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Hidden (The Texas Murder Files Book 1) Kindle Edition
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When a woman is found brutally murdered on Austin’s lakeside hike-and-bike trail, investigative reporter Bailey Rhoads turns up on the scene demanding access and answers. She tries to pry information out of the lead detective, Jacob Merritt. But this case is unlike any he’s ever seen, and nothing adds up. With the pressure building, Jacob knows the last thing he needs is a romantic entanglement, but he can’t convince himself to stay away from Bailey.
Bailey has a hunch that the victim wasn’t who she claimed to be and believes this mugging-turned-murder could have been a targeted hit. When she digs deeper, the trail leads her to a high-tech fortress on the outskirts of Austin, where researchers are pushing the boundaries of a cutting-edge technology that could be deadly in the wrong hands.
As a ruthless hit man’s mission becomes clear, Bailey and Jacob join together in a desperate search to locate the next target before the clock ticks down in this lethal game of hide-and-seek.
“Hidden reminded me why Laura Griffin is an auto-buy author for me. The first book in her new Texas Murder Files series, Hidden is a stunning page-turner with the perfect balance of romance and suspense and a relentless pace that will keep you glued to its pages long into the night. You won’t be able to put this book down!”—Melinda Leigh, #1 Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Cross Her Heart
“Hidden has Laura Griffin’s trademark strengths: a fast-paced twisting plot and characters you want to know in real life.”—Kendra Elliot, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Last Sister
"Laura Griffin has another hit on her hands! Every story Laura Griffin writes is amazing, and Hidden exemplifies why she is one of my must-read authors. Hidden has all the elements of a phenomenal romantic suspense thriller- exceptional character development, a believable romance, and a superb and twisting plot that keeps the reader engaged and curious. Don’t miss out on this gem--grab a copy of Hidden now and plan to read nonstop till the last page is turned!—Fresh Fiction on Hidden
"An emotional, exciting page-turner. Griffin deftly balances the mystery and the love story."—The Washington Post, on Touch of Red
"Griffin never disappoints with her exciting, well-researched, fast-paced romantic thrillers."—Publishers Weekly (starred review), on Touch of Red
"Gritty, imaginative, sexy! You must read Laura Griffin."—Cindy Gerard, New York Times bestselling author, on Scorched
"A gripping, white-knuckle read. You won't be able to put it down."—Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author, on Snapped
About the Author
- ASIN : B08274GMW4
- Publisher : Berkley (August 25, 2020)
- Publication date : August 25, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2782 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 349 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,104 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story begins with a woman jogging in a park and then getting stabbed to death. The problem is that Dana Smith doesn't really exist. She has no friends, no family, and her employer, a doctor who hired her as a nanny, doesn't know anything more about her than what the cops do.
Hidden is an interesting novel with great characterization. I loved Bailey. She was smart, resourceful and stubborn- in a good way. She knew the murder had to have another angle and she was willing to dig and put herself on the line to find it. She wouldn't let go of the story and she wanted to bring justice to the dead woman.
Jacob was the perfect complement to Bailey. He was strong, dedicated and he cared for the victims. Also, he was as stubborn as Bailey in not letting go of the case as she was. He wanted the person responsible for Dana's death behind bars.
Jacob's partner, detective Kendra Porter was very cool too. She was essential to the investigation and when she could've been catty, she wasn't. She piqued my interest and I want to learn more about her.
Lastly, John Colt's character. He was so mysterious about himself which only made me want to know everything about him. I hope this is not the end of John. He deserves his own story.
As a whole, I was pleased with the way Hidden developed. I'm already pumped to read her next work in this series but really any book by Laura Griffin is a winner in my book.
Hidden begins with a woman jogging in a park and then getting stabbed to death. The problem is that the victim, Dana Smith, doesn't really exist. She has no friends, no family, and no traceable background. Her employer, a doctor who hired her as a nanny, doesn't know anything more about her than what the cops can find.
Our hero, Jacob Merritt is a homicide detective. He and his partner, Kendra Porter, are assigned to find out what happened to Ms. Smith. The clues lead them to a dead end. Our heroine, Bailey Rhoads, is a crime reporter with the local newspaper who is desperately trying to find a story big enough that will keep her employed. When she discovers that Dana Porter didn’t really exist, she knows she is on to something big. Bailey finds out that the victim was actually in the Federal Witness Protection program which makes it nearly impossible to trace. Because of this information, the case is taken away from the police and turned over to the FBI. However, Bailey continues to hunt for any clues. Jacob won’t let this case go and searches for answers on his own.
Hidden is fantastic book. It has romance, great characters, and a suspenseful murder investigation. This book also has some very edgy plot twists involving state of the art technology. I was fascinated with this aspect of the book. Jacob and Bailey are so likeable. I loved how Ms. Griffin was able to make the tough detective and the persistent news reporter find their romance while they each tried to solve this case without disclosing anything or stepping on each other. The supporting characters were fully fleshed out and I hope they each get their own story.
Ms. Griffin is on my auto-buy list, and I eagerly look forward to each new book. I have read Ms. Griffin’s other series books and thoroughly enjoyed them all. She writes fantastic characters, unbelievable suspense and creates a world I can become immersed in. I highly recommend this new book and suggest if you haven’t read her other series, you should give them a try.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”