Author: Laura Griffin
Publication Date: June 29, 2010
Paperback: 400 pages
Genre: Romance Mystery, Suspense
ELAINA MCCORD WANTS TO FIND A KILLER. BUT HE’S ALREADY FOUND HER.
Elaina McCord’s dream of being an FBI profiler is threatened by her very first case—investigating a string of murders near a Texas beach resort. The victims, all young women, were drugged and brutally murdered, their bodies abandoned in desolate marshland. Elaina’s hunch—met with disbelief by local police—is that these are only the latest offerings from a serial killer who has been perfecting his art for years, growing bolder and more cunning with each strike.
True-crime writer Troy Stockton has a reputation as an irresistible playboy who gets his story at any cost. He’s the last person Elaina should trust, let alone be attracted to. But right now Troy, along with the elite team of forensics experts known as the Tracers, is her only ally in a case that’s turning dangerously personal. A killer is reaching out to Elaina, taunting her, letting her know how ruthless he is and how close he’s getting. Now it’s not just her career that’s in jeopardy—it’s her life. . . .
There is nothing quite as exhilarating as discovering not only a talented, new to me author, but also a series, a double bonus. Unspeakable by Laura Griffin is her second book in her Tracer’s trilogy. I have not read the first, Untraceable, which I shall remedy and then look forward to her next book, Unforgivable. Clearly, Unspeakable stands well on its own merits, yet it is such a stunning forensics suspense thriller that I must read the others in the series. I am compulsive that way when a writer is this good.
Special Agent Elaina McCord is a relatively new profiler and while she is intelligent and had hopes for a prominent placement, she was placed in the Brownsville, Texas branch of the FBI. To make matters worse, when the FBI is called into a crime of a serial killer, the local police do not want anything to do with her, and so much as tell her to go back to her office. Elaina is not one to be deterred and begins to receive some assistance from Troy Stockton, a true crime writer, who appears to have more access to the crime scenes than Elaine could ever hope to. How far is she willing to go, trusting all that is said stays out of Stockton’s next book?
Unspeakable is an exhilarating thrill ride that takes the reader on the hunt for a serial killer, introduces the reader to the superb all star team, the tracers, comprised of the best forensic experts. Personally, I was unable to put the book down and hours flew by as the clues racked up, the mystery intensified, as did the strategically placed plot twist and turns. I would recommend Unspeakable to anyone looking for an excellent suspense novel and look forward to reading more from Griffin’s Tracers series. This is an author to keep an eye on.
LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense with her novels for Pocket Books. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards, including a 2010 RITA (Whisper of Warning) and a 2009 RT Reviewers Choice Award (Untraceable). Her debut novel, One Last Breath, won the Booksellers Best Award for romantic suspense. Laura currently lives in Austin. Visit her website for more information.
I received a complimentary copy of Unspeakable by Laura Griffin from Simon & Schuster to review. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.