Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thread of Fear by Laura Griffin
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Pub. Date: September 2008
Sales Rank: 7,153
She says this will be her last case. A killer plans to make sure it is...
Forensic artist Fiona Glass is the best in the business--- which is precisely why she's quitting. Her skill at mining victims' memories to re-create the faces of sadistic criminals has left her haunted and wary, and only Jack Bowman's dogged persistence convinces her to help him. The rugged police chief is hunting a serial killer who's targeting teenage girls. But what seems like a simple assignment is fraught with complications, including a searing attraction to Jack that's tempting Fiona to let her guard down in potentially dangerous ways.
Jack never intended for Fiona to become so deeply involved in the case-- or in his life. But every instinct tells him she's his best hope for finding a psychopath who's lurking in plain sight, growing more ruthless with each passing day. And now that Fiona is right in the killer's crosshairs, the only way to keep her safe is to unravel a small town's darkest secrets, one terrifying thread at a time....
Fiona was contacted by FBI, to help them do a ID sketch drawing of the kidnapper who took Shelby Shrewood from home. Witness was her little brother who was frighten to tell what he saw because kidnapper threaten to kill him if he does. When Fiona finally got the boy to feel comfortable enough to talk, he fess up and help Fiona identified the kidnapper. With the ID sketch on hand, now the FBI can do a search out for the criminal...
Meanwhile, Jack want Fiona to do ID sketch on a psychopath who raped his friend Lucy, but the crime happen eleven years ago. It would be impossible to solve it because the criminal appearance may changed over times. But Jack was too persistence to convince Fiona into working with him and maybe to recover the serial killer who target teenager girls. Even though Fiona want to quit working for the FBI and focus on her painting, she decided to help Jack just this one time. And than maybe...it will be her last case and start getting back to her painting again.
Fiona didn't expected to be attracted to Jack, and she try to avoid being around him. Of the few encounter with him, she felt that he kept lying to her when ever she question him for the truth. She have had bad experience with liar men who are cop and didn't want to go through it again. She also did not expected to get involved with the case or even working more on them.
Jack have had dated women who he just can't seem to stick with because his career were taking up his time more than being with them. But somehow Fiona was different and he find himself attracted to her as well.
While it does show a little of steamy scene, the romance are there. It slowly get to the point where finally their romance built up and their relationship goes somewhere, even though the attraction is there. But the story focus more on the suspense and that what intrigue me more. It never predictable and I did enjoy the book and all characters involved. There nothing to dislike about the book, except that my only complaint is that just when a certain scenes is getting good, it stopped and than the next pages show that a few days later have passed since that "good scenes" happen. And we see the character POV telling what happen that day but only being told and not shown. This happen a few times and it made me goes - eh! I wish to 'see' it happen. Other than that, the book kept me entertained.
Thread of Fear is a mystery book with plenty of intense suspense and action. It's never predictable, but the crime kept you guessing until the surprise twist at the end! Grab the book, you won't regret it
Thread of Fear is book one in Griffin's new Glass sisters series. I've book two, Whisper of Warning in my TBR pile and I am anxiously to read it soon!
Grade: 4 1/2 stars