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Monster In The Closet (The Baltimore Series Book 5) by Karen Rose

October 9, 2017

A mother is dead, and now her killer hunts the child that witnessed the brutal crime…

Private Investigator Clay Maynard locates missing children for clients, but has nearly given up hope of finding his own daughter, cruelly stolen from him by his ex-wife twenty-three years ago.

Equine therapist Taylor Dawson has chosen to intern at Daphne Montgomery-Carter’s stables so that she can observe the program’s security director – her father, Clay Maynard. Trying to reconcile the wonderful man she’s getting to know with the monster her mother always described, Taylor never expects to become the target of a real monster, the man who murdered the mother of the little girls she works with at the stable. Neither does she expect to fall for Ford Elkhart, Daphne’s handsome son, who is dealing with his own demons. As family and friends gather for a wedding, Taylor starts to imagine a permanent life in Baltimore.

But not if the real monster gets to her first…


It’s a long time since I read a Karen Rose book, though I used to devour her Vartainian novels as soon as they came out, and I chose this one because Karen was coming to Bloody Scotland and I wanted to get up to speed on what she was writing at the moment.

Karen always writes a fast and engrossing book, but this one just failed to catch alight for me. Her characters are as ever, warm and engaging, and the relationships start off full of complexity and interactions come laden with misunderstandings, but of course everything works out in the end.

That, for me, is the problem with this book. From the beginning you could tell what was going to happen, how the love story would play out, what happens to the children, Jazzie and Janie Jarvis who are hiding from their mother’s killer and how the violent encounters with the killer would end.

There was just no suspense and instead the warm and comforting blanket of a love story wrapped in sugar and deep fried in butter; sweet and sugary but with a distinct lack of spice in the middle, making this concoction altogether too bland for me.

Perhaps my tastes have changed, but the Karen Rose I remember had much more edge. I struggled to care about the characters in this book and almost didn’t bother too finish it because I knew how it would pan out.

Overall, this time, I was disappointed. I think this will please the diehard Karen Rose fans, but it just wasn’t for me.

A Monster in the Closet was published by Headline on 1st June 2017

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About Karen Rose


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 more than fifteen novels and two novellas. Her twentieth novel, EDGE OF DARKNESS, will be released in 2018.

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.





From → Crime, Thriller

  1. Oh no, that’s so disappointing if it’s so predictable. I normally really like Karen Rose too!


  2. I know, it’s more Mills and Boone than suspenseful, I’m afraid.


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