on the shelf : lost girls


I have a lot of books to still write up, but I just finished this one and it's stuck in my head. I need to get it out. Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker is a true crime book about the Long Island Serial Killer. Actually, no, let me rephrase that. It is about the women that were victimized by this killer. I know the story of the supposed Long Island serial killer fairly well. I wasn't going to read this book. Matt was actually the one who wanted to read it, but I ended up picking it up instead. However, this book was different than the tv shows that have told the story of the discovery of bodies along a stretch of highway.
Whenever I start a book lately, I've gotten into the habit of reading the 1 star reviews because these are people who completely miss the point of the book or haven't read it and just give their half-cocked conspiracy theories. People wanted more of the police investigation and not a lot about the women, but if you just read the title, it's not about the police investigation. Read the description- that is not what Robert Kolker was trying to do. His intent was to make these women more than their profession and I believe that he did an excellent job at that. It's unfortunate that this case is still unsolved, but the women aren't just prostitutes or sex workers. They were daughters, sisters, mothers. They are forever lost and the pain is real for their families. Society tends to write off these women because of how they earned a living, but they're more than that. Kolker wanted to make that clear. (3.5/5)

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