Snapped by Laura Griffin (Tracers #4)

Available: August 30, 2011 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Pocket

My Copy: Sent for Review

SOPHIE BARRETT THINKS SHE’S LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. SHE MAY BE DEAD WRONG.

On a sweltering summer afternoon, Sophie Barrett walks into a nightmare. A sniper has opened fire on a college campus. When the carnage is over, three people—plus the shooter—are dead and dozens more are injured. Sophie escapes virtually unscathed. Yet as details emerge from the investigation, she becomes convinced that this wasn’t the random, senseless act it appeared to be. No one wants to believe her—not the cops, not her colleagues at the Delphi Center crime lab, and definitely not Jonah Macon, the homicide detective who’s already saved her life once.

Jonah has all kinds of reasons for hoping Sophie is mistaken. Involving himself with a key witness could derail an already messy investigation, not to mention jeopardize his career. But Sophie is as determined and fearless as she is sexy. If he can’t resist her, he can at least swear to protect her. Because if Sophie is right, she’s made herself the target of a killer without a conscience. And the real terror is only just beginning. . . .

 

 

Sophia didn’t know what a bad day was until she was crouched behind a statue on the campus grounds watching in horror as people bled out around her as a result of the sniper shooting from the top of the library. She has cheated death once before, maybe this time would do the trick.

As Jonah and his trained team are making their way to the top of the library he catches a glimpse of a woman in the middle of the chaos that he not only saved once before but who has turned his emotions inside out. Never get involved. It’s a motto all cops follow but this time, with this woman, he can’t seem to help himself.

There is something more going on then a simple man gone mad. No one wants to believe Sophie. Choosing instead to go with the easy answer and paint her as a limelight whore. Sophie saw something that day. A fleeting glimpse but enough to make the true mastermind worry. She is now in his crosshairs and he never leaves a loose end. Jonah will have to keep Sophie close in order to protect her and in doing so might just put his own heart in danger.

 

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that had such an engaging, action packed opening! Laura Griffin didn’t waste any time and by the middle of the first chapter we were in the thick of a nasty plot. A shooter on top of a building is a chilly plot, one that Laura’s own mother went through on a Texas college campus. She takes it one step further though in Snapped. What if that shooter wasn’t the only bad guy? What if he was working with a second person. A person who was the true mastermind to a sinister and evil plot that ran deep and hid secrets no one wanted uncovered.

That is what Snapped gives us. At its heart it is a mystery with a pulse pounding countdown to an inevitable collision. I absolutely adored Jonah and Sophia together. Each one fighting their feelings for different reasons. Sophia because she has tons of issues stemming from her abduction just months before. Jonah because Sophia has issues and what kind of man would he be to take advantage of those just to get in her pants? The attraction is there and it simmers throughout the book. I enjoyed the slow simmer because it simply was. Sometimes I feel as if just having a male and female main character makes people think it’s a romance when it obviously is not. This slow simmering was infused with enough heat that kept me reading hoping they’d finally get together. Finally give into the feelings they both had.

The twists and turns woven through the plot were hard to navigate. By that I mean I had no idea where the book was going and that is something that doesn’t happen to me often. I did wish that we got to see the villain a bit more often. Maybe more from his point of view. He was very shadowy through the majority of the book. Because of that I didn’t find him as menacing as I wanted to. Yes, he was scary. I find that if an author gives me more insight into the sadistic mind of their villains I tend to find them scarier.

Snapped is a great addition to the literary world with its steamy emotions and plot that keeps you guessing till the end! Jonah and Sophia sizzle with every page and keep you guessing until the last page. I loved this book…and you will too!

I give Snapped by Laura Griffin 5 stars!

 

2 Comments

  1. Just finished last night and loved it. And you are so right – the author did such a great job with that slow simmer. The sexual chemistry/tension was soooooo good.

    And great suspense! Need to read this author’s back list.

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