“Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive cop husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst, and sets out to discover what happened. Using every resource she can get her hands on — including an elite team of forensic scientists known as the Tracers, and a jaded, sexy Austin PD detective — Alex embarks on a mission to uncover the truth.
As far as homicide cop Nathan Deveraux is concerned, no body means no case. But as much as he wants to believe that Alex’s hunch about Melanie’s murder is wrong, his instincts — and their visceral attraction — won’t let him walk away. As a grim picture of what really happened begins to emerge, Nathan realizes this investigation runs deeper than they could ever have guessed. And each step nearer the truth puts Alex in danger of being the next to disappear….”
-Synopsis from Goodreads
I was really underwhelmed with this book, which was disappointing because I loved Lauren Griffin’s Desperate Girls so much.
While the crime and investigation aspect of the story were interesting, I didn’t connect with the characters at all. And while this book is described as being a romantic suspense, neither of those plots were evenly distributed throughout the book.
There was repeated reference to Alex and Nathan’s backstories, so much so that I checked twice while reading to make sure this was, in fact, book one of the Tracers series and not a later book I had checked out by accident. Even though that wasn’t the case, I felt like there was something missing the entire time I was reading. Maybe you have to have read Thread of Fear first to get the entire backstory on Alex and Nathan? It didn’t feel like especially pertinent backstory, but why else would have it been mentioned? Despite Untraceable being the first in a series, I kept feeling like I jumped into the middle of a series and was just trying to catch up the entire time.
Maybe one day I will read Thread of Fear and get a better sense of the stories behind these characters, but for now I’m sticking with the Wolfe Security series (book two comes out later this year). The characters are brand new and since I haven’t been following Griffin’s books for too long now, I think that’s going to be my best bet.
I’m still giving this one four stars out of five overall for being a good, fast-paced story.