In an elite suburb of New York City, girls are dying. That doesn’t happen in Greenvale, with its immaculate lawns, exclusive yacht clubs and multi-million dollar mansions. But behind its perfect façade, its trimmed hedges and luxury cars, a darkness lies. Girls, dependent on Adderall, outmaneuver each other to get into top colleges, while the mothers’ need to live vicariously only makes it worse.
Bella DeFranco is one of the Bronx’s top SVU detectives. At only 37, she disarms everyone with her stunning good looks, yet she is as tough as most men—and a lot smarter, too. Yet when is summoned to Greenvale, she finds herself getting lost in a case that even she can’t comprehend. She stumbles into a land of secrets, a place where husbands hide their pasts from their wives, where friends are not what they seem, and where no one wants to know too much. As she digs deeper into layers of suburban dysfunction, she comes to learn that, behind all the fake smiles, there is a subtle violence--rivaling even her crime-ridden streets of the Bronx.
With a killer on the loose, time running out, and a new partner who never recovered from his washed-up alcoholic days, the odds are stacked against Bella. She is determined, though, to save these girls, whatever the cost. Yet as she gets close, the depth of psychosis she discovers shocks even her….
The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’
Forgetting where you placed your keys. Forgetting what you were supposed to pick up at the grocery store. Forgetting if you locked your door or not are things that the average person struggles with remembering, but forgetting a human being is a completely different matter.
Detective Bella DeFranco had her hands full. When a young woman finds herself murdered on a yacht, this sends shockwaves through the Greenvale community. This type of thing just doesn’t happen there. And while Bella begins to delve deeper into the murder, she finds out that there are other young girls ending up dead too. Could these deaths be related?
Her partner, Mack, is on the case to help her solve these murders, if in fact that is what she was dealing with. Quite naturally, the more she dug into the situation, the worse the characters seemed to get. The lies, deceit and backstabbing of alleged best friends who seemed to care, but what they were really doing was something all together different. As you read this story, the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit quite snug.
This was a pretty decent read. It’s not too long and easy to navigate through. I did find Mack, Bella’s partner, to be a bit rude and somewhat unrealistic as to how he referred to women as “broads.” I’m sure there are men that use that term, but I found it off-putting to have a detective speak to his partner in that manner when referring to women. I don’t know too many police officers and/or detectives who speak in those terms. I also found Bella to be a bit too tough and not soft enough around the edges. I get that she’s in a man’s world and have to handle business as necessary so she is taken seriously, but I felt this went a little overboard for my tastes. However, having said that, this was an ok read. I enjoyed the story plenty.
Overall, the Sexy Nerd gives the Forgotten Girls four additional brain cells to help boost the memory. (chuckle!) When you get to the end and find out what is truly happening in this story, it will leave the reader in awe. This is a short read and works up quickly, so if you have a few hours, sit back and enjoy the ride. I know I certainly did!