Tuesday, October 24, 2023

The Last Close Call by Laura Griffin - ARC Review

A talented genetic analyst and a detective who's haunted by an elusive cold case team up in the new standalone romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin.

Forensic genealogist Rowan Healy has made a name for herself by helping investigators trace the family trees of violent criminals who have eluded justice for years. But the pressure of police cases left her burned out, and she's shifted her focus to helping adoptees find their biological parents.

Austin detective Jack Bruner has spent his career successfully tracking down vicious criminals--with the notable exception of the West Campus Rapist, a meticulous offender in Texas who has never been identified. When the latest two victims come to light, Jack sees his target is escalating his violent behavior--and only with Rowan's help does he stand a chance of cracking this case.

Moved by Jack's dedication and the brutal details of the attacks he lays out, Rowan agrees to help. When her ground-breaking DNA research sheds new light on the criminal's background and helps them zero in on a search radius, Rowan and Jack must race against the clock to find a ruthless killer who's growing bolder the longer he evades the law.

Laura Griffin is a go to author for me because if she writes it, I'm going to enjoy it.

Every single time.

And this one was no different. I was literally 3% into the book and my heart was in my throat.

An unexpected and casually tossed off 10 word sentence and I'm already all in on this book.

I was also all in with Jack and Rowan. I loved them together and the complexities of their relationship was handled well...the balance of the criminal and investigation parts of the story and the romantic woven together in such a way that neither of them seemed out of place.

And that's the strength of a title by Laura Griffin. She's figured out how to write a romantic suspense/crime story that fully tells both stories without sacrificing one or the other.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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