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Hidden by Laura Griffin
Series: Texas Murder Files #1
Published by Berkley on August 25, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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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.
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