NEW RELEASE REVIEW by Lorna: Far Gone by Laura Griffin – RELEASED YESTERDAY! (@Laura_Gr​iff, @Mollykati​e112)

To save her only brother, Andrea Finch must face down a criminal mastermind, the FBI, and her own demons in this thrilling novel from the author of the bestselling Tracers series.
Police detective Andrea Finch is a rising star in her department until a split-second decision derails her career. Disgraced and disillusioned, she’s on leave from her job when she gets an urgent call from her younger brother. She’d prefer to ignore his latest plea for cash, but this time instinct tells her something is very wrong. Andrea’s search for answers takes her to a dusty Texas border town where danger lurks in plain sight and nothing is quite what it seems.
FBI agent Jon North is working undercover in west Texas investigating an unsolved murder that may be linked to a broader plot. But when the evidence points to Andrea’s brother, Jon finds that persuading the stubborn cop to help will be harder than cracking his toughest case.
Andrea must find a way to do what’s right while protecting her only sibling. As the clock ticks down on a deadly plot, Andrea and Jon race to confront a heartless killer who will stop at nothing to deliver a final, terrifying message.

When I read the blurb for this book, I was thinking criminal mastermind was going to be a serial killer, or even the head of a group of criminals responsible for all kinds of crime for monetary gain. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Andrea Finch is police detective on leave after an unfortunate incident that leaves someone dead. She hears from her younger brother, Gavin, and refuses his request for money. The detective in her knows there is something wrong so she secretly travels to the desert area where her brother is working as a ranch hand. Supposedly. She knows her brother well; the fact he’s a computer genius doesn’t equal ranch hand in her book. Jon North is an FBI agent assigned to do surveillance on the same ranch. The ranch is owned by an individual that may or may not be planning what they call home grown terrorism, similar to what happened in Oklahoma City.
What I liked about this book:
I liked the first part of the book a lot. In the interest of not spoiling the plot for readers, I will just say that it was really exciting and featured two separate incidents that keep you on the edge of your seat while reading.
I enjoyed the characters of Andrea and Jon and their romance. In this book, the romance is there but takes a bit of a backseat to the plot and suspense. I felt their interactions were interesting, the dialogue between the two was real and they definitely were not cookie cutter romance characters-they make mistakes with each other and although I hated some of the things that happen(one in particular), I felt it was necessary to the realness of a romance that takes place during a huge criminal case.
I thought the premise was different from the usual romantic suspense novel. Andrea and Jon have two totally different agendas throughout the book but at the same time, they have a romantic agenda. The possible terrorism angle just added to the difference between this book and typical romantic suspense.
What I didn’t like about the book:
At times, I thought it could have been a bit of a shorter book. There were moments while reading, I would just put it down for awhile-not something I do with a true page turner. However, I kept with it, and the whole last part of the book was much better-and more exciting. I ended up being glad I had kept reading. Upon reflection, I realized all of the story was important to the plot.
Who I Would Recomment It To:
I would recommend this book to all romantic suspense readers or even mystery readers.
All in all, I thought it was a good suspense/romance, as opposed to a romantic suspense(and there is a difference, I think). I did enjoy the read, although I am still not sure why the book was titled, Far Gone.
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