The Drowned Girls (Angie Pallorino #1) by Loreth Anne White
Title: The Drowned Girls
Author: Loreth Anne White
Published: June 20, 2017
Published: 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?
This was one of those books that I got to read for being a Prime member and I have to say this was a darn good book to be able to read. We are introduced to Detective Angie who just went through something tragic. Her way of coping with this instead of going to see a head doctor is by having sex with strangers at the bar. She is in control and that is something that she needs. When she gets the call that a body has turned up and it shows the signs of a serial killer/rapist from before she wants to be on the case. She needs to be able to put this person in jail. Yet while she handles this case she also deals with her personal life. It seems like her life has been a lie and until she can get it figured out she may not be able to work on the homicide division which is something she truly wants to do. While trying to figure out her life basically and solve this case she also is dealing with the feelings of the new detective that she just happened to meet. Though she knows that you never mix pleasure and business together yet her body is saying something else. Working in sex crimes Detective Angie is doing something good even though every outcome is different and what she finally uncovers with this sex crime case is one that runs deep within the dept.
The author did a great job with the character development all the way down to the handle of the case. There was that great weaving between mystery/suspense and romance. The plot was well steady and I loved how it all flowed nicely. For me there was no slow parts as I was reading I just kept wanting more. I wanted to find out who exactly was behind the crimes and how Angie was going to be able to put an end to this person's terror. For being over 500 pages it sure didn't feel like that kind of book for me. I guess that is what happens when you just dive into the book and can't put it down.
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.