Friday, 3 June 2016

New Release Spotlight & Review: Deep Dark by Laura Griffin

Deep Dark
Tracers #10
By: Laura Griffin
Releasing May 24, 2016
Pocket Books
Deep Dark

Tracers Series

A gripping new romantic thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin...

The moment detective Reed Novak steps onto the crime scene, he knows the case is going to rock his world. A beautiful young woman murdered at home. No sign of forced entry. No motive. She’s obviously not the killer’s first victim, and Reed’s instincts tell him she won’t be his last. Reed’s first clue comes via a mysterious text that links to a dating profile, but even more intriguing than the clue is the person who sent it.

As a white-hat hacker in the Delphi Center’s cyber investigation unit, Laney Knox sneaks into some of the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet looking for predators. Laney would prefer to stay away from Austin PD’s most recent murder case, but she can’t ignore the chilling similarities between that crime and her own brutal attack years ago. Laney offers to help the sexy lead detective, but he wants more from her than just a promising tip—Reed wants her trust. Laney resists, but as their relationship deepens she’s tempted to reveal the closely guarded secrets that could make her a key witness…or the killer’s next victim.

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Anyone who dares to venture into the world of online dating may rethink their dating habits after reading Deep Dark!

Delaney 'Laney' Knox is a twenty-four-year-old kick-ass white-hat hacker working for The Delphi Centre as an investigator. When the body of a young woman is discovered, Laney's reminded of an incident from her past. Determined to assist in solving the case and erase the memories that have haunted her, she gets more than she bargained when she messages the chief detective in an unconventional way.

Reed Novak is a thirty-nine-year-old detective with Austin PD, jaded with life generally. He's still sharp as a button when it comes to his job and a new case always fires up his enthusiasm. When a body is discovered with no clues or evidence left at the scene of the crime, he's as determined as ever to find the perpetrator. So, his interest is more than piqued when he receives an unexpected message about the case from an anonymous source, in an unconventional way. He's just as intrigued to know the sender as he is to solve the case.

The beginning was a slow start for me, but it didn't take very long to become engrossed in this original and fast-paced novel. The intrigue definitely kept my attention and the pages turning as Reed and Laney investigated the case. There may be a fifteen year age gap between the protagonists but the pairing works incredibly well and doesn't feel forced. Both are workaholics and loners with a passion for their work with a shared sense of duty work ethic. Their lust filled chemistry, always smouldering under the surface, as they attempt to fight against the attraction for each other.

I'm blown away by the author's attention to detail with the research for this well-written novel. I was on my toes right until the revealing of the murderer, which was a surprise.

If you enjoy the Romantic Suspense genre as much as I do, you'll love this adrenalin-charged, well thought out and intelligent novel. This is the tenth novel in the Tracers series and a standalone. I'll be reading the other nine novels in the series as soon as I can and will add this Laura Griffin to my favourite author list.

The question I asked myself after reading Deep Dark is: Why has it taken me so long to discover Laura Griffin?

***arc generously received courtesy of Pocket Books via NetGalley***

Reed watched her, and she had that frustrated look in her eyes again. Every time she started to open up to him, he did something to tick her off. She shook her head and glanced away.
“I’m a detective. It’s my job to ask questions. To push.”
She looked at him again and her expression softened. “No, you’re right.” She glanced down at her beer bottle and picked at the label. “I’m glad she has you.”
“Who has me?”
“April. You seem--” She paused, like she was searching for the right word. “--committed.”
He didn’t answer. It wasn’t really a question, but the way she looked at him gave him the feeling she wanted a response.
She drained her beer and plunked down the bottle. “I should get home.” She stood up.
Reed stood, too. He left a tip on the table and followed her through the throng of people. The bar was packed, and the music had gotten louder since they’d first walked in.
They stepped into the warm, muggy air. It was dusk now, and a neon Lone Star Light sign cast a blue-and-red glow over the sidewalk. As they walked in silence, he thought of what she’d said about her job being meaningful. It was refreshing. Maybe he’d been a cop too long, but he didn’t know anyone who talked about things being meaningful anymore. If they thought about work in those terms, they kept it to themselves.
Maybe he was jaded.
No, he definitely was jaded. But it had more to do with his failed marriage than anything he’d seen on the job.
Reed spotted her little white car and felt a twinge of regret. He’d enjoyed talking to her, enjoyed being near her. And he couldn’t remember the last time that had happened with a woman. Having a beer with Laney had been the highlight of his crap week. Hell, the highlight of his month.
She looked around. “Where are you parked?”
“Around back.”
She gazed up at him. He couldn’t read her expression.
“Thanks for the drink,” she said.
“You bought it.”
He couldn’t read her tone either. The thrum of music seeped through the thin walls of the bar as they stood there in the light of the beer sign.
She stepped closer, and a jolt of heat went through him. She looked up at him with those bottomless brown eyes, and he knew he was in trouble. It was a bad idea to involve this girl in his investigation. Whatever useful info she might have was outweighed by the fact that she was young, and edgy, and he wanted her. And she must have seen something in his face because her eyes sparked.
She went up on tiptoes and kissed him.
Copyright 2016 Laura Griffin

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award. Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! Thank you for hosting DEEP DARK today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours