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.
by Laura Griffin
September 22, 2015
I found this book after reading a review by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. She loved it, and I immediately went to Net Galley and ordered it before I had even finished her review. It just sounded so good. And you know something? It really was!
Tara Rushing is a special agent with the FBI and has been sent to the scene of a bizarre killing of a fairly well known woman. The body is in the deep woods near a small town in Texas. It’s not long before she realizes that something more than one murder is going on in these woods. Liam Wolfe is an ex-marine and current owner of a high tech bodyguard company that has it’s headquarters nearby. Tara is accompanied to the town by another agent M.J., a fairly new agent with the FBI. This is not the normal case for either women. They normally work with the FBI Swat team in Houston, so they really are wondering what they are doing on this case. Since M.J. is so new, Tara takes the lead between the two. It’s not long before Tara is running an entire task force, but only after the discovery of two more murders in the woods. An then a third. Tara’s got a local sheriff chomping at the bit to arrest Liam Wolfe, all the while, she herself is fighting feelings for the ex-marine. Only Liam isn’t fighting his feelings, he’s embracing them.
The main characters were real and totally realized by the author. These are characters that have insecurities, and ones that have gone through things in their life. I enjoyed getting to know them and watching the sparks fly between the two. The romance was tempestuous to say the least, and very sensual in the end. Tara stays conflicted due to her FBI status and Liam being a prime suspect. All this did was heighten the drama between the two. And like I said before, Liam is okay with the whole thing, as far as the romance goes. He also was a former bodyguard for the woman that died and was friends with her, so he has a stake in what happens with that as well.
I have always loved romantic suspense and as with anything else, I got a bit burned out on it a couple of years or so ago. Now I read the occasional one by a favorite author or one that sounds like I would like it. This was not by an author I had ever read, but one that I may go back and read some more from her, because I enjoyed the read so much. I can honestly say that I had no idea who the killer was and that is refreshing in a suspense novel for me. The killer wasn’t even on my radar. Yay, for books like that!
If you enjoy adult stories that involve serial killers, the people that solve the crimes, and a good romance, this book should go on your to be read list. It never let me down, and kept me reading at a pretty brisk pace. For me, it was one of those books that kept getting better as I read. I highly recommend this to adult romantic suspense readers because it’s just that good!
The review copy of Shadow Fall was supplied by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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 (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. Visit her website at http://www.lauragriffin.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LauraGriffinAuthor