Karen Rose is back with the fourteenth thriller in her long running series. I am going to start by saying that I absolutely love Karen Rose's books and am privileged to have met the awesome lady herself. She writes brilliant thrillers, but in my opinion, doesn't get the credit she is due because romance is involved. Not everyone likes romance with their crime and I respect that, but it does not take away from the fact that all her books are full of suspense, action and every element needed for a successful thriller.
'Did You Miss Me?' is the latest in the long running series, pulling in many of past favourites and completing the story of Daphne Montgomery and Joseph Carter which started in the previous novel; 'No One Left To Tell'. I say series because all of the books are linked in some way via Rose's characters and sometimes have an on-going storyline although each book can be read as a standalone.
'Did you Miss Me?' focuses on Daphne and Joseph who, having both had more than their fair share of trauma in their pasts, are in the hot seat to unravel the reasoning behind Ford's kidnapping and various acts that start to happen to Daphne. All characters, and that includes the villains, are engaging, with none being one dimensional or a meaningless addition. Several individuals from previous books make a welcome appearance to aid in solving the mystery which adds to the strength of the plot because it utilises their skills in a more interesting way as Rose has an ability for maintaining multiple characters without confusion.
The plot is typically full of twists and turns, making an excellent page turner and I was addicted. Karen Rose weaves a strong suspenseful plot, provides a dose of realism, engages you with all the characters – including the villains – and adds a dash of spice to make a rollercoaster ride that for ticks all boxes.