The Drowned Girls

The Drowned Girls

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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?

Publisher: Seattle : Montlake Romance, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781503941212
Branch Call Number: FIC White
Characteristics: 512 pages ; 21 cm

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dubonnet
Jan 14, 2020

I can't believe I managed to slog through this book. I guess I think this writer has potential to be a great mystery/crime writer if she chooses more believable scenarios. The crimes are overly sensationalistic, the sex scenes more suited to erotic/romance novels.
The protagonist is a flawed but tough character, trying to find out who she is, but it was easy to guess her story.
The serial killer (do we need more novels about serial killers?) was a character we only got to know by name near the end of the novel.

The story, I felt, was overly long, but not really believable. The setting is in Victoria, BC. The violence is more suited to a larger, more crime ridden city, not a small city known for retirees, students and boaters. Canada has had a number of serial killers, it's true, but this just didn't feel like a Canadian story to me.

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tink05
Aug 17, 2018

Great start to a series. Look forward to the next. Just an FYI for those who aren't fond of it this book does contain alot of sexual content.

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maucarden
Nov 30, 2017

This book was one of the best I've read in the last year. Blew me away. Terrific plot, fabulous setting and characters that I hope appear in many more books. I highly recommend this book!
Loreth Anne White was known for her romantic suspense books, now she has truly stepped up her game. Hard core police procedural, but with a melt-your heart romance too.

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KAREN S HARRIS
Aug 02, 2017

On the shelf & thought I'd give it a try . Wow. Excellent & can't wait for the next novel in series.

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