Watch Your Back

 A cold case reopened. A murderer re-emerging more deadly than ever before…
 
Baltimore Homicide Detective Stevie Mazzetti has suffered losses no woman should have to endure. And, despite it all, she’s still a fighter. When she learns that her ex-partner might have miscarried justice, she’s determined to put the past to rights, even when she becomes a target.
 
It’s former Marine Clay Maynard’s job to see the risk in every situation, but he doesn’t have to look hard to find the danger surrounding Stevie. Since the minute he first saw her, Clay has wanted to protect the wounded officer, and he started loving her not long after that. So when Stevie attracts the attention of a vicious psychopath, Clay will do whatever it takes to keep her alive. That is, if he can stay ahead of a killer with everything to lose—and something terrifying to hide…

Wow, this was one breathtaking, heart stopping, gut-wrenching ride!

Stevie is a character I have loved for the longest time and have been both frustrated and tearful both with her and for her.  Clay is just a sweetheart and is no different in this book.  When he does the powerful man thing though, it makes my knees quite weak!

I think this might be the final book focussing on this grouping of characters – I hope I’m wrong because I love them dearly but I’m not sure what direction it would go in now.  Having said that, Karen Rose does have the most amazing ability to connect characters and story-lines across books so there may well be some mention to see how they are doing.  I can only hope!

The story was fast paced and I thought it was extremely well judged to keep me right on the edge of my seat. The plot reveals came thick and fast and I don’t think I could have stopped reading even if I’d wanted to – there was just so much I had to KNOW.  I lost count of the number of times my heart was in my mouth and my husband had to keep checking I was OK, as I would make an audible sound (not that I was aware of it!).

The bad guys were actually really bad and Ms. Rose cleverly wove several elements from previous books into this one and the big reveal at the end – I thought I knew, but wow, I really didn’t.

Just phenomenal and as usual I am desperate for her next book, even if it does involve different characters.  In fact I think I need to read them ALL again!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Did You Miss Me?

 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!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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