Just when I think Karen Rose has done the best book possible, she proves me wrong with the next one. Did you Miss Me was a suspenseful masterpiece with an old horrific and tragic crime at the heart of it.
It did feel a bit like this was a get together of characters of previous books, and I couldn’t always place which book or family they were from so it did detract a little bit from the focal characters. Normally I would mark that down but in all honesty it has made me want to go back and re-read the ones I have and catch up on any I’ve missed. It was good to see those characters again though, and it widens the ‘world’ for me.
The crimes really hit me on a visceral level, and at times they were very hard to read. I thought the way they were written was excellent, no excessive drama or padding it out. It didn’t need it.
I loved Joseph and am so glad he managed to figure things out, to see the real Daphne who in turn I also loved. She is such a strong woman, it was hard to like her in the previous book. Here you see her at her most vulnerable and you realise what lies behind the facade. Just wow.
The masterpiece came when I realised I had followed Karen Rose perfectly down the path she wanted, not even guessing who the real person behind it was. Genius and a huge OMG! moment.
Creepy, horrific, loving, scary, hot (oh yes there was more heat in this book!), a whole gamut of emotions and I felt wrung out by the end!
The pace was spot on, I didn’t have time to react or ponder as things came left right and centre and the plot was quite simply masterful. I think it must be hard to write a book like this, to ‘be’ in a psychopath’s head and be able to get out of it again (I don’t know how any crime writer does it). Much kudos and simply brilliant.
Karen Rose is without a doubt one of the best writers of romantic suspense I have found so far, and long may she continue proving me wrong!