“Deep Dark” by Laura Griffin is a romantic suspense novel that is part of the ‘Tracer’ series and centers around Laney Knox, a white-hat computer hacker who works at the Delphi Center. Her unconventional investigation techniques bring her to the attention of Detective Reed Novak who is investigating the murder of a friend. The unlikely pair have a common goal but vastly different techniques which bring them into opposition and is further complicated by the unwilling attraction that blossoms between them. Danger escalates and Reed must discover not only what the killer’s motive is, but what secrets Laney is hiding, before it is too late…for the next victim who may be all too familiar.
The action is immediate and draws one into the web that this author weaves. I love that she has capable heroines who are just as active and adept at their jobs as the deliciously hunky males they are attracted to. I found Laney a little irritating, possibly because of her youth and stubborn insistence on doing things her way, and thought her chastened regret to be all too fleeting when things don’t quite pan out for her the way she wanted them to. Despite that, I was delighted with her bravery, intellectual prowess, and deductive abilities although a little dismayed by her blithe disregard of the consequences of her actions on Reed and herself.
The intense heat between the main characters is a little awkward for me at first although I adored Reed’s protective nature, and I wish I had more of a connection to both of these workaholics. Despite this, the rising intensity as the investigation unfolds, the red herrings, and the occasional light moments such as the comments by one character about the shoe print size on the foot that kicked her door in make this another fun and enthralling read and I hope several of the secondary characters show up in a future story. This author always provides an intense and exciting story and this is another enjoyable example of her talent.
The moment detective Reed Novak steps onto the crime scene, he knows the case is going to rock his world. A beautiful young woman murdered at home. No sign of forced entry. No motive. She’s obviously not the killer’s first victim, and Reed’s instincts tell him she won’t be his last. Reed’s first clue comes via a mysterious text that links to a dating profile, but even more intriguing than the clue is the person who sent it.
As a white-hat hacker in the Delphi Center’s cyber investigation unit, Laney Knox sneaks into some of the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet looking for predators. Laney would prefer to stay away from Austin PD’s most recent murder case, but she can’t ignore the chilling similarities between that crime and her own brutal attack years ago. Laney offers to help the sexy lead detective, but he wants more from her than just a promising tip—Reed wants her trust. Laney resists, but as their relationship deepens she’s tempted to reveal the closely guarded secrets that could make her a key witness…or the killer’s next victim.