Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Book Review: The Girl in the Moss by Loretta Anne White

The Girl in the Moss by Loreth Anne White

Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, June 12, 2018

Time and setting:  Present Day, Washington

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Thriller

Book Length:  398 Pages

Heat Level: 1 Flame

Rating: 5 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

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.

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Vikki’s Musings

This is Book 3 in the Angie Pollorino series. I have read the other two and found them enthralling. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review this latest novel, I eagerly accepted with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. My opinions are my own and are not influenced by anyone.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl in the Moss from start to finish. As expected, Ms. White has written another suspense-filled novel with amazing characters and an intriguing plot. The pacing is fast and the writing flows smoothly.

Angie Pollorino’s character has developed over the last three books, growing stronger with each one. Her backstory is expertly interwoven throughout, nudging my memory without rehashing her past. That takes real talent. In this episode, she is licking her wounds from her impetuous actions at the end of the second book. No longer a cop, she is determined to make it as a private investigator with her own agency. When she and Maddocks stumble upon a body, it creates havoc in their relationship and her career goals.

Maddock is a gritty hero who loves his daughter and wants to have Angie completely commit. He put this squarely on her shoulders, leaving it to her to decide if they will move forward. His part in this novel is less than in the other two books, and that was necessary since Angie must at last face all her demons.  

Since the romance has already been established in the previous books, that takes second place in this book, but in no way takes away from the emotions and feelings of either of them. This book delves heavily into Angie’s fears of abandonment. Maddocks clearly communicates his wants and desires to marry her, although he steps back to give her the time she needs. Fortunately, Angie faces her fears and the couple has a very satisfying happy ending.

If you enjoy a novel with plenty of suspense and mystery with an emotionally-charged love story intertwined, then you will love The Girl in the Moss as such as I. Although their love story is complete, I hope Ms. White will do a spin-off series. I would love to see Holgerson’s story. Happy reading!

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