Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lost Girls by Robert Kolker

They are young prostitutes from all walks of life.  What they have in common is their grave site and the fact that their murders have never been solved.

Harper Books sent me a copy of the ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It's being published this month, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

If you like true crime, this book will fascinate you.  There is no marvelous revelation of the killer in this story.  It's just the sordid facts about how these women got into prostitution and how they died (at least as much as anyone knows about that).  They were not forced into it; they chose to do it to make some money to improve their life.  That it ended in death is sad.

Five bodies on Gilgo Beach, each buried at different times and in different locations on the beach.  They all advertised on Craig's list.  When the economy got bad and they had no jobs, they did what they could to survive.  Unfortunately, they didn't survive.

The identity of the killer is not clear.  There are suspects but no proof.  I feel for these victims and their families.  There is one caveat that keeps me from despairing over this case.  There is no limitation on murder.  Some day, the murderer will make a mistake or confess.  I can't see someone living with this their whole life.  Only the future will tell.

Stay safe out there, folks.

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