Book Review: Deep Dark by Laura Griffin

Deep Dark

Title: Deep Dark (Tracers #10)
Author: Laura Griffin @Laura_Griff
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 368 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

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.

Grace Review

A complex who-done-it, which had me guessing until the end.  This is a prime example of romantic suspense done right.

If you know me, then you know how much I love romantic suspense.  I’ve read a number of books from other authors, but am always looking for more.  When this book popped up on my NetGalley feed and I saw the rating for the authors other books (something I always check now), I decided to give it a whirl, and I’m so glad I did.

There are some key things this book had that many others fall short on.
Thorough research, particularly on hacking
Believable plot
Complicated relationship between main characters
Complex story-line that kept me guessing
With the plot centering on the killer, it made it that much better that I couldn’t figure out who it was.

This story revolves around a number of brutal homicides.  We are first thrown into the story as the heroine escapes her own death years prior.  Fast forward to the present, and she now plays a key role in the investigation to catch this serial killer.  Let’s be honest, the detectives on the case would be at a dead end without Laney’s help.  I’m not saying they are incompetent.  They are very thorough in what they do.  But I don’t think any of them could have made the hunch that Laney, our hacker extraordinaire, was able to make and back up that hunch with evidence.

As a heroine, I really liked Laney.  She has this quest for justice that’s hard not to appreciate, and she’s extremely intelligent.  Does she follow rules or laws?  Not so much.  But again, with the chances she takes, she helps, not once, but multiple times, in providing clues to aid the detectives.

This book didn’t have a heavy romantic element and I was perfectly ok with that.  However, there is romance, as one of the main detectives, Reed, begins to fall for Laney.  She’s too young (24), too different from his type, too much of a rule breaker.  But he can’t stop thinking about her.  And lucky for him, she reciprocates those feelings.  The two play a game of cat and mouse throughout the story, which is complicated when Laney’s past experience comes to light.

I really liked how the author developed the plot in the story.
New crimes.
New evidence cleverly found by Laney.
Possible corruption within the force.
Hacking tying everything together.

If you are really paying attention and taking notes on possible suspects, you may figure it out.  I didn’t, which I love.  Yes, I’d rather be surprise then figure it out early.  Where’s the fun in that?  LOL.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story.  I felt like I was watching a great crime show evolve and unravel.  The third person POV made it a little confusing at times, but the author provides a lot of details that weren’t farfetched.  The whole story felt real, yet creative enough that I hadn’t seen it before.  This was my first book from this author, and it definitely won’t be my last.

– Grace

*An ARC was received via NetGalley for an honest review.

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