The Sunday Times best-selling author of Closer than You Think returns with a breathtaking new novel in the Cincinnati series - would you cross the line between danger and desire, between justice and revenge? A desperate hunt to find a young girl's killer is about to turn deadly....
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 smooth voice asking her to meet him in one of Cincinnati's roughest areas.
On arriving, Scarlett finds the body of a teenage Asian girl and Marcus injured. Marcus claims the young woman was working for an affluent local family, and the last time he saw her she was terrified and clearly in need of help.
Having agreed to meet her, they were both 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?
©2015 Karen Rose Hafer (P)2015 Headline Digital
Not really. As others have said, the main characters are too saintly and the lengthy, explicit and gratuitous sex scene is actually very boring. The important good characters are all beautiful and (spoiler alert).............
Having said that, I listened to the whole book to find out how it resolved.
What is the difference between this question and the previous one (other than friend/friends)?
To a point. I generally find women lowering their pitch to simulate a male voice rather odd sounding. Other than that, I enjoyed her performance.
Not now that I have read the book and know the outcome.
I think it's unlikely I'll buy any more Karen Rose books. The two I have had certainly weren't terrible, but, based on those two, she seems to work to a formula, which, for me, has run its course.
"Had to give up - too sickly sweet!"
I loved the first book in this series and whilst this one had great subject matter I had to give up on it. The saccharine sweet perfection of the main protagonists were too much to stomach! Constant tales of saintly good deeds, lumps in the throat and hair sniffing just made me want to barf. It totally destroyed any interest I had in them as they were TOO perfect to be believable. I fear this one has crossed the line into Mills and Boon and it's put me off completely. I absolutely acknowledge this is likely to be my own cynicism rather than any fault with the Story or characters but there it is. Shame because the subject is heavyweight and interesting.
Took me a chapter or two to get into, but then it was compulsive listening.
Characters you can buy into and a story line just involved enough to keep you guessing.
A book that leaves you feeling bereft when it ends is worth 5 stars.
Off to find the next.
"Another great read"
Another great book in the series. It's long but it keeps you gripped all the way though. The characters build through the books so you do really need to read them in order to get the most out of them. If you like books by Nora Roberts you'll like Karen Rose.
"good storyline, too much cursing and sex scenes"
The author worked the storyline really well. Background information about human-trafficking, how many citizens even don't realize it also happens in the States.
The reconciliation between Scarlet and her father was one of the most memorable moments for me of this book.
Not sure, she is a good narrator, but can't mention something specifically.
I kept listening to it till the end, pretty much in one sitting.
I found the cursing and the detailed sex scenes annoying and innecessary. I would definitely enjoy her books more without it.
"This is a fabulous story"
I loved the intricate plot with its twists and turns
I liked the tight suspense and the well-rounded characters. She draws such defined word pictures that I can clearly imagine all of the main characters.
This was a really hard choice but I think that the scene in the hospital waiting room when everyone is awaiting news of Stone I think
Things are never as they seem, people are never who you think
This second book in the Cincinnati series is well up to the usual high standard set by the other series she has done. The many interesting characters in this book lead me to hope that there are more books in this series to come.
"Couldn't stop listening"
Full of suspense and a bit bloodthirsty but well worth finishing. Loved Marcus and Scarlet.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes to be on the edge of their seat.
"Karen Rose is incredible"
the reason I love a Karen Rose thriller is due to the endings. it's not just catching the bad guys and solving the riddle, it's what happens when the dust settles. It's the how normality can return after the madness. This lady gives you that. As for the narrator, she has mad skills on making each voice come to life
"Not for me."
Started well. Didn't finish it. The narration got on my nerves. Ridiculous romantic storyline between the lead characters.
Totally irritating. I felt I had to persevere as I had bought it. Good sleep aid if you have insomnia. So full I couldn't stay awake.
Excellent story, excellent narration. You know who the killers are but your hooked until end
Good story but I didn't like the way the two main characters were. To sickly sweet. They both came across as just to perfect and I found it annoying.
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