New York Times best-selling author Karen Rose is back with her 14th pulse-pounding thriller.
Best be nimble, best be quick, I’m right here and you’re my pick.…
Baltimore prosecutor Daphne Montgomery pulled herself out of a damaged past to build a solid life for herself and her son. But after she helps convict a killer, her confidence is shattered once again by the news that her son has been kidnapped.
Daphne believes it’s connected to the recent high-profile trial, and at first FBI special agent Joseph Carter agrees. But together they find the reality even more troubling, and it runs deeper than Daphne fears. With her son’s life in jeopardy, she must unlock a dreadful secret about her past and confront a truth that will change everything for those closest to her—and, if she survives, threaten the lives of everyone she loves.
©2012 Karen Hafer (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Intense, complex, and unforgettable." (James Patterson)
"Interspersed with scenes of horror and cruelty, sometimes graphic, sometimes implied, are scenes of love and tenderness. The book is filled with a multitude of stories, and the author handles the interconnected segments with skill." (Kirkus Reviews)
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
I was somewhat disappointed in "No One Left to Tell" (the previous book in this series). It wasn't that it was a bad book but there was a stretch where I just kept waiting for the story to get moving. I thought it would have been a better book had it been shorter. So it was with some trepidation that I started this book since it is even longer. I needn't have worried. Karen Rose once again weaves an intricate story filled with suspense and a lot of back story. The pacing is perfect. Information about the past is given in tantalizing bits keeping you wanting more while at the same time you want to keep listening to find out what's happening in the present. The book went fast and was over all too soon. Marguerite Gavin's performance was excellent as always. The only reason I marked down the performance was because the production didn't seem up to the high quality of most of the books she has performed. There were many places where they had obviously done editing with multiple takes. This happens in other books too but in this book it seems the producers made no attempt to match the character voices so it almost seemed someone else was speaking in the middle of a sentence. It was somewhat distracting to have to figure out from context that the speaker hadn't changed. Overall though, still a great listen.
What was with the voice changes in the middle of the sentence on the same characters? Was it necessary to identify the date and the time each and every time during certain chapters even if it was at this on the same day?
I have enjoyed many of Karen's novels but this had way too many people and went a tad too long. By the end I was wanted to just reach in and kill 'him' already so we could move on. Still I plan to listen or read other novels by Karen Rose and the audio performance was great.
I listen to a book a week. I happened on this book by accident. The story starts out slow but it engages you quickly. Very good Read.
Characters - Joseph
She brings enthusiasm
The narration was off, no other way to put it. A sentence would start out at a normal volume, then get incredibly quiet, like a whisper. The voices and inflection would also change at inappropriate times. My biggest beef with the narration though was that the 35 year old main character was made to sound like a 60+ year old woman. (Think Thelma from Mamas Family)
The story itself seemed far too long and drawn out and a lot of unnecessary information was given. There are also far too many characters to keep track of and what makes it even more difficult is that sometimes they're referred to by the first name and sometimes the last. These things made it difficult to follow and difficult to truly be engaged in.
if you love a good suspense mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat clock keeps thickening suspects keep gathering you have FBI you have 26 graves on top of that a 30 year old mystery of a murder you will love this book a must read
I really enjoyed this book! Karen Rose had written another novel with these characters - (I was very happy when I found it!) She wrote this one while switching the main characters, bringing them to the forefront and telling their story, while still keeping the full cast included as supporting characters. It was very well done. It has parts that were brutal to hear - when she is writing about the "bad guys" and describing their actions. However, it balances out overall because the other characters are compelling and she writes in a brilliant way that makes you care about them. This is a long book and it held my attention the entire time - I listened to it (20+ hours) in less than two days! It's cleverly written with enjoyably unexpected plot twists. The narrator was very good and added to the listening experience rather than detracting anything from the book. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the Romantic Suspense genre. ☑️As soon as I submit this review, I intend to go onto the Audio store site to see if there is another book in this "series" (whichever one is next in order) available to purchase. Fingers crossed - because If there is, I'll be listening to it as soon as I can get it downloaded and press play! (⭐️I highly recommend listening to the earlier books with these characters first - in the order they were written. I don't know if she is officially calling it a "series" but that seems to be an accurate description.) Enjoy!
love to read
I did not read the print version, but this was outstanding.
The twists and turns were wonderful. The plot was excellent. Karen Rose is a mastermind.
The voicing of , "I'm back...Did you Miss me?" I can see Beckett's twisted face as he leans down and whispers this to his victims.
I'm Back.... Did you Miss me?
Amazing reader! I knew this was a long book, but it did not need to be that kind of long. Too much unnecessary conversation. It needed to be edited down to a spell-binding mystery that one would not want to put down. Throughout most of it, I became weary and impatient. Only through perseverance did I stick it out. The many details were wrapped up in the end, so it was satisfying there.
Why oh why is all of the sex necessary and what is with these grown men acting like horny teenagers? Mis Rose, if you read these reviews, PLEASE STOP with the totally unnecessary sex scenes and the grown men who cannot look at or think about a woman w/o getting an erection. What is wrong with you? Do you really thing that is what thinking adult readers want? The story is fine, would have been about 5 hours shorter and MUCH MUCH BETTER without it. I love the narration for the hearing impaired character and the young lady with Downs. I am nowhere near as observant as others so am missing the editing problems. I do not like the needless profanity either. Had it not been for my having read another book with same characters, I would not have bothered. As it is, I am only 1/2 way through and there is no guarantee I will finish or read another one.
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