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The Drowned Girls

(Angie Pallorino #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  14,007 ratings  ·  1,041 reviews
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
Paperback, 524 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Montlake Romance
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If you have yet to experience a Loreth Anne White novel, I’m here to tell you, you’re missing out. She’s proven time and again to this reader, she’s not an author that skimps on the details. In fact, it’s pretty apparent, especially with this storyline, she put a ton of research and thought into the psyche of her characters, the inner workings of the investigation and the underlying religious aspects; while still managing to strike a nice balance between the suspense and romance. The one caveat ...more
Mary Beth
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book. This author is a new author for me. I will be reading more of her books. It is very well written. It is a very dark, gritty, and twisty thriller. It kept me on the
edge of my seat. The intrigue kept me on my toes the entire time and even if I had many pieces of the puzzle, I couldn’t figure out how exactly they connected to make the whole picture. There were several storylines in this book and, in my opinion, there were all captivating. I just couldn't stop reading it. It
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Darkness permeates The Drowned Girls. Loreth Anne White creates a world filled with sick and twisted individuals who commit heinous sex crimes. Thankfully, kick-ass sex crimes investigator Angie Pallorino is there to take them down! There are some very disturbing and gruesome moments in this book, but romance, a likable crew of characters, and a three-legged dog are mixed in to counteract the darkness.

Sex crimes investigator Angie Pallorino days are filled with investigating horrible cases. At
4.5 Stars

I finally finished it. It took me forever. But it’s not the book. It’s the bloody reading slump.

Anyhow, some parts of the book were super engaging and some parts were… a little bit less engaging. The plot was well-developed and interesting. And I really liked the writing.

Despite the fact that this is a police procedural, there’s a little bit of romance in it. The sex scenes are rare but explicit. Personally, I liked that.

The heroine is one badass chick. She’s an intelligent and strong
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit balls! NOW that IS what I call an excellent thriller series!

Loreth Ann White is a new author for me but I will definitely be reading more from this author! I commend Loreth for her enormous amount of talent that she has. You can tell that she thoroughly researched topics to enhance the story, characters, and overall suspense plot. But, I do have to say this is an extremely darrrrrrrk and gory read. You are living and breathing in the mind of this sick and sadistic serial killer that p
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Selene by: Thanks, Melissa! 💕
4.5 stars

Genre: Mystery & Thriller
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Triggers: Yes. (view spoiler)

After reading a handful of books labeled as thrillers and feeling unimpressed by most of them, this story simply blew me away! I was in awe of the excellent storytelling, detailed, descriptive writing style, and the elaborate character portrayals! The shifting POVs allowed the reader to be privy to key information the oth
Sarah Joint
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At over 500 pages, I doubted this book could keep the intensity going the whole time... but it did. It doesn't let up! This is a great introduction to a fascinating new character, Angie Pallorino. Like many protagonists in suspense novels, she's damaged... but her past is undeniably intriguing and she's a bit sexy too. If you prefer your mysteries to have no sex or romance, this might not be for you. There's some sweet romance, but it's also a bit dirty. It can get a bit graphic at times in seve ...more
Angela DeSilva
I can't wait for book two.

This book was so suspenseful. I couldn't stop flipping pages. Angie is such an interesting detective. I loved her
This was a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed and plan ro read more from this author.
4.5 Stars

The Drowned Girls
is an atmospheric, dark, and captivating mystery. Add in the chemistry filled romance between Angie and Maddocks and you have another win from Loreth Anne White.

We’re launched into Angie Pallorino’s life as she’s on the prowl for anonymous sex. This is her escape of choice ever since losing her partner and a three year-old victim on the same tragic night. The encounter is passionate and brief, but ends up being not as anonymous as Angie would’ve liked, because the nex
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
I just loved every minute of this book it got me right from the beginning & could not put it down this was a dark gritty crime thriller that sent chills up your spine, was compelling well written & the characters were so damn likable. I thought Sargent James Maddox was outstanding his presence throughout was brilliant, the author connected Maddox & Pallorino well they were like to peas in a pod it worked to a T.

I wont go into the plot as there is to much going on in this book to write down lets
Detective Angie Pallorino is part of the Victoria Metro Police Department sex crimes unit and answers the call for a young woman desecrated in a nearby cemetery. She and her new partner are still finding their way with each other (mostly not) and haven't created "team" yet. She's got LOTS of baggage and being the only woman in the detective ranks doesn't make things easier. When they determine that this case has a lot of similarities to two she investigated a few years ago, both are included on ...more
Krystin Rachel
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I’m telling you right now, this book is the motherfucking shit.

Not even an exaggeration, honey.

And it’s the shit for one reason. Yes, it’s got murder. Yes, it’s got sex. Yes, it’s got a psycho serial killer. Yes, it’s hitting that fine line in the level of detail. Yes, it reads like real-life honesty. Yes, it’s got gore. Yes, it takes place in C to the A to the N to the A to the D to the A…

Hold on, did I spell that right? *goes back to check* Yep.


But listen to me re
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable suspense-thriller with an interesting main character in complex and damaged Detective Angie Pallorino. Very dark, very gritty and graphic story with a lot going on both in the investigation and in Angie's personal life. An excellent cast of secondary characters. Atmospheric Victoria, Canada setting with cold and misty weather and Christmas on the way. Kept my interest throughout. ...more
Malina Skrobosinski
Loreth has done it again! This book is simply fantastic!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, where's the movie deals Loreth? This is that nail-biting, edge of your seat, can't wait to finish it kind of novel. As Pallorino and Maddocks close in on The Baptist I felt my heart racing, my breathing became rapid. I couldn't keep it together, the suspense had me. There were moments in this book where I gasped out loud, chuckled to myself, cried... you will feel all the emotions of a good read.

Sandra Hoover
Rereading Feb. 2019 for group discussion and author Q&A session. Wow! Just as good the 2nd time around!!
It always excites me to find a new-to-me author who can deliver the goods - one whose writing grabs me by the throat and/or heart and squeezes, holding me captive from cover to cover. From the moment I started reading The Drowned Girls all the way through to the last word on the last page, I was a goner. I fell straight down the rabbit hole into White's dark world and couldn't stop reading. Ne
donna backshall
So many people were raving "you're missing out if you miss this!", I jumped at the chance to start a great new series.

Uhh, yeah. I want to disagree on the "great" part.

Unless you're dying to get inside the head of a totally dislikeable main character and to experience chapter after chapter of explicit sex, and female "circumcision" and mutilation. If so, then rock on! You're in for a treat if you also crave cliché male characters with contrived speech patterns like "sos…hows about…" and "you kno
Joey R.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.0 stars—“The Drowned Girls” by Loreth Anne White was a Kindle First selection that I noticed received great reviews on both Amazon and Good Reads. The story follows two police investigators assigned to work a serial killer/rapist investigation. The two detectives’, Angie Pallorino and James Maddocks, relationship is complicated when it is revealed that the two had a one night stand a few days before they started working together. The serial killer investigation is interesting but goes in a pre ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Loved this!

I think what I loved the most was….everything. This book has an excellent cast of characters who are really fleshed out. From the leading characters of Angie and Maddocks, to the police team they work with, to the political "bigwigs", to the suspects and "persons of interest" in the case. There are a number of intriguing characters.

Angie works sex crimes and this is a particularly gory case. The way the crimes are discovered and the clues that are worked through, I was totally captiv
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If the Prologue doesn't grab you I don't know what will!
The Drowned Girls, by Loreth Anne White, is thrilling, chilling suspense, with a touch of romance that I just couldn't put down.
Detective Angie Pallorino, with the sex crimes unit, has anonymous sex to not only deal with the demons of her past but to help herself stay in control. However, unbeknownst to Angie, one of her anonymous sex partners happens to be James Maddocks, her new partner. They work together to track down a horrific sexual
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Big thanks to my friend Gare for recommending this one! Full review to come, but quick thoughts; reminded me of Karin Slaughter in terms of how dark, graphic and violent it was, but with way more sex.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ku, cops, trashy
This book starts out like chasing Mr. Goodbar or Fear of Flying we have an angry woman searching for the proverbial 'zipless fuck' trawling an an 'Adult Entertainment club' for a man she can have anonymous sex with then walk away. Is this our victim? Is this our killer? No this is our seriously flawed lead character.
Angie Pallidino - "Call me Pallidino" who is angry with the world, with life and who may or may not be schizophrenic. She has to leave her little seedy hotel room; where she has zip
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry I seem to be the only person in the world who didn't enjoy this book!
It has all the elements I enjoy:- mystery, action, detectives.
But the major problem for me was that I really, really disliked the main character Angie Pallorino.
This woman is damaged and has issues and I'm not surprised as it seems she has a very troubled past BUT she is supremely unprofessional and a huge bitch. If you are a detective you REALLY need to be able to work with other people and get over yourself.
If I wa
Eva • All Books Considered
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 4 STARS

This was SO good! I have been wanting this type of read for so long, and by that I mean a book that is suspenseful, has an element of romance, is an interesting crime procedural but hits that balance between detail and not being boring. I am so happy this will be a series! Angie is the perfect MC of these books - smart, complex, fierce and far from perfect but so real. I just devoured this book - it had seriously creepy elements almost
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-supense, arc
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Gritty, intense with lots of twist to the plot. Those are just a few of the reasons I love Loreth Anne White. She does Romantic-Suspense with a sharp edge like few other authors in the genre do. At times it got a little technical, but overall this is a dark, intense and riveting book.

Red-headed Angie Pallorino is a sex crimes detective who wants a shot at a job in homicide. She
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.


This book is really something!!! I don't know where to start my review...

Maybe with the heroine? Angie... She was really something else! I don't know how to "classify" her. She seems angry, but she doesn't know why. She's suffering but does not have a reason. She's tough, but afraid that a slight bump can brake her.

To destress she has one-night-stands with men she picks up at a strip club!!!! O
3.5-4 stars - Dark Suspense/Romantic Thriller/Police Procedural

This book is dark, and I do mean, DARK. It's edgy, gritty, tense, suspenseful, graphic, atmospheric, complex, and by no means an easy read. There's so much that goes on in this book, (view spoiler), and at times it seemed a bit jumbled up and confusing, especially with so many characters and multiple POVs.

Sheyla ✎
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it

I didn't even need to read the blurb to know that I want to read a Loreth Anne White's book.
As soon as I saw this cover and saw her name, my finger was requesting the book.

The Drowned Girls is everything I have come to expect from Loreth Anne White. Her characters are always well developed and interesting. Usually, they are damaged and trying to find their way.

Our main characters are Detective Angie Pallorino and James Maddocks.

Detective Angie Pallorino is trying her best to get a pr
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Drowned Girls was an incredible read featuring an amazing set of characters and a fascinating storyline.

Angie Pallorino has worked as a detective in sex crimes for the last six years and is at times still haunted by the ones who got away with their crimes. When it appears a serial rapist is back and has escalated to murder, Angie is determined to bring the bastard down once and for all. Assigned to a joint task force, Angie is ready to prove herself to the all male homicide division only to
Loreth Anne White has done it again with The Drowned Girls. WOW. She is the queen of backstories and romantic thrillers. The Drowned Girls isn’t even a mystery; it’s an actual thriller. Really and for true. And don’t let the length of the book fool you, it will keep you ensnared. I promise.

Angie Pallorino is a sex-crimes detective, vying for a spot in homicide investigations. In the past, Angie has lost a partner, which she still holds herself responsible. Her vice? Anonymous sex with men she me
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2019
Detective Angie Pallorino works in the Metro Victoria Police Department Sex Crimes Division. When a comatose girl is found lying in a cemetery, sexually assaulted and mutilated, Angie sees similarities to other unsolved rapes from a couple of years ago. She wonders if their serial rapist is back. Homicide Detective James Maddocks is assigned to a case where a body has washed up under a bridge. When they discover that this victim has also been sexually assaulted and mutilated, a task force that i ...more
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Loreth Anne White is an Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of thrillers, mysteries, and suspense. With well over 2 million books sold around the world, she is a three-time RITA finalist, an overall Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Arthur Ellis finalist, and winner of multiple industry awards.

A recovering journalist who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now calls Cana

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