Suspense, romance and missing persons/homicide case delivered the perfect fall read. Grab a hot tea or pumpkin spice mocha and check out Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin for a satisfying read.
by Laura Griffin
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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When they face the most baffling missing person's case of their careers, a fiercely ambitious lawyer and a homicide detective have no one to turn to for help except each other, from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin.
Up-and-coming attorney Leigh Larson fights for victims of sexual extortion, harassment, and online abuse. She is not afraid to go after the sleaziest targets to get payback for her clients. Leigh is laser-focused on her career—to the exclusion of everything else—until a seemingly routine case and a determined cop turn her world upside down.
Austin homicide detective Brandon Reynolds is no stranger to midnight callouts. But when he gets summoned to an abandoned car on a desolate road, he quickly realizes he's dealing with an unusual crime scene. A pool of blood in the nearby woods suggests a brutal homicide. But where is the victim? The vehicle is registered to twenty-six-year-old Vanessa Adams. Searching the car, all Brandon finds is a smear of blood and a business card for Leigh Larson, attorney-at-law.
Vanessa had hired Leigh just before her disappearance, but Leigh has no leads on who could have wanted her dead. Faced with bewildering evidence and shocking twists, Leigh and Brandon must work against the clock to chase down a ruthless criminal who is out for vengeance
Austin homicide detective Brandon Reynolds is called to a scene involving an abandoned car on the side of the road. Inside are the belongings of Vanessa Adams and a blood. A search of the woods turns up a pool of blood. In the car’s ashtray, Reynolds finds a card for Leigh Larson, an attorney who fights for the victims of sexual extortion, harassment, and online abuse. Both begin investigating separately and the tale that unfolds delivered from suspense to undeniable chemistry.
I love wicked banter and the dance Detective Reynolds and Leigh begin as she shares her skills and he balks are her interfering with his case. However, both are invested in finding the truth, and I loved how Leigh uncovered clues faster than Brandon…it made for some interesting conversations. As Brandon predicted, Leigh soon finds herself in danger.
Griffin knows how to spin a tale and pull her readers in. Clues, twists and the side dish of romance are perfectly balanced with an air of believability. She touches on relevant issues concerns stalking, men in power, and sexual harassment. Leigh’s personal story was well done, as was Vanessa’s. Griffin laid the blame where it belonged and highlighted the lack of laws to protect against such acts.
I liked both Brandon and Leigh. Both are dedicated to their professions and the people they protect. Their chemistry and interactions felt genuine and the sexual tension built into a frenzy of passion.
If you are looking for a read that will pull you in and hold you until the end, you won’t want to miss Last Seen Alone. Perfect for fans of well done romantic suspense.
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Wonderful review Kimberly. I am a bit worried about the 4 fire sizzle, but I can always skim that part. I am looking forward to the mystery, clues and the banter.
I have loved several of the Laura Griffin books I’ve read and this one is really calling to me. I love a good suspense title!
Oh I am itching to read my copy Kim, and as soon as I put my Mystery Scene books to bed I finally can. Thanks for the super review
the review is essentially a biggest hook of the story XD . REally makes me want to read just to find out if Brandon and Laura sizzles or fizzles
I’ve seen this one on several blogs and it does sound good.
Now, that is a fun prospect to get some good banter in a mystery romance.
It has been awhile since I read her books. She knows how to write a good suspense and based on your review, Last Seen Alone was suspenseful.
Anne - Books of My Heart
Wonderful review! I enjoyed this one too. I thought Leigh went a bit far on her own a few times though.
i love reading this
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