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.