Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review ~ THE DROWNED GIRLS by Loreth Anne White

The Drowned Girls (Angie Pallorino, #1)
by: Loreth Anne White
Series: Angie Pallorino
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Montlake Romance

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 is the first book in Loreth Anne White’s new series featuring Detective Angie Pallorino who works in the sex crimes division of the Victoria Metro Police Department in Canada.  I have read multiple romantic suspense novels written by Loreth and I have yet to be disappointed.  This one is no different.  The characters are all flawed and there is literally no way that you would figure out who the antagonist is until the big reveal.  I was on the edge of my seat trying to stay ahead of all of the action as it unfolded but there is just so much going on that you have to just let it all unfold.

Although Angie is a detective, she can’t figure out her own life.  The recent murder of her partner and a child that she couldn’t save has given her PTSD.  In addition, revelations regarding her mother have brought up some odd memories and hallucinations that she can’t quite reconcile.  To make things even more interesting, Angie creates a new set of problems when the guy that she meets during one of her anonymous hook-ups at an adult club ends up becoming essential to her career.  But wait there’s more, someone is murdering and mutilating young women in a ritualistic manner that is tied to older crimes that Angie and her now deceased partner could not solve.  With all of this going on, it’s almost impossible to see how Angie could even find the mental energy to get out of bed in the morning.

Angie is not alone in this investigation.  She also has to contend with a handsome Canadian Mountie who has just moved down to be closer to his college aged daughter while he is going through a nasty divorce.  He is Sergeant James Maddocks who finds several ways to get under Angie’s skin.  Their sexual tension is thick and they have to work together to solve these murders.  During the course of the investigation, there are so many secrets that come out, I lose count.  Many careers are cut short and more than one person goes to jail.  There is nothing pretty about how this all ends.  Be advised that the nature of the crimes involved are brutal and the descriptions are graphic.  The steamy sex scenes aren’t enough to stop you from being horrified by what happens.  Consequently, it was a roller coaster ride of epic proportions.  I can’t wait to read the next book.

**Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 5

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