A wee bit about the author:
Karen lives in Florida with her family, their cat, Bella, and two dogs, Loki and Freya. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, and her new hobby - knitting.
QUICKFIRE ROUND WITH KAREN ROSE
Give us three adjectives to best describe your new novel?
Fast-paced, Satisfying, Bittersweet
What are the three most important character traits of your protagonist?
• Daisy – Feisty, Smart, Compassionate
• Gideon – Loyal, Tenacious Able to accept and build on his partner’s strengths
Where is the novel set?
Sacramento, CA and Mount Shasta, CA
What were the last three things you Googled in the name of “research”?
• Tree of Life
• Abandoned mines in California
• Coroner’s office: morgue tour policy
Who is your biggest influence as a writer?
Probably Carolyn Keene (all of them!), authors of the Nancy Drew stories. They were my favorite detective stories and I cut my mystery-writing teeth reading and trying to figure out whodunit.
What is your most socially unacceptable writing habit?
LOL, this isn’t a fair question! Okay, the most socially unacceptable habit that I’m willing to admit to: I choose a song and play it on infinite loop until it becomes background sound. In past books it was Barry Manilow’s When October Comes or Josh Groban’s Evermore or Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. For SAY YOU’RE SORRY, it was a medley of Hallelujah, including versions by K.D. Lang, Lindsey Stirling, and Jeff Buckley. I apologize to my husband, my dog, and any neighbors who were adversely affected. (My husband still gets a twitch at certain songs, LOL.)
Have you ever killed anyone off from real life in one of your novels?
Hmmmm. Well, the right answer is that “any resemblance to persons alive or dead is purely coincidental.” But the truth is: Yes. There are a few old bosses, the kid who spit on me when I was seven years old, and a doctor or two who ticked me off. I look at it as therapy I don’t have to pay for.
What was your favourite book as a child?
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott.
What is your favourite writing snack?
M&Ms. But I have attempted to limit this to an every-100-pages reward. Somehow veggies and hummus just aren’t the same. Boo.
You can find Karen on Twitter and Facebook
About the book:
Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has tried hard to put his past behind him. He escaped the violence of his cult upbringing when he was just thirteen, and since then routine and discipline have been his way of making sense of the world. But when a petite blonde woman crashes into his life, he begins to realize that a little bit of chaos might not be so bad. Daisy Dawson has had more than her fair share of pain too - but she's done being a victim. Daisy's determined to explore every new experience she can - including getting to know the dark and serious FBI investigator she meets when she fights off a masked attacker one night. It soon becomes clear that Daisy's attack was just the beginning. Now the bloodied bodies of young women are showing up all over California, and, as Gideon tries to find the killer, it's clear that Daisy is in more danger than they ever realised...
Praise for KAREN ROSE:
'Intense, complex and unforgettable' - James Patterson 'A high-octane thrill ride' - Lisa Jackson 'Fast and furious' - Sun
KAREN ROSE was introduced to suspense and horror at the tender age of eight when she accidentally read Poe's The Pit and The Pendulum and was afraid to go to sleep for years. She now enjoys writing books that make other people afraid to go to sleep.
Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - when able over 2 days
Pages - 544
Publisher - Headline
Source - Review copy
Blurb from Goodreads
Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has tried hard to put his past behind him. He escaped the violence of his cult upbringing when he was just thirteen, and since then routine and discipline have been his way of making sense of the world. But when a petite blonde woman crashes into his life, he begins to realize that a little bit of chaos might not be so bad.
Daisy Dawson has had more than her fair share of pain too—but she's done being a victim. Daisy's determined to explore every new experience she can—including getting to know the dark and serious FBI investigator she meets when she fights off a masked attacker one night.
It soon becomes clear that Daisy's attack was just the beginning. Now the bloodied bodies of young women are showing up all over California, and, as Gideon tries to find the killer, it's clear that Daisy is in more danger than they ever realised..
Special Agent Gideon Reynolds is a professional, he keeps himself to himself, never having quite got over his past he finds relationships hard. When a woman is attacked and it links back to his past he is forced to face things he thought long buried in the past. Daisy Dawson is the lady Reynolds finds himself having to protect, after a maniac trys to abduct her they soon realise this isn't a random attack and Daisy may not be out of the woods just yet!
Ooooh if you have read Rose before you KNOW what to expect, a bad guy who is usually terrifying this one if many steps ahead of the law. He is well versed in his craft and knows how to capture them, hold them, kill them and dispose of them. He has never had any trouble until he encounters Daisy, what follows is a game of cat and mouse putting everyone at risk, can Daisy stay safe?
We hear from the killer as well as following Daisy, agent Reynolds and some of the police force involved in the investigation. The killer makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, he is smart, organised, ruthless., brutal and shows no mercy for those at the hands of his predilections. In among this Daisy and Reynolds are being ushered together by circumstances and family who would rather both took an involvement in the other sex. Neither are focused on that with so much at stake however they cannot deny a pull toward each other....
The book is fast paced and you would think at 500 plus pages you may taper off but the action keeps going and I found myself picking up the book every chance I got. I have read Rose plenty of times and whilst some crime books try and fail at a romance angle Rose pulls it off, in my opinion, every time. It doesn't detract from the story and sometimes when you are least likely looking for love you can't help but fall into it!
The book explores some really dark themed, violence, murder, abuse, cults, romance, relationships, love,sex, police procedural, investigation and that is just for starters. Rose is an author who has honed her craft and manages to keep it fresh despite having written so many books now. I always look forward to a new release and this one was no different , a start to a new series although I am sure I recognized some characters from previous books. I really need to look back at the books I have missed and try read them in order, great books, 4.5/5 for me this time!