I love a good suspense thriller. When it's also a romance, I get an extra bonus so I got it all in TORN, book four of the LOST series by Cynthia Eden. She never disappoints and this time, she had me on the edge all the way to the reveal of the bad guy…she got me!
***purchased for my own personal reading but sharing my honest and unscripted review
Blurb for TORN:
In New York Times, bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s latest novel featuring the Last Option Search Team (LOST), one agent’s investigation entices a killer into making her his prey.
Forensic anthropologist Victoria Palmer has always been better with the dead than the living. Shutting down her emotions, she lets few people in. But then Victoria’s latest investigation takes her and agent Wade Monroe to Savannah, Georgia. Handsome, dangerous, and more than ready to play dirty on any case, Wade weakens Victoria’s aloofness with just one glance.
Wade knows their recent cases have pushed Victoria beyond her limits. But her skills are crucial to finding a college student who went missing five years ago. Victoria is able to determine she was murdered, and that the killer is still on the loose.
And when the vicious murderer targets Victoria, Wade must do everything in his power to protect her…because he refuses to let a woman he loves be torn from him…again.
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Victoria Palmer, forensic expert for the Last Option Search Team (LOST), has been the victim of both her father and a suspect, and carries a deep, dark secret. She keeps her secret and stays to herself. So when she and Wade Monroe are assigned to a missing person case in Savannah, she fights her attraction to this man who wants to know her better. The sex with him is great but the closer he gets, the more she worries he’s in danger—from her.
Wade Monroe has been attracted to Victoria for quite some time but when he saw her closed up in a body bag and covered in blood, he feared losing her forever so he’s determined to make her his. He knows she’s attracted to him but something—something dark and fearful—is keeping her from opening up to him and giving in to her heart.
Their mission is to follow-up on a woman who disappeared five years ago. Her boyfriend has never given up hope that Kennedy is still alive somewhere but if she isn’t, he needs to know so he can move on with his life. When Victoria and Wade start looking into things once more, it stirs things up just as another girl goes missing. Are the two connected and when Kennedy’s decomposed body turns up right where she disappeared, is this a message to Victoria and Wade? When the killer starts communicating with Victoria and her alone, he tells her he knows her secret but if she trades herself for the missing girl, they can play together. Wade is not going to let anything happen to Victoria, now or ever.
TORN by Cynthia Eden is edge of your seat, nail biting intense suspense that will have you turning the pages eager to find out what happens next and who the bad guy is—and Cynthia doesn’t disappoint. As usual, her LOST characters are intriguing, carrying deep dark secrets, and sexy as hell—Wade and Victoria steam up the pages. The men are protective and in charge, but the women aren’t shrinking violets, not by a long shot. Action packed, the mystery abounds, and Victoria adds a level of angst and introversion that makes you want to reach into the book and hug her. She carries such guilt, remorse, anger, and a need for someone to love her that she is as much a victim as the missing women. Wade is the man to do the job though and do it well. Both broken and guilt ridden, they come together to help each other and that makes this story so much more satisfying even beyond the engrossing mystery.
I highly recommend TORN, book four in the LOST series by Cynthia Eden to absolutely everyone who enjoys a good thriller. As with all of the books in this series, I do recommend starting from the beginning and reading them in order but each can easily be read as a standalone. But please…just read them. This is one of the best series out there and I hope it continues for a long time. TORN rocks! If I were giving stars, I'd give it double.
TORN, a LOST novel by Cynthia Eden, Avon Romance, available in print or ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.