Deep Dark (Tracers Series #10)

Deep Dark (Tracers Series #10)

by Laura Griffin

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“If you like CSI and well-crafted suspense, don’t miss these books” (RT Book Reviews)! The tenth novel in the New York Times bestselling Tracers series is a gripping romantic thriller from the author who “never fails to put me on the edge of my seat” (USA TODAY).

The moment detective Reed Novak steps onto the crime scene, he knows the case is going to rock his world. A beautiful young woman murdered at home. No sign of forced entry. No motive. She’s obviously not the killer’s first victim, and Reed’s instincts tell him she won’t be his last. Reed’s first clue comes via a mysterious text that links to a dating profile, but even more intriguing than the clue is the person who sent it.

As a white-hat hacker in the Delphi Center’s cyber investigation unit, Laney Knox sneaks into some of the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet looking for predators. Laney would prefer to stay away from Austin PD’s most recent murder case, but she can’t ignore the chilling similarities between that crime and her own brutal attack years ago. Laney offers to help the sexy lead detective, but he wants more from her than just a promising tip—Reed wants her trust. Laney resists, but as their relationship deepens she’s tempted to reveal the closely guarded secrets that could make her a key witness…or the killer’s next victim.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476779263
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Series: Tracers Series , #10
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 151,920
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Laura Griffin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracers series, the Wolfe Sec series, the Alpha Crew series, and several other novels. A two-time RITA Award winner and the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award, Laura lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book. Visit her at, and on Facebook at

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Deep Dark (Tracers Series #10) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good fun read! One of her better books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They continue to engage me from the first page. Keep them coming, please!
Anonymous 5 months ago
First of the series I didn't like. I didn't like Lanie and Reed as a couple, the age difference really turned me off. What's with the author making up new counties for Texas? Last book it was Cypress in Cypress County instead of Harris and now Clarksville in Clark County instead of Red River. It may not matter to most readers but as a Texan it bothers me that she either doesn't do her homework or doesn't care. Does it bother anyone else that the Delphi Center is always a short drive from everywhere??...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect mix of mystery and love. Strong characters. I will definitely be reading more books by this author. Thanks for writing this one.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
A suspenseful book as a police detective teams up with a computer hacker to try and find the killer of young women before he strikes again. Laney Knox, the hacker, was almost a victim herself and still recalls the horror she experienced before she got away from the masked man. Detective Reed Novak uses her help when they come up against someone who is also good at hacking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Great book.
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gmfuhlman More than 1 year ago
Laura Griffin, has written another book in the series Tracer. Deep Dark, is her latest one. You get to meet Laney Knox, who worked for the Delphi Center Cyber Investigation Unit. Novak Reed, is a homicide detective for the Austin Police Department. Laney Knox, worked for the Delphi Center Cyber investigation unit, the job that she did was consider a hacker or white-hat. Her job was to digging into some of the dark corners of the internet looking for predators. But when a young woman is brutally murdered, it brings back the attack that had happen to her their years ago. But this murder has some very similarities of the attack that she went through and was able to escape from. Laney, has involved herself in Novak case because she feels that she can be of help to solve this case with Novak. Novak Reed, is a homicide detective with the Austin Police Department. We meet Novak at a crime scene with a young woman who has been murdered in her home without any sign of forced entry. Novak, has a feeling that this isn’t the killer’s first victim. Laney, keep digging more into Novak, case which he has told her that he wanted her to stay off of this case. Laney is a very head strong, and independent young woman. Who keep pushes against authority, she very smart with computers, but she doesn’t’ t know how to interacted with people. From the very first page Laura, pull you right in to this story. She has you trying to figure out just who is the killer and why. She loves keeping you on the edge of your seat all the way until the last page. If you like books that has suspense, mystery, romance, and lots of forensics like CSI. than this is a book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely good, very suspenseful and intense.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Thrilling suspense. Electrifying chemistry. Intensified emotions. And there was even some romance in there. Deep Dark was not just a title. There was some serious attention paid to the details of the mystery unfolding. Providing a connection to the thrill of the suspense, the mystery who and why, the chemistry of the connection, and the intense emotions experienced while reading and digesting all that was being consumed. A mystery to sink your teeth into and a romance to experience. There were things thrown at me that I was most certainly not expecting. I was thrilled to have the diversion. I did not know what to expect with the turn of the next page or tap on the screen as this read was. I was biting my lip anticipating the next move. The next clue. The next encounter. The next anything. I was drawn in and desperate for more. Cyber investigator/hacker, a detective and a murder. There was something that this detective, Novak, did not know or expect bread crumbs leading him in a direction for answers. Those bread crumbs from Laney were what was needed to get the investigation heading in the right direction. Laney and Novak could help each other but Novak was not so sure this was wise and Laney knew more than she was comfortable giving. There encounters. There collaboration was more than just solving the murder case and catching the murder. They were forming a chemical bond that neither would be completely comfortable giving up on once all was said and done. I have not read any of the Tracer series books prior to this read. That will no longer be the case by the time this was typed up for my review. **This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
Laura Griffin has written yet another Tracers book that captivated my attention from the first page to the last. This is one of those books that I picked up and did not want to put down until I figured out just who was so evil to commit the horrific crimes. When a friend is killed Laney Knox feels a little to close to crime. Things are looking a lot like what happened to her in the past and she is determined to help find the killer before he hurts anyone else or maybe comes back to finish what he started with Laney in the past. Reed Novak is investigating the case and Laney finds a few unique ways of getting clues to him. Reed really isn't all the keen on Laney's help on the case. He doesn't want her in danger and tries really hard to talk her into stepping back and staying safe. The tension between Laney and Reed has a lot to do with the mutual attraction they both feel for each other. Reed wants to protect Laney and Laney wants to protect the next victim before the killer strikes again. Reed and Laney make a really good team together and find that maybe working together just may be the way to go. I admired Laney's ability with a computer. I think this lady would find a way to get any info she needed to help put the bad guys away. One of the things I really enjoy about Laura Griffin's Tracers' books is the in depth details on how they find the clues and how they find their answers from the clues. It's fun to see what little thing they can take and turn it into a possible lead to the UNSUB. Ms. Griffin had me guessing who done it all the way to the end. I was so surprised. The mystery kept me captivated with just enough details to keep me wondering. The romance between Laney and Reed is combustible and ready to ignite at a moments notice. This is part of the Tracers series but if you haven't had a chance to read the previous nine books in the series never fear Deep Dark will stand on it's own just fine. I was given the opportunity the read and review this thrilling book so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Deep Dark.
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic story of suspense, mystery, murder, romance and everything in between. Laura Griffin wrote a wonderful in-depth story in "Deep Dark" that will keep you turning pages from the very first one until the very last one. Detective Reed Novak hooking up with white hat hacker Laney Knox while trying to solve a murder got more than he bargained for while trying to keep her out of the action. With a killer on the loose, Reed has his hands full while trying to solve his case, but Laney knows what she is talking about when it comes to hacking. The story is fast paced and will keep you guessing until the murder is solved. This is my kind of story and the first I have read in the Tracers Series. I look forward to going back and reading more in this series. Thank you to NetGalley and Pocket Books for gifting me with an ARC of "Deep Dark" and asking me to leave my honest opinion. My review of "Deep Dark" is my own and I highly recommend it for all suspenseful romance readers. 5 Stars!
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by Laura Griffin and I was very entertained. The characters were well-developed and so was the mystery/suspense aspect of the story. I definitely did not see the ending coming though! I really liked the CSI parts of the book and it was exciting putting the story together right alongside the detectives/criminalists. I also enjoyed the unusual pair-up of Laney, a very brainy, stubborn hacker and Reed, a by-the-book straight shooter who can never seem to turn off the job. They had a good chemistry and played off each other well. I would definitely recommend DEEP DARK to romantic suspense lovers everywhere. Now, I just need to find time to read the rest of the Tracers series! ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this series. I love Laura Griffin style to write, and the characters she creates. They are intriguing, smart, charismatic, and charming, with insides to them that makes you want to get to know them even more, ask about their motives, and observe them work, find the clues, to solve the crimes. But one thing you don't want, is to be them. Because the action, suspense is intense, it is violent, vicious, and deadly dangerous. And they are the target. The tale is gripping, and nearly impossible to put down. From the first page I was immersed into the story. Potent feelings of danger, fear, and scare are constantly present, increasing as the story unfolds. It seems no one is safe, very few to be trusted, and something very sinister is developing in the background, hindering the detectives solve the crimes amounting. Watching Laney and Reed's relationship develop is like watching a passionate tango, with every four steps forward, there's two steps to the side or back. It is not only their age difference, that is making them take steps to the side, it is the ongoing investigation, and the fact that Laney seems to be even more involved, than they first suspect. The deadly force is creeping closer, and right into their own doorsteps, again. Since I finished the story, I have changed all the passwords on my computers, the story has that strong impact on me. I loved, feared, and swooned through the pages, Reed and Laney are so perfectly imperfect, so very much opposite, but yet so ideal, impeccable when together, like two pieces molded together, making a one stunning unit. Even book ten in the series is not enough for me, I am craving for more already! Endless, relentless, fear filled action, a fragile, yet passion filled romance, and suspense that held all the way to the end, giving an unexpected, treacherous crescendo to the story ~ Five Spoons
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to reading a new book by Ms. Griffin because I know that I'll get a suspenseful, thrilling read with something new every time and DEEP DARK certainly is that. A twenty-two year old veteran of law enforcement, Detective Reed Novak has well-honed instincts and knows that his new case is anything but an ordinary case of murder, but with little to no evidence all he can do is good old police work. That's until he gets an anonymous text that changes the direction of his investigation and leads to a killer who invades his victims' lives in cyberspace before making contact in real life, operating unnoticed for a long time, and Reed knows that they'll need all the help they can get to stop this killer, even help from a stubborn but skilled cyber investigator who has him tied up in knots and isn't being completely honest with him. Laney Knox's job as a hacker is to hunt online predators in the darkest corners of cyberspace and this case hits very close to home. One of the victims was a friend and the details bear a striking similarity to a past attack on her. Laney may just be the only person who escaped this killer and getting involved in this case puts her right back in his cross-hairs but she'll help bring him down or die trying. Usually, it easy to see what the attraction is between main characters, but for the life of me I couldn't see what it was between Reed and Laney. Reed is a man who walks on the right side of the law and Laney plays fast and loose with it, they don't have shared interests, there is a huge age gap between them and in today's world that's a huge deal. Career-wise Reed deals with facts while Laney is all about codes and encryption, but somehow in spite of their differences they have a connection that can't be explained. Their relationship is this awkward shuffle that sometimes made me cringe, but it works! Laney is very independent and intelligent and doesn't trust easily, which was quite dangerous in this case. For the first time in his life, Reed is unsure of his moves with a woman and knows that he has to tread carefully or he'll lose her before he even has her. As usual, DEEP DARK is a well-balanced and engrossing combination of mystery, suspense and romance, with characters that stay with you long after you read the last word and is definitely one for the keeper shelf! Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Maja_Vo More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! I freaking loved every second of it and I still want more! Reading this amazing crime story reminded me of watching a crime episode on TV but with so much detail and emotions. The main part is solving the murder case but the romance doesn't suffer because of that not one bit. I loved that the author did her job and actually knew what she was writing about. Her attention to detail is spot on and that makes the story really believable. Deep Dark is a fantastic mystery read that you should not miss out on!
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beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
This is only the second book I've read in the Tracers series (after Shadow Fall ), but whoa--do these books pack a wallop! I'm pretty sure I would have been literally unable to put the book down for the last 10% of it--its climax was that good. Seriously, why haven't I read these books before now? There's a pretty big age gap between the hero and heroine--Reed's 39, divorced, and kind of grumpy; Laney's 24, a brilliant hacker, and not fond of authority--but man, does their relationship work. On the surface it may look like these two are just too different, but Ms. Griffin had me convinced. I liked that they both went into their relationship as equals--even though Laney's young, she has a real grasp of the dark side of humanity (partly from something that happened to her early on, partly from her work as a hacker and her experiences with the dark side of technology) that makes her about as un-naive as she can get, and a good match for the seasoned cop. She's not going to take any crap from Reed but instead is going to keep the poor guy on his toes. But he'll be on his toes and smiling. The mystery and suspense part of the novel was really well done. It kept me guessing right up to the end--I honestly never suspected the culprit, but once we know who it is everything just falls into place in the best way. (Gah! My heartbeat is elevating, just thinking about what almost happens toward the end. Really, the suspense is just soooo good. I can't stress it enough.) I am definitely on board for the rest of the series, no matter how many Ms. Griffin wants to write. Sign. Me. Up! Deep Dark, like Shadow Fall, works well as a standalone. I'm pretty sure that some of the secondary characters we run into have been in other books, but you don't at all need to have read them to have one heck of a good time reading this one. Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
Must read for CSI fans. I'm hooked on the Tracers series now! Someone is murdering women, and Reed Novak is determined to find out who it is and stop him. His greatest asset is also the one person he wants as far away from the investigation as he can keep her but she’s stubborn and driven to discover the truth just as much as he is. Laney Knox survived the killer, she knows he’s not only a predator in real life but in cyberspace too, now if she can just find out how he gets in to watch, stalk, and eventually kill. I have to admit that when I first started reading DEEP DARK by Laura Griffin, I was a tad confused. A woman is attacked in her home and then in the next chapter, a woman is found dead in her home but they are not the same woman. Granted, I didn’t pay close enough attention to the name of the victim and once I went back to check, I got caught up but it did put me off slightly…then it didn’t matter anymore because I was hooked! I had not read anything by Laura Griffin before. Although I do have copies of a couple of her other books given to me by a friend, and now I know they are both going to get pushed up the TBR list because Laura created an exciting, character and action driven suspense that kept me guessing practically to the reveal of the killer. That’s tough to pull that off with me but she wove such a detailed, intriguing, and suspense-filled mystery that I was sorry it ended when it did. Her investigators, her investigations, and her character interactions rival my favorite CSI shows. I highly recommend DEEP DARK, book 10 of the Tracers series by Laura Griffin to anyone who is a fan of CSI stories, romantic suspense (trust me - the sexual tension between Reed and Laney is enough to have you fanning yourself), and fabulous characters filled with depth and personality, then you need to read this one. I’m going to have to go back and start reading the rest of the series now that I know just how amazing the Tracer series is. ***galley provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. Reed Novak, an Austin PD detective looking down the barrel of middle age, steps into a grisly and unique if brutal murder investigation. Laney Knox is a white-hat hacker at a cyber investigation unit. Three years ago, she was attacked in the middle of the night by a masked man that she knew meant to kill her. When a friend of hers is murdered, she can’t ignore the similarities of the case with her own prior experience, and so sends an anonymous tip to the sexy lead detective. As a recluse, Laney prefers to stay in the shadows, but when Reed tracks her down, demanding more than the leads she offers, she resists his advances in order to prevent revealing the secrets that could make her the serial killer’s next victim. First of all, this was an absolutely fabulous read. The technical aspects of computer and forensic science were written beautifully using great details and interwoven seamlessly into the story. The characters were realistic, had great depth, and were easily followed. Told from a multipoint of view, it never became confusing as far as perspective. The author did a wonderful job of keeping the attraction sizzling between the main characters without overdoing it or lag. The plot and subplots kept one guessing as far as the identity of the villain while interweaving secondary characters into the storyline. The pacing was great, allowing you to come up for air before being thrown into the mix again. This was a fabulous book that I wholeheartedly recommend. I will definitely follow this author’s work. I’d give the novel five stars.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Deep Dark, Laura Griffin’s latest Tracers novel, addresses every woman’s worst nightmare head on: what if all my precautions are not enough? Laney Knox discovers this first hand when she is assaulted in her home one night. She successfully manages to escape, but at what cost? Three years later a similar attack on one of her friends doesn’t end so well and brings everything back to the forefront of Laney’s life. A master white-hat hacker at the Delphi Center, together with Austin PD Detective Reed Novak, Laney starts tracking this predator where he lives: the darkest parts of the interwebs. The suspense ratchets up as the hunter becomes the hunted. Interwoven is the slow build between Reed and Laney. The romance is definitely secondary, but feels organic to the story. Griffin keeps you guessing the entire novel, while still providing enough information for you to figure it out (I didn’t). I always enjoy Griffin’s writing style and storytelling. This is definitely on my list of favorite novels this year. Copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
KelliJo More than 1 year ago
You. Will. Never. Guess. Who. "Done". It!! Hold on to your seats, because Laura Griffin is going to take you for a wild ride around Austin. Women of women of similar age and looks are being raped and murdered, brutally, in their own homes. The UNSUB leaves NO trace, no DNA, nothing. The lead detective gets an anonymous tip, from a white-hat hacker, that leads him to find that the women are connected by a dating website - the UNSUB finds them, and watches them, through the internet - and their own personal computers. As a love story slowly blossoms between the lead detective, Reed, and the white-hat hacker, Laney, the killer could go after her next. You will NOT be able to put this down until you are done!!!
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars A look at another unconventional Delphi employee.... “Deep Dark” by Laura Griffin is a romantic suspense novel that is part of the ‘Tracers’ series and centers around Laney Knox, a white-hat computer hacker who works at the Delphi Center. Her unconventional investigation techniques bring her to the attention of Detective Reed Novak who is investigating the murder of a friend. The unlikely pair have a common goal but vastly different techniques which bring them into opposition and is further complicated by the unwilling attraction that blossoms between them. Danger escalates and Reed must discover not only what the killer’s motive is, but what secrets Laney is hiding, before it is too late…for the next victim who may be all too familiar. The action is immediate and draws one into the web that this author weaves. I love that she has capable heroines who are just as active and adept at their jobs as the deliciously hunky males they are attracted to. I found Laney a little irritating, possibly because of her youth and stubborn insistence on doing things her way, and thought her chastened regret to be all too fleeting when things don’t quite pan out for her the way she wanted them to. Despite that, I was delighted with her bravery, intellectual prowess, and deductive abilities although a little dismayed by her blithe disregard of the consequences of her actions on Reed and herself. The intense heat between the main characters is a little awkward for me at first although I adored Reed’s protective nature, and I wish I had more of a connection to both of these workaholics. Despite this, the rising intensity as the investigation unfolds, the red herrings, and the occasional light moments such as the comments by one character about the shoe print size on the foot that kicked her door in make this another fun and enthralling read and I hope several of the secondary characters show up in a future story. This author always provides an intense and exciting story and this is another enjoyable example of her talent. A copy of this title was provided for review which was also submitted to Night Owl Reviews
PennieM More than 1 year ago
The best who-done-it I have read in so long! This book started out with a gruesome murder and we are kept guessing throughout because this author has captured the essence of romantic suspense and we should crown her queen. The pace was perfect and the characters believable. This mystery kept me guessing right up until the end. **Received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
JWReinhold More than 1 year ago
When a girl is murdered, Laney Knox, a white-hat hacker in the Delphi Center’s cyber investigation unit, just can't stay away from the case, the attack to close to the one she herself survived years ago. Detective Reed Novak is reluctant to accept Laney's help as she inserts herself into his investigation but finds himself drawn to her even though he fights the attraction. Together they work to find a killer before he strikes again! This series just keeps getting better and Deep Dark to me is a home run! Starting with complex and endearing characters, characters you want to get to know, add a story line that is fast paced and intense and what's not to love? Great job Laura Griffin!