By Laura Griffin
Publisher: Pocket Star
Released: August 30, 2011
Genre: Fiction Adult: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
SOPHIE BARRETT THINKS SHE’S LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. SHE MAY BE DEAD WRONG.
On a sweltering summer afternoon, Sophie Barrett walks into a nightmare. A sniper has opened fire on a college campus. When the carnage is over, three people—plus the shooter—are dead and dozens more are injured. Sophie escapes virtually unscathed. Yet as details emerge from the investigation, she becomes convinced that this wasn’t the random, senseless act it appeared to be. No one wants to believe her—not the cops, not her colleagues at the Delphi Center crime lab, and definitely not Jonah Macon, the homicide detective who’s already saved her life once.
Jonah has all kinds of reasons for hoping Sophie is mistaken. Involving himself with a key witness could derail an already messy investigation, not to mention jeopardize his career. But Sophie is as determined and fearless as she is sexy. If he can’t resist her, he can at least swear to protect her. Because if Sophie is right, she’s made herself the target of a killer without a conscience. And the real terror is only just beginning. . . .
Review: This book grabbed me in the beginning. Ms Griffin did an awesome job instilling you with the fear and panic of the situation. She did a great job of projecting the tension that the characters were feeling. While I enjoyed this, I couldn't help thinking that the end of the book must be extraordinary awesome and action packed. The book moved along well, Ms Griffin seemed to know when to toss a bit of action or tidbit of information in to move the plot along and keep you interested. Yet toward the end, there was a lull, that pressed my attention. The romance seemed just a secondary plot kind of added on as an after thought. I had a hard time buying it. While there was an attraction between Jonah and Sophie, I didn't feel the sexual tension that I've come to expect in a romance.
I liked each character in their own rights. Sophie is this strong, resilient, sexy women, who's a little broken by every thing that has happened to her. Yet has used her experiences to make herself stronger. She was a very empathic character. I found her easy to identify with, her passion and sense of self perseverance were admirable. Jonah was the ideal cop character, strong dedicated to the job. He's the protective sort, although not as alpha as I'm used to which was actually refreshing. The thing is as individual characters I really liked them, even their interaction was great, but I had a hard time buying them as a couple. I really liked the secondary characters which helped move the book along as well as the investigation along. I found Allison really interesting and would love to learn more about her.
For me the romance aspect fell flat. As a suspense novel this was great gripping, with the right mix of forensics, detective work and action.