Author: Laura Griffin
Publication Date: November 24, 2009
Paperback: 400 pages
Genre: Romance Mystery, Suspense
From the Publisher:
ALEX LOVELL MAKES PEOPLE DISAPPEAR.
TURNS OUT, SHE’S NOT THE ONLY ONE.
Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive cop husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst, and sets out to discover what happened. Using every resource she can get her hands on — including an elite team of forensic scientists known as the Tracers, and a jaded, sexy Austin PD detective — Alex embarks on a mission to uncover the truth.
As far as homicide cop Nathan Deveraux is concerned, no body means no case. But as much as he wants to believe that Alex’s hunch about Melanie’s murder is wrong, his instincts — and their visceral attraction — won’t let him walk away. As a grim picture of what really happened begins to emerge, Nathan realizes this investigation runs deeper than they could ever have guessed. And each step nearer the truth puts Alex in danger of being the next to disappear….
Untraceable by Laura Griffin is the second novel I have read by Griffin but it is the first in her Tracer series. Do check out my review of Griffin’s second book, Unspeakable, which is just as brilliantly captivating as her thrilling first novel in the series, Untraceable. Her novels read well as stand alone novels, yet I believe her books to be so mesmerizing as to compel the reader to want to continue with the series. I could not put this book down; it truly is that captivating a mystery. In Untraceable, the reader meets Alex Lovell, a private investigator who has a specialty at making people disappear, in this instance, Melanie Bass, who was fleeing from an abusive husband. Suddenly Alex is being asked information about Melanie and is unable to locate her. Alex fears the worst and seeks out the help of Austin Police Detective Nathan Devereaux, her friend, Troy Stockton, who introduces Alex to the Tracers, and an elite forensics unit located in the Delphi Center. Griffin writes a brilliant mystery taking the characters from Austin, Texas to the French Quarter in New Orleans and back again to Texas. Griffin’s characters are feisty, strong, intelligent and extremely likeable, which makes the mystery all that more difficult to solve. Griffin adds a dose of romance throughout the novel, which adds a wonderful touch to the story line (and I am not usually a fan of romance novels). I read the novel from cover to cover, without stopping and I am still impressed with some of the plot twists Griffin added along the way. I eagerly await her third book in the Tracer series, Unforgivable, which is due out in December. I highly recommend Untraceable to anyone looking for a suspense-filled mystery.
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 Untraceable by Laura Griffin from Simon & Schuster to review. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.