been the childhood hometown of Andrea’s psychopathic father, Clayton Morrow, who was convicted of domestic terrorism and is now up for parole. Andrea believes Clayton poses a threat to her mother’s safety if he’s released from prison. In 1982, Clayton was a suspect in the murder of Judge Vaughn’s 18-year-old daughter, Emily. If Andrea can prove Clayton guilty of this crime, he will remain behind bars. Deputy Bible, too, has a private agenda and is looking into a series of suicides that have occurred in the area. Captivating flashbacks follow Emily in the period leading up to her death as she engages in a Columbo-inspired investigation of her own. Was what happened to Emily a prelude to even more horrific crimes? Andrea’s complicated backstory at times slows the pace, but readers eager to see justice for Emily will keep turning the pages. Slaughter reliably entertains. Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders & Assoc.

  • Booklist

    Starred review from July 1, 2022
    In Slaughter's latest thriller, Deputy U.S. Marshall Andrea ("Andy") Oliver, a rookie on the force, takes an assignment in Baltimore to protect a judge who's been receiving death threats. For Andy, the assignment has a personal element: the judge is the mother of Emily Vaughn, who was murdered decades earlier, and it is possible that Andy's biological father, the incarcerated cult leader Nick Harp, was Emily's killer. Slaughter's Pieces of Her (2018) introduced Andy, but it focused on her mother, Laura; here the attention turns to Andy, who has grown into a strong woman (much like Laura) and is determined to dig deeper into her complex family history. But can she find her way through 40 years of cover-up and conspiracy to uncover the truth about Emily, who was killed just as she was about to graduate from high school? It's a terrific premise, and Slaughter really goes to town with it. Layer upon layer of mystery, a great cast of characters, and some genuinely startling twists. This is Slaughter at her best. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Slaughter's thrillers always draw a crowd, but this one will benefit from the popularity of the Netflix series based on Pieces of Her, which stars Bella Heathcoate as Andy.

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  • Booklist

    July 1, 2022
    In Slaughter's latest thriller, Deputy U.S. Marshall Andrea ("Andy") Oliver, a rookie on the force, takes an assignment in Baltimore to protect a judge who's been receiving death threats. For Andy, the assignment has a personal element: the judge is the mother of Emily Vaughn, who was murdered decades earlier, and it is possible that Andy's biological father, the incarcerated cult leader Nick Harp, was Emily's killer. Slaughter's Pieces of Her (2018) introduced Andy, but it focused on her mother, Laura; here the attention turns to Andy, who has grown into a strong woman (much like Laura) and is determined to dig deeper into her complex family history. But can she find her way through 40 years of cover-up and conspiracy to uncover the truth about Emily, who was killed just as she was about to graduate from high school? It's a terrific premise, and Slaughter really goes to town with it. Layer upon layer of mystery, a great cast of characters, and some genuinely startling twists. This is Slaughter at her best. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Slaughter's thrillers always draw a crowd, but this one will benefit from the popularity of the Netflix series based on Pieces of Her, which stars Bella Heathcoate as Andy.

    COPYRIGHT(2022) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2022
    Forty years after the unsolved murder of a Delaware teen, a newly minted U.S. marshal on an apparently unrelated assignment is pulled back into the case. Emily Vaughn is well and truly cast out. Discovering that she's pregnant even though she has no recollection of having had sex with anyone, she refuses to follow the edict of her censorious parents to name the father and force him into marriage. In return, they turn on her with a grim intensity only Slaughter could summon. But Emily doesn't do cast-out. Even after she's expelled from her school, she shows up at the senior prom in full regalia and is shunned and shamed by virtually everyone who sees her before she's brutally struck down by a shadowy figure. Decades after her death, newly anointed Marshal Andrea Oliver, who knows more than a little about domestic problems--her biological father is doing time for his misdeeds as a psychopathic cult leader--is assigned as part of her initial rotation to protect Judge Esther Rose Vaughn, who's received a series of florid death threats punctuated by a dead rat. Starchy Esther, it turns out, was Emily's mother, and Andrea's gig will bring her uncomfortably close to both Esther and Judith Vaughn, the daughter doctors managed to keep Emily alive long enough to bring to birth 40 years ago. Slaughter is less interested in revealing whodunit than in showcasing the many ways Emily was rejected by her peers, her teacher, and her family and the bitter legacy her supposed transgression left behind, and she brings her trademark intensity to every relationship she lays bare. Like touching a live wire that continues across three generations.

    COPYRIGHT(2022) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    Starred review from June 17, 2022

    Slaughter's (False Witness) 24th book, the second in the "Andrea Oliver" series (following Pieces of Her), begins two years after Andrea learned that her mother was in witness protection and that her childhood was built on lies. Andrea is no longer the timid woman whose life was turned upside down in the series' first installment. Now she's a newly deputized United States Marshal, eager to take control and start life on her terms. Her first official assignment takes her to the small Delaware town of Longbill Beach to protect federal judge Esther Vaughn. She is also asked, unofficially, to investigate the 1982 murder of Judge Vaughn's daughter Emily, who was pregnant and a high school senior at the time. This assignment is personal--the prime suspect in Emily Vaughn's murder is Andrea's currently imprisoned father, who might be paroled sooner than she or Judge Vaughn is comfortable with. The plot of Slaughter's thriller unfolds over a dual timeline--the contrasts between the novel's 1982 and 2022 United States cannot be ignored--as Andrea uncovers a truth that has been hidden for 40 years. VERDICT Slaughter skillfully leads readers on a thrilling journey into the past to solve the murder that a small town wants to forget, yet is still haunted by. Will appeal to fans of Michael Koryta, Joe Lansdale, and Jennifer Hillier.--George Lichman

    Copyright 2022 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • USA Today on Pieces of Her

    "The whole story is a masterpiece of mystery, and Slaughter's skill as a writer has never shone as brightly as it has in this novel." — BookReporter.com on Girl, Forgotten

    "Like touching a live wire that continues across three generations." — Kirkus Reviews on Girl, Forgotten

    "Layer upon layer of mystery, a great cast of characters, and some genuinely startling twists. This is Slaughter at her best." — Booklist (starred review) on Girl, Forgotten

    "Slaughter skillfully leads readers on a thrilling journey into the past to solve the murder that a small town wants to forget, yet is still haunted by." — Library Journal (starred review) on Girl, Forgotten

    "Karin Slaughter always keeps me hooked and Girl, Forgotten is no exception. Totally worthy of a no interruptions, read-all-day bingeathon." — Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Girl, Forgotten

    "Gripping.... Slaughter reliably entertains." — Publishers Weekly on Girl, Forgotten

    "Girl, Forgotten delivers a high-quality thriller Ms. Slaughter is known for. You'll go in thinking you have everything figured out, only to realize you haven't even scratched the surface." — Novels Alive on Girl, Forgotten

    "The story is all action and tension and readers will be hooked.... Karin Slaughter never disappoints." — Red Carpet Crash on Girl Forgotten

    "Fans will surely be satisfied by this novel. It is an intense read and another compelling mystery from Slaughter." — Film Stage on Girl, Forgotten

    "Cunningly conceived and written . . . Deeply satisfying." — Washington Post on False Witness

    "Annnnd she does it again. Slaughter's latest high-stakes thriller follows a defense attorney whose dark past is coming back to haunt her—all thanks to a new client she's called in to represent days before his trial. There's deception, sabotage, violence, family secrets . . . all the stuff you could want from a fictional page-turner, really." — theSkimm on False Witness

    "Slaughter offers us a high-stakes thriller that handles the tragedy of addiction with empathy and grace. Her heroines are believable, flawed and courageous." — Oyinkan Braithwaite, award-winning author of My Sister, The Serial Killer, on False Witness

    "Karin Slaughter's False Witness is a twisty, searingly contemporary mystery steeped in a dark past, and she weaves a story that catches your breath and keeps you gasping and guessing until the end." — Stacey Abrams, author of While Justice Sleeps, on False Witness

    "A propulsive, high-stakes thriller rife with intrigue and suspense." — USA Today on Pieces of Her

    "All of Slaughter's books... are satisfyingly surprising and plausible, but it's Slaughter's prodigious gifts of characterization that make her stand out among thriller writers...Slaughter's satirical touches are as deft as her grimmer renditions of real life." — Washington Post on Pieces of Her

    "The ever-popular crime novelist is back with another pulse-pounding standalone, this one considering the twisted relationship between a mother and a daughter after the latter realizes she may not know the woman who gave birth to her at all." — Entertainment Weekly on Pieces of Her

    "If you're into mystery thrillers, then you're into Karin Slaughter." —...

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