#BookBeginnings Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

Today I’m looking forward to reading Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

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Summary:   Two young sisters disappear from a parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town and the police aren’t making any progress. Desperate, their mother hires a bounty hunter named Alice Vega, to search for the girls. Vega enlists a local PI, Max Caplan, to help her. Will the pair be enough to find the girls in time?

First Sentence:

Jamie Brandt was not a bad mother. Later she would tell that to anyone who would listen:  police, reporters, lawyers, her parents, her boyfriend, her dealer, the new bartender with the knuckle tattoos at Schultz’s, the investigator from California and her partner, and her own reflection in the bathroom mirror, right before cracking her forehead on the sink’s edge and passing out from the cocktail of pain, grief, and fear.

Discussion:  A first glance, this seems like a pretty straightforward beginning. When you look closer, however, you begin to notice there’s a lot of information. She has a boyfriend, so she is a single mother. She has a dealer and knows a bartender, so she might have addictions. Plus, she is in a lot of pain.


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The premise is simple. Turn to page 56 in the book and pick a quote.


Cap truly believed there was nothing harder than being a kid. You were always an alien trying to learn the earth rules.

Actually, this is just a random quote that I liked.

I heard good things about this series, so I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

What do you think? Do the quotes draw you in?

What are you reading this week?


  1. Freda Mans-Labianca

    I feel so much empathy for Jamie right from the start….
    Happy weekend, stay safe!

  2. Sherrie

    Sounds interesting, I’ll have to check this
    one out. Have a great day!

  3. Konna @ The Reading Armchair

    This books sounds heart-wrenching! Even from the opening line, it puts you in such a mood.

  4. Ashley S.

    The quotes definitely draw me in. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  5. Bea's Book Nook

    That beginning is so descriptive and evocative; I feel for Jamie while also learning a lot about her.

    Happy reading and have a good weekend!

    My Friday meme post.

  6. Lauren @ Always Me

    That opening definitely makes me want to know more. 🙂

  7. Literary Feline

    I have heard good things about this series too and would like to give it a try. I enjoyed the excerpts you shared! I hope you love this one. Have a great week.

  8. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den

    Oh wow. I absolutely LOVE that opening! As you say, it seems really simple at first glance, but then it packs more and more into it, until that first line seems like someone who’s in denial. Sounds like an interesting read!

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