Release date: July 15, 2016 from Waldorf Publishing
Premise: Jaycee Wilder is a top investigative reporter in Los Angeles and becomes involved in a series of murders committed in underground sex clubs. The killer leaves a message with every body that reads “Throw Away Girl” and Jaycee is determined to get the public to see the murdered women as victims, not sluts. In the course of her reporting, Jaycee gets entangled in the story and does some investigating of her own to figure out who the killer really is.
Thoughts: I love a good murder/investigation story, especially one with a woman at the center of it. However, I struggled with major aspects of Throw Away Girls and it just didn’t live up to my hopes.
The first issue for me was the character development. Jaycee was not a likable protagonist – I wasn’t really rooting for her and I found her very off-putting at times. I also found the detective to be a fairly superficial character with a poorly thought out back story, and felt like he contributed very little to the overall story.
The other major issue I had was the language. The slang and pop culture references felt way overdone, like their purpose was to show cultural relevance rather than deepen the world of the story. I am not opposed to cursing or crude language but the way swearing was utilized in this book just did not feel natural.
Overall rating: 2/5 stars. This just fell flat for me, though it was a quick read. Unfortunately I won’t be picking up another Jaycee Wilder book in the future.
[I received an advance copy of Throw Away Girls from Waldorf Publishing via Net Galley. The opinions in this review are my own and Waldorf Publishing did not require me to review the book.]