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Oxygen Book Club's September 2022 Pick Explores The Cold Case Murder Of A Small-Town Teen

"Girl, Forgotten" by Karin Slaughter brings back Andrea Oliver from her hit "Pieces Of Her" and takes readers into a small town with secrets.

By Becca van Sambeck
The cover of Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter

Oxygen Book Club highlights books in the crime sphere each month and features exclusive interviews, guided discussions, and more.

Can the 40-year-old murder of a small town high schooler ever be solved?

That's the question posed in Karin Slaughter's new fiction read "Girl, Forgotten," which uses dual perspectives to uncover who killed Emily Vaughn, a teen who was killed on her prom night in 1982. Fast-paced, tense, and gripping "Girl, Forgotten" is the perfect choice for Oxygen Book Club's September pick.

The novel brings back Andrea Oliver, the focus of Slaughter's previous hit book "Pieces Of Her," and now a U.S. Marshall. This time, Oliver is struggling to adapt to her new status as U.S. Marshall as she works to protect a judge receiving death threats in the small town of Longbill Beach. Along the way she becomes determined to solve the murder of Emily Vaughn, especially as the 1982 case may have ties to her present.

The story of Emily's final tragic night plays out in other chapters from her perspective, as readers discover Emily had a secret — as well as plenty of potential enemies who may have wanted her gone. So, who did it? Oliver will have to get this tiny, insular community talking and reckoning with this dark stain on its history to find the answers she needs to get justice for Emily.

Slaughter's mystery will have you up all night reading as you try to solve what happened to Emily alongside Oliver. Read along with Oxygen Book Club, and keep an eye out for our video interviews with the author, as well as guided discussion questions. Happy reading!

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