I really enjoy suspense books – I often listen to audio books and my number one genre isn’t necessarily romance, but suspense. Although a side romance never hurts! Laura Griffin writes excellent suspense/thrillers. I’m always completely engaged – not only with the crime details, but great dialogue, great descriptions of the crime scenes and some intense action.
The romance in this series is very low-key and in this book fell pretty flat for me. Sara and Nolan could be cute and romancy together, but it felt forced and not organic. It’s always a tricky balance between a burgeoning romance and dead bodies…but in this one, the romance that we do see didn hold much passion.
But if you like well done crime, come for that and leave your romance expectations at home.
Sara is a forensic anthropologist who works at the Delphi Center, the cornerstone of this series. A world-class, modern forensic evidence research facility. She gets a call that bones were found in a Texas park – where it’s prohibited to rock climb, but teenagers do it anyway. Hoping it’s animal bones, but preparing for the worst, Sara gets her gear and starts investigating. It turns out to be human bones, and it also turns out to be NOT bones from a missing girl who has been gone for some time. So who is it and what else will Sara find??
Our hero is Nolan, a police detective who is working the bone discovery and the missing girl case. He a pretty serious guy, who wants answers immediately – and when you are working with forensic evidence, fast results are hard to come by. But he is thorough, and as patient and he can be while also trying to get devastated families some answers.
I really enjoyed the setting in this one. Taking part mostly in a big park, with rock climbing, caves, crevices – a lot of hidey holes, it really added to the book. Wonderful attention to detail and it never weighs down the story. I always looks forward to a new Laura Griffin book!