Aug 10, 2017

Book Review: The Drowned Girls




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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Wow!   Detective Angie Pallorino has to be one of the most broken people that I have ever heard or read about without being one the wrong side of the law.  Instead Angie works with sex crimes and she is looking to get justice for women that have been raped, mutilated and murdered.

Detective James Maddocks has taken a step down the ladder to be able to get a job near his daughter.  His first case is a doozie and his partner is Angie.  Sparks flew between them both personally and professionally as they work to solve this crime and perhaps start putting Angie back together.

If I keep running across books this good, I will never catch up on my sleep.  Angie is a character that I found really easy to emphasize with and Maddocks is dark, dreamy and caring.  Their partnership is one that we all dream about finding.  I highly recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy reading thrillers, romantic suspense or police procedurals.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

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