The Lullaby Girl

The Lullaby Girl

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Benched on a desk assignment for twelve months, Detective Angie Pallorino struggles to maintain her sense of identity--if she's not a detective, who is she? Then a decades-old cold case washes ashore, pulling her into an investigation. Angie's lover and partner, James Maddocks, sees it, too. But spearheading an ongoing probe into a sex-trafficking ring while keeping Angie's increasing obsession with her case in check is taking its toll. As startling connections between the parallel investigations emerge, Maddocks realizes he has even more than Angie's emotional state to worry about.
Publisher: Seattle :, Montlake Romance,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781542047975
Characteristics: 374 pages


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ReadingAdviser_leni May 20, 2019

This was a good book and worth reading, but definitely not a favourite. It goes into Angie Pallorino's personal history, which as we learned in "The Drowned Girls" was not what she grew up believing. The has a convoluted plot, that is rather unbelievable in places, just with how extraordinarily events come together.

I am not a fan of Angie's, I find that she is too self-centered. My favourite character is actually, Kjel, her former partner and a minor character in the story. I am hoping for more of his story in the next book.

This book must be read after "The Drowned Girls," as it picks up immediately after the events in that story.

Oct 05, 2018

This book picks right up where The Drowned Girls left off. Kept you intrigued from start to finish & I cant wait to get my hands on the final Angie Pallorino novel.

Dec 16, 2017

Picks up where"Drowned Girls" left off. If haven't read 1st in series would recommend before reading. Anxiously waiting for next in series & if the excerpt is any indication, will also be excellent

Nov 02, 2017

Who are you? Where do you come from? Questions most of us have no problem answering. But what happens when you can’t answer, and everything you thought you knew about yourself is totally wrong?
I saw The Lullaby Girls offered on NetGalley and was immediately highly intrigued.
I decided to increase my Mojo for acquiring it for review by reading the first Angie Pallorino book, The Drowning Girls and the earlier romantic suspense books by Loreth Anne White. Two takeaways from this, my Mojo attempts worked, and as much as I enjoyed binge reading the earlier romantic suspense, White has really stepped up her game with the Angie Pallorino series.
The Lullaby Girls directly follows The Drowning Girls. You can read it without reading The Drowning Girls because White nicely catches you up, but why would you want to?
Angie Pallorino is a detective skating on a thin ice. She has taken down a serial killer with what her superiors termed overkill and her career is in the balance. Really, overkill? With a serial killer? Dead is dead.
While Angie is on suspension she decides to pursue the Angel Cradle child case from 1986. In the first chapter Angie interviews a nurse who was there the night a toddler was shoved cut and bleeding into the cradle, amidst a gunfight on the street. The cradle outside a hospital emergency room was designated as a safe haven for abandoned babies. White writes of the abandonment and the subsequent effect the toddler had on the hospital with such grace and sensitivity that I strongly advise having a box of Kleenex within reach.
Pallorino has lost who she is; no longer really Angie Pallorino, having been inserted into a dead baby’s life, no longer a police detective, no longer the tough woman visiting sex clubs for release. She fights to regain an identity, a career and to keep the man who loves her.
James Maddock, her lover and former partner is following an international sex trafficking case that came out of the investigation of a serial killer in The Drowned Girl, a case that by all rights should by Angie’s case. Angie fights against her resentment and her tendency toward self-destruction.
The story is intricate, each piece slotting together until Angie’s case and Maddock’s case intersect.
The pace is measured; the tension slowing building to mid-book to when White lets loose and you can forget the words ‘measured’ and ‘slowly’ as all hell breaks out.
Maddock continues to comfort us with his Herculean efforts to maintain his relationship with Angie while staying true to the requirements of his career.
Angie continues to worry, to impress, and to make us want to shake her and most of all to care about her.
This is an outstanding series. White’s details, descriptions, and dialogue come together to paint a dark twisted world that resides just under the surface of our world.
Today, I will say Tom Petty wrote a song about Angie Pallorino, “I Won’t Back Down.”
This is who she is, and I imagine who she will stay in subsequent books.
Thank you to NetGally for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I am thrilled the library is getting this book. It's not necessary to read the first book in the series, The Drowning Girls, but it is truly a fabulous book too.

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