The New York Times

"In Lost Girls, his first book, Mr. Kolker has grabbed hold of a ghost story, one he grounds in insistent detail.... describing bad childhoods without pressing down too grimly, without becoming maudlin or overly condemning of the situations people have found themselves in.... His book becomes a lashing critique of how society, and the police, let these young women down.... Reading this true-crime book, you’re reminded of the observation that easy reading is hard writing."

- Dwight Garner, THE NEW YORK TIMES