New Release and Review for The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White

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?
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SERIES OVERVIEW: – As a member of the sex crimes unit, Detective Angie Pallorino is intimately acquainted with the dark side of desire. Attempting to break into the elite homicide division, she confronts not only killers but her own issues with sex, control, trust, and intimacy. And when buried secrets in her past emerge, they threaten to derail both her professional ambitions and her developing relationship with a fellow detective. The Angie Pallorino series is a hard-hitting and gritty police procedural that will appeal to those who like their mysteries deep and their heroines edgy.

The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A gritty, dirt-under-your-fingernails dark romantic suspense.

The Drowned Girls  introduces us to Angie Pallorino. She is a detective in the sex crimes division who’s been walking the line on sanity after the death of her partner and a young child on a case that went bad. She uses anonymous sex to numb her feelings and struggles to keep her anger under control. Working in a mostly male environment of men who don’t trust her after her partner’s death she becomes even more determined in her job and really wants a promotion to homicide. She gets that chance when the sexual rapist of 2 cold cases she worked years ago suddenly reappears but has upped his game to murder. To add to her long list of stressful things in her life – her new temporary partner is the last guy she had anonymous sex with and ran out on.

James Maddocks took a job in homicide which was a demotion to move to Victoria to be closer to his college age daughter. His marriage fell apart due to his job with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and he is hoping to repair his relationship with Ginny. He was as surprised as Angie when they find out they are going to be partners. He is also tasked with evaluating her mental state which it doesn’t take long for him to see that she is a loose cannon on a self destruct path. But he can also see that there is a vulnerable woman underneath that’s suffering from PTSD from her partners death which has triggered some other issues from something early in her childhood.

I dont think there was one conventional character in this whole book – even the dog only had 3 legs. Along with a large cast of characters the gruesome detailed descriptions of the acts of the killer kept you turning the pages. It was a well blended police procedural, suspense, romance and the psychological journey of Angie of trying to figure out if she is just going nuts or if there is some hidden traumatic thing from her childhood that she has forgotten that has been the driving force to the choices she makes in her life.

Looking for a non-conventional edgy heroine who walks a fine line give The Drowning Girl a try which is a the first in a new series.

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