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Publisher's Summary

He surfaced two years ago. Then he disappeared.

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?

©2017 Loreth Beswetherick (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 10-05-17

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

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-24-17

Intense suspense (and graphic sex)

Loreth Anne White writes wonderful suspense novels in which she always includes several extremely graphic sexual encounters. This is the 5th novel of hers I have read. The Drowned Girls crosses several genre lines. Audible classifies this book as modern detective mystery/thriller which is fair. It could also be classified as romance suspense, psychological thriller, police procedural, or suspense mystery/thriller. In any case it is a well written intense suspense novel with well defined characters. Author White includes an embarrassing (to the protagonist) opening scene in this novel that reminds me of an almost identical scene in the first show of the first season of the Grey's Anatomy ABC-TV show. Narration is superb.

28 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Story

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The story line is intense and kept me on the edge of my chair. Angie was a flawed and complex character. I look forward to reading more of this author. This is my first audible book in which the narration detracted from my overall enjoyment of listening to the book. Her voice inflections seem more appropriate to a newscast not telling a story. Her "voices" were also distracting for me. Given the choice, I would not listen to her again.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • KK
  • 08-04-17

Narrator lacking

Would you try another book from Loreth Anne White and/or Julie McKay?

Something bout this narrator's voice is so irritating. The way she ends her words is obnoxious. I will never buy another book narrated by her, she is detracting from the story with her voice. It is hard to enjoy a story when the narrator is so weird.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julie McKay?

Susan Ericksen

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!!!!

Where does The Drowned Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in my top 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Drowned Girls?

There is so many great moments in this book, it is hard to pick just one.

Which character – as performed by Julie McKay – was your favorite?

I like Angie, but the narrator did a very good job with all the voices. Its the first time I listen to one of her narration but I was pleasantly surprise. Very good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!!

Any additional comments?

Loreth Anne White is a wonderful author. All of her books have depth. Wonderful character development and always believable. This book is just as good as A Dark Lure. Read IT!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States
  • 07-26-17

Too Much Romance, & Flakey Protagonist

NO SPOILER REVIEW. I read a bunch of reviews before getting this video which all said this book had graphic sex and violence. I actually gravitate towards those as I find books like that to take more risks. Yes the story had graphic stories and the killer is creepy but the story was too wrapped up in the romance for my taste.

The protagonist was a flake and she really should have been fired with her erratic behavior. If you find female cops that are self consumed and flakey annoying, you will hate this story. It was just a little typical with the lead cop being so obsessive and needy with every case she touches. This seems to be a common theme in so many police procedurals and it’s annoying.

The main character has an interesting backstory but there were way too many people to remember.

The romance was easily 50% of the story and the backstory is almost the rest. The actual serial killer was the most fascinating yet the author didn't spend enough time developing that. I would give this one 3.5 stars if possible.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Wendy
  • Alpharetta, GA, United States
  • 06-26-17

Great story. Reader. Not so much.

I loved the book really. I have listened to 100s of audio books. This particular reader voice was somewhat grating.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointing

What disappointed you about The Drowned Girls?

There is no rhythm is this story because of the constant smoochie interruptions. The actual plot has taken a back seat early on and I found myself skipping chapters. I was bored. and did not finish the book.
The narrator (s) are pretty bas as well; there is just so much you can take of a whiny tone.

Would you ever listen to anything by Loreth Anne White again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Julie McKay’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.

Any additional comments?

None

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A great story, but a bit on the raunchy side

This is one of the best story lines I’ve come across in a while. Interesting enough to keep listening. The only BIG drawback in my opinion is the raunchy sex between the characters. It has some impotence in the story, but didn’t need to be so thoroughly descriptive

1 of 1 people found this review helpful