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Twisted (Tracers #5)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,109 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
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 men in her small-town
Mass Market Paperback, Pocket Star Books Romance, 370 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Pocket Star
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Daniel Audet
Feb 29, 2012 Daniel Audet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 16, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-suspense
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
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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
Apr 13, 2012 Jess rated it it was amazing
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
Anne OK
Apr 18, 2012 Anne OK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
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
Manda Collins
Jul 29, 2015 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Roxanne St. Clair, Karen Rose, Nora Roberts
1st read 4/20/2012
Re-read 7/24/15

I totally loved this latest addition to the Tracers series. As usual, Griffin has crafted a complex and suspenseful mystery with all those glimpses at new forensic technology that I've come to expect from this series. I remembered Allison from Snapped, and liked her, but in her own story she is a complicated, driven and eminently likable character. She's able to work hard with the guys, but still maintains her femininity, which I think is probably difficult for m
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.
4.25 Stars****1/4...This is excellent romantic suspense, all-around. Ah, Mark me a hot, tortured hero! Loved the twist with the killer at the end. No one can say that this book didn't end with a bang. Compelling and suspenseful!
Feb 07, 2016 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to review and rate these books. They are all fantastic and the writing never fails to entrance and deliver. The books in this series are tied together with characters from previous books who participate, but never overwhelm the current plot. The books read well as standalones, but read much better when read in order. Laura Griffin is one of the top romantic-suspense authors and I look forward each new book she publishes.

Allison Doyle is 27 and the only female detective in the San Marc
{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
This story was interesting, well written, and kept me guessing, but seriously the main female character? Just full of TSTL moments! We met her in the previous book filling a very minor role, but once she gets center stage, she manages to walk into an armed robbery in progress, gets attacked by a prisoner (in prison), and then gets captured by the bad guy, not once but twice. Like all the female characters in this series, I found Allison very irritating. She's a rookie but knows more about solvin ...more
Two-haiku review:

Woman raped, throat slit
Male cops think it's the boyfriend
She's not quite so sure

Serial killer
Excellent plot, characters
Loving this series!
Apr 27, 2012 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-apr
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!

May 16, 2012 Norma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Apr 25, 2012 Laylah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Caila Jaynes
Jun 25, 2016 Caila Jaynes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I owe my writing partner a big thank-you for turning me on to Laura Griffin's work. She sent me Twisted as a gift, and what a gift it was! The characters were likeable and real, and the story kept my interest the entire time. Can't wait to read another of Laura's books!
Michele bookloverforever
fun, local cop Chase serial killer...catch wrong person..chaotic and dramatic. so so plot, good characters.
Apr 17, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2013 TamElaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, read-in-2013
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
FBI profiler Mark Wolfe thinks a murder in Texas may be linked to a serial killer he has been tracking for over 10 years.

Rookie Detective Allison Doyle is keen to progress and wants to learn from the FBI profiler, especially after he saves her in a grocery store robbery.

Mark is 16 years older than Allison, he has a failed marriage and he has the classic angst about being married to the job, no good at relationships, will only hurt her, yadda yadda. He also gets off (metaphorically) a bit on the
Feb 09, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing
I am quickly becoming a big fan of Laura Griffin. This is the fifth books in her Tracers series and all of the books so far have been really good reads. Her characters are well developed and "real". The plots are fast paced and action packed.

This book is focused on Allison Doyle, a rookie detective for the San Marcos Police Department in Texas, and Mark Wolfe, a highly touted FBI profiler. Allison is trying to prove herself in a man's world and Wolfe has come to town because he thinks a recent
Nov 17, 2012 Styles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Feb 22, 2016 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 22, 2014 Heather Stanton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jul 03, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 !
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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 two RITA Awards (for Scorched and Whisper of Warning) and a Daphne du Maurier Award (Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin where she is working on her next book.

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Tracers (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Unspeakable (Tracers, #2)
  • Unforgivable (Tracers #3)
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