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Title: Shadow Fall
Author: Laura Griffin
Series: The Tracers #9
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Books
In the ninth romantic suspense novel in the New York Times bestselling Tracers series, author Laura Griffin brings back her elite cadre of forensic experts as they hunt down the most brutal serial killer yet.
Special Agent Tara Rushing arrives at a grisly murder scene and quickly discovers she’s got a serial killer on her hands. The killer is meticulous, making sure to wipe up even the smallest traces of evidence…but the Delphi Center experts are on the case.
The local sheriff has a suspect all picked out—ex-Marine and current security expert Liam Wolfe. Despite all her digging, Tara knows very little about Liam when she shows up at his sprawling Texas compound, which serves as headquarters for Wolfe Security, and she’s surprised by her intense physical reaction to him.
As she and Liam grow closer, Tara finds herself depending on his skills and expertise to help her track a killer. But when another body turns up, Tara must decide if she can trust the man who’s quickly stealing her heart.
The ninth novel in the Tracers series that combines gripping plot twists with spine-tingling romance, Shadow Fall once again proves that “Laura Griffin gets better with each book” (The Romance Reviews).
Tara looked out the window again and realized her pulse was still thrumming. He unnerved her. It wasn’t just his size, it was his attitude. Maybe she was self-conscious because he’d caught her off guard. She was definitely embarrassed that she’d pulled her weapon on him.
She adjusted the vent and got a waft of hot air. His attitude bothered her, but she liked his truck. It smelled like leather and earth and felt deliciously warm. She forced herself to ignore the flutter of nerves generated by being alone in the dark with him. The nerves weren’t from fear but something else. And she wondered which was worse, being afraid of a man she was investigating or being attracted to him?
“You shouldn’t come out here alone.”
She looked at him. “Why not?”
“We’ve got more than a few meth heads around here. You don’t want to walk up on something, not without backup.”
She watched his face in the dimness, uneasy with the protective tone of his voice.
“We confirmed the ID today,” she said.
That ticked her off.
“Won’t be long till the media has it,” he added.
“Where are you getting your information?”
He didn’t answer.
“And the other day,” she said, “how’d you know we were here, me and M.J.? Are you having us tailed?”
Even if he was, he’d probably never admit it. But she at least needed to ask and get his reaction. Shadowing investigators could definitely be considered suspicious behavior.
Although she had to be honest with herself. She didn’t consider him a real suspect. Despite his links to the victim, she simply didn’t feel it.
“I’m guessing you filmed us approaching your property and ran my plate,” she said.
The corner of his mouth lifted. “Nothing that cloak-and- dagger.” He glanced at her. “I’m friends with Crystal.”
“She waited on you at the Waffle Stop. Bright red hair, eyebrow ring.”
She turned to face the window. “Small-town grapevine. And here I’ve been all impressed with your spying abilities.”
“You should be.” He pulled up to her Explorer and parked. “We’re the best there is.”
She looked at him in the darkness, so confident it bordered on arrogance. And the crazy thing was she believed him. She bought into it completely—he was that good.
His eyes locked on hers, and the air between them felt charged with electricity. His gaze dropped to her mouth, and her heart skittered. Was he going to kiss her? He eased closer, watching her, making her heart pound.
Source: eARC from Publisher
This is my honest review
Rating: 4 stars ~ LOVED
The build-up of suspense and tension is exquisite!
Laura Griffin returns with a Tracers novel that probes deep into the mind of a serial killer.
When FBI Special Agent Tara Rushing’s murder investigation turns into a hunt for a serial killer, the one person who can really help her out has ties to the victim and is a suspect himself.
Why I loved Shadow Fall:
Tara Rushing and Liam Wolfe are both strong and intelligent characters. Not only are both focused on getting their individual jobs done, but also they inevitably combine their expert skills to search for the killer at large. Their attraction to one another is instant, all-consuming, and, I think, perfect, which adds just enough steam in an otherwise intense storyline. Plus, their stubbornness towards one another leads to some really great, heated scenes!
The Delphi Center crime lab is used a lot in this particular novel. I’m a huge fan of many crime series on TV, and this portion of the book sort of plays out like an episode of the show Bones. The forensics and science parts are very intriguing to me, and the techniques used to uncover clues always fascinate me.
The plotline is filled to the brim with suspense. The frustration and danger piles up with each and every body that is found. The tension exquisitely rises to its peak in the last few chapters, and it had me frantically turning the pages to reach the end.
Shadow Fall is the second book I’ve read in the Tracers series and can be read as a standalone. If you’re looking for a romantic suspense with capable and passionate characters that hunt for a meticulous serial killer, Laura Griffin delivers on that in this book!
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1V81vLq
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My review of Beyond Limits (Tracers #8) is HERE
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.
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