Deep Dark (Tracers #10) by Laura Griffin
Rating: Very Good
Description: 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 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. (from Goodreads)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Why I Picked This Book: Rita from View From My Home has spoken highly of this series and I love a good romantic suspense.
My Impression: It seems like every year around this time I get really restless when it comes to reading. It's not really a rut but more of an inability to settle on a book. I think it's my brain's reaction to all the stuff that seems to crop up at the end of the school year coupled with the fact that now that school is out my days are a lot more chaotic. But every year I find a book that knocks me right out of that mood and this year Deep Dark by Laura Griffin just might be it. Right from the start I was yanked into the book as we start out with an attack on an unnamed character and the pacing really doesn't let up.
I really enjoyed getting to know Laney, Reed, Veronica, Jay and Jordan. I liked that they all come off as real people with regular problem and that the women connected with the police department read so realistically. Laney is brilliant at coding and very guarded but not overly prickly. She's hard to get to know and doesn't always know what she wants but has her own code of morals that she lives by. Reed Novak.is a good detective and does a good job of walking the line between out of the box and by the book. His feelings about his developing relationship with Laney rang true and I loved how considerate he was even when he came off as a little overbearing.
The mystery itself is a page turner! I had know idea how it was going to wrap up but I couldn't wait to find out. Laney does wander over into To Stupid To Live territory a few times but it fits with her reckless and impulsive personality so well that it didn't bother me. Don't let the fact that this is the tenth book in the series scare you away. This is the first book in the series that I've read and I had no problem keeping up with what was going on and who everyone is. From reading the blurbs of the other books it sounds like the main characters change from book to book as well.
This is a perfect read when you're looking for something that pulls you in and keeps you reading late into the night. You just may want to double check your locks before you start!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I'm really excited to be coming into the series so late because there is a sizable backlist to get caught up on!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Absolutely! If you're in the mood for a good romantic suspense (or don't mind a dash of romance in your thriller) than don't pass this one up!