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Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery (original: 2013; edição: 2014)

de Robert Kolker (Autor)

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"A literary account of the lives and presumed serial killings of five Craigslist prostitutes, whose bodies were found on the same Long Island beach in 2010. Based on the New York magazine cover story"--
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Título:Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
Autores:Robert Kolker (Autor)
Informação:Harper Perennial (2014), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery de Robert Kolker (2013)

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Lost Girls is an amazing piece of work. I’ve been a huge fan of true crime since I read “In Cold Blood” as a kid. My mom hid Helter Skelter from me, saying I was too young and she was probably right. I’ve also devoured everything that Ann Rule has written. She’s definitely missed in this genre. There have only been a few true crime books that I have not been able to finish reading. This has usually been due to the writing being so all over the place that it’s tough to keep track of who is who or I felt that the author was more on the side of the killer instead of the victim, which didn’t sit right with me.

I think Robert Kolker does an amazing job of portraying the victims as humans with family and friends. Since the killer has not been caught yet, it worked perfectly since obviously details of the investigation would be off limits. The book also reads like a story and not as much like a true life event. I’d definitely recommend if you like this kind of book. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
I wanted to like this book because I was mesmerized by the NetFlix movie of the same name. Based on the true crime story of young women who were found murdered in Long Island, NY. from 1996 - current. Still unsolved, the writer notes that the police were slow to arrive at the scene when a 911 call asked for help, with the statement that she was going to be killed.

The movie was clearer and more straightforward in noting that the girls were hookers, and some of them were also addicted to drugs. In trying to solve the crimes, certain people of the area were not investigated, whereas others seemed to be spot on as the potential killer.

The writer seemed to ramble and it was very difficult to keep track of the history of each murdered girl.

See the movie, and if you like a book cluttered with too much detail, then read the book as well. ( )
  Whisper1 | Apr 25, 2020 |
While the details of the case were interesting and presented thoughtfully and respectfully, the narrative itself was garbled and poorly constructed. The timeline felt out of order, particularly in the first section, and the sections were pressed together with no indication of which girl was being focused on. The ending in particular felt lackluster with very little to say about the case as a whole. Overall the book felt unfocused and without direction.
  Welfycat | Mar 3, 2020 |
I would have liked it more had it had more forensic information and facts. Key questions were left unanswered. Why did the medical examiner not check other bones for bone marrow drug testing? Why were key people disqualified as suspects? ( )
  kweber319 | May 13, 2019 |
Don’t expect too much. LOST GIRLS has received so many great reviews, even a NEW YORK TIMES notable book award for 2013, I expected to be mesmerized. Don’t make the same mistake. Then you’ll more readily see what outstanding reporting Robert Kolker does with this book.

Not only does Kolker investigate the mysterious deaths of five young prostitutes on Long Island, he also looks at their lives, how they grew up, who loved them, how they chose their “profession.” He provides so many details you might come to understand them. I almost did.

My biggest problems with LOST GIRLS were a) too many names and b) too many details. I just couldn’t keep track of all of them.

Because LOST GIRLS is nonfiction, all the names are necessary for accurate storytelling. A good reporter is accurate, above all. Fiction can concentrate more on keeping the story readable with fewer names and fewer people who share the same name. But, with LOST GIRLS, at first I was paging back to remind myself who belonged in which girl’s life. Eventually, though, I gave up.

Same with all the details. They may be necessary, but I had a hard time remembering which belonged with which story, and I eventually gave up.

It would have been an enormous help to have a list of names, with reminders of who is who. Then guess what I found at the end of the book: a list of names, with reminders of who is who. WHAT THE HECK IS THAT DOING AT THE END?

So, while I admire Kolker’s investigative reporting, as a book, I can’t give it a high rating. At this length, it is too confusing. ( )
  techeditor | Apr 8, 2019 |
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