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review 2017-09-20 16:22
Monster in the Closet Book Review
Monster in the Closet (The Baltimore Series) - Karen Rose

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. 

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review 2017-07-13 01:22
The Monster in the Closet (Romantic Suspense #19; Baltimore #5) by Karen Rose
Monster in the Closet (The Baltimore Series) - Karen Rose



Author: Karen Rose

TitleThe Monster in the Closet


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A mother is dead, and now her killer hunts the child that witnessed the brutal crime...

Private Investigator Clay Maynard locates missing children for clients, but has nearly given up hope of finding his own daughter, cruelly stolen from him by his ex-wife twenty-three years ago.

Equine therapist Taylor Dawson has chosen to intern at Daphne Montgomery-Carter's stables so that she can observe the program's security director - her father, Clay Maynard. Trying to reconcile the wonderful man she's getting to know with the monster her mother always described, Taylor never expects to become the target of a real monster, the man who murdered the mother of the little girls she works with at the stable. Neither does she expect to fall for Ford Elkhart, Daphne's handsome son, who is dealing with his own demons. As family and friends gather for a wedding, Taylor starts to imagine a permanent life in Baltimore.

But not if the real monster gets to her first..








Monster in the Closet is a crazy intense book. Rose is amazing, the multiple character story lines and the journey she takes into the mind of Gage and his justification for what he does and who he becomes is seriously disturbing. I have to give Rose mad props for creeping me out the way she did in this book.

Poor Jaz was valiant and amazing and despite being broken by what she witnessed she managed to carry the more delicate emotions of the reader. I really liked getting to see the journey the cops took, the one Gage took and the journey of the victims in this book took.

There is so much going on and it really sucks you in right from the get go. Monster in the Closet is disturbing, its dark, its emotional and very well done. I have to give Rose credit for the places she must have had to go mentally when writing this book more than just a romantic suspense this book is a serious suspense write but it also pens a journey that tells how dark family relations can go when one of them goes scarily wrong. 

If you haven't read these books before I highly suggest it!





Until next time book lovers...



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review 2017-02-11 13:50
Every Dark Corner by Karen Rose
Every Dark Corner (The Cincinnati Series) - Karen Rose

A week after being shot in Alone in the Dark, and after three years spent deep undercover in a drug- and human-trafficking ring, Special Agent Griffin "Decker" Davenport, wakes up from a medically induced come, determined to tell someone the last important information he'd heard before his cover was blown. That someone happens to be Special Agent Kate Coppola, who's spent the week by his side, listening to his tapes, talking to him, and knitting.

But someone doesn't want Decker to wake up and spilling secrets, despite not knowing just what secrets the agent knows. As far as this shadowy figure is concerned, Davenport is just another loose ends in need of snipping, but luck, or the Amazon warrior of the female agent by his side, won't allow Decker to be snuffed so easily, and soon more and more loose ends appear.

It's up to Decker, Kate and the rest of the Cincinnati crew to tie the loose ends together, and maybe finally unravel the mystery.

Karen Rose remains one of my favorite suspense authors. Although everything happens during the span of just a few days, there's just so much going on, so many side-plots that end up tying up together in the end, propelling the main plot forward, that make the reader "loose the sense of time", making the story appear to happen during a much longer period.

This last installment in her loosely connected "main" series with old characters, or loose ends popping up from time to time, is no different. Well-structured, tightly-plotted, and with a spot-on pacing that is deceptively slow while building momentum for that last desperate dash toward the finishing line, it nicely ties into the previous book, finishing off where it began, tying up those few loose ends that have been plaguing the FBI and CPD for the past week (in book time) and this reader for the past year.

The topic was still horrifyingly chilling, the dealing with the case and its ramifications, especially for the victims, but not less so for the investigators, vividly portrayed with an uncanny realism that prevented the book, despite it being fiction, from descending into sensationalism or "flowery" prose.
This topic is real, things like that do happen, and although not everybody can be saved, those few who can be do count, and the stress and toll it takes on the investigators (be it by having to watch videos that make them die inside every time they do, having to inform a grieving family of the truth, having to dig for and uncover remains, or haying to accept the fact the trail got cold and they never will have the answer or justice for the victims) should not be trivialized. In her books Ms Rose doesn't trivialize or patronize, but offers a realistic, and because of that sometimes horrifying, view of fictionalized (in terms of her books) events that could very well be real (and sometimes are, although reality has a tendency to be even more horrifyingly brutal).

I like her voice, I like her style, and I like her stories because they make you think about the world outside of your own little cushy "reality".

And yes, I like how she writes her characters. Leading and secondary ones. There's depth, there are layers, there are deep (or not so) seated issues, there are scars, and there are (dark) pasts. It's what makes her characters realistic, what makes them so similar to a person one can encounter walking down the street everyday. Yes, the characters are fictitious, but they're not superhuman, they don't have super powers, they're breakable like us. They're human.
I especially liked the humanity in our present hero, Decker. The guy was built like a Sherman tank, he was growly and grouchy, but he had a tender streak a mile wide, a strong protective instinct, and he wasn't ashamed of letting his feelings show (Diesel being right there along for the ride, and I can't wait to read his book, which will hopefully be written soon).
And, as is her uncanny ability to do, Ms Rose offered Decker the perfect heroine in the form, style, and spunky, yet vulnerable despite her better judgment, of Kate Coppola. I liked her in previous books as a supporting character, Deacon Novak's best friend, but I loved her in her own book. I loved seeing behind her tough facade to the woman she was underneath, the woman Decker brought to the forth.
And their romance, despite happening in a blink of an eye (read about the timeline above), worked. Yes, they were both starved of touch, starved for affection, but it didn't feel just physical, I could see them slowly developing feelings for one another, how those feelings deepened and grew (which isn't easy to write, judging from what I've been reading lately), but I especially liked that they didn't fight it, but accepted it and took it in stride.
Less drama, angst and "romantic" conflict leave more time for the actual plot.

Another wonderful book.

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review 2017-02-08 05:07
Every Dark Corner (Romantic Suspense #18) by Karen Rose
Every Dark Corner (The Cincinnati Series) - Karen Rose




When FBI Special Agent Griffin "Decker" Davenport wakes from his coma, he is desperate to find the missing children he knows are in danger. At the end of his last investigation, when he thought it was all over and justice had been served, he discovered that not everyone had been rescued, but he was shot before he was able to tell anyone.

Special Agent Kate Coppola has recently moved to Cincinnati. She says she's chasing a promotion but she's actually running away from heartache. She's found the recordings from Decker's time undercover and has been at his side in the hospital while she tries to put together the pieces of the crime he was investigating—and what connection it has to his own mysterious past.

When someone tries to kill Decker in his hospital bed, he and Kate realise that the children are not the only ones whose lives are threatened, and that they must stop at nothing to hunt down the perpetrators. And danger is waiting in every dark corner.


I believe Karen Rose is quickly becoming one of those authors that I can list among those romantic suspense writers that are among my favorites like Kay Hooper, Tami Hoag, Janet Evanovich, and Sue Grafton.

Karen has the ability to balance both suspense and character plot in just the right portion to include the emotional ying yang as readers are taken along for the ride and witness the horrors and the triumphs, highs and lows of our favorite Decker's journey.

That also includes Kate's journey as both she and Decker gain more intimacy and someone to lean on when the tolls their careers have taken leave them needing someone to confide in.

For new readers I would suggest picking up the previous book since both Decker and Kate are in the previous book and their sort of initial relationship building period is established there.

It took me awhile to finish this book because there is just so much craziness and heartbreaking content that it was hard for me to take in for long periods of time. Reader be warned there is a lot going on with both Rose's good guys and her bad guys. Take the time to keep up because you're going to want to read this one. For a dual layer redemption and fear read this is a fantastic book. I highly recommend it.


Karen Rose






This title will be available for purchase on February 7, 2017!


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review 2017-01-07 15:49
Gnadenlos und mega spannend - Eben typisch Karen Rose!
Dornenkleid: Thriller - Karen Rose,Kerstin Winter



Als der Journalist Marcus O´Bannion Augenzeuge eines brutalen Mordes an einer jungen Philippinerin wird, schließt er sich kurzer Hand den Ermittlungen unter der Leitung von Scarlett Bishop an. Er selbst zieht Nutzen aus der Geschichte, denn zum einen kann er als Mitwisser und eventueller Tatverdächtiger seine Weste wieder reinwaschen, aber auch eine Story springt für ihn heraus, denn war das Opfer als Sex-Sklavin eines skrupellosen Menschenhändler-Ring erlegen.


Doch die Gegner sind hart und ziehen alle Mittel um ihr Kartell zu verteidigen. Schnell müssen Marcus und Scarlett feststellen, dass sie weitaus mehr leisten müssen um die Bande zu stoppen, den die tiefen des Strudels aus Gewalt, Sex und Drogen sind mächtig und plötzlich befinden sich die Beiden in einem Kampf wieder, dessen Ausgang über Leben und Tod entscheiden wird…


Meine Meinung:


Nach „Dornenmädchen“ dem ersten Band der neuen Reihe von Karen Rose war ich total begeistert. Spannung, Nervenkitzel und schlaflose Nächte sind garantiert und so freute ich mich, endlich den Nachfolger in den Händen zu halten und mich in die neuen Abgründe des aktuellen Falls stürzen zu können.


Wieder einmal schafft es die Autorin mit nur wenigen kurzen Worten mich als Leserin an ihren Thriller zu fesseln. Gänsehaut hatte ich von Beginn an und auch das Gefühl in meinen Träumen von dem Gelesenen nicht losgelassen zu werden, war all inklusiv! Aber gerade deswegen mag ich die Autorin und ihre Bücher. Es sind immer die Momente in denen man mit dem Schlimmsten konfrontiert wird und die einem so nahegehen, dass man in die Ermittlungen gedanklich einsteigt und selbst nach Lösungen im Unterbewusstsein zu forschen beginnt, welchen ihren Schreibstil, die Charakterstärke ihrer Protagonisten und den Handlungsverlauf selbst, so aufregend machen!


Wenn die Autorin eine neue Reihe startet, so greift sie auf alte Bekannte zurück und vermischt diese mit neuen Gesichtern. Auch hier ist ihr der Übergang von Alt zu Neu und Beides zusammen, prima gelungen.


Die Charaktere sind sehr ausdrucksstark und weisen alle ihre Ecken und Kanten auf, die sich im Laufe der Handlung zu einem Hindernis gestalten können oder positiv den Ermittlungen entgegenkommen.


Rasant, spannend und sehr überraschend ist dieser Thriller aufbaut, und das muss so sein, denn mit knapp 900 Seiten ist es eine ordentliche Portion Lesestoff bei der auf keinen Fall ein Funken von Langeweile aufkommt!




Noch immer zittern mir die Knie und der Blick schwirrt umher, denn hinter jeder Ecke könnte ja Gefahr lauern! Dieser Thriller hat es in sich und ich kann ihn nur wärmstens weiterempfehlen, denn trotz seinen knapp 900 Seiten ist garantiert alles vorhanden außer Langeweile!

Source: www.droemer-knaur.de/buch/8134420/dornenkleid
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