Description: Hard-charging, insightful, and ambitious, Jaycee Wilder wants to take her TV news career to the next level. The Los Angeles reporter is hungry for the big story. When dead girls begin to pile up at seedy nightclubs that cater to whimsical, fetish-seeking strangers, Jaycee suspects a serial killer is at work. She aligns herself with an east coast cop trying to resurrect himself- and his once stellar career- from a drunken skid.
“Throw Away Girls” by Jennifer Vaughn begins as a typical murder mystery. TV reporter Jaycee Wilder develops a connection to the murdered woman and becomes invested in the story. Through her attempts to find the story, Jaycee works undercover several times and keeps the story moving by going above and beyond her job.
The book’s narrative bounces back and forth a few times, providing us with a glimpse into the killer’s psyche. As his past unraveled, it was horrifying to read about. Vaughn was skillful in depicting how the killer came to be who he was without ever making me feel like he had any real justification on his side. As Jaycee later points out, plenty of kids grow up in bad environments without becoming psychotic serial killers.
The novel itself was interesting and compelling, but I was disappointed in the lack of details about Jaycee’s past. It is mentioned in the beginning that she doesn’t really have family and came from an unfortunate background. Also, at the risk of giving away any spoilers, her character was inconsistent and her feelings for her boyfriend did a complete 180 very abruptly.
While the story was well-written and wrapped up nicely, the allusion to a cliffhanger was a nice touch to set this book as the first in a series with Jaycee Wilder as the protagonist.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JENNIFER VAUGHN
Jennifer Vaughn is an Emmy nominated, Edward R. Murrow, and Associated Press award-winning television news anchor for ABC affiliate, WMUR-TV, in Manchester, New Hampshire. She has contributed to internationally televised presidential debates alongside CNN, ABC News, and Fox News, and has interviewed every sitting president and presidential candidate since 1999. Jennifer has also been honored for her work by the Red Cross, earning a Sword of Hope Award, the NH Association of Broadcasters, and is a multiple Emmy nominee within the New England chapter of The National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. Her debut novel, Last Flight Out, was featured in the Swag Bag at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, CA in 2013. Jennifer is joyfully raising two children with her husband in New Hampshire, and remains an avid contributor to charities that directly funds and supports cancer patients. All proceeds from the sale of Last Flight Out were distributed among several New Hampshire organizations.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.