Wednesday, February 28, 2018


By: Karen Rose
Published By: Headline
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 404 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

It was a desperate plan. But Mary Grace Winters knew the only way to save herself and her child from her abusive cop husband was to stage their own death. Now all that remains of their former life is at the bottom of a lake. Armed with a new identity in a new town, she and her son have found refuge hundreds of miles away. As Caroline Stewart, she has almost forgotten the nightmare she left behind nine years ago. She is even taking a chance on love with Max Hunter, a man with wounds of his own. But her past is about to collide with the present when her husband uncovers her trail and threatens her hard-won peace. Step by step, he's closing in on her—and everything and everyone she loves.


This was my first Karen Rose book, and it won’t be my last. I was pleasantly surprised by the detail of the plot.

Max and Caroline come from very different backgrounds. Caroline aka Mary Grace had been in a very abusive marriage and she finally took matters into her own hands and bravo to her.

Unfortunately for Caroline, her abusive husband is a very smart detective who will stop at nothing to get the information he requires. The man is all kinds of crazy. He gets a lead into the disappearance of his wife and their seven-year-old son and the crazy sonofabitch is on the hunt.

There are two car chases (I shall call them) going on: Winters hunting down his wife and son and Special Agent Steven Thatcher is on the trail of Detective Rob Winters.

I really liked the effort Karen put into weaving all the action that was happening at once. The plot keeps the pages turning.

I will say Max, the professor’s character, kinda annoyed me sometimes with the way he was written. He’s kinda self-centered and then he’s not and then he is. Rinse and repeat. It is insta-love and I can handle those, but I wasn’t totally feeling the guy.

Tom, Caroline’s son I really liked. He was written very well. A lot of emotion is dredged up. 

Dana is an amazing woman. Bravo!

David! OMG! Max’s brother is amazing. He kinda stole the limelight from Max as far as I am concerned right up until nearly the last page.

David, rocks!

Steven, rocks!

The next book in the series is about Steven Thatcher and I already have it on my shelf to read from library.

Only thing I can pick about Steven is, in this book he was ‘the man’ on a mission and then Karen wrote him making a very unprofessional move. I do understand it was supposed to be because of the situation, but… damn! I could have done without that happening because I think it didn’t need to happen.

I do recommend for all the dark suspense romance readers. A lot of tough topics are hit up and in detail.

Anywho… big thumbs up to Karen and the first installment in the Chicago series.


  1. Gotta love when a side character steals the show ;)

  2. I'm looking forward to seeing if David has a book in the series. I haven't yet looked ahead at the blurbs. :)


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