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When they face the most baffling missing person's case of their careers, a fiercely ambitious lawyer and a homicide detective have no one to turn to for help except each other, from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin. Up-and-coming attorney Leigh Larson fights for victims of sexual extortion, harassment, and online abuse. She is not afraid to go after the sleaz When they face the most baffling missing person's case of their careers, a fiercely ambitious lawyer and a homicide detective have no one to turn to for help except each other, from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin. Up-and-coming attorney Leigh Larson fights for victims of sexual extortion, harassment, and online abuse. She is not afraid to go after the sleaziest targets to get payback for her clients. Leigh is laser-focused on her career--to the exclusion of everything else--until a seemingly routine case and a determined cop turn her world upside down. Austin homicide detective Brandon Reynolds is no stranger to midnight callouts. But when he gets summoned to an abandoned car on a desolate road, he quickly realizes he's dealing with an unusual crime scene. A pool of blood in the nearby woods suggests a brutal homicide. But where is the victim? The vehicle is registered to twenty-six-year-old Vanessa Adams. Searching the car, all Brandon finds is a smear of blood and a business card for Leigh Larson, attorney-at-law. Vanessa had hired Leigh just before her disappearance, but Leigh has no leads on who could have wanted her dead. Faced with bewildering evidence and shocking twists, Leigh and Brandon must work against the clock to chase down a ruthless criminal who is out for vengeance.


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When they face the most baffling missing person's case of their careers, a fiercely ambitious lawyer and a homicide detective have no one to turn to for help except each other, from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin. Up-and-coming attorney Leigh Larson fights for victims of sexual extortion, harassment, and online abuse. She is not afraid to go after the sleaz When they face the most baffling missing person's case of their careers, a fiercely ambitious lawyer and a homicide detective have no one to turn to for help except each other, from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin. Up-and-coming attorney Leigh Larson fights for victims of sexual extortion, harassment, and online abuse. She is not afraid to go after the sleaziest targets to get payback for her clients. Leigh is laser-focused on her career--to the exclusion of everything else--until a seemingly routine case and a determined cop turn her world upside down. Austin homicide detective Brandon Reynolds is no stranger to midnight callouts. But when he gets summoned to an abandoned car on a desolate road, he quickly realizes he's dealing with an unusual crime scene. A pool of blood in the nearby woods suggests a brutal homicide. But where is the victim? The vehicle is registered to twenty-six-year-old Vanessa Adams. Searching the car, all Brandon finds is a smear of blood and a business card for Leigh Larson, attorney-at-law. Vanessa had hired Leigh just before her disappearance, but Leigh has no leads on who could have wanted her dead. Faced with bewildering evidence and shocking twists, Leigh and Brandon must work against the clock to chase down a ruthless criminal who is out for vengeance.

30 review for Last Seen Alone

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    I made a mistake when I chose to read this romantic suspense, a genre I rarely read, by Laura Griffin, I mixed up this Laura with Laura Dave and was guilty of not paying attention to the blurb. However, I read it anyway, and it was a entertaining read, with me particularly liking 30 year old lawyer, Leigh Larson, a partner with Javier in their law firm of Mendez and Larson. Set in Austin, Texas, APD Homicide Detective Brandon Reynolds is partnered with Detective Antonio Pena. He finds himself at I made a mistake when I chose to read this romantic suspense, a genre I rarely read, by Laura Griffin, I mixed up this Laura with Laura Dave and was guilty of not paying attention to the blurb. However, I read it anyway, and it was a entertaining read, with me particularly liking 30 year old lawyer, Leigh Larson, a partner with Javier in their law firm of Mendez and Larson. Set in Austin, Texas, APD Homicide Detective Brandon Reynolds is partnered with Detective Antonio Pena. He finds himself at a strange scene on a remote road where there is an abandoned car, there is a smear of blood on the car, and a larger pool of blood in the woods close by which suggests murder but there is no body. The car belongs to 26 year old Vanessa Adams, and there is a business card for Leigh at the scene. When Reynolds catches up with Leigh at the courthouse, she denies that Vanessa is a client of hers, but he can see she is being less than truthful. Leigh specialises in a particular area of law, she represents victims of stalkers, sexual extortion, harassment, controlling partners and online abuse. Her traumatic past has motivated her choice of law specialisation, ensuring a passion and ferocity with which she fights for her clients, unafraid of going after the nastiest and sleaziest predators out there. She has met Vanessa previously, but Vanessa only becomes her client after she gets the paperwork in the post after meeting Brandon. Leigh cannot help carrying out her own investigation, something of which Brandon does not approve, but she will not give up and the two end up working together in what turns out to be a dangerous case. Leigh and Brandon are attracted to each other, but both have issues when it comes to relationships, can they overcome their problems with trust, and survive to find out what happened to Vanessa? This was an okay crime and mystery read, it is engaging and I can see many readers enjoying it. For me, it's a case of it's me and not the book, this is not a genre that works well for me, and that is not this novel's fault, its just a mismatch between it and this reader. Many thanks to the publisher for an ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin Contemporary romantic suspense. Stand-alone. A woman is missing and Detective Brandon Reynolds has records that Leigh Larson is her attorney. Leigh can’t tell Brandon much since it was weeks since she talked to the woman, plus as an attorney, there is the confidentiality rules she has to follow. A fast paced and suspenseful novel first for the missing woman and then the reason behind her disappearance. Romance elements between Brandon and Leigh are passionate eve Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin Contemporary romantic suspense. Stand-alone. A woman is missing and Detective Brandon Reynolds has records that Leigh Larson is her attorney. Leigh can’t tell Brandon much since it was weeks since she talked to the woman, plus as an attorney, there is the confidentiality rules she has to follow. A fast paced and suspenseful novel first for the missing woman and then the reason behind her disappearance. Romance elements between Brandon and Leigh are passionate even though they don’t work together. I think Leigh was reckless in her investigation mostly because she’s an attorney, not a private investigator. She put herself in danger needlessly. But that’s what makes up the suspense typical of this author - the danger the heroine stirs up. Plenty of twists and turns from beginning to end to keep the reader following. 🎧 I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Cynthia Farrell. She did a wonderful job with the voices of Brandon and Leigh as well as a few other characters. The emotions of suspense, fear and passion were clearly voiced and intense at the right times. The clear enunciation was a bit slow for me so I listened to most of the performance at my usual 1.25 speed. I received a copy of this from NetGalley and DreamscapeMedia.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    2.5 stars, rounded down for stupid armchair detective attorney The premise of this romantic suspense novel is pretty good. "Missing without a trace" books are my catnip, I can't resist any of them. I'm honestly not a fan of romantic suspense, so maybe that's where this book lost me. I love romance and I love suspense, but the two together often feels like one or the other is not given the development it needs. In this case, I thought both were kind of lacking. The good: Like I said, I liked the pre 2.5 stars, rounded down for stupid armchair detective attorney The premise of this romantic suspense novel is pretty good. "Missing without a trace" books are my catnip, I can't resist any of them. I'm honestly not a fan of romantic suspense, so maybe that's where this book lost me. I love romance and I love suspense, but the two together often feels like one or the other is not given the development it needs. In this case, I thought both were kind of lacking. The good: Like I said, I liked the premise. At the beginning of the book we meet Vanessa who is being chased through the woods (after buying a gun) and disappears. The police find her abandoned vehicle and belongings and a large amount of blood in the woods, but Vanessa has vanished. The overall suspense story and its conclusion, although a bit predictable, was decent. It flowed well and made sense, most of the dots were connected in the end. The not-so good: I didn't feel any chemistry between attorney Leigh and detective Brandon. The first part is all about him investigating and getting distracted by her legs, her perfume, her chest, etc. Then all of a sudden without any development they kiss and then the next meeting they have sex. I didn't get a sense of attraction growing between them other than the lust. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it just felt forced. Leigh is a stupid armchair detective. She is repeatedly in danger, repeatedly told to step back into her lane as an attorney and leave the detective work to the police. Yet she ignores it over and over again. (Yet still Brandon is attracted to her, go figure). All for a client that she barely remembers and that she received a paltry retainer for. She obviously had a death wish or was just incredibly dumb to keep confronting suspects and investigating on her own. If not for those things, I would have graded this book a bit higher. I just hate armchair detectives overall, especially when they are intelligent people who should know better. If readers do feel chemistry between the main characters they may be able to overlook the shortcomings of the investigation. A side quirky thing I noticed, and it happened at least three times, if not more. There are scenes when Character One is either preparing food or has purchased take out. They offer food to Character Two (whose stomach is usually growling) and Character 2 declines. The food offer is presented at least once or twice more before the Character 2 finally gives in and eats (or they leave or get interrupted). It started to become a kind of joke for me because it happened over and over. I divided my reading of this book between the print copy and the audiobook. I liked the narrator, Cynthia Farrell, and thought she did an excellent job giving voice to both the male and female characters. She kept me engaged and interested in the story. Overall: I'm just not the right reader for this book. I overanalyze things that maybe some readers would let go. If you like romantic suspense and have enjoyed other books by this author, then you will probably enjoy this one. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    I listened to the audiobook of Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin. This was the first book that I have read by Laura Griffin. Apparently, Last Seen Alone is part of The Texas Murder Files Series but it can definitely be read as a stand alone book. It was well written with a suspenseful plot. The characters were quite intriguing and complex. The audiobook was very well narrated by Cynthia Farrell. Last Seen Alone can best be described as a romantic thriller. The romance aspect did not work for me i I listened to the audiobook of Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin. This was the first book that I have read by Laura Griffin. Apparently, Last Seen Alone is part of The Texas Murder Files Series but it can definitely be read as a stand alone book. It was well written with a suspenseful plot. The characters were quite intriguing and complex. The audiobook was very well narrated by Cynthia Farrell. Last Seen Alone can best be described as a romantic thriller. The romance aspect did not work for me in this book. The two primary characters in Last Seen Alone were Leigh Larson, a lawyer whose cases focused on victims of sexual assault and domestic and on-line abuse and Brandon Reynolds, an Austin homicide detective. When Brandon gets a late night call about an abandoned car on a deserted road he heads out to check it out. Brandon immediately suspects foul play and possibly homicide. He noticed blood in the car, the victim’s purse, wallet and phone on the seat and a business card for Leigh Larson, attorney-at-law. As his men search the surrounding area, they also found blood in the nearby woods. The car was registered to a Vanessa Adams. She was a twenty-six year old woman who was nowhere to be found. Since Brandon found Leigh Larson’s card in Vanessa’s car, Brandon paid a visit to Leigh Larson to try and find out if Vanessa had indeed been a client. He hoped that Leigh would be able to shed some light on what had happened to Vanessa. Leigh admitted to Brandon that Vanessa had come to see her shortly before she disappeared but Leigh was at a loss for who would want to kill Vanessa. Vanessa had not actually been Leigh’s client until Leigh received an envelope in the mail from Vanessa right after her disappearance. Brandon and Leigh immediately experienced a mutual attraction toward each other and at the same time they seemed to distrust each other at the same time. It was a little annoying how Leigh kept trying to do Brandon’s job even after she was warned to stop. Can Leigh let Brandon do his job as detective so he can figure out what happened to Vanessa or will she continue to defy him and put herself in danger as a result? I enjoyed listening to Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin. It was a satisfying and complex mystery with twists and turns. Some parts were predictable but I enjoyed them regardless. Many important issues were raised in this book. It explored stalking, revenge after a bad break-up by one of the partners in a relationship and blackmailing. Some parts were quite intense and emotional but other parts were very predictable. The romantic relationship that developed between Leigh and Brandon was an element that could have been left out. This was a strange combination for me. I don’t usually read romantic thrillers and am not sure the two mix well. Thank you to Dreamscape Media for allowing me to listen to the audiobook of Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laur

    Without a doubt, Laura Griffin is a bestselling and successful author, with a large fan base with her mix of suspense and romance in her books and novellas. The cover chosen for her book “Last Seen Alone” is very intriguing and paints a mysterious picture for the reader to ponder. The story starts out well enough with a interesting plot - however, after a while, it started to sound far fetched and unrealistic. Attorney Leigh Larson, starts fairly early on (and continues) to do things that I have Without a doubt, Laura Griffin is a bestselling and successful author, with a large fan base with her mix of suspense and romance in her books and novellas. The cover chosen for her book “Last Seen Alone” is very intriguing and paints a mysterious picture for the reader to ponder. The story starts out well enough with a interesting plot - however, after a while, it started to sound far fetched and unrealistic. Attorney Leigh Larson, starts fairly early on (and continues) to do things that I have a hard time picturing an attorney doing - mainly taking the role of an investigator AND putting herself in grave danger…. wait … wasn’t she supposed to be an just an attorney that was JUST HIRED by Vanessa, the client, the day before she disappeared ?? Would any sane attorney put your entire practice and case load on hold for someone you just met, with only a small retainer given, for legal services to be rendered yet? Yes, the her client is missing… blood present on/near crime scene, but empty car, no body present anywhere. Ok, wouldn’t you think police would have to take it from here? I think most people would, and I would think police would insist on it. Yet apparently, attorney Leigh thinks differently. As Homicide Detective, Brandon Reynolds, is summoned to investigate the scene of the missing woman, he realizes this is an unusual case and finds Leigh’s business card, The reader may rationalize that a detective would conduct an interview with the attorney to collect whatever info, but I can’t wrap my head around an attorney working as though, almost partner status (because they are attracted to each other) when the police are searching for what they believe is the pursuit and capture of a ruthless criminal. Did I miss something?? Are job roles interchangeable on a whim? Do police or homicide investigators let attorneys or civilians work with them ? This seriously began to mess with my head because it was so wrong and unrealistic from both attorney and police career work. I began a downhill slide because I just couldn’t relate - romance or not. The romance felt based more on physical attraction, mostly to satisfy young urges - also a disappointment. Sorry to say, that this one didn’t work out for me, but it fell flat on so many levels. However, I deeply appreciate and thank NetGalley, the Publisher, and the Laura Griffin for the opportunity to receive an Advanced Audio Digital Publication in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) or in this case Audio Copy, provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. As this is a review of an audio book, I've just got to say I'm not a fan of Cynthia Farrell as a narrator. She reads the book rather stiltedly, but her character voices are great. As I settled in with this narrator, the experience got better. The plot itself is vintage Laura Griffin and I loved it. She weaves the very timely issue of sexual harassmen Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) or in this case Audio Copy, provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. As this is a review of an audio book, I've just got to say I'm not a fan of Cynthia Farrell as a narrator. She reads the book rather stiltedly, but her character voices are great. As I settled in with this narrator, the experience got better. The plot itself is vintage Laura Griffin and I loved it. She weaves the very timely issue of sexual harassment and revenge porn into a mystery that details just what the consequences of those crimes can be. Leigh Larson is a self proclaimed workaholic and she really cares about her clients and making her law practice a success. The cases she takes are victims and she does her very best to make the perps pay and pay a lot. Of course, these cases don't pay all the bills and when a woman comes to her with a fairly routine case, that wasn't unusual. When a hot and determined cop comes to her with questions about what Vanessa Adams needed her services for, Leigh couldn't recall the case or the woman. It turns out, this case was far from routine. When Austin homicide detective Brandon Reynolds is called out in the middle of the night, it is never a good thing. The abandoned, blood stained car on a country road said to him that nothing good had happened here. He was right. One clue about the missing car owner, Vanessa Adams, was the business card for Attorney Leigh Larson. Brandon is not a fan of attorneys, but the high energy and drop dead gorgeous attorney he meets, and is instantly attracted to, may change his mind. With Vanessa missing, all Brandon can do is reconstruct her recent past and the contact with Leigh is the only clue he has. Leigh is determined to find out what happened to Vanessa and that puts her squarely in Brandon's path and in his case. A case that is not at all as it appears and takes them on a path of misleading evidence and twisted turns.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Who doesn't love a good creepy suspense story this time of year? Last Seen Alone was so what I needed in a good story that kept me on edge and on my toes and let me escape for a few hours into a world I never wish to enter. I couldn't put it down and truly loved every twist and turn. Well written and will easily capture and hold your attention, Last Seen Alone is one all lovers of mystery is going to enjoy! *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Who doesn't love a good creepy suspense story this time of year? Last Seen Alone was so what I needed in a good story that kept me on edge and on my toes and let me escape for a few hours into a world I never wish to enter. I couldn't put it down and truly loved every twist and turn. Well written and will easily capture and hold your attention, Last Seen Alone is one all lovers of mystery is going to enjoy! *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  8. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Vanessa Adams’ car is abandoned by the side of the road; her purse, car keys, and wallet left inside. She’s nowhere to be seen, but there’s blood… Homicide Detective Brandon Reynolds is called in to investigate, and he’s got a bad feeling. One of the clues left in the car is attorney Leigh Larson’s card and so he tracks her down eager to find some answers. Leigh, an attorney specializing in cases of sexual harassment, revenge porn, stalkers, and more, had one meeting with Vanessa, but she left an Vanessa Adams’ car is abandoned by the side of the road; her purse, car keys, and wallet left inside. She’s nowhere to be seen, but there’s blood… Homicide Detective Brandon Reynolds is called in to investigate, and he’s got a bad feeling. One of the clues left in the car is attorney Leigh Larson’s card and so he tracks her down eager to find some answers. Leigh, an attorney specializing in cases of sexual harassment, revenge porn, stalkers, and more, had one meeting with Vanessa, but she left an impression. Leigh suspected there was more to her story than Vanessa told her and starts looking into it more closely after Brandon questions her about the case. Brandon is less than thrilled with Leigh’s involvement, but as they’re working toward the same goal: finding Vanessa, they form a reluctant partnership. Last Seen Alone was an addictive read! From page one I was sucked into the mystery of Vanessa’s disappearance, following the trail of clues, and interviewing the suspects. Brandon doesn’t completely trust Leigh’s motives at first and doesn’t want her in danger. But as they investigate, they get to know each other, crossing paths as they get down to the bottom of the story, albeit at different angles. There’s a definite immediate attraction that neither Brandon nor Leigh welcomes, but it’s irresistible anyhow. Even though they were a bit adversarial at first, they had chemistry! I loved getting to know these two and what made them tick. There was more of a back story for Leigh, the reason she was so passionate fighting for her clients, and I really admired her. The dirtbags she went after deserved some reckoning! I’m sad to say that some of the situations are very true-to-life. With Last Seen Alone, Laura Griffin combined mystery, police procedural and romance in just the right amounts making for a captivating read! I alternately read an e-copy and listened to the audio version of Last Seen Alone. Cynthia Farrell is a new-to-me narrator, and it took a bit to get used to her matter-of-fact reading style, but the more I listened, the more I settled in and enjoyed. I listened at my 1.5x normal speed. A copy was provided by Berkley Books and Dreamscape Media in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK Last Seen Alone is a suspenseful mystery that had me intrigued from page one. Detectives are on the hunt for a missing person/possible homicide victim, and a lawyer is caught up in case, unable to let it go due to her own past. I really enjoyed this story and thought the mystery was done really well. Ms. Griffin knows how to leave little clues on each page that makes you race to turn to the next one and hopefully find out the whodunnit. There were some twists and sh NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK Last Seen Alone is a suspenseful mystery that had me intrigued from page one. Detectives are on the hunt for a missing person/possible homicide victim, and a lawyer is caught up in case, unable to let it go due to her own past. I really enjoyed this story and thought the mystery was done really well. Ms. Griffin knows how to leave little clues on each page that makes you race to turn to the next one and hopefully find out the whodunnit. There were some twists and shocking scenes that made it even better and had me gripping my Kindle. And of course we also got some cute scenes with our lead detective, Brandon Reynolds, and lawyer turned part-time sleuth, Leigh Larson. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Simply Love Book Reviews

    This was a really great story with twists at every turn. Homicide detective Brandon Reynolds is called to an interesting scene; an abandoned car with blood, but no driver. In the car he finds a business card for a local attorney. Leigh Larson vaguely remembers the scared young woman who disappeared and sets out to find her. What follows is twists and turns that point at various suspects. While working together, Leigh and Brandon grow closer and their attraction is electric. I really enjoyed the This was a really great story with twists at every turn. Homicide detective Brandon Reynolds is called to an interesting scene; an abandoned car with blood, but no driver. In the car he finds a business card for a local attorney. Leigh Larson vaguely remembers the scared young woman who disappeared and sets out to find her. What follows is twists and turns that point at various suspects. While working together, Leigh and Brandon grow closer and their attraction is electric. I really enjoyed the fast paced nature of this story and the awesome characters that make it extremely entertaining. Totally shocked with some of the events that happen. This is a real page turner that any romantic suspense fan will devour. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Manda Collins

    In this stand alone romantic suspense, Laura Griffin gives us one her trademark twisty mystery set in the heart of Austin (which almost serves as another character). When one of attorney Leigh Larson's almost clients, Vanessa Adams, turns up missing leaving behind one of Leigh's business cards, she's convinced it must have something to do with the issue the woman consulted her about. Soon Leigh and Austin PD detective are trying to figure out whether Vanessa is even still alive and if not, who h In this stand alone romantic suspense, Laura Griffin gives us one her trademark twisty mystery set in the heart of Austin (which almost serves as another character). When one of attorney Leigh Larson's almost clients, Vanessa Adams, turns up missing leaving behind one of Leigh's business cards, she's convinced it must have something to do with the issue the woman consulted her about. Soon Leigh and Austin PD detective are trying to figure out whether Vanessa is even still alive and if not, who had reason to harm her. Once again Griffin mixes a page turning mystery with steamy romance to deliver my personal catnip of choice that had me reading this one in almost one sitting. There are some things that deserve trigger warnings, including sexual assault, revenge porn and violence against women in general. There is, however, a promise of justice for an issue that in real life all too often ends up in frustration. It's one of the reasons I keep coming back to this genre. Real life often disappoints but in fiction, the bad guys get their just deserts.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    I liked this a lot! The heroine occasionally frustrated me, but I thought the hero and heroine were very well matched and I was really rooting for them throughout the book. Was interesting to see revenge porn in one of these books, if my memory serves, that isn't something the author has touched before. It seemed about as matter of fact about the subject as you can get, depressing as it is. As ever, looking forward to the next one. I liked this a lot! The heroine occasionally frustrated me, but I thought the hero and heroine were very well matched and I was really rooting for them throughout the book. Was interesting to see revenge porn in one of these books, if my memory serves, that isn't something the author has touched before. It seemed about as matter of fact about the subject as you can get, depressing as it is. As ever, looking forward to the next one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A standalone (that’s unexpected) about a gung-ho lawyer trying to one-up the police with the newer-style Griffin delayed ending: the one where (view spoiler)[the case ends up with a different department, and the book tapers off instead of cratering. (hide spoiler)] Something about this is not as smart as Leigh - or the author - think it is; Griffin is really good at creating a sympathetic setting, but even that can’t distract from Leigh’s dumb behavior here. A standalone (that’s unexpected) about a gung-ho lawyer trying to one-up the police with the newer-style Griffin delayed ending: the one where (view spoiler)[the case ends up with a different department, and the book tapers off instead of cratering. (hide spoiler)] Something about this is not as smart as Leigh - or the author - think it is; Griffin is really good at creating a sympathetic setting, but even that can’t distract from Leigh’s dumb behavior here.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 3.5 hearts I've just started reading this author as I enjoy this genre.  Romantic suspense has a plot with mystery or action or suspense beyond the romance.   Last Seen Alone seems to be a standalone. I really liked the attorney, Leigh and mostly liked Brandon, the detective.  They were a bit on opposite sides at times, but they we This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 3.5 hearts I've just started reading this author as I enjoy this genre.  Romantic suspense has a plot with mystery or action or suspense beyond the romance.   Last Seen Alone seems to be a standalone. I really liked the attorney, Leigh and mostly liked Brandon, the detective.  They were a bit on opposite sides at times, but they were each doing the best they could with the legal issues being tricky.   Leigh was a bit sassy and independent but the bad guys weren't fooling around.   Their worry for the victim kept them in close contact. They were definitely worried about her, as was her family, mostly her sister Kate. The good thing about Leigh and Brandon is that their roles are in the same world, so they understand each others' work and the time constraints and other issues.  So they are in a good position to support and understand each other.  They each have something in their past which plays into their current relationship avoidances. The victim, Vanessa, I didn't like.  She was in a bad situation but she didn't handle anything well.  She only made things worse and used and hurt others to try to protect herself.  On the other hand, her sister, Kate, is amazing. I kind of hope there will be a future book with her and Brandon's partner because they seemed to get along. The romance is a little in the background which is fine with me.  The basis for the issues which Leigh and Vanessa are fighting is an all too common problem for women in the current world.  It's a little sad because the progress is in baby steps, but at least they make some progress, but only because the guys are obviously rotten.  

  15. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Austin homicide detective Brandon Reynolds is called to a scene involving an abandoned car on the side of the road. Inside are the belongings of Vanessa Adams and a blood. A search of the woods turns up a pool of blood. In the car’s ashtray, Reynolds finds a card for Leigh Larson, an attorney who fights for the victims of sexual extortion, harassment, and online abuse. Both begin investigating separately and the tale that unfolds delivered from suspense to undeniable chemistry. I love wicked bant Austin homicide detective Brandon Reynolds is called to a scene involving an abandoned car on the side of the road. Inside are the belongings of Vanessa Adams and a blood. A search of the woods turns up a pool of blood. In the car’s ashtray, Reynolds finds a card for Leigh Larson, an attorney who fights for the victims of sexual extortion, harassment, and online abuse. Both begin investigating separately and the tale that unfolds delivered from suspense to undeniable chemistry. I love wicked banter and the dance Detective Reynolds and Leigh begin as she shares her skills and he balks are her interfering with his case. However, both are invested in finding the truth, and I loved how Leigh uncovered clues faster than Brandon…it made for some interesting conversations. As Brandon predicted, Leigh soon finds herself in danger. Griffin knows how to spin a tale and pull her readers in. Clues, twists and the side dish of romance are perfectly balanced with an air of believability. She touches on relevant issues concerns stalking, men in power, and sexual harassment. Leigh’s personal story was well done, as was Vanessa’s. Griffin laid the blame where it belonged and highlighted the lack of laws to protect against such acts. I liked both Brandon and Leigh. Both are dedicated to their professions and the people they protect. Their chemistry and interactions felt genuine and the sexual tension built into a frenzy of passion. If you are looking for a read that will pull you in and hold you until the end, you won’t want to miss Last Seen Alone. Perfect for fans of well done romantic suspense. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  16. 4 out of 5

    Willa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Laura Griffin is a seasoned writer of Romantic Suspense with many novels under her belt. This book opens with a terrific hook - a women believes she is being followed in her car and runs off into the woods. The next day we have the cops at the scene led by homicide detective Brandon Reynolds - there is blood on the car and a large pool of it in the woods and they suspect murder but there is no body, so Vanessa Adams is listed as missing. Also in the car is a business card belonging to a local at Laura Griffin is a seasoned writer of Romantic Suspense with many novels under her belt. This book opens with a terrific hook - a women believes she is being followed in her car and runs off into the woods. The next day we have the cops at the scene led by homicide detective Brandon Reynolds - there is blood on the car and a large pool of it in the woods and they suspect murder but there is no body, so Vanessa Adams is listed as missing. Also in the car is a business card belonging to a local attorney Leigh Larson. Brandon interviews Leigh but all she can tell him is that Vanessa had an appointment with her to ask about the ramifications of subletting her apartment - which was way off Leigh's speciality of suing for harrassment, revenge online porno sex tapes and stalking. After Brandon leaves, Leigh decides that she will do some investigating herself - and this is when things started to unravel for me. All I could think was why would a busy attorney who doesn't know Vanessa or her background from a hole in the ground, who has a newish law firm started up where she is a partner take time out of her incredibly busy workload to hunt down friends, coworkers and family of Vanessa so she can interview them? Of course Brandon finds out about this and one of many conversations follow with him telling her to butt out and she totally ignoring him. I just didn't get it - if Vanessa had been a friend or family it would have made sense but for me this didn't. There were also a couple of occasions where Leigh stepped into TSTL territory. An incident happened and yet the next day Leigh was wandering around in a rough neighbourhood, in the dark "investigating". On another occasion she warned someone not to do something as it was dangerous and when she was ignored she promptly got in her car to follow! The romance didn't get too much page time either, the first 100 pages they were hardly together on the page, both doing their investigating. I never got a sense of intimacy between Brandon and Leigh and by that I don't mean sex. There was very little meeting of minds until the very end of the book when they both shared some background and that was very brief and what was shared was less than we had been privy to earlier in the book, for me it was definitely a case of too little too late. There wasn't enough there for me to close the book, sigh with a goofy grin and picture them riding off into the sunset together. So sadly 2 stars from me on this occasion - but I will definitely pick up another Laura Griffin. I received an ARC from Netgalley, thank you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stacie ||readingbetweenthevines

    Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin has it all. A missing person/ probable homicide mystery, and a slow burn romance. The two main characters Leigh and Brandon are both set in their ways, but can’t seem to stay away from each other while they try to find out what happened to Leigh’s client who has disappeared without a trace. I found the ending to be a little rushed, but all in all I found it kept me hooked from beginning to end. *thanks to NetGalley, Berkley publishing and Laura Griffin for an adv Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin has it all. A missing person/ probable homicide mystery, and a slow burn romance. The two main characters Leigh and Brandon are both set in their ways, but can’t seem to stay away from each other while they try to find out what happened to Leigh’s client who has disappeared without a trace. I found the ending to be a little rushed, but all in all I found it kept me hooked from beginning to end. *thanks to NetGalley, Berkley publishing and Laura Griffin for an advanced digital copy in exchange for review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    Last Seen Alone is a journey. A lawyer and a detective meet in a bar...It's the not beginning of a joke. I really enjoyed the plot of this book for sure and other romantic suspense fans will as well. Leigh and Brandon have an interesting play by play. They both want to find Vanessa, but they are wary of working together. There is the attraction for sure and it kind of slowly simmers as the story builds. The plot is what really drives the story. Brandon and Leigh are determined to find what Last Seen Alone is a journey. A lawyer and a detective meet in a bar...It's the not beginning of a joke. I really enjoyed the plot of this book for sure and other romantic suspense fans will as well. Leigh and Brandon have an interesting play by play. They both want to find Vanessa, but they are wary of working together. There is the attraction for sure and it kind of slowly simmers as the story builds. The plot is what really drives the story. Brandon and Leigh are determined to find what happened to Vanessa and unravel why she was so scared. Leigh's law practice deals heavily revenge porn, stalking, and other like crimes so many of her clients have good reason to be scared. My biggest issue with the story was Leigh's butting into the crime. She is a brilliant woman who had some "too stupid to live" behavior at times. It wasn't bravery she displayed and that was a bit irritating. Last Seen Alone is a slow burn romance with a mystery woven throughout that will have you wondering what happened to Vanessa and why.     POV: 3rd   Tears: no   Trope: opposites attract   Triggers: (view spoiler)[revenge porn, stalking, sexual harassment (hide spoiler)]   Series/Standalone: stand alone   Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)]   HEA: (view spoiler)[yes (hide spoiler)] Pretend You're Safe by Alexandra Ivy, The Runaway Heiress by Meg Tilly, Say Goodbye by Karen Rose...then you will probably like Last Seen Alone! Last Seen Alone See full review on The Book Disciple

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sascha

    4 1/2 stars A few Laura Griffin books ago, I made an off-handed comment about not getting too attached to the individual you read about in the opening scene because Laura will make them worm-fodder. Whether she saw that comment or not, she has since turned that observation on its ear and I no longer know what’s going to happen to that person we read about in the opening chapter. Case in point, Last Seen Alone. Vanessa Adams is the woman the reader meets at the beginning. The last we see of her she 4 1/2 stars A few Laura Griffin books ago, I made an off-handed comment about not getting too attached to the individual you read about in the opening scene because Laura will make them worm-fodder. Whether she saw that comment or not, she has since turned that observation on its ear and I no longer know what’s going to happen to that person we read about in the opening chapter. Case in point, Last Seen Alone. Vanessa Adams is the woman the reader meets at the beginning. The last we see of her she is running through woods. Her car’s found, her body’s not; however, there is a lot of blood in the woods. The police can’t consider this a homicide without a body, but all signs point that way. Enter Detective Brandon Reynolds and Lawyer Leigh Larson. Brandon contacts Leigh because he found her card among Vanessa’s things. Leigh cooperates with Brandon only so far. There’s something about Vanessa’s case that attracts Leigh, perhaps something Leigh understands that she’s not sharing with Brandon. Laura Griffin’s writing is, as always, flowing and meticulous, with enough hints and red herrings to keep her readers guessing. She serves up a satisfying ending of the mystery and the budding romance between Brandon and Leigh, who are both thankfully mature and interesting to read about. Everything a reader of romantic suspense could want. Another excellent novel from Laura Griffin. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    I am always up for a romantic suspense because I love thrillers and romance on their own genre and was looking forward to read this book. I enjoyed parts of the story and some characters were really interesting. The suspense and what happened with Vanessa kept me intrigued. But on the overall vision of the story , I felt like something was missing for me to be much more invested in the book. Very grateful to the publisher for my review copy through NetGalley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    This is an entertaining, well-written, fast paced, steamy, romantic suspense novel. It is a stand alone novel and a real page turner. The characters are likable and engaging, with sizzling chemistry. The female protagonist is smart and capable. The male protagonist is strong, sensitive, and intelligent. It has mystery, intrigue, and a happily ever after ending. I have read every one of Ms. Griffin's outstanding novels and she never disappoints her readers! I am looking forward to reading Ms. Gri This is an entertaining, well-written, fast paced, steamy, romantic suspense novel. It is a stand alone novel and a real page turner. The characters are likable and engaging, with sizzling chemistry. The female protagonist is smart and capable. The male protagonist is strong, sensitive, and intelligent. It has mystery, intrigue, and a happily ever after ending. I have read every one of Ms. Griffin's outstanding novels and she never disappoints her readers! I am looking forward to reading Ms. Griffin's next novel with great anticipation.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    3.5/5 stars. NOT a fan of an interfering character, so what was a really good story got bumped down for me. Definitely a good read, though :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jo Ann Reinhold

    Laura Griffin is one of my "go-to" authors when I am looking for a good, well-written, Romantic Suspense novel. Her characters are always fleshed out and well-rounded and the chemistry between the characters is always well developed without being over the top. The story plot is always new and exciting and full of twists and Last Seen Alone is no exception! In Last Seen Alone, the story revolves around a young woman's disappearance that has Auston PD homicide detective Brandon Reynolds investigati Laura Griffin is one of my "go-to" authors when I am looking for a good, well-written, Romantic Suspense novel. Her characters are always fleshed out and well-rounded and the chemistry between the characters is always well developed without being over the top. The story plot is always new and exciting and full of twists and Last Seen Alone is no exception! In Last Seen Alone, the story revolves around a young woman's disappearance that has Auston PD homicide detective Brandon Reynolds investigating a possible murder but without a body, he is fighting an uphill battle. Defense attorney Leigh Larson is the one person that might have some answers but because of her relationship with the young woman gets mired in the investigation to the point of making herself a target. This story is intense with the real-world issues faced today by many women of stalking and revenge when relationships fail. I truly enjoyed this book and the characters and can't wait for more of Laura's stories! Don't forget! Come back to your Review on the p

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angie F

    I've read many Laura Griffin books over the years and she really excels at knowing the exact ratio of romance to suspense that is needed. This isn't one of her most exciting stories but it is enjoyable and I really liked most of the characters I think the potential is there to extend this book into a series. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book I've read many Laura Griffin books over the years and she really excels at knowing the exact ratio of romance to suspense that is needed. This isn't one of her most exciting stories but it is enjoyable and I really liked most of the characters I think the potential is there to extend this book into a series. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Feinen

    I have been a huge fan of Laura Griffin for a long time - I bought and read her Tracers series for years. After a long break, I picked this book up. And was greatly disappointed. The plot is simple to follow - feels very cookie cutter, predictable progression. Though I liked the characters - it just did not hold my attention.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews

    A highly suspenseful read with a gripping edge. It's a plotline that could be taken straight from today’s headlines. With the day-to-day use of cell phones, anyone could be vulnerable to an ex's revenge via the Internet. Last Seen Alone gives you a jarring example of the victims and the people that perpetrate these crimes. Leigh and Brandon make a riveting and strong couple dynamic. They have a purpose and drive that moves and flows creating an unputdownable storyline. Laura Griffin is one of my A highly suspenseful read with a gripping edge. It's a plotline that could be taken straight from today’s headlines. With the day-to-day use of cell phones, anyone could be vulnerable to an ex's revenge via the Internet. Last Seen Alone gives you a jarring example of the victims and the people that perpetrate these crimes. Leigh and Brandon make a riveting and strong couple dynamic. They have a purpose and drive that moves and flows creating an unputdownable storyline. Laura Griffin is one of my favorite storytellers and her latest work is phenomenal. ~Tanja *ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿TikTok

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bex | TotallyBex.com

    Laura Griffin is quickly becoming my go-to author for romantic suspense and mystery. I enjoyed the sneak peek of Last Seen Alone at the end of Flight and couldn’t wait to get my hand on this story. Brandon is an Austin police detective who catches an unusual missing persons case and immediately believes it to be a murder. The only problem is there is no body. Leigh is an attorney who specializes in cyberstalking and revenge cases. Her client turns out to be the missing person involved in Brandon’s Laura Griffin is quickly becoming my go-to author for romantic suspense and mystery. I enjoyed the sneak peek of Last Seen Alone at the end of Flight and couldn’t wait to get my hand on this story. Brandon is an Austin police detective who catches an unusual missing persons case and immediately believes it to be a murder. The only problem is there is no body. Leigh is an attorney who specializes in cyberstalking and revenge cases. Her client turns out to be the missing person involved in Brandon’s case, which puts her on his radar. Although Brandon and Leigh are wary of working together, they are both concerned about their mutually missing person and as the search heats up, so does their relationship. What I like about Laura Griffin’s writing is that she keeps the story moving at a quick pace, she develops the characters with plenty of backstory, and she keeps you guessing until the end of the book. Brandon and Leigh have chemistry from their first meeting, but their case definitely takes priority. I enjoyed watching them verbally spar with one another, although Brandon’s patience with Leigh’s unnecessary risk-taking was far better than what mine would have been. This story was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. It is fast-paced, engaging, and kept me guess at when the big reveal would happen. I highly recommend this and Laura Griffin’s other books (I have read Hidden and Flight) for fans of romantic suspense with mystery and action. ▸ ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Last Seen Alone Laura Griffin Griffin is a master of the genre and the Queen of Romantic Suspense does it again, this time with a chilling thriller that features every woman’s nightmare, a sexual predator. The mystery is clever, the case is a conundrum and the way Griffin gets to the bottom of it needs reader’s full attention or they may just miss the clue that leads them to the payday. The characters are fabulous and her audience will have a hard time picking a favorite between Leigh and Brandon Last Seen Alone Laura Griffin Griffin is a master of the genre and the Queen of Romantic Suspense does it again, this time with a chilling thriller that features every woman’s nightmare, a sexual predator. The mystery is clever, the case is a conundrum and the way Griffin gets to the bottom of it needs reader’s full attention or they may just miss the clue that leads them to the payday. The characters are fabulous and her audience will have a hard time picking a favorite between Leigh and Brandon who are both brilliant but there are also some great secondary players who are imperative to the story. Fans of this exceptional author, of women’s fiction, romantic suspense or the works by Lisa Gardner and Sandra Brown will stay up all night to finish this unputdownable novel. Detective Brandon Reynolds latest case is very puzzling, an abandoned car and a puddle of blood seems to indicate a homicide but with no body in sight he’s forced to call Vanessa Adams a missing person. There is one clue, the business card of an attorney found in the missing woman’s car and Brandon hopes this Leigh Larson can shed some light on his case. Leigh traded her very lucrative position with a prominent Austin law firm to partner in a small firm that focuses on getting the scum bags who hurt woman off the streets. When one of those women, a recent client turns up missing and presumed dead she and the very determined and very handsome detective assigned to the case lock horns on her wanting to take an active role in the case. Brandon thinks Leigh is a mystery and Leigh thinks Brandon is an open book and as the case progresses and they’re pushing each other’s buttons they’re also slowly accepting the fact that they are strongly attracted to one another even with serious trust issues on both sides.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelley

    Austin homicide detectives, Brandon Reynolds and Antonio Pena are called to the scene of an abandoned vehicle. The vehicle's owner Vanessa Adams has left her purse, wallet, and cell phone behind. She is not found although a smear of blood on the car door and a pool of blood is found in the roadside wooded area. In examining the car, Brandon finds a business card for Leigh Larson, Attorney-at-Law. Testing proves the blood belongs to Vanessa Adams but no body is found. Even though technically ther Austin homicide detectives, Brandon Reynolds and Antonio Pena are called to the scene of an abandoned vehicle. The vehicle's owner Vanessa Adams has left her purse, wallet, and cell phone behind. She is not found although a smear of blood on the car door and a pool of blood is found in the roadside wooded area. In examining the car, Brandon finds a business card for Leigh Larson, Attorney-at-Law. Testing proves the blood belongs to Vanessa Adams but no body is found. Even though technically there is no homicide, Brandon and Antonio continue to work this case. Brandon tracks down Leigh Larson, an attorney who represents women stalked and harassed online by exes. She had met Vanessa once but only becomes her attorney when she received a retainer check by mail the day after Vanessa disappeared. Brandon and Leigh work individually to learn Vanessa's fate but sparingly share details with the other. Regardless of the trust issues between Brandon and Leigh, a romance develops. Brandon only feels more protective of Leigh after she is assaulted by someone with probable connections to Vanessa. He tries to persuade Leigh to stop her investigation but Leigh won't stop until she finds Vanessa or what happened to Vanessa. This was a very good story and I admired Leigh's devotion to her clients. Even though they couldn't work together to solve the Vanessa case, Brandon and Leigh were a credible and likeable couple making me believe they found happiness. Received an ARC courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Vanessa Adams’ car is found in a wooded area, but there’s no sign of Vanessa. The only thing the police find are blood spots. Homicide detective, Brandon Reynolds, investigates. If this is an accident, where’s Vanessa? The blood spots indicate this could be a homicide. Brandon discovers Vanessa hired an attorney. He’s hoping to get some answers. Leigh Larson’s law practice is mainly for victims of sexual extortion and harassment. She doesn’t recall much about Vanessa. In fact, she only met her on Vanessa Adams’ car is found in a wooded area, but there’s no sign of Vanessa. The only thing the police find are blood spots. Homicide detective, Brandon Reynolds, investigates. If this is an accident, where’s Vanessa? The blood spots indicate this could be a homicide. Brandon discovers Vanessa hired an attorney. He’s hoping to get some answers. Leigh Larson’s law practice is mainly for victims of sexual extortion and harassment. She doesn’t recall much about Vanessa. In fact, she only met her once. Leigh is intrigued by the case and is determined to get some answers. Leigh and Brandon work together to find Vanessa. They are met with more questions than answers. This case takes several twists they didn’t see coming. They, also, never saw their attraction to each other coming. This is a fast-paced, action-filled drama with a steamy romance mixed in. It’s a police procedural filled with excitement from start to finish. I haven’t read many books by this author, but she has a new fan in me. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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