Title: Throw Away Girls (The Jaycee Wilder Series #1)
Author: Jennifer Vaughn
Publisher: Waldorf Publishing
Format: Digital ARC
Verdict: Read it!
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5
From Waldorf: 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.
The killer lives a normal life during the day, while hunting the Throw Away Girls at night, punishing them for their dark urges. He leaves messages behind in his victims’ blood, his explanation for enacting such brutal, twisted justice upon the unworthy. He watches the media coverage. He knows the wily reporter is chasing him. As Jaycee follows her gut, and the evidence, she forces him to act. But when a killer is clever and cunning, he can infiltrate anywhere. Jaycee must utilize all her skills to expose him before he gets to her first.
My Review: THROW AWAY GIRLS is highly addictive, suspenseful and frightening! If you love serial killer thrillers then this book is for you. This is the first book in the new Jaycee Wilder Series and Jennifer Vaughn draws from her first hand experience as a television news anchor to brilliantly craft Jaycee’s character as a tenacious and sharp newscaster in LA. Jaycee is such a likeable character adored by her hot, actor boyfriend Van and news team colleagues. She forges a trusting relationship with Detective Barton who feeds her inside information about the killings. Jaycee’s compassion and empathy for the throw away girls and their families really make her shine as a human being.
The book is told mostly from Jaycee’s point of view but I so appreciated hearing from the victim’s perspective. I also love a strong, competent female lead. Vaughn’s writing is easy to digest, engaging and page turning.
Vaughn nailed the plot – it’s dark, cringe-worthy and gory and stands up every bit to well read authors of this genre. I was sucked into the story from the get-go with a brutal murder scene in process – so creepy but so good! I wish the killer reveal came later in the story but Vaughn kept the suspense tight right up to the end. I can’t wait to pick up the newest installment, Legacy Girls.
Thank you to Waldorf Publishing and Netgalley for providing me this ARC in exchange for my own review.