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Thursday, June 29, 2017

ARC Review: The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White

This author is brilliant period. These books are for lovers of mystery/suspense and romance that has a gritty dark edge. It is hard for me to even encapsulate how good the writing and story building is in these books. To be clear, this is not one of a series but I have read three other books by this author from this same genre and they were all outstanding.

In a whodunit suspense, it’s difficult to give you the kind of synopsis that I ordinarily provide because there are too many ways to spoil something. That is particularly true in White’s books because the mystery is layered. The multiple dimensions of the mystery are what make these books so good. In this book, young women are being brutally assaulted and murdered. That’s the overall whodunit issue but then there are all the other things that are occurring in the story. Angie, the heroine, is either going crazy or something else from her past is back in a very unexpected way. All throughout the book there are pieces of that issue woven into the fabric of the story. Maddox, the hero, as it were, is struggling with an adult daughter who kind of hates him. He’s trying to solve the murders but also solve his life issues. There are subplots involving the other detectives working the case and you never quite know how those are going to turn out. Hell, there’s a subplot involving the entire town and police force that you’ll be on the edge of your seat over. And the brilliance of this author is that the subplots are perfectly consistent with the main plot and don’t at all overshadow it. They simply make every single page of this book worth reading.

And then there are the characters. Oh my Gosh! Every single character is so well depicted. Angie is a hot ass mess of emotional turmoil and confusion. I love an imperfect heroine and this author specializes in them. Maddox is all conflicted too. He needs to help Angie, be a Dad and catch a killer and none of those things go hand in hand. The Maddox and Angie story is so so good.  It’s not typical romance stuff so if that’s what you’re looking for, look elsewhere. But if you like the romance stories with the more effed up characters who don’t know if they want to kill each other or bang each other’s brains out, this is a good story for that.

The POV in this book rotates between several characters including the killer and the victims. This novel completely sucks you in and it’s hard to put it down until you know every single thing.  I know this review is not doing the book justice but I’m telling you, if you were a Lisa Gardner, Dean Koontz, Mary Higgins Clark etc. reader who now loves romance, you really have to read this book.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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