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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Book Review: Monster in the Closet (The Baltimore Series) by Karen Rose

Monster in the Closet (The Baltimore Series)
by Karen Rose
August 29, 2017
512 pages
Publisher: Berkley
The New York Times bestselling author of Every Dark Corner returns to Baltimore, where a father-daughter reunion puts innocent victims in the sights of a stone-cold killer…

Baltimore PI Clay Maynard routinely locates missing children for clients, but his own daughter—stolen by his ex-wife—has eluded him for years. Until she turns up right under his nose…

Since she was a child, Taylor Dawson believed the lie her mother told her: that her father was a monster. But now she has a chance to get to know the real Clay while doing real work as an equine therapist, which includes helping two girls whose mother was brutally murdered. She might even find something deeper with her boss’s handsome son, Ford Elkhart, whose eyes are so haunted. But just as Taylor feels her life opening up to new family, work, and friends, a danger lurks in the darkness—one that will show Taylor the face of true evil…

WOW! It has been a long time since a book has moved me to tears. And not just once but multiple times and both happy and heart-wrenching.

This author is an exceptional storyteller. I almost felt as if it were an audiobook and never once stumbled on the sentence structure, timeline or descriptions. I couldn't put it down as I was riveted to the story of Taylor (Sienna) who was hidden away from her father; being told that he was an abusive man who would steal her away from her family. On her mother's deathbed, Taylor learned the truth and so begins the saga of her search for her biological father while trying to stay loyal to the only man she knew as "dad".

Taylor finds herself caught up in a case of 2 young children and an enticing young man battling similar PTSD situations and puts her own experiences to good use.

This read is suspenseful, emotional and thought provoking with a smattering of romance. I will definitely pick up this author's other books if this is any indication of her writing talent!

Getting 5 "weepy" sheep.

Jeanie G

About the Author:
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 fifteen more novels and two novellas. Her eighteenth novel, EVERY DARK CORNER, will be released in 2017.

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 more than twenty languages.

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

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