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- Publication Date: March 19, 2018
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In addition to giving us a glimpse into the lives of our favorite FBI criminal profilers, Darger’s books also help us connect with the most overlooked element in the serial killer equation: the victim. The Girl in the Sand takes this to a whole new level, fully immersing us in Emily’s fight to survive the most feared serial killer in Las Vegas history, Leonard Stump. Emily’s no overpowered protagonist or cliched whore with a heart of gold. She’s just a woman who caught Stump’s eye, the next victim in his inevitable killing spree.
“They always say ‘it could happen to anyone,’ but in a way, I think it’s better said, ‘it actually happens to someone.’ Every awful thing, every tragedy, every nightmare—it happens to someone. A person. A real live human being.” … “This time, it’s us.”
While Darger and Loshak are chasing leads and burning cars across Vegas, Emily’s fighting for her survival and her sanity at Stump’s hands. There’s no way she can win, but she keeps fighting because sometimes just not losing is the closest you can get to victory. In a way, that’s both horrifying and inspiring…which is why I have about fifty passages from her chapters highlighted. In addition to writing incredible, action-packed suspense, Vargus and McBain toss off gems of truth like it ain’t no thang to bring the disturbing realities of the world into such sharp relief.
The Girl in the Sand takes everything the Violet Darger stories have been building on, then cranks that to eleven and blows all the speakers. There’s a point during one of Loshak’s chapters where he muses that every desperate act springs from a fatalism in the person committing it. Well, it’s probably a good thing Darger didn’t hear him think that, because it doesn’t get much more fatalistic than that climax or more desperate than Darger’s last stand. If your pulse isn’t pounding by the time the showdown with Stump ends, then you need to see a cardiologist immediately.
The statistics of the missing from Las Vegas are terrifying, if true. This storyline has some humor, but mostly it’s a brutal and dark tale of evil beyond belief. The characterizations are fascinating and the strong women in the story are inspiring. The attention to detail gives one the feeling of being in the story and it is frightening! The authors have woven an imaginative, unique, and complex story that will have you reading late into the night with a pounding heartbeat. An amazing read!
Cover: Nope, do not like it, as it doesn't seem to reference anything in the novel. Not the location, not the geography, and not a Joshua tree.
Title: Very appropriate, perhaps the plural of girl would be the only improvement.
Characters: Realistic and as fully formed as required for the story. Would have liked to see more involvement by the minor characters, but I am a greedy sob!
Story: Concise and well paced, allowing no safe place to stop reading. This novel uses its excellent plot to move along at a brisk pace, never relaxing enough to encourage the reader to become distracted by real life. Even the law enforcement procedures are sparing, but interesting to read. Kudos for the research completed by the authors in preparation. The main plot never sacrifice it's importance, even to the secondary plot that emerges later in the book. I must say I appreciate a thrilling read that presents just the right amount of information, characters fleshed out just enough to seem authentic, yet not in excess to become distracting. The authors nailed this balance early and maintained it throughout. Well done.
Ending: Not without a surprise or two, not unrealistic, neither completely satisfying nor enraging.
Nits I can't resist picking: Seafoam tiled claw foot bathtub. Wait, what now?
Oh, "F YOU!" AUTHORS!: End of chapter 52.
Summary: I once wrote in an earlier review of an earlier novel crafted by Vargus and McBain that they had "come into their own" and that novel was the "finest so far".
I am happy they accepted my challenge, and proved me wrong!
The story follows FBI agent Violet Darger as she arrives in Las Vegas, in pursuit of serial killer Leonard Stump, who has apparently emerged from retirement and resumed killing after a 20-year hiatus.
I don't want to give spoilers, so I will go light on details, but this book held me spellbound while I was reading it. I literally could not put it down, and was up until 4:00 am because I *HAD* to find out how it ended.
I liked the fact that they didn't resort to "deus ex machina" at the end. I don't want to spoil the ending, but it's very suspenseful, and it's a pet peeve of mine when authors put characters into impossible situations and then pull some unbelievable gimmick out of thin air to miraculously extract them and save the day. That's not the case in this book, and that's all I'm going to say about that.
I would recommend that people read the books in order. This book builds upon previous books, and someone trying to read this as a stand-alone novel would likely feel lost.
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The story was good but it was a little too......wordy, analytical, deep, not sure of the word I want I’ it could have been told in a lot less words
Seemed to ring true. I enjoy the style of L.T. Vargas