A monster killed the mother of two little girls, Jazzie and Janie with Jazzie being witness to who the killer was. Unfortunately, the kid hasn't spoken since that terrible day...Until she meets equine therapist, Taylor Dawson who's come all the way from California to enter the internship at Healing Hearts with Horses at Daphne Montgomery-Carter's stables.
Taylor also has an ulterior motive for being where she is...She wants to know her real father, the man she'd been taught to fear and hate by her mother, Clay Maynard, since her mother had confessed that the fear and hate had been based on a lie on her death bed.
But father and daughter might not get a long reunion, since the killer is now gunning for Taylor in fear of what little Jazzie might have seen...And said.
First of all, the blurb is off. A lot.
Second of all, I wasn't that convinced by this book. Yes, the suspense was good, but unfortunately we knew who the killer was from the start, removing the aspect of anticipation and guessing. And the motive was rather flimsy.
And we got to revisit old friends, from J.D. to Clay, and even Deacon made an appearance (along with the character traits that made him Deacon and were so conspicuously missing in his own book). It was nice seeing them all again, revisit their dynamics, learn some news, and have a really good time in their company. Yet the new addition to the "family" didn't convince me.
Taylor Dawson, Clay's long-lost daughter, left me rather ambiguous. I didn't really like her, and I didn't really not like her. She was an entity, an additional character to the story, a catalyst for the suspense, and features heavily in more weepy scenes (which tugged at the heartstrings and caused some leakage mostly because of the others involved in the scenes), but that was pretty much it.
The fact she was proficient in hand-to-hand and was a good shot felt more like a deus ex machina moment than the result of the big lie her Californian family has been living. And her so-called budding romance between her and Ford (Daphne's son) was more than flimsy. It felt more like getting-back-on-the-horse for Ford and exploring-new-territory for Taylor.
At least they decided to take it slow and see how it goes (after only knowing each other a couple of days) instead of going down the completely unbelievable route of being in love for life.
This was my first book by this author and I truly enjoyed it.
A nice little cozy mystery that is sent in one of my favorite places . . . Santa Fe. The scenes on the plaza brought back great memories for me of the five Mother's Days in a row that I spent there for business.
A tale of murder, mystery together with an insight into Pueblo customs. I sped right through this enjoyable read!
Thanks to Random House/Alibi and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
This is my first Karen Rose novel. I don't read a lot of adult thrillers so I thought I'd branch out. I live in Maryland and especially liked that I recognized a lot of the scenery in Hunt Valley and Baltimore.
It took a while for me to really get into Monster in the Closet. The last 100 or so pages were pretty exciting and fast paced. I wish more of it was the same. There are several characters this follows from the bad guys, to the parents and the children so it almost took too long for me to get into.
I enjoyed it enough to probably read more by this author in the future. The only problem is I don't think I'll remember this one a year from now or even in a few months.
Irene had been an Assistant D A in Manhattan but leaves NYC and the job at least temporarily supposedly. Irene left NYC and went to Santa Fe to make her mother Adele happy. Adele is spoiled woman but ran out of husbands and money. So Adele came to Sante Fe to find both but was feeling vulnerable and turned to Irene. Irene makes friends with Juanita who is an Native American and makes handcrafted jewelry to sell to the tourist as they like it.Irene thought she had left corruption and violence were behind her but she was wrong. But Juanita is concerned about her son Danny who is a drug addict and has disappeared. Juanita is afraid Danny is dead either from drugs or a man Louis Armand who gets historic relics one way or another. Then Louis goes to auctions to sell the relics. Juanita foretold Of Louis Armand’s murder. Then Louis Armand is found dead and killed by a specially made bullet and Juanita is arrested. Irene is .determined to prove her friend is innocent and also find Danny with help from P T Bailey- a criminal lawyer and Ange Irene’s shop clerk. Prize Native American relics are being stolen also in this time frame.
I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the way the author gave us some information on some Native American beliefs and rituals. I really liked how the author described Santa Fe and its surroundings. This was a fast paced quick to read mystery. But sometimes it was hard to tell who’s POV was being used as the POV changed from Irene and Juanita and back. I would have liked more background and backstory on the characters. Sometimes this book made no sense to me like when Irene’s mother called her in a panic and the Irene turned her phone off. I didn’t like that I guessed who the killer was before the book was close to ending. But I did love Irene’s and Adele’s relationship and how they interacted with each other. I love the twists and turns of the story. As I said I had mixed feelings some things I liked and others not so much.