Closer Than You Think

closer than you think

Closer Than You Think
by Karen Rose

Deacon Novak has returned home. The experienced FBI Agent knows that his move to Cincinnati’s Major Crime Enforcement Squad will be challenging, but the greater challenge will be saving his younger brother before he becomes the kind of criminal Deacon is chasing.
Faith Corcoran has escaped her identity. Being a therapist to victims of sex crimes was rewarding, but her work with their offenders has jeopardized her life. Her move represents a chance to build a new life in the empty old house her grandmother has left her.
What Faith doesn’t know is that a killer has made the house his playground, taking girls into the basement and murdering them. And now Faith is about disturb his fun.
With a murderer focused on her, Faith is going to have to put her trust in Deacon if she’s going to survive. Because this killer is always closer than she thinks….

This is a wonderful book that you can just immerse yourself in. It is full of fabulous characters and is complex and twisty. At nearly 600 pages (hardback) it is a long book but at no point does it feel too long, infact I was sorry when I finished it.

Faith Corcoran has had to change her identity and move back to her childhood home after she was being stalked and had multiple attempts made on her life. Unfortunately she moves from one crisis to another. The home she has inherited is being used to torture and murder young girls and Faith gets caught up in the middle of it all when she inadvertently rescues one of the girls.
Enter Special Agent Deacon Novak; an unusual looking man. He and Faith are immediately drawn to each other, but he is unsure whether she is a suspect or not and she finds she must trust him whatever.

This is an extremely fast-paced book and you are into the thick of the story from the outset and there is no let up until the end. The romance gives a good counterbalance to all the violence and death and I really enjoyed it.

There is so much attention to detail and I’m sure Karen Rose’s research is extensive. If I had the opportunity to interview her my first question would be: how on earth do you keep on top of so many characters, plots and sub-plots and appear to do it with ease? A great achievement because the stories just flow along. Most of the characters are full of background and their own stories which may or may not contribute to the main story but give the characters plausability.

Faith and Deacon, the two main characters, are totally endearing. I loved the fact that Deacon was such an unusual looking man.

This is my first Karen Rose book but it certainly won’t be my last. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend.
*****

Thanks to the publishers, Headline, for sending me a copy via Bookbridgr.

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