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Dead End Girl

(Violet Darger #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  10,975 ratings  ·  675 reviews
Her body is broken. Wrapped in plastic. Dumped on the side of the road. She is the first. There will be more.

The serial killer thriller that "refuses to let go until you've read the last sentence."

The most recent body was discovered in the grease dumpster behind a Burger King. Dismembered. Shoved into two garbage bags and lowered into the murky oil.

Now rookie agent Violet
Kindle Edition, 495 pages
Published April 12th 2017 by Smarmy Press
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Jul 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Not impressed ...FYI - Spoilers!

If Violet "smirked" just once more, I swear I was going to delete the entire stupid book. Pages of crap supposedly the inner thoughts of a psycho sex killer?! NOT. The in-fighting about male territorial turf among blues and feebs? Overdone. The guilt-tripping of said LEO's? Not buying it. It was all one big screw up including the ending. NO FBI AGENT ACTS LIKE SHE DID ... running off without a word, immediately after capturing the alleged killer, ALONE? No phone?
Tania Michelle
Mar 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am dumbfounded at how highly rated this book was. I found it to be incredibly disappointing. I don't know how anyone thinks this is a "fast paced exhilarating thriller." It was way too long and way too slow. I had to start skimming the last 100 pages. Great! They finally catch the psycho at the end who we already know who it is the whole time. I was hoping some crazy twist to prevail, guessing that maybe Detective Loshak was the killer himself and the reasoning for being so sick. What was the ...more
eden Hudson
Dead End Girl is a tightly woven, fast-paced, tension-laced thrill ride. How do I know? Because it's 496 pages long and it felt like reading a novella. For pretty much two days I did nothing but read this book and wish it would never end. By the end of the first chapter, Violet felt like an old friend; I just wanted to hang out and watch her solve grisly serial murders forever.

Because of the serial killer and the FBI trainee with the haunted past chasing him, the obvious comparison is Silence of
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a long rollercoaster ride! The book started off full of excitement, tension and mystery but then slows down. A chapter or two later it becomes a page turner again then slows down. It appears the author is attempting to stretch out the story. There were 119 chapters one third of them were slow and looong two thirds were fast reading and exciting.

All in all, I enjoyed the book. The story was enjoyable and creative.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best Thrillers i have read recently there has been so many I will have to give this book 5 stars it was a page turner grab it if you want a good grizzly story about a very sick serial Killer
he really takes the cake this guy pleased this is only fiction
we wouldn't want sickos like him in society
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Who doesn't like a fast paced suspense novel? You know, something that just grabs you from the beginning and won't let go. Well the answer is obviously these authors.
This book was just way too long. About 200 pages too long to be more precise. There was no fast pace and there were way too many times that I said out loud "I just can't read this anymore." Look, I understand the need to be descriptive in psychological thrillers, but describing every bite of a sandwich, every smell in the air and e
Tammy  Zautner
Jun 20, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf

About 25% or so I decided it was time to put this book down and walk away. It was so slow moving, other than the gore there wasn't much to keep my attention.

From all the high ratings, maybe it got better. I'll never know. I did skim to the end and read the last 10%, just so I could find out the who done it aspect.
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome crime/thriller/suspense novel. Steady but fast action with lots of twists and turns takes us on this journey and since I love the authors, I can't wait to see what comes next for Violet-I know it wlll be amazing! ...more
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Violet Darger if you glance at it quickly looks like Violent Danger, hmm?
This was really good. The closer I got to the ending the harder this was to put down! I don't usually seek out serial killer type books because they can be so over-the-top disturbing. This one definitely had some gruesome stuff but it was well written & stopped the descriptions at just the right point in my opinion. (view spoiler)
Mrs. Christine Chadwick
Found the names so annoying put the book down

Great story line, some of the writing a bit weak, but the names of the characters was a deal breaker. Every time the name Darger came up my brain paused and asked if it Dar ger or Darg er. I hated both but preferred the 2nd. There were several other names i found equally difficult to pronounce. I found myself stumbling over the names just too annoying it was giving me a headache. Sorry, could have been a good book but just to painful to read.
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Very ok

This book wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. I felt no affinity for any of the characters, especially Violet. She annoyed me and seemed way too naive to be an FBI agent. Then there was the over explanation of every little thing. Many times I wanted the story to move along already. It's like, ok I get it, he's sad. All-in-all, if you're looking for a good series go with John Sanford or Mo Hayder.
karin whitehead
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dead End Girl

Read this one with the lights on. I thought I had the killer pegged, boy was I wrong! I'm a big fan of mystery, horror books, and this takes the prize. Several times the author was so convincing in her descriptions that I actually found myself stretching, yes, that good! I've never read a book that did that before, and creepy me,loved it. This author has a new fan!
Michael W Duggan
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is my first L.T.Vargas book but it sure won't be my last. I couldn't put this thriller down. It grabbed be and pulled me in from beginning til end. I've already ordered the next Violet Darger book. Pageturning psychological thriller!!!
Paris Abell
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great thriller. I didn't expect to find it so gripping and such a good read. Great characters. Engaging story. Scary bad guy. Just the whole package. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good thriller. ...more
Page Turner
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A page turner that keeps you guessing until the end! I was sure I had figured everything out - and then a twist at the end dropped my jaw! A good read.
D.J. Adamson
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Violet Dagar, FBI Thriller, Book . The story is fast-paced and intricately woven.
A victim is found wrapped in plastic. Dumped on the side of the road. Just the first of other victims to come in this psychological thriller.

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Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
You know what I actually enjoyed this book even though it was almost 500 pages and probably don’t need to be but I’m not totally against it 🙌🏻 I really liked the characters and I kinda liked the plot and how drawn out it was because the author did a pretty good job at describing details to the tee which I enjoyed
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Dead End Girl started off nicely with introduction to Violet Darger as she helped local police catch a serial killer. Average plot but Violet was likable until half of the book....when the investigation was put on a sideline and here came romance follow by cliche after cliche of everything from Violet got duped, her past reveal (tactless), punishment from boss and so on. Those cliches not only boring but turned Violet’s character into a childish, whining, weak and naive rookie when at first she ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The book was too long and the plot took too long to unfold. I guessed the storyline-third through the book.
Melanie Foxfire
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was reading another book when I started this book. I didn't mean to read it right away, I just wanted to see what it was like. Four hours later I was in bed and should have been asleep for three of those hours and I couldn't sleep. So maybe don't start this book at It's a page turner, I didn't notice how long this book is until I finished it.

This book reminds me of some of my favorite books in the crime thriller genre - Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, The Collector by John Fowles,
Barbie Paetzold
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Don't waste your time.

I will never read another of these books. The author provides way too many extraneous details that have nothing to do with the storyline. The characters aren't fully developed. The main character is an FBI agent? Pretty Scooby Doo made better decisions solving crimes than Violet Darger. Sorry but my 5th grade students write more interesting stories.
The plot was interesting, but the heroine got annoying at times.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A lot smarter than the average serial killer mystery, I’m immediately starting the next book in the series.
Kathleen Minde
A serial killer has struck for the third time in Athens, Georgia and the FBI sends in it’s most talented profiler, Agent Violet Darger. Although still a novice, Darger’s boss also sends her to Georgia to “babysit” the vet agent heading the investigation. Although he wrote a book about serial murderers, apparently Agent Loshak is a slacker when it comes to paperwork and communication. When Darger arrives, she brings attitude and a haunted past. She also has the tendency to cause colossal eye-roll ...more
Tara Bush
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This started out great; a female FBI agent with a unique background who could bring something different to the job. She finally gets a break and is sent out to reign in a well-known, but undisciplined agent trying to solve a serial killing. She's compassionate, but strong and no nonsense and I was looking forward to the story. But then the story started to disappoint... our character starts making one stupid mistake after another... leaving people alone in her room with all her files, jumping in ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Took me awhile to read because so busy with Christmas stuff but it was very good. FBI profiler Vargas comes to investigate a serial killer the have named the Doll Parts killer. Book gets very intense at the end, will definitely read next book in the series!
Patricia Kaniasty
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very excellent!!! Kept me turning the pages long into the night. New genre for me and I loved it.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Solid action read. I enjoyed it enough to download #2 in the series.
Maria Riegger
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fast-paced thriller. If you like forensic and true crime shows, and/or if you like Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series, you will enjoy this read. Warning: It is not for the faint of heart! ...more
Rizzo Boone
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read from 2 new authors to me

Very enjoyable book and characters really never wanted to put it down kept me hungry for more can’t wait to start the next one !
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