Saturday, August 5, 2017

Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose

Monster in the Closet
by Karen Rose

My rating: 4.5 stars

Series: Romantic Suspense - Book 19
Publisher: Berkley (August 29, 2017)
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
Genre: Suspense
Print Length: 512 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Baltimore PI Clay Maynard routinely locates missing children for clients, but his own daughter—stolen by his ex-wife—has eluded him for years. Until she turns up right under his nose…

Since she was a child, Taylor Dawson believed the lie her mother told her: that her father was a monster. But now she has a chance to get to know the real Clay while doing real work as an equine therapist, which includes helping two girls whose mother was brutally murdered. She might even find something deeper with her boss’s handsome son, Ford Elkhart, whose eyes are so haunted. But just as Taylor feels her life opening up to new family, work, and friends, a danger lurks in the darkness—one that will show Taylor the face of true evil…

 Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose

Monster in the Closet (Romantic Suspense, #19; Baltimore #5)We all know monsters are not in the closet, or they shouldn’t be, but for one young girl, that monster was very real and very deadly and all she could do was hide until he left. Jazzie faced a nightmare beyond imagining. She spent hours alone in her ruined apartment, her brutally murdered mother’s body just inches from her and she will never tell what she saw because somehow she knows he will know and come for her, too.

Her complete silence make Jazzie a candidate for Healing Hearts with Horses and there she connects with new intern, Taylor Dawson. Is it because they both are keeping secrets? Is it because they both know there ARE monsters in the closet that can become real-life monsters?

As Jazzie runs from her monster, Taylor has vowed to get to know the man who haunted her life, the man her mother called a monster, her father. What Taylor finds means her entire life was a lie, but for Jazzie, her monster is real and coming for her and anyone she may have opened up to. Taylor has slain one monster by getting to know who her father really is, but now she is in the crosshairs of Jazzie’s monster, whose gun is very real…

Karen Rose’s MONSTER IN THE CLOSET is a web of turmoil, lives crossing paths and buried truths revealed as one young girl with the wisdom of a sage and the terror of a child traumatized becomes the focus of a murder investigation because only she knows what really happened and she isn’t talking. Meanwhile, one young woman will battle her own demons to finally face the truth of who her own monster really was.

Edgy, intense and emotionally charged, there is a common thread that binds the many characters in this tale and Karen Rose keeps the tension high and the danger chilling. I was caught up in the drama, the suspense and the lives that were touched by a monster.

I received an ARC edition from Berkley in exchange for my honest review.

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