Lost girls: An unsolved American Mistery by Robert Kolker tells the story of the four acknowledged and one suspected victims of the so-called Long Island Serial Killer.
Far from being a book centered on whodunnit, it focuses instead on the lives of the victims, and on the events that led them to face their fate. Finally, we are told the story of women, who were mothers, and sisters, and daughters, and not only, as mostly depicted by the press, escorts advertising on Craiglist.
We learn about the struggles they had to overcome, and that they were trying to overcome when their lives were taken too early; all of them working the only job they could find and that could pay enough to make ends meet and support their families.
We get to know their relatives, with their strengths and flaws, and their constant battle to shed light over the last minutes their mothers and sisters and daughters lived. An undefeatable quest for the truth, and to finally see the killer on trial and eventually convicted. Maybe this would give them some peace; I surely wish them all so.
But Megan, Melissa, Maureen, Amber, and Shannan (the latter not officially recognized by the police as a victim, and whose death has been controversially ruled as an accident), can be considered lucky, as Jessica, not mentioned in the book but whose remains were found near the others.