Dead End Girl (Violet Darger #1)
Her body is broken. Wrapped in plastic. Dumped on the side of the road. She is the first. There will be more.The serial killer thriller that "refuses to let go until you've read the last sentence."The most recent body was discovered in the grease dumpster behind a Burger King. Dismembered. Shoved into two garbage bags and lowered into the murky oil.Now rookie agent Violet Darger gets the most important assignment of her career. She travels to the Midwest to face a killer unlike anything she's seen. Aggressive. Territorial. Deranged and driven.Another mutilated corpse was found next to a roller rink. A third in the gutter in a residential neighborhood.These bold displays of violence shock the rural community and rattle local law enforcement. Who could carry out such brutality? And why?Unfortunately for Agent Darger, there's little physical evidence to work with, and the only witnesses prove to be unreliable. The case seems hopeless.If she fails, more will die. He will kill again and again.The victims harbor dark secrets. The clues twist and writhe and refuse to keep still. And the killer watches the investigation on the nightly news, gleeful to relive the violence, knowing that he can't be stopped.A page-turning thriller packed with heart-stopping suspense. Fans of John Sandford, Jeffery Deaver, Karin Slaughter, and Lisa Gardner should get to know Violet Darger.

Dead End Girl (Violet Darger #1) Details

TitleDead End Girl (Violet Darger #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 12th, 2017
PublisherSmarmy Press
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Crime

Dead End Girl (Violet Darger #1) Review

  • Terry
    January 1, 1970
    Not impressed ...FYI - Spoilers!If Violet "smirked" just once more, I swear I was going to delete the entire stupid book. Pages of crap supposedly the inner thoughts of a psycho sex killer?! NOT. The in-fighting about male territorial turf among blues and feebs? Overdone. The guilt-tripping of said LEO's? Not buying it. It was all one big screw up including the ending. NO FBI AGENT ACTS LIKE SHE DID ... running off without a word, immediately after capturing the alleged killer, ALONE? No phone? Not impressed ...FYI - Spoilers!If Violet "smirked" just once more, I swear I was going to delete the entire stupid book. Pages of crap supposedly the inner thoughts of a psycho sex killer?! NOT. The in-fighting about male territorial turf among blues and feebs? Overdone. The guilt-tripping of said LEO's? Not buying it. It was all one big screw up including the ending. NO FBI AGENT ACTS LIKE SHE DID ... running off without a word, immediately after capturing the alleged killer, ALONE? No phone? No nothing? NO WAY. From the minute Violet walked out of her hotel room, leaving an escapee alone in the room ...with her gun, laptop, case files, keys, luggage, everything??? Then, she does it AGAIN?? Dud book. Enraging at times it was so off, it insults women in law enforcement everywhere. Either know procedure better or find a new genre, Vargus.
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  • Tania Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I am dumbfounded at how highly rated this book was. I found it to be incredibly disappointing. I don't know how anyone thinks this is a "fast paced exhilarating thriller." It was way too long and way too slow. I had to start skimming the last 100 pages. Great! They finally catch the psycho at the end who we already know who it is the whole time. I was hoping some crazy twist to prevail, guessing that maybe Detective Loshak was the killer himself and the reasoning for being so sick. What was the I am dumbfounded at how highly rated this book was. I found it to be incredibly disappointing. I don't know how anyone thinks this is a "fast paced exhilarating thriller." It was way too long and way too slow. I had to start skimming the last 100 pages. Great! They finally catch the psycho at the end who we already know who it is the whole time. I was hoping some crazy twist to prevail, guessing that maybe Detective Loshak was the killer himself and the reasoning for being so sick. What was the point of that detail to the character? Literally no surprise. You're reading 500+ pages of a cycling dragged out story. Seriously, don't waste your time! If you want a great psychological and twisted thriller read "The Girls He Adored" by Jonathan Nasaw.
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  • eden Hudson
    January 1, 1970
    Dead End Girl is a tightly woven, fast-paced, tension-laced thrill ride. How do I know? Because it's 496 pages long and it felt like reading a novella. For pretty much two days I did nothing but read this book and wish it would never end. By the end of the first chapter, Violet felt like an old friend; I just wanted to hang out and watch her solve grisly serial murders forever.Because of the serial killer and the FBI trainee with the haunted past chasing him, the obvious comparison is Silence of Dead End Girl is a tightly woven, fast-paced, tension-laced thrill ride. How do I know? Because it's 496 pages long and it felt like reading a novella. For pretty much two days I did nothing but read this book and wish it would never end. By the end of the first chapter, Violet felt like an old friend; I just wanted to hang out and watch her solve grisly serial murders forever.Because of the serial killer and the FBI trainee with the haunted past chasing him, the obvious comparison is Silence of the Lambs—and don't get me wrong, if you liked Silence of the Lambs, you'll love Dead End Girl. But with the story taking an active interest in Violet Darger's life outside of the case, Dead End Girl—and likely all of the Violet Darger series—will also be a favorite among lovers of J.A. Konrath's Jack Daniels mysteries. At the same time, there's so much attention to detail and organic storytelling that this could easily compete with any of Stephen King's longer works. I found myself completely invested in every character, from the authorities to the killer to the victims themselves.Because blood and gore are great, and tracking down sickos is fun, but the living aren't the only characters who haunt the pages of Dead End Girl—the victims come to life, too. The authors have presented us with people, not Doll Parts, individuals who had names, families, flaws, senses of humor, and dreams before death turned them into front page fodder, clickbait, and short appositives that left more room for sensationalizing their grisly end. At its heart, that's what Dead End Girl is all about—forcing us to reevaluate our own voyeuristic interest in death, as well as the snap judgments about people that we make every day.Dead End Girl is an intriguing and entertaining start to what I hope is a long, long run of Violet Darger novels. If the whole series was available today, I'd buy them all and binge-read them straight through, but since it's not, I'm waiting on the edge of my favorite reading chair for the next one. If you love the serial killer genre, then this is a must-read for you.
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  • Rod
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the best Thrillers i have read recently there has been so many I will have to give this book 5 stars it was a page turner grab it if you want a good grizzly story about a very sick serial Killerhe really takes the cake this guy pleased this is only fictionwe wouldn't want sickos like him in society
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  • Erth
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, what a long rollercoaster ride! The book started off full of excitement, tension and mystery but then slows down. A chapter or two later it becomes a page turner again then slows down. It appears the author is attempting to stretch out the story. There were 119 chapters one third of them were slow and looong two thirds were fast reading and exciting.All in all, I enjoyed the book. The story was enjoyable and creative.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome crime/thriller/suspense novel. Steady but fast action with lots of twists and turns takes us on this journey and since I love the authors, I can't wait to see what comes next for Violet-I know it wlll be amazing!
  • Tammy Zautner
    January 1, 1970
    DNFAbout 25% or so I decided it was time to put this book down and walk away. It was so slow moving, other than the gore there wasn't much to keep my attention.From all the high ratings, maybe it got better. I'll never know. I did skim to the end and read the last 10%, just so I could find out the who done it aspect.
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  • D.J. Adamson
    January 1, 1970
    Violet Dagar, FBI Thriller, Book . The story is fast-paced and intricately woven. A victim is found wrapped in plastic. Dumped on the side of the road. Just the first of other victims to come in this psychological thriller.Reviewed in Le Coeur de l'Artiste http://www.djadamson.com/le-coeur-de-...
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  • Page Turner
    January 1, 1970
    A page turner that keeps you guessing until the end! I was sure I had figured everything out - and then a twist at the end dropped my jaw! A good read.
  • ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
    January 1, 1970
    Who doesn't like a fast paced suspense novel? You know, something that just grabs you from the beginning and won't let go. Well the answer is obviously these authors. This book was just way too long. About 200 pages too long to be more precise. There was no fast pace and there were way too many times that I said out loud "I just can't read this anymore." Look, I understand the need to be descriptive in psychological thrillers, but describing every bite of a sandwich, every smell in the air and e Who doesn't like a fast paced suspense novel? You know, something that just grabs you from the beginning and won't let go. Well the answer is obviously these authors. This book was just way too long. About 200 pages too long to be more precise. There was no fast pace and there were way too many times that I said out loud "I just can't read this anymore." Look, I understand the need to be descriptive in psychological thrillers, but describing every bite of a sandwich, every smell in the air and every god knows what minuscule little unnecessary detail is just too much. This just drug on WAY TO LONG. And then......as you would suspect......boom, here's the ending, that's it, nothing more. All that droaning on and on and then the authors finally figured out how to fast pace a book. So here's the thing. The book (after cutting out 200 pages of irrelevant material) is actually good. Great story line, likable characters, interesting plot, all the makings of a Patterson-esque series. I can only hope that the follow ups to the Violet Darger series undergo some serious editing before publication, otherwise the character will die of boredom before even getting to the plot.
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    Violet Darger if you glance at it quickly looks like Violent Danger, hmm?This was really good. The closer I got to the ending the harder this was to put down! I don't usually seek out serial killer type books because they can be so over-the-top disturbing. This one definitely had some gruesome stuff but it was well written & stopped the descriptions at just the right point in my opinion. (view spoiler)[Well the one kissing scene did make me want to get up and brush my teeth-yick!!! (hide spo Violet Darger if you glance at it quickly looks like Violent Danger, hmm?This was really good. The closer I got to the ending the harder this was to put down! I don't usually seek out serial killer type books because they can be so over-the-top disturbing. This one definitely had some gruesome stuff but it was well written & stopped the descriptions at just the right point in my opinion. (view spoiler)[Well the one kissing scene did make me want to get up and brush my teeth-yick!!! (hide spoiler)]The main character was like-able, a bit flawed for sure, but in a realistic way. I’m looking forward to reading more of her adventures.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Very ok This book wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. I felt no affinity for any of the characters, especially Violet. She annoyed me and seemed way too naive to be an FBI agent. Then there was the over explanation of every little thing. Many times I wanted the story to move along already. It's like, ok I get it, he's sad. All-in-all, if you're looking for a good series go with John Sanford or Mo Hayder.
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  • Michael W Duggan
    January 1, 1970
    HeartstoppingThis is my first L.T.Vargas book but it sure won't be my last. I couldn't put this thriller down. It grabbed be and pulled me in from beginning til end. I've already ordered the next Violet Darger book. Pageturning psychological thriller!!!
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  • Paris Abell
    January 1, 1970
    Great thriller. I didn't expect to find it so gripping and such a good read. Great characters. Engaging story. Scary bad guy. Just the whole package. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good thriller.
  • Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
    January 1, 1970
    A serial killer has struck for the third time in Athens, Georgia and the FBI sends in it’s most talented profiler, Agent Violet Darger. Although still a novice, Darger’s boss also sends her to Georgia to “babysit” the vet agent heading the investigation. Although he wrote a book about serial murderers, apparently Agent Loshak is a slacker when it comes to paperwork and communication. When Darger arrives, she brings attitude and a haunted past. She also has the tendency to cause colossal eye-roll A serial killer has struck for the third time in Athens, Georgia and the FBI sends in it’s most talented profiler, Agent Violet Darger. Although still a novice, Darger’s boss also sends her to Georgia to “babysit” the vet agent heading the investigation. Although he wrote a book about serial murderers, apparently Agent Loshak is a slacker when it comes to paperwork and communication. When Darger arrives, she brings attitude and a haunted past. She also has the tendency to cause colossal eye-rolling screw-ups that make you yell at the book.The book is not original in plot or character, but it was still engaging. There are some twists tossed in but it’s a familiar storyline: agent profiles and tracks killer, local law is not exactly thrilled but they cooperate, killer is introduced and is creepy, chemical reaction between agent and hot detective, agent screws up, vet agent steps in to save investigation (ask me how mad I was when that occurred), killer gets desperate, red herrings and more red herrings, agent faces off with killer…nothing new.Except, while the authors have made Darger a hardass, they have also given her a soft side, one that is compassionate and sympathetic towards the victims. Sometimes it was a bit overboard on the heart of gold but it was nice to read about a hardass with a heart. I liked her relationship with the hot Detective Luck and his Luckmobile; sufficiently prickly and sexy. The killer is definitely broken and irredeemable, his narrative is in present tense, and I wouldn’t want to be his neighbor.But, I have to be honest, while I really liked the book there were some elements that drove me crazy. The authors truly did not have to tell me every single move a character made to get from their car to the hotel room or narrate every detail involved in the singular task of opening a laptop or, worse, describe the nuances of a cop taking a stinky dump in a gas station bathroom. Twice. I was extremely annoyed vet Agent Loshak was missing for about 99% of the investigation but when Darger is duped, almost derailing the investigation, he shows up to finally do his job and “save” her butt. (A low point in the book, in my book.) And, I’ve got to know, are there ANY FBI/cop/mystery novels out there where the MALE protagonist forgets his cell, in a huff mind you, to go out and impulsively chase the bad guy?? And towards the end, I did find myself skimming over the killer's lengthy inner conversations with himself about how screwed up he is. Trust me, we caught on about 400 pages ago.Anyhow, I do like Agent Violet Darger, there is something engaging about her and will pick up the next book in the series. Maybe she’ll remember her cell phone next time.
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  • Melanie Foxfire
    January 1, 1970
    I was reading another book when I started this book. I didn't mean to read it right away, I just wanted to see what it was like. Four hours later I was in bed and should have been asleep for three of those hours and I couldn't sleep. So maybe don't start this book at bedtime...lol. It's a page turner, I didn't notice how long this book is until I finished it.This book reminds me of some of my favorite books in the crime thriller genre - Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, The Collector by John Fowles, I was reading another book when I started this book. I didn't mean to read it right away, I just wanted to see what it was like. Four hours later I was in bed and should have been asleep for three of those hours and I couldn't sleep. So maybe don't start this book at bedtime...lol. It's a page turner, I didn't notice how long this book is until I finished it.This book reminds me of some of my favorite books in the crime thriller genre - Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, The Collector by John Fowles, the Mr. Mercedes trilogy by Stephen King, and of course Silence of the Lambs. It's not a glimpse...it's a good long look inside the mind of a killer. It's fast paced, it's scary, and it's satisfying.I love Violet Darger. She has the most stressful job imaginable. Not just because she has to catch a killer, but also because she's a woman working almost exclusively with men, and she has to prove herself every day. I love how she's an expert profiler, but she's also a human being with anxieties who says the wrong things sometimes and wrestles with self doubt. And I identify with her because aren't all women natural born detectives? We can analyze a situation to death and we can usually sniff out people's motives, but we always get caught trusting the wrong person because we feel for them, or saying the wrong thing in the heat of the moment because we are personally invested in the situation.Don't we all have a grim fascination with the horror of what people are actually capable of? Remember when you first heard about somebody like Ed Kempter or Ted Bundy? Women live with the very real possibility of being stalked, assaulted, or murdered by someone they know every day. And we know that. But even knowing that we sometimes still trust the wrong person. We have all thought about what we think we would do in a situation like that. But you just never know until it happens to you, do you?What's inside the mind of a killer? We all feel powerless sometimes. We all want to feel a sense of control. Some of us would go much further to assert that control than others, though. Some of us would kill for it.Everybody is talking about a series and I have to say I had the exact same thought, like what happens to Violet Darger next? I can't wait to find out. Dead End Girl would make a great movie or TV series.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    Took me awhile to read because so busy with Christmas stuff but it was very good. FBI profiler Vargas comes to investigate a serial killer the have named the Doll Parts killer. Book gets very intense at the end, will definitely read next book in the series!
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  • Patricia Kaniasty
    January 1, 1970
    Very excellent!!! Kept me turning the pages long into the night. New genre for me and I loved it.
  • JadeShea
    January 1, 1970
    The plot was interesting, but the heroine got annoying at times.
  • Rizzo Boone
    January 1, 1970
    Great read from 2 new authors to meVery enjoyable book and characters really never wanted to put it down kept me hungry for more can’t wait to start the next one !
  • Ariel
    January 1, 1970
    A lot smarter than the average serial killer mystery, I’m immediately starting the next book in the series.
  • Maria Riegger
    January 1, 1970
    A fast-paced thriller. If you like forensic and true crime shows, and/or if you like Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series, you will enjoy this read. Warning: It is not for the faint of heart!
  • Dee
    January 1, 1970
    Two-haiku review:Girls killed, dismemberedFBI profiler goesTo begin careerPretty good plottingNeeds serious editing"Alright" not a word
  • Yvonne
    January 1, 1970
    Solid action read. I enjoyed it enough to download #2 in the series.
  • Zane
    January 1, 1970
    Dead End Good!This book was nothing like l expected it would be. Talk about full of twists and turns and a surprise ending...all of that and more.
  • Caroline Harridence
    January 1, 1970
    At last a decent book on Kindle Unlimited Excellent page turning thriller. So good to read a "proper" book on the Kindle service. Well written and thoroughly recommended.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Better than expected! A good beach book.
  • Judi
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, what an emotional read. I loved this one and you really can't put it down until you know who the serial killer is and if Violet is going to live through this one.Violet Darger is an extraordinary FBI profiler but she had been working in the Victim Assistance division and wants to go into really getting out and investigating..Her first case comes up and she is sent to Ohio on a serial murder case. He leaves the bodies in plastic bag at dumpsters. Violet is assigned to work with a profiler wh Wow, what an emotional read. I loved this one and you really can't put it down until you know who the serial killer is and if Violet is going to live through this one.Violet Darger is an extraordinary FBI profiler but she had been working in the Victim Assistance division and wants to go into really getting out and investigating..Her first case comes up and she is sent to Ohio on a serial murder case. He leaves the bodies in plastic bag at dumpsters. Violet is assigned to work with a profiler who is well known and just as hard to work with, as he likes to work alone.Violet gets involved in the case and is not liked in the small department, but she won't let go when her "gut" is telling her what to do. She meets up with a detective there and at first they clash, but as it goes on, Violet learns that she needs to try to work with the others.But will Violet's intuitions get her killed as she is now one of the targets of the serial killer, they called the "Doll Parts Killer" I loved the character of Violet and her compassion for the victims..Great book, just waiting for the next one!
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  • BoardInMalibu
    January 1, 1970
    This could have been a decent book but oh my, the editing was atrocious. I don’t think I’ve ever read such a poorly edited HARDBACK book. And just what’s up with this publisher: SMARMY PRESS. Nothing found on Google about this publisher so likely a self-published book. No idea how this HARDBACK book came to me, it’s got to have been one of those “Amazon Recommendations” because I’ve never heard of the authors and I’m pretty disgusted with myself for not checking out the publisher. The protagonis This could have been a decent book but oh my, the editing was atrocious. I don’t think I’ve ever read such a poorly edited HARDBACK book. And just what’s up with this publisher: SMARMY PRESS. Nothing found on Google about this publisher so likely a self-published book. No idea how this HARDBACK book came to me, it’s got to have been one of those “Amazon Recommendations” because I’ve never heard of the authors and I’m pretty disgusted with myself for not checking out the publisher. The protagonist with the bizarre first name “Violet” is a wanna-be FBI profiler who screws up everything and whose conduct is so appallingly unprofessional it’s ridiculous. There was tons of filler in this book. If these two writers wanted to be good, they might be with a professional set of editors and an established publishing house. Give it a miss, this was a big waste of money
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  • Nancy Silk
    January 1, 1970
    "Nonstop Action and Intrigue"This first story about rookie FBI Agent Violet Darger is a real page turner, a thriller which will sweep you into the investigation of a violent killer, who can't seem to be stopped. The third victim was dismembered and dumped into a grease dumpster behind a Burger King. There is little evidence for Agent Darger to work with and the very few witnesses seem to be unreliable. Will she be able to find the killer? If she can't identify the killer, there will be, no doubt "Nonstop Action and Intrigue"This first story about rookie FBI Agent Violet Darger is a real page turner, a thriller which will sweep you into the investigation of a violent killer, who can't seem to be stopped. The third victim was dismembered and dumped into a grease dumpster behind a Burger King. There is little evidence for Agent Darger to work with and the very few witnesses seem to be unreliable. Will she be able to find the killer? If she can't identify the killer, there will be, no doubt, more victims. This story is very well written, characters are well developed, and there's not one boring sentence in this excellent novel. Highly recommend.
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