Wednesday, July 5, 2017

#BookReview - Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose

Title: Monster in the Closet
Author: Karen Rose
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: August 29, 2017

About the Book:

The New York Times bestselling author of Every Dark Corner returns to Baltimore, where a father-daughter reunion puts innocent victims in the sights of a stone-cold killer…

Baltimore PI Clay Maynard routinely locates missing children for clients, but his own daughter—stolen by his ex-wife—has eluded him for years. Until she turns up right under his nose…

Since she was a child, Taylor Dawson believed the lie her mother told her: that her father was a monster. But now she has a chance to get to know the real Clay while doing real work as an equine therapist, which includes helping two girls whose mother was brutally murdered. She might even find something deeper with her boss’s handsome son, Ford Elkhart, whose eyes are so haunted. But just as Taylor feels her life opening up to new family, work, and friends, a danger lurks in the darkness—one that will show Taylor the face of true evil… 
Buy Links: Amazon 
Available for Pre-Order - Release Date August 29, 2017

My Review:

Karen Rose never disappoints me!  I loved reading Monster in the Closet.  Once again, this book had it all.  There was suspense, action, intrigue and romance... the kind of romance that gives you tingles.

Jazzie Jarvis is an eleven year old girl who is traumatized after seeing her mother brutally murdered by her father.  Her father, Gage Jarvis, doesn't know that little Jazzie was hiding behind a chair.  Now before you cringe away and think that you can't read this because it is all so horrific, let me tell you that the way this story comes together will keep you turning those pages, praying for a happy ending... but I'm not giving away too many spoilers here.

Along comes Taylor Dawson, recently graduated with a degree in psychology, who has accepted an internship with Healing Hearts with Horses, an equestrian center specifically developed to help trauma victims.  But Taylor has a few secrets of her own.  Taylor is able to connect with Jazzie in a way no one else has been able to.  Will she be able to get Jazzie to talk about what had happened to her?  Or will Jazzie just remain quiet and continue to protect and hover over her little sister Janie?  And what happens when Gage realizes that there may be a witness to the murder?

Add in the boss' hunky son, Ford Elkhart, who is immediately attracted to Taylor, and also add in Clay Maynard, head of security at Healing Hearts who has been looking for his daughter for many years, and you have the basic ingredients for one very fascinating story.  But this story is anything but basic!  Lots of action and lots of plots that all intertwine.  I could not put this book down!

There are so many characters that you can't help but love, and also those you love-to-hate.  But even those that you hate are so well developed that you are able to see their motivation for what evil things they do... all because of the great writing skills of Karen Rose.

I highly recommend this book.
My Rating:  

Would you like to meet the author, Karen Rose in person?  Perhaps ask her to sign a copy of this book or one of her many other books for you?  You can do that at #CMCon2018 Coastal Magic in Daytona Beach, February 22nd - 25th, 2018.

About the Author:

Internationally bestselling, RITA-award winning, author Karen Rose was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. She met her husband, Martin, on a blind date when they were seventeen and after they both graduated from the University of Maryland, (Karen with a degree in Chemical Engineering) they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Karen worked as an engineer for a large consumer goods company, earning two patents, but as Karen says, “scenes were roiling in my head and I couldn't concentrate on my job so I started writing them down. I started out writing for fun, and soon found I was hooked.”

Her debut suspense novel, DON'T TELL, was released in July, 2003. Since then, she has published fifteen more novels and two novellas. Her nineteenth novel, MONSTER IN THE CLOSET, will be released in August of 2017.

Karen's books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, London's Sunday Times, and Germany's der Spiegel (#1), and the Irish Times, as well as lists in South Africa (#1) and Australia!


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