Far Gone, Laura Griffin
Published April 15th 2014 by Gallery Books
To save her only brother, Andrea Finch must face down a criminal mastermind, the FBI, and her own demons in this thrilling novel from the author of the bestselling Tracers series.
Police detective Andrea Finch is a rising star in her department until a split-second decision derails her career. Disgraced and disillusioned, she’s on leave from her job when she gets an urgent call from her younger brother. She’d prefer to ignore his latest plea for cash, but this time instinct tells her something is very wrong. Andrea’s search for answers takes her to a dusty Texas border town where danger lurks in plain sight and nothing is quite what it seems.
FBI agent Jon North is working undercover in west Texas investigating an unsolved murder that may be linked to a broader plot. But when the evidence points to Andrea’s brother, Jon finds that persuading the stubborn cop to help will be harder than cracking his toughest case.
Andrea must find a way to do what’s right while protecting her only sibling. As the clock ticks down on a deadly plot, Andrea and Jon race to confront a heartless killer who will stop at nothing to deliver a final, terrifying message.
I really enjoy suspense/mystery novels from time to time and I especially enjoy books with strong female leads. I was totally hoping for the next Lisbeth Salander here, but it was not quite to be. I had high hopes for Andrea Finch after the dramatic beginning of this book in which she faces down a teenager holding hostages at gunpoint. In the fall out from the drama Andrea is placed on administrative leave which gives her time to investigate what her younger brother is doing on a ranch in the middle of nowhere Texas.
Andrea meets FBI agent Jon North, who is also looking into the ranch as part of a domestic terrorism investigation. I liked that Andrea did not immediately fall into Jon’s plans and that she tried to continue her own investigation independent from Jon and the FBI. There’s definitely sexual tension, but they do not trust each other and are both trying to investigate without sharing too much.
Without going into details of the investigation, I was intrigued by the suspense part of this book, and I thought the domestic terrorism plot was pretty good. Griffin didn’t overly glamorize the details of the FBI investigation which I appreciated. She didn’t make the reader sit through every hour of surveillance, but the book was not all non-stop silly action. When the ending went down the action was right for the plot.
I was less impressed by the romance. I thought the scenes building the sexual tension were fairly awkward overall. In the end this was a fast read and it kept me engaged throughout. I still liked Andrea at the conclusion of Far Gone, even though she wasn’t quite the ass kicker I was looking for.
Last thought-covers don’t always matter a whole lot to me-but this cover makes absolutely zero sense to me with this book. Where do we get from the exploding vase and rose to Texas and terrorism?
Thank you Gallery Books and edelweiss for this advanced copy for review.