Title: Silent Scream
Author: Karen Rose
Publisher: Hachette Book Group (Grand Central Publishing)
Format: ARC (Advance Reader Copy)
Price: $7.99 Pages: 570
Release Date: June 2010
Silent Scream by Karen Rose is a little different than what I usually read. It's a Romantic Suspense and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I got into it. Let's hit the blurb on the book.
When a teenage girl dies in a suspicious fire, Detective Olivia Sutherland is assigned to track down the arsonist. Then she discovers something more sinister: A vicious blackmailer who preys on young people and murders without hesitation. Making her work even harder is sexy firefighter David Hunter. He's not only sharing the case, but sparking memories of their long-ago night of passion, when feelings were left unsaid and hearts were broken.
David has his own ghosts, and a million regrets. But while he and Olivia try to face the wall of pain between them, a diabolical puppet master is pulling strings to make a group of twenty-somethings do his bidding. Soon Olivia and David are scouring the city for a calculating criminal who seems tantalizingly close - and is moving in for the kill.
This book, very nicely weaved the two plots together - the romance of the two main characters and the mystery and suspense of who the murderer/blackmailer is and why that person is carrying out such a diabolical plan. The book keeps you turning the pages and has more than a few surprise moments. There were a number of characters. At times, I had to re-read a section to be clear who was related to who or who was being referred to. Keep this in mind and pay attention to the names; many of them reappear later in the story and are interconnected in someway.
There are some sexual scenes, but they were not over-the-top and made sense in the context of the story. Silent Scream has a well nuanced plot and Karen Rose obviously knows her stuff when it comes to characterization. The characters were full bodied and three dimensional. You felt the pain and emotions they experienced. The story is multilayered and rich. I was impressed and thought of the skill that was evident in creating a story with so many elements that tied up at the end in a strong, but unexpected way. Well done.
I was going to keep this ARC, but I have decided to give it to a follower who is interested in reading it. It's a substantial book at 570 pages and you can really sink your teeth into it.
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