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?
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By Lia on 05-10-17
Excellent New Series
Holy, holy, holy cow! What an intense, edgy, sitting-on-the-seat-of-my-pants novel. About 25% of the way into the book I was wondering if I could keep reading it. Detective Angie Pallorino might be too broken to tolerate as a heroine. Then along comes James Maddocks -- a strong, caring, tough homicide detective brand new to Victoria, B.C. Maybe he is too good and is this going to be an angst-driven romance? Big sigh -- just keep reading. The plot is spectacular, hints and red herrings galore, police procedural spot on (as much as I know of Canada law - which is not much), and more than one bad guy and different levels of bad guys. Pretty soon, I was sighing again -- big gulps of air filled with tension and out loud exclamations about what I was listening to. I was hooked completely. This was not my first Loreth Anne White book. I like her writing and I am so glad I read and trusted the reviews. Super book. A new great mystery/crime/detective writer for me to read.
Julie McKay was outstanding with the delivery of the story
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By Michelle on 17-08-17
Unrealistic story combined with poor narrator
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
If you can suspend belief and get through the narration, then you might like this book. The book needed an editor. Someone to tell Loreth Anne White - that would NEVER happen in this situation - for example the motel scene. Nope. the ties. Yeah right. He would never allow that to happen, I don't care how "hard" up he was. Trying not to spoil it for those who read this.
Would you ever listen to anything by Loreth Anne White again?
I have read others but she is quickly losing favor with me.
Would you be willing to try another one of Julie McKay’s performances?
Absolutely not. Her voice makes her sound angry, and bitter even when she is not angry and bitter.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Drowned Girls?
Motel Scene. New first day job getting lead on case both unrealistic.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful