Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review:Twisted by Laura Griffin

The Particulars: Romantic Suspense, Pocket, available in print and as e-book.
The Source: Purchased at Kobo
The Grade: C
The Blurb:
Motive, opportunity, and no alibi—rookie detective Allison Doyle knows it’s as close to a slam dunk as most investigations get. But even though her small-town Texas police department has identified a prime suspect in a young woman’s vicious murder, she can’t rest easy. And when legendary FBI profiler Mark Wolfe shows up with a startling new theory, all her doubts are amplified. If Wolfe is correct, the real killer is an elusive psychopath who has left a trail of bodies behind him. And he’s just days away from his next kill. . . .
Allison was supposed to be Wolfe’s way into the case, nothing more. But she’s ambitious, stubborn, and far too tempting. With the help of her contacts at the Delphi Center crime lab, Wolfe is within striking distance of the monster he’s pursued for ten years. Except the closer Allison and Wolfe get, the more reason there is to fear. Because with a predator this brutal, every thread of evidence can make a difference between hunting a madman—and becoming hunted yourself.

The Review:
Laura Griffin has been on my to check out list for awhile, so when Kobo had its coupon bonaza, I purchased it.
I have mixed feelings about this book. In many ways, this book felt very realistic. I liked the hostility between the San Marco PD and Mark Wolfe, but I also liked that they came to a grudging truce, and cooperated. I also liked that Mark juggled a number of cases, which felt more realistic that the luxury to focus on one case.

When it came to the characters, I liked Allison's indepence, and her determination. How she was determined to find the killer. I also liked Mark. He had spent 10 years as a profiler, and it had scarred him. Which made sense.

Unfortunately, this book has it's weak spots. It is possible that some of them stems from the fact that it is book five in the series.
The biggest issue for me was the fact that I had trouble connecting with the characters. But it doesn't end there. I never felt that they truly cooperated. Sometimes it felt like FBI and San Marcos PD were running parallel investigations, and consulting with each other regularly.

And then there were the Delphi Center. I can understand why someone decides to donate a hefty sum of money to a crime scene lab, but what baffled me was the lack of fees. It might be that it was mentioned in a earlier book, though.

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