The Drowned Girls – Loreth Anne White

16 December 2017
The Drowned Girls Book Cover The Drowned Girls
Angie Pallorino #1
Loreth Anne White
Montlake Romance
20 June 2017

He surfaced two years ago. Then he disappeared ...

But Detective Angie Pallorino never forgot the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card—crosses etched into the flesh of his victim’s foreheads.

When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?

Then the body of a drowned young woman floats up in the Gorge, also bearing the marks of the serial rapist, and the hunt for a predator becomes a hunt for a killer. Assigned to the joint investigative task force, Angie is more than ready to prove that she has what it takes to break into the all-male homicide division. But her private life collides with her professional ambitions when she’s introduced to her temporary partner, James Maddocks—a man she’d met the night before in an intense, anonymous encounter.

Together, Angie and Maddocks agree to put that night behind them. But as their search for the killer intensifies so does their mutual desire. And Angie’s forays into the mind of a monster shake lose some unsettling secrets about her own past . . .

How can she fight for the truth when it turns out her whole life is a lie?

The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White

Loreth Anne White has done it again with The Drowned Girls. WOW. She is the queen of backstories and romantic thrillers. The Drowned Girls isn’t even a mystery; it’s an actual thriller. Really and for true. And don’t let the length of the book fool you, it will keep you ensnared. I promise.

Angie Pallorino is a sex-crimes detective, vying for a spot in homicide investigations. In the past, Angie has lost a partner, which she still holds herself responsible. Her vice? Anonymous sex with men she meets at a club.

One day, Angie gets temporarily reassigned to homicide because one of their prominent cases involves sex-crimes. As she is in the morgue, Mattox, her new partner walks in. To her shock, he was her latest anonymous fling the night before. Whoops.

Their current victims are two girls who were both raped, drowned, and sexually mutilated. cringe As they begin to investigate, it’s crazy the number of things they uncover. A leak in the police department, a sex ring, unlawful gentleman’s club, drugs, prostitution, and a crazy guy to boot.

My Review

I don’t even know where to start. The Drowned Girls was a fantastic book. If you’ve never read Loreth Anne White, you are indeed, missing out. Many of her older books are romance, which I’m not into, but her thrillers are phenomenal. A Dark Lure was my first book by her, then this. I’m already reading Angie Pallorino #2, The Lullaby Girl.

The Drowned Girls is a 3rd person story with many characters and situations. First, Angie’s backstory was out of control in a good way, of course. I felt for her family, all of them. Angie, her mom, and her dad. It’s one heck of a story.

There were multiple strands of crimes going on, some related, some not, but what fun it was trying to figure it all out. There isn’t so much that you can’t follow along, but there’s enough to keep your mind busy!

The Drowned Girls is not an easy read, but it’s a fantastic read. There wasn’t a single moment where I found myself skimming. The romance/sex scenes are a bit long, but she has a history of romance books, I wasn’t expecting otherwise.

I have a few of her other books on my TBR list, and I feel confident that they are every bit as involved, lengthy and enjoyable as the first few I’ve read. Loreth Anne White knows how to write. She knows how to weave a story that will suck you in. She has quickly become a favorite of mine.

Five drowning stars.

The Drowned Girls - Loreth Anne White

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