Series: Romantic Suspense

Audio Review: Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose

Posted October 30, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Audio Review: Monster in the Closet by Karen RoseMonster in the Closet by Karen Rose
Series: Romantic Suspense #19
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on August 29, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 15 hours, 24 minutes
Source: Purchased
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A mother is dead, and now her killer hunts the child that witnessed the brutal crime...

Private Investigator Clay Maynard locates missing children for clients, but has nearly given up hope of finding his own daughter, cruelly stolen from him by his ex-wife twenty-three years ago.

Equine therapist Taylor Dawson has chosen to intern at Daphne Montgomery-Carter's stables so that she can observe the program's security director - her father, Clay Maynard. Trying to reconcile the wonderful man she's getting to know with the monster her mother always described, Taylor never expects to become the target of a real monster, the man who murdered the mother of the little girls she works with at the stable. Neither does she expect to fall for Ford Elkhart, Daphne's handsome son, who is dealing with his own demons. As family and friends gather for a wedding, Taylor starts to imagine a permanent life in Baltimore.

But not if the real monster gets to her first...


Taylor Dawson is working as an intern and equine therapist at Daphne’s horse farm, Healing Hearts, but her real agenda is to check out Clay Maynard, her biological father who she only recently learned wasn’t the monster her mother made him out to be. She’s also making headway with one of the kids in her therapy who hasn’t spoken since she witnessed her mother’s murder…unbeknownst to the killer.

The stories that involve children always unnerve me and this one definitely set me on edge. The scenes involving the children, Jazzie and Janie Jarvis, were just chilling. It was balanced, though, by Clay’s reunion with his daughter, Sienna, now known as Taylor. I’ve long awaited this story and I reveled in every part of their discovery. Loved every minute of it. Even Taylor and Ford’s instant attraction worked.

Marguerite Gavin did a great job narrating the story, as usual. She captured so many voices distinctively. The villain in this story was particularly nasty and she nailed him. I was glad to return to Baltimore, which is my favorite of the cities in this series because of the character connections and their sense of family. And, for once, the body count didn’t spin out of control!


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About Marguerite Gavin

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career, and has over four hundred titles to her credit.

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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Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose

Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose

Posted August 31, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

                     I have enjoyed the Romantic Suspense series for a long time. These are long, consistently well-written suspenseful books. The emotions, the mystery, the action, and the wonderful characters will keep me reading.   I highly recommend this series, and to read in order, with 19 books now. It is well suited to a binge read with the characters all being connected. The emotional hangover might be of epic proportions. I had a bit of trouble with the previous book, Every Dark Corner, only because I had a delay in the series reading, before reading it. This time, I remembered the characters and situations very well. As is often the case, the mysteries and suspense involve children. I was […]

Audio Review: Watch Your Back by Karen Rose

Audio Review: Watch Your Back by Karen Rose

Posted June 9, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 7 Comments

    After Stevie Mazetti learned of her former partner’s corruption, it became her mission to seek out those who had been unfairly incarcerated because of him, beyond what he had acknowledged prior to his death. Her investigating has made her a target and attempts are now being made on her life and her daughter, Cordelia’s. Clay Maynard is pretty much glued to her side as protection and because he still holds out hope for a much more personal relationship.   One of the things we don’t have to guess about here is who’s trying to kill Stevie. The mastermind behind the attempts is identified early on and I liked that we got his point of view throughout. That allowed me to just fully immerse […]

Every Dark Corner by Karen Rose

Every Dark Corner by Karen Rose

Posted February 9, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

   I’ve looked forward to each book in the Romantic Suspense series and enjoyed them. I started with Closer Than You Think believing it was the first in a spin-off series. It was originally listed as Faith Corcoran #1 but this changed and she is just briefly in the next 2 books. So, it is more like the Cincinnati section within the larger series as it is now titled. I happily went back and read the previous 15 books, before going on to review Alone in the Dark last year.  Now, a year later,  is Every Dark Corner. These books are looooong, but so interesting they go quickly. The characters are wonderful in the depth of their development and emotional connections. I was frustrated this time […]

Chilling and Creepy! I Can See You by Karen Rose

Chilling and Creepy! I Can See You by Karen Rose

Posted December 7, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    I don’t know how Rose does it but she manages to make every story in this series unique and compelling.   Eve Wilson, who we met in the first and fourth books in the series, is now living in Minneapolis, in grad school and working part time in a bar that is a frequent hangout for police. One detective, Noah Webster, only comes there because of Eve. But, neither has ever said word one to the other in a year. That is until their paths cross outside of the bar at the scene of what eventually becomes a series of connected murders.   This was a creepy, chilling story made even more so because we get the points of view of the madmen. […]

One Very Wild Ride! Kill for Me by Karen Rose

One Very Wild Ride! Kill for Me by Karen Rose

Posted September 22, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 1 Comment

    This is not a standalone story so it is not recommended you read this before reading (at least) the two immediately preceding books. I still strongly urge reading the entire series in order as related characters pop up throughout.   The story begins sometime near the end of the last story, running parallel to when Daniel and Alex first discovered the nightmare bunker. I was thrilled to get Susannah and Luke’s perspectives as they neared the site and discovered Bailey and “Jane Doe.” What ensued was the wildest reading ride I’ve had in a long time.   No one seems to be who they first appear to be and almost everyone has either a tragic history or private agenda. I actually became overwhelmed […]

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

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

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

    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 […]

Review: Die For Me by Karen Rose

Review: Die For Me by Karen Rose

Posted April 15, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

  Quick Summary It all started to unravel when a man stumbles upon a killer’s graveyard only because his wife thought he needed exercise. By the time Sophie Johannsen, a local archeologist, finished her analysis, the body count was outrageous. Detective Vito Ciccotelli (Chick) had his hands full and not just with solving the case.   The mystery/suspense? Utterly chilling. This was one of the most twisted serial killers ever. Woke up at 4:00 am because I just had to make sure they got him before he offed someone I cared about.   The romance? Vito and Sophie were zapped the first moment they met and really didn’t try to avoid it. Aside from a few bumps, this was a fine and sexy romance.   […]