Series: Tracers #10
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: At Close Range, Touch of Red
Also by this author: At Close Range, Cover of Night, Touch of Red, Desperate Girls, Her Deadly Secrets
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.
Deep Dark was my first Laura Griffin book but I am already checking out her other books. I have been on a big romantic suspense kick lately. It seems that other books just don’t hold my attention. Deep Dark started a little slow for me and I was a bit worried. However, it picked up and before I knew it I was sucked into the mystery.
Laney is a white hat hacker who works for a place that often contracts with police/law enforcement to help them solve cyber crimes. Reed is a detective who has just caught a gruesome murder. It doesn’t take long before Laney and Reed’s paths cross (Laney makes sure to inject herself into the investigation!). Reed is 15 years older than Laney, so the romance is stilted at first because he is hung up on their age difference. Plus, you know, the murders and all! He and Laney grow closer and its a bit of a slow burn. They don’t actually sleep together until just after the 50% mark in the story. It certainly made the romance feel more believable. The mystery of who the killer is keeps you reading and its very well written. There are so many facets to the crimes-the cyber stalking, the dating website, the special hammer. It all adds up to you not really being able to guess who might be the killer. Its one of the better written mystery plots I have read in a romance genre book.
Overall, I enjoyed Deep Dark a great deal! I really am planning to grab other books by Griffin because she certainly can write a great suspense plot!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: mortal peril, Police
- Triggers: rape/murder cases (no details given regarding rape)
- Series/Standalone: Stand Alone
- Cliffhanger: no
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes; they solve the murder and Reed and Laney end up together! « Hide Spoiler
Kaylea Cross, Kendra Elliott, Melinda Lee, Susan Stoker…then you will probably like Deep Dark!
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 (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin where she is working on her next book.