Friday, July 15, 2016
Throw Away Girls by Jennifer Vaughn
Someone is stalking the sex clubs of Los Angeles. The ones that test the edges, where pain and pleasure are intertwined. Three women have been found dead in these clubs, a message that calls them Throw Away Girls left in their blood.
Jaycee Wilder, a local news correspondent, starts covering the case. At first she sees it as a vehicle to spur her career upward, but she soon becomes emphatic with the victims. While they died following a dangerous path, they were more than their sexuality. They were daughters, mothers, teachers and were felled at the height of their youth and beauty.
Jaycee becomes determined to catch the killer. She forms an attachment with the lead detective, Barton and hopes to use him to get exclusives and leads to her own investigation. Barton warns her against trying to investigate. Her boyfriend, Van, and her cameraman, Ben, also try to dissuade her but Jaycee is adamant. She is determined to uncover the serial killer who is taking the lives of Los Angeles women. But as she's been warned, this is a dangerous path. With her public coverage of the case, she soon is in the killer's focus and he starts a deadly cat and mouse game with her. Can Jaycee uncover the killer before he makes her his next victim?
Jennifer Vaughn is a well-known newscaster in New England, the recipient of many awards and several Emmy nominations. She knows the world of a TV reporter inside and out and that expertise is clear in the novel. Readers will emphasize with Jaycee as she learns to look beyond her own ambition to helping those without a voice. This book is recommended for mystery readers.