It’s a Bumpy Ride! Scream for Me by Karen Rose

Posted May 27, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 6 Comments

It’s a Bumpy Ride! Scream for Me by Karen RoseScream for Me by Karen Rose
Series: Romantic Suspense #8
Published by Grand Central Publishing on May 13, 2008
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 448
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Special Agent Daniel Vartanian has sworn to find the perpetrator of multiple killings that mimic a 13-year-old murder linked to a collection of photographs that belonged to his brother, Simon, the ruthless serial killer who met his demise in DIE FOR ME. Daniel is certain that someone even more depraved than his brother committed these crimes, and he's determined to bring the current murderer to justice and solve the mysterious crime from years ago.

With only a handful of images as a lead, Daniel's search will lead him back through the dark past of his own family, and into the realm of a mind more sinister than he could ever imagine. But his quest will also draw him to Alex Fallon, a beautiful nurse whose troubled past reflects his own. As Daniel becomes attached to Alex, he discovers that she is also the object of the obsessed murderer. Soon, he will not only be racing to discover the identity of this macabre criminal, but also to save the life of the woman he has begun to love.


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Georgia Special Agent Daniel Vartanian is haunted by the discovery he made when his brother, Simon, was killed and a chilling murder has him back in his hometown of Dutton, Georgia. ER nurse Alexandra (Alex) Fallon gets a call from a Georgia social worker, notifying her that her surrogate stepsister is missing and she needs to come get her 4-year old daughter. You just know all this will collide, connect and hopefully make sense at some point. And, the journey there will be harrowing.


There’s a LOT going on in this story with at least three separate and distinct mysteries in play. Daniel is exceptional as he has to face his past, confront the present and imagine his future when he meets Alex for the first time and as he works the cases. She’s not been back to Dutton since her traumatic childhood ended in disaster and I loved how the two of them dealt with the cases and their histories as a couple. Their romance was simply wonderful and I fell for both of them.


This was definitely a thrilling and bumpy ride. There are so many creepy people in this town and everyone seems like they’ve got something to hide. The “serial” killer is identified right up front so there’s no mystery there. What is a puzzle is why he’s doing what he’s doing and the reasons for his choice of victims. Just when you think you’ve nailed it, he throws you another curve.


Karen Rose continues to reign, at least in my mind, as the Queen of the romantic suspense genre. This series is extraordinary and this story unsettled me (in a good, reading way). I struggle with wanting to just sit down and binge read my way through the series but have decided to take my time, savoring each book and enjoying the reading trek. I strongly recommend reading the series in order as resolutions to previous cases are often discussed in subsequent books and many of the characters are connected throughout.

About Karen Rose

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 fourteen more novels and two novellas. Her fifteenth novel, WATCH YOUR BACK, was released in 2014.

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!

Her novels, I’M WATCHING YOU and SILENT SCREAM, received the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award for Best Romantic Suspense for 2005 and 2011. Five of her other books have been RITA finalists. To date, her books have been translated into twenty-four languages.

A former high school teacher of chemistry and physics, Karen lives in Florida with her husband of more than twenty years, her two daughters, two dogs, and a cat.

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6 responses to “It’s a Bumpy Ride! Scream for Me by Karen Rose

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      It was wonderful! They connect at some point and it made for a great read.

    • Be sure to read the one before it, Die for Me, as they are directly connected. I’m reading the entire series in order but in case you aren’t, it’s important to at least do these two that way.