Guest Review: Deep Dark by Laura Griffin

Posted May 23, 2016 by Jen in Reviews | 10 Comments

Guest Review: Deep Dark by Laura GriffinReviewer: Jen
Deep Dark by Laura Griffin
Series: Tracers #10
Also in this series: Stone Cold Heart

Publication Date: May 24th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Fantasy
Pages: 368
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Series Rating: four-stars

“If you like CSI and well-crafted suspense, don’t miss these books” (RT Book Reviews)! The tenth novel in the New York Times bestselling Tracers series is a gripping romantic thriller from the author who “never fails to put me on the edge of my seat” (USA TODAY).
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.

Time for another Tracers book! This time we have Reed Novak, a detective with the Austin PD, and Laney Knox, a white hat hacker for the Delphi Center. When Laney hears about a recent murder that bears a striking similarity to an attack she experienced years ago, she contacts Reed and wants to help. She doesn’t trust him and he’s not sure how much he trusts her either, but as they both pursue the investigation, they start to uncover dangerous information that could put Laney at risk.

I thought the suspense aspect of the book was great. The villain is creepy and disturbing, and there are lots of twists and turns here as Reed and Laney close in on him. As usual, Griffin includes lots of details from the investigation to make the book feel realistic and based on science. Whether that’s actually true, I don’t know, but I love the geeky details she sprinkles in! We get to see some glimpses of other characters too, and I always enjoy that because, realistically, many of these investigator-types working in a medium-sized city would know each other, right?

The relationship between Reed and Laney just didn’t do it for me, though. First, Reed is fifteen years older than Laney, not a trope I love. I could get over it if they felt in sync, but I didn’t get that here. Reed is cynical and hardened and a very seasoned professional, but he meets Laney and he starts breaking protocol left and right for her. (I’d say he was largely thinking with his…lower brain.) Laney acts her age–she’s immature, rushes into things without thinking about the consequences, and behaves more like an infatuated girl than a grown woman. Sure, she’s also cynical based on her past and her work hunting online predators, but when it comes to general life skills she shows her age. The two had chemistry, but I didn’t feel a deeper connection, at least in this book. And the age thing isn’t really explored in great depth. Come on, 15 years is a long time! Some serious conversation seems in order.

Am I getting tired of this series and therefore being too harsh? I don’t know! I did really enjoy the last book in the series, and I haven’t hated a Tracers book yet, including this one. The storylines and suspense elements are always thrilling, and the science of investigation keeps me hooked.

I have no problem suggesting that everyone who enjoys this series read this one, and I’ll be first in line to keep reading future installments.

Grade: 3.5 out of 5


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10 responses to “Guest Review: Deep Dark by Laura Griffin

  1. Am looking forward to this one. An age difference generally doesn’t bother me at all and is a trope I don’t have strong feelings about either way.

    Unlike you I didn’t enjoy the last book at all – a real dud for me, the characterisation was poor, I thought Tara acted like she was a rookie, although we kept being *told* she was strong, strong, strong. And poor Liam – we knew nothing more about him and who he is at the end of the book than we did at the beginning. And the romance was like meh? No chemistry! The first Tracers book I was disappointed with – and will skip in a series re-read.

    But it hasn’t put me off – I still love RS as a genre and for me, Laura Griffin is still an auto buy author.

    • Jen

      I thought Tara and Liam had pretty good chemistry. Or maybe I was just so relieved that Liam was less of a jerk Derek from book 8, because I didn’t like how he treated Elizabeth. I don’t know, maybe it was all my age gap bias ruining this one for me, since I feel like authors often don’t do enough to sell me on the couple. I want to see something to convince me that the big gap doesn’t matter, and I was not convinced here. Hopefully this one will be a home run for you, Willa! 🙂

      • Awww, thank you! I loved Derek and Elizabeth! Heeeee – is always funny how people can read the same book and come away with something totally different. I also loved Twisted with Mark and Allison.

        To me the age gap thing isn’t a blip on my radar – my gorgeous fella was 10 years older than me and it was never an issue or discussed, except when I teased him about keeping up with a younger woman! 😉

        • Jen

          OK, so if you are “meh” about the next book, I’ll make sure to read it soon. And if I’m not into it, you can pick it up ASAP. 🙂

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