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.
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.