The Lullaby Girl by Loreth Anne White

The Lullaby Girl

Detective Angie Pallorino took down a serial killer permanently and, according to her superiors, with excessive force. Benched on a desk assignment for twelve months, Angie 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 she recognizes as deeply personal.Angie’s...

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  • Malina Skrobosinski

    When I learned that The Lullaby Girl was available through NetGalley I wasted no time and rushed right there and put in my request. I had to wait all weekend for my approval and the anticipation was killing me. I had waited for months to learn what happened in Angie's past and what was going to become of Angie and Maddocks' blossoming relationship, I couldn't stand to wait any longer. When my approval came thr

    When I learned that The Lullaby Girl was available through NetGalley I wasted no time and rushed right there and put in my request. I had to wait all weekend for my approval and the anticipation was killing me. I had waited for months to learn what happened in Angie's past and what was going to become of Angie and Maddocks' blossoming relationship, I couldn't stand to wait any longer. When my approval came through I dropped everything and began reading The Lullaby Girl and it certainly did not disappoint.

    The Lullaby Girl is definitely not a stand alone, you

    read the first,

    , in the series as The Lullaby Girl picks up right where The Drowned Girls finishes. When reading this I was reminded of dandelion seeds blowing in the wind, slowing landing in place one at a time, planting its roots, taking shape. That's what this story was like. There is definitely a slow build up this time around. I don't want to go too deep into the storyline for those of you that have not read the first in the series, so what I will focus on is Angie's personal struggle in this novel. We see Angie's world spiraling out of control. I really felt for Angie. I connected with her much more in this novel I think than I did with her in the first because of her career struggles. I too have gone through a similar struggle. You feel a sense of compassion for Angie because what she's really guilty of is being overly passionate and driven. Given some events that have taken place, Sergeant Vedder is given no choice but to terminate Angie leaving her with the last words of

    Self-destruct... is that what's become of Angie?

    Angie is tormented, she doesn't know who she is anymore, she's not Angie Pallorino, not really, she's not a cop, she doesn't know who her real family is? Worst of all, she doesn't know if she's worthy of Maddocks' love... or even if she wants it?

    Angie is left with no choice, she must move forward, and the only way to do that is to go back to the past, to go back to 1986, to the day she was left in that cradle on Christmas morning.

    I know I've mentioned it many times before, but Loreth's descriptive writing is what really sets her apart as an author and writer. Her ability to set a scene is so completely astonishing to me. I am completely taken away when I read her novels. I'm lost... I'm taken there. Something else I've noticed after reading a lot of other novels this year from other authors is how well Loreth narrates a novel. I've never truly appreciated this until now. Loreth is truly a very talented author which is no doubt why she is my favorite author. I would not hesitate to recommend this series and any of Loreth's work to anyone!

    I want to thank NetGalley, Montlake Romance, and Loreth Anne White for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this novel in exchange for my review. It was truly a pleasure! I'm a huge fan!

  • Melissa

    Let me just say,

    ’s level of storytelling is phenomenal. I don’t know how she does it, but each and every time I finish one of her books, I find myself in awe of her writing prowess. Not only does she put her skills to use here with a complex and intricate investigation—it’s plain to see, she's done a ton of research—but she also manages to inject just the right amount of romance. The suspense and the love story counterbalance each other

    .

    If you haven’t read

    Let me just say,

    ’s level of storytelling is phenomenal. I don’t know how she does it, but each and every time I finish one of her books, I find myself in awe of her writing prowess. Not only does she put her skills to use here with a complex and intricate investigation—it’s plain to see, she's done a ton of research—but she also manages to inject just the right amount of romance. The suspense and the love story counterbalance each other

    .

    If you haven’t read

    yet—which is a must, by the way—you should probably stop -->

    . I wouldn't want to spoil anything.

    Detective

    's second go round picks up about two weeks post-Baptist shooting. She’s been relieved of her duties, pending an investigation into her rage-induced misconduct. As she anxiously awaits her fate—potentially losing her identity that's wrapped up in solving cases for the special victims crime unit or even worse, facing criminal charges—she delves into who she is and why she was abandoned in a hospital cradle at the age of four. Recently, in times of stress, she’s been haunted by flashbacks of a little girl in a pink dress and a mysterious woman singing a lullaby; but what does it all mean? Now is her best chance to find out.

    The yang to Angie’s impulsive and often reckless yin is James Maddocks—the man that made me swoon as he toted around his 3-legged sidekick, Jack-O. What I adored most though was his self-awareness and caring nature. The very fact that he could table his propensity to be the rescuer, for the sake of Angie's demanding need to take charge and handle things herself, said so much about his character. Maddocks’ patience and unwavering support was

    . If you can't tell, I'm completely

    with the man.

    The various storylines intersect in an interesting way—the level of detail

    pulls off is nothing short of remarkable. There was a part of me that hoped Angie would be rational and do the safe thing, for once—like avoid letting the resentment surrounding Maddocks' involvement in the Baptist follow-up from creeping in or not putting herself in a compromising position with her personal investigation—but come on, it’s Angie we’re talking about here. She’s smart and driven, but she can be a little reckless and rash. Good thing Maddocks has a knack for being there when she needs him most.

    Woo-hoo! Let the countdown begin for book 3! Not only am I dying to see where Maddocks and Angie end up, but I know there’s more to yous, Holgersen.

    I’ve gotta say, that baby sling you wore for Jack-O has me convinced yous is one of the good ones, despite being hella secretive.

  • Kendall

    Loreth Anne White has done it again! Each time I finish one of her books.. I become more and more impressed with her beautiful style of writing. I am not a huge fan of romance in my books but Loreth has just the right amount of mystery and romance to her stories!

    Let me tell you... all bets off for Pallorino in this one. Let's get something straight she is NOT a victim... that's for damn sure!! ;) BAD ASS Pallorino you are my fav female detective!

    The second installment in this series and it's a

    Loreth Anne White has done it again! Each time I finish one of her books.. I become more and more impressed with her beautiful style of writing. I am not a huge fan of romance in my books but Loreth has just the right amount of mystery and romance to her stories!

    Let me tell you... all bets off for Pallorino in this one. Let's get something straight she is NOT a victim... that's for damn sure!! ;) BAD ASS Pallorino you are my fav female detective!

    The second installment in this series and it's a must that you to read book one. You will miss out on highly important characters/details if you do not! :).

    Loreth once again has an exquisite knack for her imperfection of detail, research, and overall suspense to this story. So many twists and turns that connect beautifully with every single character.

    Bottom line... you need to get on the Loreth bandwagon and read this series! I am counting down for book 3 and am stoked!

    Pallorino and Maddocks..... "Keep thinking about it." <3 <3 <3.

    4.5 stars ✨

    Thank you to Netgalley and Montlake Romance for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

    Publication date is 11/14/17.

  • Selene

    stars

    Hands down, Angie Pallorino is one of

    ! She never played the victim card, even though there were many reasons to wallow in pity and play that hand.

    stars

    Hands down, Angie Pallorino is one of

    ! She never played the victim card, even though there were many reasons to wallow in pity and play that hand.

    At the 23% mark, this book sent me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions when

    was finally declared against Angie! Yes, it was a

    declaration and beyond fair based on her actions, but my heart was

    for her!

    Okay, so Angie was hard-headed, ruthless when there was a puzzle to be solved, and she didn’t have that

    . She was imperfect in every way, but

    She’s one of those characters

    . She didn’t

    play well with others, but she was a woman working within a male-dominated field and her fellow co-workers were

    to see her fail!

    from a management standpoint, Angie had some noticeable TSTL moments brought on by impulsivity, but what’s that saying?

    Well, Angie didn’t spend much time at home! Her anger issues and rebellious attitude trickled down to affect

    of her life and she

    in keeping me glued to this book!

    I

    Maddocks in

    , but I

    him in this installment! He didn’t stonewall Angie, even when she unleashed a slew of verbal hits. He didn’t lash out or become combative. Yes, Maddock made errors in regards to his relationship with Ginny, but he became unselfish after prior experiences taught him to make amends and move forward. While Angie gave him plenty of chances to exit their relationship, he saw something

    within her spirit that made him want to preserve their friendship and fight for her. It was more than just Maddocks needing to save her from herself!

    he recognized that Angie was in denial about certain things and overwhelmed with the massive roadblocks that life kept throwing her way, but I loved that

    her fighting spirit instead of being intimidated by her!

    ▣ I also loved that the side characters weren’t depthless nitwits with short-lived singular purposes. No, the side characters (like Dr. Jacob Anders) were colorful and intriguing with highly interesting specialties.

    There were insightful pieces sprinkled in about the nature of the relationship between Angie and her former partner, Hash Hashowsky. Those bits shed more light on what contributed to Angie’s psychotic break which initially manifested itself in

    .

    Detective Kjel Holgersen on

    duty?

    ▣ Oh, and

    I cannot wait for your downfall so I’m celebrating

    !

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    Amazing.

    Enjoyment: 4.5/5

    Writing style: 5/5

    Storyline: 5/5

    Hero: 4.5/5

    Heroine: 5/5

    Secondary characters: 5/5

    Hotness/steam level: 2/5

    Romance level: 2.5/5

    Angst: 5/5

    Darkness level: 4/5

    Humor: 1/5

    Depth of the book: 5/5

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  • Wendy

    Once again, if the Prologue doesn't grab you in this 2nd book of the Angie Pallorino series, then I don't know what will.

    Suspended from active duty, due to using excessive force in permanently taking down a serial killer, Detective Angie Pallorino must serve her suspension behind a desk for 12 months. That's not going to happen especially when she uncovers shocking secrets relating to her mysterious and painful past.

    Angie's lover and partner, Detective James Maddocks is investigating the sex-tr

    Once again, if the Prologue doesn't grab you in this 2nd book of the Angie Pallorino series, then I don't know what will.

    Suspended from active duty, due to using excessive force in permanently taking down a serial killer, Detective Angie Pallorino must serve her suspension behind a desk for 12 months. That's not going to happen especially when she uncovers shocking secrets relating to her mysterious and painful past.

    Angie's lover and partner, Detective James Maddocks is investigating the sex-trafficking ring discovered in the 1st book (The Drowned Girls) which they discover coincides with Angie's investigation.

    A unique storyline, complex and captivating characters, dangerous and intense situations, and intriguing twists and turns result in The Lullaby Girl (as well as book one The Drowned Girls) being one of my favourite novels in this genre.

    I highly recommend it and look forward to the next novel in this series.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

  • Meredith

    Weeks after the events of

    , Angie Pallorino is on administrative leave. James Maddocks, her former partner and current lover, has taken over her investigation on the barcode girls causing some tension in

    Weeks after the events of

    , Angie Pallorino is on administrative leave. James Maddocks, her former partner and current lover, has taken over her investigation on the barcode girls causing some tension in their relationship.

    While Angie can push her feelings for Maddocks temporarily aside, what she can’t let go of is the mystery of her past. She is haunted by visions of a little girl in a pink dress. She keeps hearing snippets of a lullaby, and words from a strange language are playing on repeat in her head. What Angie wants to know the most is how did she become the Angel’s Cradle Child? She launches a full-fledged investigation into her past, which unknowingly puts her in serious danger.

    Loreth Anne White brings Angie’s story to life with descriptive detail and vivid imagery. Angie’s voice is particularly strong. She is a likeable, kick-ass character that I am always rooting for. I want to shake her from time to time over some of the decisions she makes, but in the end she seems to come out ok.

    This book has it all: action, suspense, a compelling mystery, a little bit of romance, a three-legged dog, and loveable characters!

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Maureen Carden

    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

    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, with great sadness, 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.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: "It affected us all, you know, finding that bleeding and mute toddler inside. She was a beautiful child - that pale complexion, the long dark-red hair, and that tattered little pink dress with frayed lace." A pause. "We all thought someone would come forward to claim her instantly - that she had to have some family who was missing her. But no one did - not a soul. No mother presented at Saint Peter's with injuries later. The other hospitals in this health-care region reported nothing su

    EXCERPT: "It affected us all, you know, finding that bleeding and mute toddler inside. She was a beautiful child - that pale complexion, the long dark-red hair, and that tattered little pink dress with frayed lace." A pause. "We all thought someone would come forward to claim her instantly - that she had to have some family who was missing her. But no one did - not a soul. No mother presented at Saint Peter's with injuries later. The other hospitals in this health-care region reported nothing suspicious either. It was a mystery. An absolute mystery."

    "Tell...tell me more about the child," Angie said, her voice husky.

    "Her mouth had been slashed open by a sharp weapon - it had sliced through both the upper and lower lips on the left side of her face. She was bleeding copiously from the wound. Blood saturated her dress, the bassinet. She was clutching the Teddy we'd placed inside, like a lifeline. Blood soaked the Teddy as well. She was in shock, grey eyes like saucers. And she made no sound at all. As though she was beyond crying and had perhaps been that way for a long time before."

    THE BLURB: Detective Angie Pallorino took down a serial killer permanently and, according to her superiors, with excessive force. Benched on a desk assignment for twelve months, Angie 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 she recognizes as deeply personal.

    Angie’s lover and partner, James Maddocks, sees it, too. But spearheading an ongoing probe into a sex-trafficking ring and keeping Angie’s increasing obsession with her case in check is taking its toll. However, as startling connections between the parallel investigations emerge, Maddocks realizes he has more than Angie’s emotional state to worry about.

    Driven and desperate to solve her case, Angie goes rogue, risking her relationship, career, and very life in pursuit of answers. She’ll learn that some truths are too painful to bear, and some sacrifices include collateral damage.

    But Angie Pallorino won’t let it go. She can’t. It’s not in her blood.

    MY THOUGHTS: The Lullaby Girl by Loreth Anne White is a fast paced, action packed read. The storyline is complex, without being complicated, the writing punchy, the characters interesting. There is romantic content and reasonably explicit sexual content, both of which are handled well and integral to the plot.

    This is the second book in a series, the first of which, The Drowned Girls, I have not yet read. I probably should have as there are references to the content of that book throughout The Lullaby Girl. But at no point when I was reading did I feel lost or out of the loop, there was enough explanation of past events given to make everything clear.

    The Angie Pallorino series is one I am going to follow with interest, including going back to read the first book. And at the end of The Lullaby Girl, is a teaser for the third book in the series, which has whet my appetite for more.

    A good solid ☆☆☆☆ read.

    Thank you to Montlake Romance via Netgalley for providing me with a digital copy of The Lullaby Girl by Loreth Anne White for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog

  • Mary Beth

    This book is a winner! This book is the second book in the Angie Pallorino series. This is such an excellent series. If you haven't put this series on your list yet, I suggest it. It is a great thriller series. I loved

    and this one is just as good. This book starts up where the first book left off. Since she killed the serial killer, The Baptist, Angie is now on disciplinary action and is demoted. She now has an office job for 12 months. She doesn't like her new job at all. She

    This book is a winner! This book is the second book in the Angie Pallorino series. This is such an excellent series. If you haven't put this series on your list yet, I suggest it. It is a great thriller series. I loved

    and this one is just as good. This book starts up where the first book left off. Since she killed the serial killer, The Baptist, Angie is now on disciplinary action and is demoted. She now has an office job for 12 months. She doesn't like her new job at all. She loves being a detective. She has a haunted past with a lot of memories. She takes her anger out on Maddox. A child's foot shows up on shore and it puts her into an investigation that she recognizes as personal. There is a sex trafficking ring and Maddox realizes he has more than Angie's emotional state to worry about. Angie is looking for answers and doesn't give up to solve her case, and almost risks her life.

    I just love the author's writing style. It just flowed so well. I thought the first book was darker than this one. I just loved this book. It is so gripping and kept me turning the pages. I just love Angie's character. She just never gives up. She makes a lot of wrong decisions and she is flawed from her past. This book does have some twists and turns which I just loved. This is a fast paced story. There are so many secrets.

    I can go on and on about how much I loved this book but I cannot come close to the justice that this book deserves. It's a little dark and a little gritty but a very entertaining read. This series is a must read for serial killer fans. It will keep you up late and it is so hard to put down. I highly recommend this book for Serial Killer fans.

    I want to thank Netgalley, Montlake Romance, and the author for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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