Title: Desperate Girls
Author: Laura Griffin
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Page Count: 368
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin’s Desperate Girls is a tightly wound, fast-paced romantic thriller that follows a desperate woman on the run as she hides from a killer’s symbolic revenge spree.
Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is right at home among cops, criminals, and tough-as-nails prosecutors. With her sharp wit and pointed words, she has a tendency to intimidate, and she likes it that way. She’s a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, but in her personal life, she’s a mess.
When a vicious murderer she once helped prosecute resurfaces and starts a killing spree to wipeout those who put him behind bars, one thing becomes clear: Brynn needs to run for her life.
When the police come up empty-handed, Brynn turns to a private security firm for protection. But when she defies advice and gets involved in the investigation, even the former Secret Service agent assigned to protect her may not be able to keep her safe. With every new clue she discovers, Brynn is pulled back into the vortex of a disturbing case from her past.
As the clock ticks down on a manhunt, Brynn’s desperate search for the truth unearths long-buried secrets and reignites a killer’s fury.
Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin is the first book in the romantic suspense Wolfe Security series. The book is told from multiple points of view with the main Brynn who’s boss has insisted on protection, Erik one of the security team and then detectives working on tracking the killer.
The book begins with a judge coming home to prepare for a date that evening by putting some food in the oven and then going off to shower and dress. As she comes back to finish preparing dinner she notices glass on the floor and suddenly an intruder is there.
After that opening we find that the judge was murdered and that she had once been Brynn Holloran’s boss when she had worked for the prosecution side of the law. Now in a private practice Brynn has moved over to the defense and has a big case coming up but her boss has insisted on hiring security to look over her as it seems a killer that Brynn had helped put behind bars has escaped and is out for revenge.
Desperate Girls is a typical romantic suspense with the hero being called in to protect the damsel in distress and the pair growing a huge sexual attraction to one another. I would say the romance and suspense seemed well enough but I loved that in this one we got a side of legal thriller in the mix with Brynn being an attorney although some may not like the courtroom drama I’m always a fan.
When finished with this one I had a rather odd complaint in I’m not even sure why it was given the title it was seeing that it was centered around Brynn and her needing security but oh well, I guess we need to stick girl in the title of most thrillers these days. I would be interested in seeing how the next book goes as it seems by the series title it will contain the security team protecting some else but I wondered if it will continue to contain the courtroom side.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Laura Griffin, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. Her books have won numerous awards, including a 2010 RITA (Whisper of Warning) and a 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award (Untraceable). Her debut novel, One Last Breath, won the Booksellers Best Award for romantic suspense. Griffin currently lives in Austin, Texas.