The Lullaby Girl

The Lullaby Girl

by Loreth Anne White


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Detective Angie Pallorino took down a serial killer permanently and, according to her superiors, with excessive force. Benched on a desk assignment for twelve months, Angie struggles to maintain her sense of identity—if she’s not a detective, who is she? Then a decades-old cold case washes ashore, pulling her into an investigation she recognizes as deeply personal.

Angie’s lover and partner, James Maddocks, sees it, too. But spearheading an ongoing probe into a sex-trafficking ring while keeping Angie’s increasing obsession with her case in check is taking its toll. As startling connections between the parallel investigations emerge, Maddocks realizes he has even more than Angie’s emotional state to worry about.

Driven and desperate to solve her case, Angie goes rogue, risking her relationship, career, and very life in pursuit of answers. She’ll learn that some truths are too painful to bear, and some sacrifices include collateral damage.

But Angie Pallorino won’t let it go. She can’t. It’s not in her blood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542047975
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Series: Angie Pallorino Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 262,809
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Loreth Anne White is an award-winning, bestselling author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries, including The Drowned Girls, the first book in the Angie Pallorino series. 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 dog. Visit her at

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The Lullaby Girl 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.75 stars--THE LULLABY GIRL is the second instalment in Loreth Anne White’s contemporary, adult ANGIE PALLORINO murder/mystery/suspense series focusing on Vancouver Police Department sex crimes Detective Angie Pallorino, and her partner/lover Detective Sergeant James Maddocks. THE LULLABY GIRL can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary but I recommend reading the series in order for backstory and cohesion. Told from several third person perspectives including Angie and James THE LULLABY GIRL picks up immediately after the events of book one-The Drowned Girls-in which Angie Pallorino discovered that the life she lived has been based on a lie. Our heroine has recently been demoted and assigned desk duty in the face of violent take-down that was deemed excessive and unnecessary. Now with time on her hands, Angie begins a personal investigation into a thirty-year old cold case that will alter her life in more ways than one. Going rogue, and without the help of the man that she loves, Angie will come face to face with her past-a deadly encounter meant to end her life-a second time around. Meanwhile, James Maddocks investigation into a sex-trafficking ring has caught the attention of the FBI and Canada’s RCMP. Partnering with the elite forces James will discover similarities between his case, and the one Angie has been investigating; and a potential showdown with the people in charge places Angie in the direct line of fire as she inserts herself where she doesn’t belong. THE LULLABY GIRL is a story of betrayal and revenge, of power and control. The imagery and descriptive nature of the story line is dramatic and realistic. The emotional fall out is palpable and intense; the suspense is riveting and powerful. Loreth Anne White’s attention to detail is brilliant; the character development and world building is phenomenal; the energy and passion inspiring; the delivery fluent and artistic- a movie for the mind.
Pebbles92 More than 1 year ago
The Lullaby Girl is the 2nd book in the Angie Pallorino series by Loreth Anne White. This is the first book I have read by this author and it certainly will not be the last. I managed just fine with this story even though I have not read the first. It gives enough back story that I picked up with what was happening pretty early on. With that said however, the first half of the book really dragged a bit for me. It wasn't until the 2nd half that I really started to feel more of a connection with Angie and the plot started to pick up. The ending though, wow! Very intense and took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I look forward to reading more by this author, especially within the Angie Pallorino series. An ARC copy of the book was received via NetGalley.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Lullaby lyrics sung in a strange tongue haunt Angie. Hypnosis is shining a sliver of memory but her past abandonment in a hospital cradle at age four is a terror that keeps on giving. A police detective position is being ripped from Pallorino due to her over giving of bullets to suspect in prior The Drowned Girls. Rescue of six trafficked young girls who do not speak has Detective James Maddox and Kjel Holgersen scrambling for answers. White has an expert way of telling a story that even if it is two in the morning blurry eyes keep reading. Would have liked a bit more romance between Maddox and Pallorino and uncovering more about Kjel. "A copy of this book was presented by Montlake Romance and author via NetGalley with no requirement for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
As I was reading the Lullaby Girl in some ways it felt like it should be the third book in the series. We find out who Angie was and where she came from. The finding out isn’t easy and takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride that they won’t see coming. White’s trademark suspense is well in evidence. Finding out who Angie was only leaves more questions as to who she’s going to become. I can’t wait to read the third book to see how they are answered.
Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
This book picks up close to where the previous one in the series ended. Detective Angie Pallorino must face the repercussions related to her behavior during the Baptist case and her seemingly overkill of the suspect in the end. Meanwhile, her lover Detective Sergeant James Maddocks is investigating the fallout from that case where six young girls were found on the yacht they raided. They’re obviously victims of the sex trade and he’s trying to find out who’s at the head of this sex trafficking operation. There wasn’t a moment to catch my breath from start to finish. So much was developing from Angie’s search for the truth of her identity and Maddocks’ sex ring investigation that it was mesmerizing. The consequences of her actions were pretty tough and Angie compounds the issue at every turn. Maddocks continues to impress me as a detective and a stalwart, steadying influence for her. It’s a powerful and unpredictable dynamic these two have and, on a strange level, they somehow fit. The suspense was almost palpable, the danger constant and the mystery just kept pulling me forward. The writing is exceptional, with complexity in plot and characterizations. Again we’re given a strong sense of place in every venue in British Columbia, making me feel as if I was right there. I love this author’s style and her characters, even when I was uncertain if I respected Angie. I’m so looking forward to what’s next for her and others, especially given the dramatic ending. (I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review)
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Edgy, enthralling, and adrenaline pumping! The Lullaby Girl is an engrossing, eerie thriller that takes you on a journey into the dark and disturbing criminal underworld and immerses you in all the manipulation, violence, murder, immorality, depravity, wickedness, and pure evil found there. The writing is skillfully crafted and crisp. The characters are relentless and determined, including the self-destructive, stubborn Angie Pallorino whose greatest struggles involve her inability to conform to authority, her secretive past, and the newly expanding intimacy with Maddocks. And the masterful plot will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish with all its twists, turns, and surprises. The Lullaby Girl blew me away. It was so much more than I ever expected. It had exceptional pace and great depth in both the character development and storyline and made it very evident and clear that White is an impressive storyteller. The Lullaby Girl is the second novel in the Angie Pallorino series and even though there are some references to events from the previous book it can certainly be read as a standalone. However, I would have to recommend you start this brilliantly clever, satisfying series from the start by picking up The Drowned Girls, book #1, first.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
The Lullaby Girl is the second book in Loreth Anne White’s Angie Pallorino series. It is a direct continuation from the first book, The Drowned Girls. You have to read the first book if you want to have a good understanding of what is going on. Angie Pallorino is a police officer who is currently on suspension for the number of bullets she put into a serial killer. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg as it relates to everything that is going on with her. In addition, her new boyfriend, Detective James Maddocks is continuing the investigation into a human trafficking ring that they came across while they were hunting aforementioned serial killer. Somehow, that prior investigation helped to unearth childhood memories for Angie that brought to light the fact that she was adopted. Since this is a mystery/suspense, there is only so much that I can get into without spoiling everything. Needless to say, there are a lot of layers to this mystery. As Angie digs into her past, her present and future begin to unravel. She discovers that her past is so gruesome that her younger self had to forget everything in order to survive. Even her secrets have secrets. In addition, Maddocks’ investigation into the human trafficking ring will have an unimaginable overlap into Angie’s past. And that is as much as I can get into. Loreth does an uncanny job of weaving everything together. I was captivated until the very end. At times, it was hard to root for Angie because she is so self-destructive but once the truth about her past comes into focus, I understood her so much more. And Maddocks was a truly admirable guy who just wanted to be a good cop, father, and lover. He was compassionate and never let Angie down even when she tried to push him away. I have no idea what the next novel will be about because it seems that a lot of questions were answered this time around. Nonetheless, I look forward to reading the next book because I am curious to know what happens next for Angie and Maddocks. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who are you? Where do you come from? Questions most of us have no problem answering. But what happens when you can’t answer, and everything you thought you knew about yourself is totally wrong? I saw The Lullaby Girls offered on NetGalley and was immediately highly intrigued. I decided to increase my Mojo for acquiring it for review by reading the first Angie Pallorino book, The Drowning Girls and the earlier romantic suspense books by Loreth Anne White. Two takeaways from this, my Mojo attempts worked, and as much as I enjoyed binge reading the earlier romantic suspense, White has really stepped up her game with the Angie Pallorino series. The Lullaby Girls directly follows The Drowning Girls. You can read it without reading The Drowning Girls because White nicely catches you up, but why would you want to? Angie Pallorino is a detective skating on a thin ice. She has taken down a serial killer with what her superiors termed overkill and her career is in the balance. Really, overkill? With a serial killer? Dead is dead. While Angie is on suspension she decides to pursue the Angel Cradle child case from 1986. In the first chapter Angie interviews a nurse who was there the night a toddler was shoved cut and bleeding into the cradle, amidst a gunfight on the street. The cradle outside a hospital emergency room was designated as a safe haven for abandoned babies. White writes of the abandonment and the subsequent effect the toddler had on the hospital with such grace and sensitivity that I strongly advise having a box of Kleenex within reach. Pallorino has lost who she is; no longer really Angie Pallorino, having been inserted into a dead baby’s life, no longer a police detective, no longer the tough woman visiting sex clubs for release. She fights to regain an identity, a career and to keep the man who loves her. James Maddock, her lover and former partner is following an international sex trafficking case that came out of the investigation of a serial killer in The Drowned Girl, a case that by all rights should by Angie’s case. Angie fights against her resentment and her tendency toward self-destruction. The story is intricate, each piece slotting together until Angie’s case and Maddock’s case intersect. The pace is measured; the tension slowing building to mid-book to when White lets loose and you can forget the words ‘measured’ and ‘slowly’ as all hell breaks out. Maddock continues to comfort us with his Herculean efforts to maintain his relationship with Angie while staying true to the requirements of his career. Angie continues to worry, to impress, and to make us want to shake her and most of all to care about her. This is an outstanding series. White’s details, descriptions, and dialogue come together to paint a dark twisted world that resides just under the surface of our world. Today, with great sadness, I will say Tom Petty wrote a song about Angie Pallorino, “I Won’t Back Down.” This is who she is, and I imagine who she will stay in subsequent book.