The Drowned Girls

The Drowned Girls

by Loreth Anne White

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The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White

He surfaced two years ago. Then he disappeared.

But Detective Angie Pallorino hasn’t forgotten 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, also bearing the marks of the serial rapist, floats up in the Gorge, 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 just 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 loose some unsettling secrets about her own past. How can she fight for the truth when it turns out her whole life is a lie?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503941212
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Series: Angie Pallorino Novel Series , #1
Pages: 524
Sales rank: 198,242
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Loreth Anne White is an award-winning, bestselling author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. A three-time RITA finalist, she has also won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall, in addition to being a Booksellers’ Best finalist, a multiple Daphne Du Maurier Award finalist, and a multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award winner. A former journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now resides in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest with her family. When she’s not writing, you will find her skiing, biking, or hiking the trails with her Black Dog. Visit her at www.lorethannewhite.com.

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The Drowned Girls 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.75 stars--THE DROWNED GIRLS is the first installment in Loreth Anne White’s adult, contemporary ANGIE PALLORINO mystery/ psychological crime thriller series with the addition of a little forbidden love and romance. NOTE: THE DROWNED GIRLS contains mature scenarios of graphic violence, abuse and sexual mutilation that may not be suitable for all readers. Told from several third person perspectives THE DROWNED GIRLS follows numerous paths that focus on the resurgence of a violent rapist who has upped his MO turning to mutilation and murder. Detective Angie Pallorino works the sex crimes division of the Metro Vancouver police department and the recent spate of violent sexual assaults is eerily similar to a couple of unsolved cases from years before. When the latest assault victim dies of her injuries, and another body washes up on shore, Angie finds herself with a new partner-homicide detective James Maddocks-a one night stand that demands something more. What ensues is the search for a killer while Angie and James battle the upheaval in their own personal lives-back home. THE DROWNED GIRLS is a story within a story; a dark and gritty tale of a psychopath; a serial rapist and murderer who uses religion as his justification for his actions but THE DROWNED GIRLS is also a story that reveals the depths to which the powerful elite will bury their sins for a piece of the pie. The world building takes the reader into the seedy underbelly of a city gripped by fear; of a people controlled by sex and drugs; of a police department that begins to turn upon its self. As the Metro Vancouver PD begin to uncover the truth, secrets, lies, and betrayal become road blocks to stopping a killer who is devolving with every victim and assault. Similar to Silence of the Lambs with a police department ala Law and Order: SVU THE DROWNED GIRLS is a suspenseful, descriptive story line with palpable energy where the reader looks into the killer’s mind-his needs, his rituals, his rationalization for all the he does-Norman Bates meets Hannibal Lecter with all of the gory details and graphic imagery that a psychological thriller throws at the reader. The character development sets the stage for the who, what, and why ; the world building is rich in technological detailed narration and presentation; the romance is the forbidden fruit between two peoples whose personal lives have fallen into the abyss-Angie Pallorino is desperate to escape Wonderland and uncover the truth. THE DROWNED GIRLS is a decadent, intriguing and enthralling story line; an energetic and dramatic look the people and places behind the headlines and stories that affect us all. The premise is complex and chaotic; the characters are numerous, sensational and charismatic; the romance struggles in the face of duty, secrets, lies and the unknown. Loreth Anne White’s THE DROWNED GIRLS is a powerful tale with memorable characters, and disturbing situations against the backdrop of Vancouver, BC, Canada.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
The Drowned Girls is an emotionally intense story. It's dark and filled with brutality and death. Angie Pallorino is a complex, well written character. She's independent and tough, but she carries tremendous guilt over the loss of her partner. She works in the sex crime unit for Metro PD. She wants to help those who can't protect themselves. When she's assigned to work with James Maddocks on a special homocide task force, her life gets more complicated. Their chance liaison has long reaching consequence which adds more drama to this engrossing story. I was drawn into The Drowned Girls. Loretta Anne White wrote a compelling story filled with unexpected twists. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Law & Order SVU you will love The Drowned Girls. It is dark and the subject matter is pretty brutal, but the mystery is top notch. There is also a parallel romantic storyline that hooks you right in. Angie Pallorino, our heroine, is struggling with her mother’s dementia while also trying to make detective in a police department that is a total boys club. Angie and her partner are working a case that has surprising similarities to a girl who has been brutally raped and tortured. Because of the similarities, Angie is asked to work with Homocide to try to solve these crimes. Surprisingly, the detective she is asked to work with was her one night stand from the night before. Awkward! Pallorino and Maddocks decide to put that behind them but as the mystery unwinds the tension between them amps up and when they finally give in their passion is explosive. Both of these characters are flawed and some of their foibles are psychological in nature. The combination of Angie’s possible hereditary turn towards dementia, the horrifying details of the crime they are trying to solve, and the hallucinations she is having about a young Polish girl gives the story a gritty dark tone. Throw in Maddocks new job, his troubled relationship with his teenaged daughter, and both of their inclinations for control in the bedroom making this a very dark tale. However, the fact that these two troubled people support each other with all of their issues gave me hope and kept me reading until the end, which was really satisfactory. I saw this title on a best romance list and questioned that choice. Not that it isn’t a good book. It is a very good book. But it’s a mystery first and a romance second. Actually, when I think about this novel as I’m writing, the larger aspects of these characters and the storyline are the sinister, mystery elements. Not the romance, though thank God it had one because those scenes lightened the tone a little. Not much, but a little. Anyway, it is an excellent mystery about the darker aspects of humanity, and also about two people who find each other in their darkest hour and learn to trust and support each other. I liked that angle a lot. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review, and it was honest.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Loreth Ann White is a recent addition to my favorite author list! Crime, Mystery, Romance, Personal challenges, and sanity are all explored by Angie Pallorino! Haunting tale of a police detective's struggle to not only solve serial sex villainy but also cope with the terror of visions of a little girl in a pink dress. Regret of time wasted is what the mind struggles with when facing death. Triggers are deadly and a simple tolling of a bell can cause life altering consequences. James Maddocks has relocated to Victory to be close to his daughter and start a new job with law enforcement. James and Angie are teamed to solve related homicides. Extraordinary character development and narrative illustrations make this a glued to your seat experience. "A copy of this work was given to me by Montlake Publishing and author via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. This review is given freely and is my honest opinion."
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
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.**
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Loreth Anne Whites new series begins with a bang in the Drowned Girls. Filled with layers of complexity, this novel kept me guessing the entire way. Angie is not an easy heroine to fall in love with, but once she begins to show her vulnerability I was easily hooked. This is definitely a police procedural with an ongoing storyline. I am very interested to get to know these characters more in future installments and see where the overarching storyline leads. If you are a fan of dark, gritty, realistic police thrillers this is a definite read. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
cherlym More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book several hours ago. I am still trying to wrap my head around it all. You might have a love / hate relationship the first chapter or two. If you love it, great, it gets even better. If you hate it - DONT STOP - it gets even better. There are so many twists and turns, gut wrenching feelings, bad and good. There is sex, explicit for those who require it, if you don't require it, DON'T LET IT STOP YOU. I wish I was gifted enough to leave the kind of review this deserves. Its book 1, in a new series. I need to go soak this all in, and then Loreth Anne White, I am ready, book 2 please. I was fortunate enough to receive a complimentary copy of this book and I volunteered to leave a review. I highly recommend this to adults, not for the faint of heart. 1 like