Untraceable (Tracers #1) by Laura Griffin


Untraceable (Tracers Book 1)

Synopsis:

Alex Lovell makes people disappear. 
Turns out, she's not the only one. 

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....

Review:

Untraceable is the first book in the Tracers series and the first I have read from this author. I like suspense books and romances, but I don't read a lot of romantic suspense books. Usually they are just romances with a little bit of suspense thrown in, but not this one. Untraceable was more forensic cop drama with romance added which I loved. I love watching cop shows, or forensic shows, any TV show where there is a killer and they try to find them. So I was particularly excited about this book as it is just like the shows I love, but better. 

Alex is a private investigator, working mostly for insurance companies, but she also helps women in need disappear. If someone comes to her in trouble, an abusive husband, whatever, Alex helps them. She has a soft spot for them and she gives them everything necessary to stay hidden and not have their past find them. Only one of her more recent cases doesn't follow Alex's instructions and might be dead. 

When someone comes to Alex looking for Melanie, one of Alex's clients, she has a suspicion that Melanie is dead. She doesn't have a body, but this aren't adding up right. She knows who would have killed her as well and that causes a few complications. The killer will not be easy to take down. She gets mixed up in a mess and turns to Nathan for help. Nathan the cop. She apparently knows him from interactions in the past, but I haven't read any of the authors other works so this is all new to me. I kind of liked the friendships and everything that was established even though I didn't previously know the characters. 

As Alex is trying to figure out what exactly happened to Melanie she asks Nathan to discretely do the same thing. Of course they are both attracted to the other but for lots of reasons they try and not cross that line. First off Nathan doesn't really seem to believe Alex that something happened to Melanie. She doesn't have a body or any proof and so it is hard to do an investigation on something that may or may not have happened. I enjoyed how he didn't just go along with whatever she thought even though he obviously had feelings for her. 

I will say Alex is not always the brightest. She knows who the killer is, she knows what happened to Melanie (or thinks she does), and yet she keeps just going right into the thick of things. She does have an ex flame and ladies man extraordinaire, Troy, who shows up and adds some fun. I liked Troy. He was fun to read. Then we are also introduced to the Tracers - the people in the forensics lab who are the best of the best. I really liked Mia and hope we get a story about her. I loved her right for the moment I met her. She is the DNA queen. So much fun!

Things progress, Alex and Nathan grow closer, they try and figure everything out and take down the bad guys. It was a fun read. I was pleasantly surprised by the story and I will definitely be reading more, especially since Troy's story is next. He was fun so I cannot wait to read it.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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