Hidden by Laura Griffin @Laura_Griff @BerkleyPub @BerkleyRomance

Posted August 18, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 15 Comments

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Hidden by Laura Griffin @Laura_Griff @BerkleyPub @BerkleyRomanceHidden by Laura Griffin
Series: Texas Murder Files #1
Published by Berkley on August 25, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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When a woman is found brutally murdered on Austin's lakeside hike-and-bike trail, investigative reporter Bailey Rhoads turns up on the scene demanding access and answers. She tries to pry information out of the lead detective, Jacob Merritt. But this case is unlike any he's ever seen, and nothing adds up.

Bailey has a hunch the victim wasn’t who she claimed to be and believes this mugging-turned-murder could have been a targeted hit. When she digs deeper, the trail leads her to a high-tech fortress on the outskirts of Austin where researchers are pushing the boundaries of a cutting-edge technology that could be deadly in the wrong hands.

As a ruthless hit man’s mission becomes clear, Bailey and Jacob must embark on a desperate search to locate the next target before the clock ticks down on this lethal game of hide and seek.

I had not read this author before.  I would call this genre a mystery / thriller with some strong romantic elements.  The main characters are an investigative reporter on the crime beat and a homicide detective.  They are attracted but neither one trusts the other. Bailey, the reporter, is more willing to share information to get information.  Of course, the consequences of sharing information is much more drastic for Jacob as a cop.

Each of them has good instincts and skills in gathering the evidence. They have different perspectives which gives them unique contacts and avenues to pursue.  Jacob is worried at how dangerous the killer is and that Bailey is taking too many risks. I liked them both and they made a nice couple.

Hidden is the first in a series and I think I will enjoy the Texas Murder Files series.  I didn’t feel like the characters were fully developed but I did appreciate the focus on the case, more than the romance.   The next book Flight looks like it is about Bailey’s sister.

About Laura Griffin

Laura Griffin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five books and novellas. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages. Laura is a two-time RITA® Award winner (for Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Her book Desperate Girls was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly. Laura lives in Austin, Texas, where she is working on her next novel.

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Posted August 18, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 15 Comments

15 responses to “Hidden by Laura Griffin

  1. I really enjoy Griffin’s crime/thriller/mystery books and I have this one, too. The reporter aspect is a tricky one, since they can cause more trouble than help. I don’t like characters taking unnecessary risks either. Hopefully I’ll enjoy this one.

    I’d say read her earlier books, the last few haven’t been as good. Deep Red, Touch of Dark, and At Close Range were really good.

  2. I read one of her books last year and I liked it but yes the romance is in the backdrop of the story….I do like her writing style. I haven’t heard of this series though. That cover is stunning. A Shame that the characters weren’t fully developed in this one.