cover image Last Seen Alone

Last Seen Alone

Laura Griffin. Berkley, $7.99 mass market (336p) ISBN 978-0-593-19736-3

Bestseller Griffin (Flight) delivers a pulse-pounding romantic thriller. Vanessa Adams’s car is found abandoned along with her purse and phone. A smear of blood on the car door indicates foul play, and soon Austin homicide detective Brandon Reynolds is on the case. Brandon finds a lead when he discovers lawyer Leigh Larson’s business card among Vanessa’s things. Leigh specializes in sexual assault and harassment cases, but Vanessa was a relatively new client who hadn’t disclosed much about her troubles before disappearing. Still, Leigh’s eager to help and joins Brandon’s investigation, giving rise to off-the-charts chemistry. Together they discover that all of Vanessa’s ex-boyfriends have viable motives—especially creepy doctor Mason Lloyd. But when Leigh is attacked in her office, Brandon questions who the killer is really after. Griffin skillfully juggles suspense and romance right up until the adrenaline-fueled final page. A timely subplot about revenge porn may be triggering for some readers, but Griffin handles the thorny subject well. This is sure to keep readers guessing. [em]Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Sept.) [/em]