Far Gone by Laura Griffin

Far Gone by Laura GriffinAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Gallery Books

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

To save her only brother, Andrea Finch must face down a criminal mastermind, the FBI, and her own demons in this thrilling novel from the author of the bestselling Tracers series. Police detective Andrea Finch is a rising star in her department until a split-second decision derails her career. Disgraced and disillusioned, she’s on leave from her job when she gets an urgent call from her younger brother. She’d prefer to ignore his latest plea for cash, but this time instinct tells her something is very wrong. Andrea’s search for answers takes her to a dusty Texas border town where danger lurks in plain sight and nothing is quite what it seems.

FBI agent Jon North is working undercover in west Texas investigating an unsolved murder that may be linked to a broader plot. But when the evidence points to Andrea’s brother, Jon finds that persuading the stubborn cop to help will be harder than cracking his toughest case. Andrea must find a way to do what’s right while protecting her only sibling. As the clock ticks down on a deadly plot, Andrea and Jon race to confront a heartless killer who will stop at nothing to deliver a final, terrifying message.

I enjoy reading a great thriller and Far Gone satisfies all my romantic suspense needs. This is an engrossing suspense that encompasses mystery, danger and of course a hero and heroine that are both strong yet have their flaws.

Andrea Finch is a police detective that lives for her job, she was put on a leave of absence recently because of a shooting incidence that left one man dead. The department wants her to undergo therapy sessions and evaluations before she returns but she seems to be sabotaging the efforts as she keeps missing more than she attends. Her focus has turned to helping her brother Gavin out of trouble, this leads to her getting involved indirectly with the actions of an investigation from the FBI.

Jon North is a special agent with the FBI who is watching the comings and goings at a compound in rural Texas. He notices that Andrea is snooping around and is worried her involvement will hurt their investigation. As they try to work around her and the FBI’s plans they find an attraction to each other, yet the danger ramps up as several government officials are at risk and they try to prevent a disaster.

Far Gone has all the elements that I enjoy in a romantic suspense, interesting plot that includes dangerous situations that they race to thwart, tough hero and heroine and a romantic ingredient that does not overshadow the story.

Andrea is a perfect heroine, she has her own agenda trying to help her brother yet she must still deal with the politics of her own job and of course the Federal government. Plus she is struggling with the guilt of her recent police involvement that has her suspended from work. She cancels more evaluation appointments than she goes to and it takes Jon to point out the real reasons as she can’t see them. I actually like Andrea although she comes across as uncaring about anything other than her brother, she has indulged him too many times, but it has been the two against the world since they were young and she knows his flaws can sometimes hamper his reasoning, yet I like how their relationship grows and changes throughout the book.

Jon is the typical FBI hero, all about business and getting the job done, even lying to the woman he is interested in to protect the case. Yet he and his partner Torres are also fighting a battle against the giant FBI, they want to continue on this case because of hunches and feelings but they are butting up against a timeline as other more pressing cases become more important. I like how he has a passion for this case. Jon and Andrea don’t work well together as they each have their own agenda and it is not until the end do their paths intertwine trying to defeat the villain because now it affects them both, as well as the country.

The romance is secondary to the actual suspense story, yes there is an attraction between them but they are both headstrong and focused on their plans and they do not act until late in the story yet then there are lies and miscommunications that frustrate them at every turn. The secondary characters add much to the story, I like Torres and Elizabeth, both special agents to the FBI, who also seem to have their own attraction going on, I also like Andrea’s brother Gavin who is a naïve young man with a vulnerability that makes me believe Andrea has always looked out for him, and of course the villain is truly evil.

The plot progression is fast paced as the two races against time, Andrea trying to get her brother to safety and Jon trying to figure out what the criminal is going to do next. Overall this is an enjoyable thriller that focuses on the mystery and suspense more than the relationships yet is a page turner until the end.

I give Far Gone by Laura Griffin 4 stars!

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