Karen Rose

Alone in the Dark

"..an addictive thriller that will accompany many a reader through a few winter’s nights."

Synopsis:

Former Army Ranger Marcus O'Bannion and homicide cop Scarlett Bishop have met only briefly but when Scarlett receives a phone call in the middle of the night, she immediately recognises the hauntingly smooth voice asking her to meet him in one of Cincinnati's roughest areas.

On arriving, Scarlett finds the body of a seventeen-year-old Asian girl and Marcus injured. A fierce champion of victims' rights, Marcus claims the young woman was working for an affluent local family and the last time he saw her she was terrified, abused, and clearly in need of help. Having agreed to meet her, both Marcus and the young woman were targeted for death.

As they investigate, Scarlett and Marcus are pulled into the dangerous world of human trafficking where they soon realise they are going to have to become as ruthless as those they are hunting. Because if they don't, how many other girls may end up alone in the dark?

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Review:

In keeping with her other novels, Rose brings to the fore two characters that have drifted on the periphery of a previous novel and brought them centre stage to star in their own serial killer drama. However, people from other novels play their part whether big or small including Deacon Novak and Faith Corcoran appear who had centre stage in Rose's last offering. Due to the romantic/passionate side of her thrillers, Rose's followers tend to be women who enjoy the mix of passion with a good juicy kill. Being male, I don't mind the sex scenes (as with TV you can always fast-forward if you find them uncomfortable…) and enjoy Rose's 'gung-ho' approach to her cases. There are plenty of bodies piled up by the end of Rose's substantial new addition to her series. I did feel at a few points that less would have been more as I felt there was a lull or two before things got going again. On the whole, this is an addictive thriller that will accompany many a reader through a few winter's nights. Just try not to read it all in one splurge – and do make sure all the doors are locked!

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