Synopsis and Details:
When former forensic photographer Miranda Rhoads moves to the seaside town of Lost Beach, she’s decided to make her living as a wildlife photographer and put crime scenes behind her. But her plans are quickly upended when one morning, she comes across a couple sleeping in a canoe, entwined in an embrace. Looking closer, she realizes the man and woman aren’t asleep—they’ve been murdered.
Detective Joel Breda sets out to find answers—not only about the unidentified victims in the marshy death scene, but also about the aloof and beautiful photographer who seems to know more about his investigation than he does.
As they begin to unravel the motivation of a merciless serial killer, Miranda and Joel must race against the clock to make an arrest before the killer can find them first.
Series: The Texas Murder Files #2 | Genres: Contemporary, Suspense, Romance | Release Date: March 30, 2021 | Publisher: Berkley | Pages: 352 | ISBN: 978-0593197349 | ASIN: B08CD23L6Y | Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Review with Rating:
Flight is the second book in The Texas Murder Files series but I can tell you, honestly, that I did not feel like I was reading a serial installment. I was not lost at the start and there was not one point during this book that I felt like there was a backstory between characters that I was missing out on. I am sure if I had read the prequel that I would catch references to the previous story but I was happy that this reading experience did not make me feel that way.
This story opens with a tranquil moment that quickly escalated into a waking nightmare for Miranda. She was a character that I immediately liked. She was a smart cookie but I could tell there was an underlying tension within her. It became apparent that she was recovering from a terrible experience that altered her in ways that she was only beginning to deal with. Despite her reluctance to stay out of the murder she stumbled onto, she couldn’t stop her professional curiosity. It was her actions and knowledge that brought her to Joel’s attention.
Joel and his team were understaffed and didn’t have the manpower to deal with all that was taking place in their small town. When it came to his attention that Miranda had a CSI background, he knew that he needed her help, and quick. She had a good eye for details and there was also something about her that drew his interest on a non-professional level. No one was more surprised about the attraction than he was, especially with how his personal life had recently bottomed out.
What I liked about Flight was that it was a suspenseful mystery first and that the romance was subtle, yet powerful. It was a dance between Miranda and Joel that was slow but satisfying the closer they became. The mystery in this story was nicely done because, even though I had my suspicions about who was responsible for what was taking place, there was enough misdirection to keep me guessing. Overall, Flight was a thrilling story and I would absolutely recommend it!
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of Flight*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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About the Author:
Laura Griffin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five books and novellas. She is a two-time RITA Award winner, and her book Desperate Girls was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly. Booklist magazine calls Laura’s popular Tracers series “the perfect mix of suspense and romance.”