I just finished this book and thought it was amazing. The way Robert Kolker writes this book is amazing. I read this book in a couple of days and thought that it was one of the best. The author never puts his own opinion into the book and only presents information that is provided to him. Who knew you could end a book with out an ending?
Absolutely chilling and yet so compassionate towards the victims. Sets a new (very high) standard for true crime.
“In mid-December 2010, the Suffolk County police discovered the bodies of four women, each wrapped in burlap, on a desolate, bramble-covered stretch of sand called Gilgo Beach. It was a gothic whodunit for the internet age, replete with prostitutes, drugs, family dysfunction, investigative incompetence, not to mention a strange, insular beach community and, of course, the websites of Craigslist and Backpage, where the women had advertised for customers.”
Slow burn, interesting chilling crime. Could have had less drama, felt it bloated and bogged down the story.
This book was okay, an interesting read. But not a page turner.
The author spends a lot of time on the victims' backstories but not nearly as much time on the crime, evidence, and suspects. To me, since this was hailed as one of the best books of 2013, "Lost Girls" fell flat for me.
I didn't finish this book. The stories of the different girls with all their different names were hard to keep straight and I feel like the narrative moved forward too slowly.
What Robert Kolker does in Lost Girls is to humanize these women and their stories. The killer of these women has not been identified, and as the years pass by, the feeling is that he or they will never be found. Although the families did recover their loved ones bodies, true closure is impossible as long as no one is to be held accountable. This book stands as a monument for these women who suffered abuse and neglect as children and then paid the ultimate penalty for the bad choices they made as they became adults.
Protect and serve. Protect and serve my *ss.
A very good true crime book. It is the story of the deaths of multiple escorts on Long Island. The author details the women's lives in a way which is compassionate and thought provoking regarding which murder cases police and media pay the most attention to.
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