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Deep Dark by Laura Griffin [ARC review] 2016, romantic suspense

Deep Dark by Laura Griffin [ARC review] 2016, romantic suspenseAuthor: Laura Griffin
Title: Deep Dark
Series: Tracers #10
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 400
Release Date: April 19th 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense

“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.
Format: eARC
Also by this author: Beyond Limits, Shadow Fall, At Close Range
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Deep Dark is the tenth book in the Tracers series by Laura Griffin.

  • Point of View: Third person
  • Tense: Past tense
  • Setting: Texas
  • Sexual Content: explicit, for ages 18 and up


Laura Griffin hit one out of the ballpark again with Deep Dark, her newest book in the Tracers series.

The book is a mixture of a police procedural, a romance, and a mystery. The story is about a murder investigation led by Reed. Laney, a hacker, inserts herself into the investigation because she knew the victim and believes the murder is linked to a dating website she had done work for. She and Reed have definite chemistry, but he is hesitant to get involved with her because he is much older than she is.

I don’t have a lot to say about this book. It was great! The romance developed naturally and the murder investigation was very detailed and believable. I didn’t guess the killer ahead of time, which was another bonus.

If you haven’t read any of the Tracers series, I strongly recommend them to anyone who likes mystery mixed with romance. Even without the romance, they can stand alone because the procedural aspects are strong and well-researched.

This is one of my favorite book series. I was very happy to have had an opportunity to read Deep Dark before it was released. I give it 5 stars for excellent pacing, a solid investigation, and likable characters.


About Laura Griffin

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 as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award. Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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