Friday, May 3, 2019

Review: Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin

Author: Laura Griffin
Publisher: Gallery Books
Date of publication: August 2018

Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is right at home among cops, criminals, and tough-as-nails prosecutors. With her sharp wit and pointed words, she has a tendency to intimidate, and she likes it that way. She’s a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, but in her personal life, she’s a mess.

When a vicious murderer she once helped prosecute resurfaces and starts a killing spree to wipeout those who put him behind bars, one thing becomes clear: Brynn needs to run for her life.

With no help from the police, Brynn is forced to take matters into her own hands, turning to a private security firm for protection. But when Brynn defies advice and gets involved in the investigation, even the former Secret Service agent assigned to protect her may not be able to keep her safe. With every new clue she discovers, Brynn is pulled back into the vortex of a disturbing case from her past.

As the clock ticks down on a manhunt, Brynn’s desperate search for the truth unearths long-buried secrets and reignites a killer’s fury.

Desperate Girls is the first in the Wolfe Security series.  It looks like the series will focus on different bodyguards from the security agency.  This one is Erik and Brynn's story.  When a convicted murderer escapes and kills one of the prosecutors on his case, Brynn and her law colleagues are put under private protection.  Brynn was also a prosecutor on that case. 

This was an enjoyable mystery with a bit of romance thrown in.  I didn't feel like the romance overshadowed the mystery.  There ended up being two mysteries actually and the second one was a nice surprise.  I will admit that Brynn drove me crazy in the beginning.  She kept trying to defy the bodyguards assigned to protect her life.  I'm not sure she ever really took the danger she was in seriously until toward the end.  That was frustrating.  The rest of the characters were interesting.  I liked the police detective, Lindsey.  I would love to see more of her in a future book.  

I do have to add that the title of this book baffles me.  It doesn't really fit the plot of the book.  It's almost like someone picked the title without reading it.  The synopsis above doesn't really fit all that well either.  At any rate, I would recommend this one.  It's a fairly quick read with interesting characters and a good mystery.

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