Say You’re Sorry – Karen Rose @KarenRoseBooks @Headlinepg

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Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has tried hard to put his past behind him. He escaped the violence of his cult upbringing when he was just thirteen, and since then routine and discipline have been his way of making sense of the world. But when a petite blonde woman crashes into his life, he begins to realize that a little bit of chaos might not be so bad.

Daisy Dawson has had more than her fair share of pain too – but she’s done being a victim. Daisy’s determined to explore every new experience she can – including getting to know the dark and serious FBI investigator she meets when she fights off a masked attacker one night.

It soon becomes clear that Daisy’s attack was just the beginning. Now the bloodied bodies of young women are showing up all over California, and, as Gideon tries to find the killer, it’s clear that Daisy is in more danger than they ever realised…

Say You’re Sorry was published on the 21st February 2019 by Headline. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book and to Anne Cater of Random Things Through My Letterbox for having me on this blog tour.

I have a confession…. this is my first Karen Rose book I have read (hangs head in shame!). I don’t know why I’ve not got around to reading her books, maybe I was wary of the ‘Romantic Suspense’ tag but I shouldn’t have been as this book was first and foremost a crime book with natural romance between characters with chemistry. I’m pleased that I have now taken the plunge and there’s one hell of a back catalogue to work through!

When this book first arrived, I’ll admit that I was a little intimidated by the size of it. I seem to have got into a routine of reading books that are around the 300-page mark so this is a bit of a tomb at 614 pages (my proof copy). However, it doesn’t feel like an epic length book, the story line and the authors writing style draws the reader in. At the half way point, when my usual reads would be concluding, this book is very much still in the thick of it. It didn’t feel like it needed winding up to the conclusion or that it was dragging on, I was very much still invested in the story and the characters. The volume of pages allowed for loads of character development and a multi-layered narrative.

Say You’re Sorry opens with a chilling prologue (those people who don’t read the prologue would really be missing out here!) and then we are introduced to the main protagonist, Daisy Dawson, who inadvertently gets herself into a dangerous situation which have ramifications that run through the book. Following Daisy’s attack, she finds evidence (being deliberately vague!) that draws Special Agent Gideon Reynolds into the investigation due to links with his past. The detective looking after the investigation, Rafe is a friend of both Daisy and Gideon and realises that the evidence requires Gideon’s expertise however this takes Gideon down a tough trip down memory lane to get answers not just for Daisy, but also for his family.

I found the subject matter fascinating and also the emotions that it invoked in Gideon – Gideon very much comes alive from the pages, he was actually my favourite character as we got to see so many sides to him.

Despite the book’s length and the long chapter’s, this is a fast-paced book that you can really get lost into. I understand from my friend who is an avid Karen Rose reader that whilst this is a new series, characters from other books and series do pop up. However, I didn’t find that this hindered me as the author provides enough backstory and information that any new reader is not left behind.

I loved this book and look forward to reading many more from Karen Rose!

KAREN ROSE was introduced to suspense and horror at the tender age of eight when she accidentally read Poe’s The Pit and The Pendulum and was afraid to go to sleep for years. She now enjoys writing books that make other people afraid to go to sleep.

Karen lives in Florida with her family, their cat, Bella, and two dogs, Loki and Freya. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, and her new hobby – knitting.

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