|A forceful character first introduced in Snapped, Laura Griffin's Twisted brings rookie homicide detective Allison Doyle in partnership with legendary FBI profiler Mark Wolfe as he chases down a new lead in an old case. Allison, hoping to prove her merit, joins forces with him to first convince her hardheaded boss that there is a serial killer on the loose and then to find herself a slot on the task force.
The case has haunted him for over a decade, his first as a profiler. The killer, inactive for years, has been assumed dead or imprisoned. Now, with a fresh case that doesn't yet fall in his jurisdiction, Mark nonetheless takes himself to Texas to investigate. With the help of a talented new detective, he manages to get on the case and bring Allison with him. Allison's concentrated efforts as well as the help from the Delphi Center put him closer to finding the perpetrator than he's ever been before.
Unfortunately for Mark, there's an attraction between him and Allison. He's unwilling to pursue it given his relationship history, his dedication to his nearly-painful job, and the 16-year gap in their ages. Allison, on the other hand, proves to be nearly shameless in her pursuit of him.
Twisted lackluster to say the best. Griffin usually excels in the romantic suspense arena - they're usually pretty heavy on the suspense part of that, with the romance taking a passenger seat. Twisted had a lot of potential: two likeable main characters, plus the return of old friends, and a serial killer who should by all rights have given us the chills. Readers likely won't ever get too involved in the case or the romance, however, since the author never seems to get engaged herself. Twisted is certainly not unreadable and it brings a background to this autumn's release, so fans won't want to ignore Twisted -- just don't expect to be sitting on the edge of your seat.