Unspeakable Mass Market Paperback – Jun 29 2010
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"[Fans] who've been waiting for a book featuring sexy true-crime writer Troy Stockton, your time has come and you won't be disappointed. This is a tight suspense with the sexiest of heroes and a protagonist seriously worth rooting for." ---RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the novels Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book. Visit her website at LauraGriffin.com and on Facebook at Facebook.com/LauraGriffinAuthor.See all Product Description
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Elaina is a rookie FBI agent. She studied to be a profiler. She is sent to Texas to gain field experience. She is unwelcome in the male world. Her boss plans to fire her within the year. He sends her to Lito Island, Texas, to work on a serial killer case. The local police chief and Texas Ranger in charge of the case don't like her and don't want her involved. They make things difficult for her. Troy is a local author who became wealthy writing true crime novels. He is interested in the case and helps Elaina even though she doesn't want his help. The killer kidnaps women, kills them with a knife, and dumps their bodies in wildlife refuge areas.
At the end of the book, I felt a number of subjects were incomplete. I wanted to know more about what the killer did to his victims, were they conscious at the time, what his feelings were, and why he did this. I wanted to know more about the killer's involvement with the online game. I wanted to know what the killer was thinking and feeling when he contacted Elaina to give her clues. I wanted to know who and why certain FBI men wanted Elaina to fail. At the end of the book, I was hoping to hear comments from FBI men and the local authorities about being thankful for what Elaina did regarding the case, and/or changing their minds about her, but not enough happened.
I was not emotionally engaged. I had trouble caring about Elaina. I did not like the way she treated Troy. I wasn't in Troy's head to understand why he was attracted to Elaina, other than her long legs. After they had sex, they both treated each other poorly and were angry with each other, which didn't feel right to me. It felt like an excuse to create conflict. The story could have used more romantic emotional development.
Story length: 384 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages: 9. Setting: current day Texas, Mexico, and Virginia. Copyright: 2010. Genre: romantic suspense.
I've reviewed the following books by Laura Griffin.
4 stars One Last Breath
5 stars Thread of Fear
3 stars One Wrong Step
4 ½ stars Untraceable
4 ½ stars Whisper of Warning
3 stars Unspeakable
True-crime writer Troy Stockton can have any woman he wants, but Elaina is proving a challenge. The sparks fly between Troy and Elaina as they try to find and stop a serial killer who preys on innocent women.
Troy is a little arrogant, yet with good cause. He's a man of many talents, and he makes Elaina look even greener than she is. Elaina follows Troy's lead in the beginning, but as the story progresses, they work together, and she manages to level the playing field. She's determined to prove herself, and against all odds, she does. She's intelligent and good at her job. There is little romantic chemistry between Troy and Elaina, although they are attracted to each other. Elaina holds a lot of animosity towards Troy and constantly gives him the cold shoulder, so it's somewhat of a surprise that Troy is so persistent. They do have a very sensual romance and get their happily ever after, though. Unspeakable is exciting, suspenseful, and very well written. I was guessing until the end and surprised at the outcome. The Tracers series is compelling and riveting, and I'm anxiously looking forward to book three. Laura Griffin has quickly joined the ranks of my favorite romantic suspense authors.
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No one listens to Elaina's theory that the most recent victim was killed by a serial killer whose first murder--that of Mary Beth Cooper--took place nine years earlier. That old case has been solved; the culprit imprisoned but the bodies keep coming.
As the investigation into the latest murder begins, Elaina meets Troy Stockton who published a book about the nine-year-old case, attributing the death to the now imprisoned Charles Diggins. A well know writer, Troy interviewed Diggins and obviously doesn't agree with Elaina's theory. Other than that, he's very impressed with the special agent.
Troy is a wonderful character, successful, strong and sexy, who works with Elaina to investigate the most recent murders. As they work together, Elaina discovers her own strengths and recognizes she is a capable agent as she solves the case through hard work and guts. The novel ends with an exciting, suspenseful chase through the channels of the coastal waterway as Troy and Elaina speed after the murderer and his last victim.
Laura Griffin has written another sizzling thriller with unforgettable characters. Nominated for a RITA for Whisper of Warning book, Ms. Griffin has another winner in this exciting tale of love, adventure and learning to trust. If you're looking for great characters, romance and a fast-moving story, you'll love Unspeakable.
Reviewed by Jane Myers Perrine
This book will keep you intersted is a good mystery with romantic element. I finished it in 2 days. I like the character development. Elaina is a strong woman trying make it against the odds with fellow employees not wanting her to make it. (could have had more detail on exactly why they did not want her to make it). Troy is a strong, good looking character that is independant also and is attracted to Elaina from the begining. Their relatinship grows fairly well in the story. (could have had a little more romance)Was overall a very good read and I enjoyed very much, good author who I will continue to read.