I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin
Published by berkley on September 28, 2021
Genres: Contemporary RS
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When they face the most baffling missing person's case of their careers, a fiercely ambitious lawyer and a homicide detective have no one to turn to for help except each other, from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin.
Up-and-coming attorney Leigh Larson fights for victims of sexual extortion, harassment, and online abuse. She is not afraid to go after the sleaziest targets to get payback for her clients. Leigh is laser-focused on her career—to the exclusion of everything else—until a seemingly routine case and a determined cop turn her world upside down.
Austin homicide detective Brandon Reynolds is no stranger to midnight callouts. But when he gets summoned to an abandoned car on a desolate road, he quickly realizes he's dealing with an unusual crime scene. A pool of blood in the nearby woods suggests a brutal homicide. But where is the victim? The vehicle is registered to twenty-six-year-old Vanessa Adams. Searching the car, all Brandon finds is a smear of blood and a business card for Leigh Larson, attorney-at-law.
Vanessa had hired Leigh just before her disappearance, but Leigh has no leads on who could have wanted her dead. Faced with bewildering evidence and shocking twists, Leigh and Brandon must work against the clock to chase down a ruthless criminal who is out for vengeance.
Laura Griffin is fast becoming one of my favorite Romantic Suspense/Thriller writers. I love her characters, and the way she writes them.
Leigh Larson is an attorney who specializes in revenge porn and stalking cases. Brandon Reynolds is a detective for Austin PD. They wind up having a case that overlaps, and the sparks that fly between the two heat up more than the case they’re working.
The story opens with a woman driving on a lonely road, and meeting with someone for a sketchy deal. It very quickly becomes a possible murder. The next day, Detective Brandon Reynolds and his partner start the missing persons case. There’s an abandoned vehicle, some blood, and no victim. One of the people the detective wants to speak with is the missing woman’s lawyer. Leigh barely remembers the interaction she’d had with the missing woman, Vanessa. But once she pulls up her notes on the interaction, it jogs her memory. She gets ahold of Detective Reynolds, and while he doesn’t seems impressed with her information, something about the case calls to Leigh. She begins to investigate on her own.
Brandon doesn’t want her anywhere near this case. She’s not a detective, in fact even though she’s the missing woman’s attorney, she’s still a civilian. And it’s getting dangerous. Leigh is attacked in her office, and someone even comes to threaten her in person. More than ever, Brandon wants her to stop digging into the case. But what Brandon admires about Leigh is her tenacity, and she is very tenacious about her client. She won’t give up, and she’s determined to figure out what happened to Vanessa. Something big changes everything.
This was a big twist I did not see coming, and it was so well done.
Leigh and Brandon are dancing around each other, and when they finally come together it’s fantastic. But their jobs tend to get in the way. Attorney client privilege prevents Leigh from sharing certain big bombshells with Brandon, and he thinks it’s a cop-out. They have to learn to draw certain boundaries between work/’home, and I loved how they handled it. This author creates excellent mysteries with competent and realistic characters. I always know I’ll get a good story with a Laura Griffin novel.
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