Entering your own home you should normally feel safe and secure. Judge Jen Ballard was preparing for a date and never realized until the second before she was attacked that someone was lurking in her home leaving evidence of his presence yet able to take her down. Blindsided and unprotected the judge breathed her last painful breaths at the hand of a serial killer.
Brynn Holloran is a defense attorney whose legal expertise far outweighs most others. Her appearance alone is intimidating but when her boss Reggie Gunn calls and tells her that Jen is dead and the author reveals the method of killing, Brynn does not realize the gravity of the situation but when she learns that James Corby escaped from prison and she’s the reason for his incarceration, things move in a rapid pace and a well equipped security team is hired and in place to monitor her moves that of her partner Ross, Reggie and anyone affiliated with the law firm.
Meet Erik Morgan and Liam Wolfe part of her security team. At first each would have three agents assigned to them but Brynn clashes from the start refuses to adhere to their rules and plan as the sparks fly and the heat us about to rise.
The police, the marshals and his firm are all hoping to catch Corby but just where he fled and who might be helping him had yet to be revealed.
Brynn has to try s high profile murder case of a young teen she feels is innocent and her star witness had disappeared. With someone on the case and hoping to track him down Brynn still needs to deal with Jens death, the trial and understood the gravity of the situation that Corby might be coming for her.
Things tense up between Erik and Brynn and at times her resistance to his ways create mire friction until Ross is shit and Corby is spotted and the team increases in members. But Erik and Brynn realize that they have a connection and when they give in to their feelings will he be removed from her detail.
Lindsey Leary is working for the police department on this case and us more astute and ingenious than the marshals and others working along side of her. Reading Corby s file she realizes something they missed and when Liam calls in his profiler brother Mark to create a profile for the four original murders and profile the killer, something she says kicks out and when he reviews the evidence a startling revelation is revealed and things take on different directions.
With Ross in the hospital and surviving surgery and the team on high alert, Trent, Jeremy and Keith plus Hayes would pull more than 12-hour shifts.
The trial of Justin Sebring begins and the jury is picked the prosecutor Conlon is confident and the stakes rise higher and higher as judge Linden raises his gavel and the trial begins. But, Brynn focuses on Justin’s defense and has to deal with Erik, his team and their emotional roller coaster.
Facts emerge about Jen’s murder and links to the others but one would stand out as different. Lauren Tull’s murder was different and one piece of evidence would bring the entire investigation in a different direction causing Brynn and Lindsay to form an alliance, which would place everything, one the line and Brynn in even more danger. Could someone else have killed Lauren when the ME deemed it murder not by strangulation but by asphyxiation. She was smothered to death according to the evidence mark Wolfe found when creating the profile of the killer. Corby worked for a cable company and he did work for the first three victims and the evidence presented will clarify that.
Corby was far from done and Brynn would get a message that would shake most people to the core but not her. Wanting it her way and trying to run her life she learns that things are not always that simple when Ross is hurt, gunshots ring out and a bomb threat in the courthouse and other lives are in danger: Corby is smart and they learn about someone helping him but when the situation plays out and the confrontation takes place will Brynn be his next victim or will another life he sacrificed?
Brynn finds it hard at times to deal with her feelings for Erik and at times he distances himself only to be drawn back.
Within this multi-complex murder mystery there is someone who has manipulated events from the start and the reveal will shock readers as both Brynn and Lindsay realize that there are
Two killers out there and the Dallas police department missed something staring them in the face and a simple phone call would alter Brynn’s world.
The lead detective on the case is murdered a gunshot wound and the lead on Jen’s case. Corby wanted to send a message claiming he’s innocent and was framed. Jen died of gunshot wounds but the MO of the killer fit as he took s souvenir as he did with the others. Lindsay is smart and needs to move up in the police department as she interviews someone on the phone and realizes that greed, notoriety and power are behind someone’s actions but the story is told from three viewpoints as Brynn deals with her own past demons and obstacles in the present while Erik has to come to terms with his inner feelings for her and his future. Lindsay realizes and relates what she learns and the final scene is tension filled, raw and highly charged as betrayals, lies, manipulation and deceptions come to light and Brynn faces off with a killer hiding in plain sight. Author Laura Griffin once again leaves readers with a heart stopping ending with twists, curves and entanglements that might leave Brynn, Erik, Lindsay and the entire team looking for a way to break the ties and be free. But, the ending leaves us wondering about the fate of Corby and where Brynn and Erik will wind up next.
When a killer faces off with Brynn and threats are made, her life hanging in the balance will anyone realize that she’s in danger and will they come to her rescue before he enacts his goals and then moves on to the next? Will Brynn and Erik wind up together or apart and what about the team, Lindsay and Liam? Dating can be dangerous and dare rape drugs not uncommon but four women and more when he escaped became victims of their own carelessness when losing their lives due to poor security and all would die looking for help abut would die as desperate girls. Dating is something that needs to be done with careful planning and making sure your date is not someone you can’t trust. Remembering as we learn from Lauren’s case that leaving a drink alone when leaving the room or allowing someone to pour one for you can lead to the unexpected and you too might fall prey to someone who wants you to become another one of his Desperate Girls hoping to escape an important lesson that comes out within the pages of this five star novel.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ network/MJ magazine