Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Review: The Girl in the Moss by Loreth Anne White

The Girl in the Moss (Angie Pallorino #3)  
by Loreth Anne White
Publication date: June 12th 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
My rating:  4.5 Stars
Pages: 398
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A shallow grave exposes deadly secrets as bestselling author Loreth Anne White brings her thrilling series of romantic suspense to its shocking conclusion…
Disgraced ex-cop Angie Pallorino is determined to make a new start for herself as a private investigator. But first, she and her lover, newly promoted homicide detective James Maddocks, attempt a quiet getaway to rekindle a romance struggling in the shadows of their careers. The peace doesn’t last long when human skeletal remains are found in a nearby mossy grove.
This decades-old mystery is just what Angie needs to establish her new career—even as it thrusts her and Maddocks back into the media spotlight, once again endangering their tenuous relationship.
Then, when Angie’s inquiry into the old crime intersects with a cold case from her own policing past—one that a detective on Maddocks’s new team is working—the investigation takes a startling twist. It puts more than Angie’s last shot at redemption and a future with Maddocks at risk. The mystery of the girl in the moss could kill her.

My Thoughts:
The Girl in the Moss has Angie a little out of sorts as the story first starts being as she was fired from the police force, and her identity and worth so tied up with the job.  Now, she must complete a certain number of hours in the field to get her private investigator license. The only way to do that is by logging time with a PI, such as Coastal Investigations where she’s already on thin ice due to her notoriety.

Angie’s insecurities lead her to bungle things up with Maddocks, so Angie’s on thin ice with him, too, but she has a plan to fix it. Thank goodness she realizes she’s being an idiot early on and realizes how much Maddocks means to her, because otherwise I’d really have to slap that girl!  (Yes, I do realize she’s a fictional character…) Loved Maddocks being patient and at the same time not taking shit.  Maddocks’ daughter was a delight here as well!

Things start looking up when a case basically falls in her lap.  A woman was swept over the falls in group fly-fishing trip several women took as part of a documentary twenty-four years back.  Her body finally washes up and things may not have been as they appeared.  Angie digs into the case and finds a hotbed of lies and deceptions, and stirring up the past does not make her popular in this little town!  It’s a close-knit town and the locals are far from friendly!

As usual, Loreth Anne White’s writing is beautiful and makes you feel as if you’re right there with Angie.  Eerie and atmospheric, as are the other books, crackling with tension, and a sense of impending danger.  I was really worried for Angie’s safety with the men in this small town.  Some of the mystery I guessed, but some of it was an absolute surprise.  I like that the clues and story lead you to conclusions that make sense, and I also enjoy a few twists I didn’t see coming.  I like that there was a little of both here.

I’m really sad to say goodbye to this series!  I can’t believe this is the last book because I think there are several threads left unexplored, such as Leo and his shiftiness (hate him!) and then Holgerson!  A whole book could revolve around Holgerson!  Maybe a spinoff?  At any rate, I’ve loved every one of the Angie Pallorino books and recommend them to anyone who loves a gripping mystery with interesting characters and a romance to root for!

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  1. Ah little towns and secrets. :) Sounds like trouble. The characters sound interesting and I love it when mysteries have that eerie atmosphere! Glad this one was good!

  2. Oh this sounds like a series I need to pick up. Even more so since it is over and I can binge it :) Great review!

  3. This sounds like a series that I could enjoy, Rachel. It's giving me Casey Duncan vibes - which I read over my hiatus and LOVED! The characters sound really great and I like the sound of the writing a lot.
    Great review, Rachel!

    1. Oooh, I'm so glad you read Casey Duncan, Nick! I can't wait for the next one. This series has a different vibe but I bet you'd love it, too! :)

  4. I definitely need to add this series to my list. I love that it ended so well because lately, that doesn't always happen. Thanks for putting this on my radar!

  5. I'm thinking of trying this one. Thrillers/mysteries are so hard for me to get into but if there's a touch of romance :-))) maybe!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  6. This sounds good. I am glad it was a strong ending even if it left the door open for more books.

  7. This sounds amazing! I've never heard of the author, but I love when a series wraps up well. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Awesome review Rachel :D So glad you enjoyed this one a bunch. <3 Yay for a surprising mystery :D That is an awesome feeling when reading. And yay for loving the other books by this author too :)


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