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Twisted (Tracers #5)

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This fifth thrilling Tracers novel from bestselling and award-winning author Laura Griffin features a rookie cop and an FBI profiler who discover they’re after the same killer—or is the killer after them?

Rookie detective Allison Doyle only has room in her life for one goal: to prove to herself and everyone else that she is every bit as capable as the me...more
Mass Market Paperback, Pocket Star Books Romance, 370 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Pocket Star
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Daniel Audet
I recently received a batch of books from The Thrillers Writers group and one of the books in the box was this book by Laura Griffin: Twisted.
From the very first line this author's ability and style is very apparent and in my very well read view she is a major player in the thriller book scene. Let me address the romance aspect, which is masterfully weaved into this story and that it could have been solely planted in either genre. (I sit here reading the various aspects of a romantic plot line w...more
Mandi Schreiner
After a gruesome murder in the small town of Waynesboro, Texas, detective Allison Doyle is very disturbed. Things like this don’t happen in her town. At the age of 27, she is young to have made detective, whether it is because she is one of the few females on the police force or her brains, she doesn’t worry about it too much. All signs point to the ex-boyfriend, who had been served with a restraining order the day before her murder. But that theory is about to go out the window.

Special Agent Ma...more
Becs - Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
Book 5 in the Tracers series and another thumping suspense story.

This time we have a serial killer raping and murdering women on dates significant to him but the local police have no real clue what they’re dealing with. Special Agent Mark Wolfe, a profiler from Quantico, comes into town to follow up some hunches on the case he’s been working for years and rubs shoulders with the San Marcos PD, in particular rookie detective Allison Doyle.

Allison is a young, ambitious, idealistic detective, full...more
Anne OK
I just finished the incredible latest addition to the already marvelous Tracers Series! I loved both Mark and Allison. Mark may be my favorite leading male character in this series now. His maturity matched with Allison’s youthful eagerness and spontaneity resulted in a magical combination. The suspense was phenomenal and the romance perfectly blended into the story. The well-written relationship between these two included a more intense sensuality and revved up steam factor than past stories. A...more
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

The Tracer’s series is one of my favorites, I look forward to every book and as a result it tends to put a lot pressure on the newest release – a lot to live up to in my mind. Laura Griffin never lets me down. Her romantic suspense stories are a little heavier on the suspense side, but so very well done. TWISTED takes us into the world of tracking a serial killer who makes his kills on the same two dates every year. After investigating a local murder, All...more
I love the fact that in this series we see the investigation step by step.
I liked Allison, she was 27 and the only female detective with something to prove since she's young, female and new to homicide, so despite the fact that no-one believes her about a serial killer she works on it along with the hero, FBI agent Mark who first caught wind of this killer ten years ago.

Mark is 43 and married to the job and divorced. He has too much of drive for the job and no time for other things. We see their...more
{This review originally appeared on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}

Oh, Laura Griffin, why can’t I quit you?

For real… you’d think after I went mildly ballistic over the Magical Missing Condom Syndrome in Griffin’s previous novel, Snapped* and wanted to strangle the main character in One Wrong Step (Celie is the worst main character I’ve ever read—I wanted the bad guys to kill her and leave her body in a ditch), I’d be able to make a clean break from Griffin’s books. But, oh no… a new Tracers book magi...more
Not much in the romance department but a very solid suspense/thriller. The romance itself involves the older man and much younger woman trope. The story centers around an FBI agent who believes the recent murder in San Marcos may be relayed to a series of murders done in California ten years before. He teams up with a young female police officer to investigate. I highly recommend it to any romantic suspense fan who doesn't mind an emphasis on the suspense.
This might have been my favorite of the series. I loved Mark and Allison. Great story, great suspense and I was totally engaged.

Unfortunately as always the romance did fall flat for me. LG just doesn't do great romance. But I totally forgive it as the story is worth it.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I debated whether this should be a 3 star or a 4 star book but my ongoing love of this author tipped me over to 4. Laura Griffin writes a great Romantic suspense novel. I've enjoyed every one I've read; some more than others.

This book was a pretty decent addition to the Tracers series. I liked Mark Wolfe, and I liked the overall mystery plot. Most of the time I liked the character of Allison Doyle but some flaws in this character really detracted from my overall appreciation f...more
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Oh how I freakin LOVE the Tracers Series, and Twisted can just be added to the top of the list.

Detective Allison Doyle, who you will recognize from Snapped, is caught in the middle of a robbery when she is helped by FBI Profiler, Mark Wolfe....and the sparks fly from there. Mark is a no-nonsense kind of agent who is in town working a serial murder case, that may or may not be connected to a recent homicide in the small-town of San Marcos.

Unfortunately for Mark, when Allison gets on a case, or b...more
The ending dimishes my grading of this book from excellent to mearly good. Total opposite of Snapped, Griffin's previous outing, Twisted works well in romance department, but the suspense plot is a bit old and tired. The heroine, Allison, is a minor character in Snapped, and I liked her until maybe half-way point in this book after she commited mistake after mistake with no sign of learning. Spunky she is. Stubborn she's plenty. Smart she's not. That brings me to my complaint about the ending wh...more
While I like Allison, she doesn't seem like a totally competent detective. That fact detracts somewhat from my overall enjoyment of the book. She makes what feel like rookie mistakes several times. Also, the romance isn't well developed in the beginning. There isn't enough background on why or how Allison develops her feelings for Mark. Mark's perspective was more clearly laid out.

Other than those quibbles, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was drawn into the suspense plot and liked seeing the c...more
This book is excellent. It easily goes down as one of my favorite romantic suspense books of all time. I loved everything about the book, both the suspense part and the romance.

I also love the fact that any woman who reads this book, can learn a very valuable self-defense lesson: if your instincts tell you there's danger, listen to them. You don't have to try to prove to a stranger that you're a good samaritan or even have to help someone out if you feel like there's something off or dangerous a...more
Such a gripping suspense novel from the first page to the last....I read this in a 24 hour time period. Twisted is the fifth book in the series, but could easily be read as a stand alone novel. Of the Tracers Books to this point, this one has been my favourite, followed closely by the first book in the series! I compare Laura Griffin’s writing to that of Linda Howard. I think in a suspense novel, characterization is often lacking in order to maximize action and suspense, but both these ladies, L...more
I am really paying the price today for loving this book so much that I could not put it down until it was finished! So I've only had 4 hours of sleep.
This is my new favorite Laura Griffin book. It has everything I love to see in a romantic suspense - tall dark and handsome/tortured hero, a heroine who isn't perfect and a scary nut job serial killer.
I think I'm in love with Mark Wolfe!

Oh and the sneak peak at her next Tracer's book with Gage and Kelsey was terrific!

I presume you know what the book is about. I'm letting you know what I liked or disliked about it.

A new favorite author for me! I liked her style of writing, the story, the pace, the characters, all of it. So much so I've requested others in the series from the library and I'm looking forward to reading them as they arrive.

I liked Allison and Mark as a couple. She was fiesty and refused to let him take himself too seriously. Really well written read and I didn't see that twist until it was right there in front of me. Well done!
Heather Stanton
OMG, I loved it. Twisted is my favorite of the Tracers series so far. The author has a knack for creating the perfect storm of plot, characters, suspense, and romance.
I read this in one sitting during a bout with intense insomnia. This book was not the one to pick up to put me sleep.
A woman is murdered, and police believe they have their man. But when an FBI agent turns up asking questions, a rookie homicide detective isn't so sure her fellow officers are right. She starts teaming on the sly with Mr. FBI, and uncovers evidence leading to another culprit.
And as the investigation intensifies, so do things between the detective and the agent.
On the crime front,...more
Laura Griffin does it again! She is a wonderful writer keeps you thinking the whole time and I love the romance! The characters are always well developed !
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
As soon as I got Twisted in my eager hands in late January, I devoured it. Laura Griffin is one of my favorite romantic suspense author and one of my few auto-buy. She is a damn good writer and she has yet to disappoint me. Although Twisted is not my favorite by her (Snapped is) but it's still very, very good.

The heroine, Allison Doyle, was introduced in Snapped and she certainly made an impression there. I knew she's going to be a kick-ass, tough as nails kind of gal and I was really excited to...more
Mark and Allison make a great team. They feed off of each other and make each other stronger. Allison is a strong female who feel she needs to prove herself so the men will sit up and listen. Mark is a strong male who's life revolves around nothing but work. And when love laps him in the face he's too scared to dive for it before it goes away.I really enjoyed this story because the element of a killer whose been around for ten years tormenting Mark until he makes the capture and when he finally...more
“Twisted” by Laura Griffin is another of the mesmerizing novels in her ‘Tracers’ series. Allison Doyle is at a disadvantage in her department as the rookie detective and one of the few females on the force. A chance encounter with FBI Agent Mark Wolfe gradually develops into an unwilling working relationship as he pursues a serial killer whom he suspects is escalating toward another attack in Allison’s town. A series of insightful deductions on her part facilitates Allison’s inclusion in the inv...more
Twisted by Laura Griffin
Romantic Suspense - April 17th, 2012
4 stars

Twisted is the latest installment in the author’s thrilling CSI-like series only with more in depth forensic details to capture the imagination plus a healthy dose of romance!

Alison Doyle is new detective and one of the few females in the police force in her small town. Smart and ambitious she is eager to prove herself. After a long day she decides to treat herself to a pizza from the local store when she perceives a hold up in...more
Another great addition to the Tracers series.
A tautly intense suspense involving a FBI profiler Mark Wolfe and the San Marcos PD, Texas, with a compelling romance between said profiler and a rookie Detective, Allison Doyle.

Allison first meets Mark at a store when he helps her in a hold up. She later calls to his motel room because she knows he is in San Marcos because of the woman who was found murdered in her small community. Allison is not on the case, Jonah Macon (Snapped) is lead Detective....more
Laura Griffin’s high-adrenaline Tracers series is romantic suspense at its best. Her new novel Twisted will make readers feel like they have been pulled into an episode of Criminal Minds.

FBI profiler Mark Wolfe arrives in a small Texas town to try to convince local police that the murder they are investigating was committed by the Death Raven, a serial killer who Mark has been tracking for years. The Death Raven attacks and murders women on 2 specific dates each year. Rookie police detective Al...more
NL Gassert
TWISTED was my first Laura Griffin book, but she’s by no means a new author. According to her website, her Tracers novels follow “an elite group of forensic experts who help homicide cops and cold case detectives solve the most unsolvable crimes.” I thoroughly enjoyed this offering in her series and will check out her backlist. I was quite happy with the killer (never thought I’d say that) and completely on board when he was caught and in handcuffs. Naturally there was a twist and it worked for...more
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
What a fantastic addition to the Tracer’s series.

We have a serial killer on our hands.. He likes to stalk his women then rape and cut their throats from ear to ear.

Mark Wolfe is a FBI special agent who works in the Behavior Analysis Unit. He has come to San Marcos, Texas to investigate a murder which he thinks is tied to killer he has been tracking since 2000 that started in California. Mark has a lot of cases on his plate and he is the most sought after agent in the Bureau but he promised the...more
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DiDi's Review posted on Guilty Pleasures

Romantic Suspense is one of my favorite sub-genres, through the years I've read a lot and have grouped it into two categories. Category ONE - twists, turns and surprises everywhere, chilling tips and a hard time figuring out "whodunit". Category TWO - the "whodunit" is fairly obvious early on but the journey to arresting the suspect is an interesting, edge of your seat race to arrest them and/or catch before they strike again, with slight twists, turns and...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of writing romantic suspense. Her books have won numerous awards, including a RITA Award (Whisper of Warning) and a Daphne du Maurier Award (Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin where she is working on her next book.

* Tracers
* The Glass Sisters
* Moreno and...more
More about Laura Griffin...
Untraceable (Tracers, #1) Snapped (Tracers #4) Thread of Fear (Glass Sisters, The #1) Unspeakable (Tracers, #2) Unforgivable (Tracers #3)

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