Thursday, 28 January 2010

Have You Seen Her? by Karen Rose

Karen Rose has been on my must-read list for a while now. This is, after all, an author who dominates the UK and US bestseller lists, and counts Tess Gerritsen and Lisa Gardner amongst her fans.

With her new hardback Have You Seen Her? shooting to the number 10 spot on the Sunday Times bestseller list this week, and the paperback of Don’t Tell also reaching the number four spot, I decided to see what keeps her fans coming back for more and more… check out my enthusiastic review below!

Have You Seen Her? is my first, and will certainly not be my last Karen Rose – I have completely signed up to the Karen Rose fan-club, complete with bag, hat and t-shirt!

The book sees Special Agent Steven Thatcher on the trail of a serial killer with a penchant for highschool cheerleaders. Each one disappears from their beds, with no evidence of a break-in, and each one ends up brutally murdered.

As more girls disappear, Thatcher becomes caught between his priorities as a parent and as a policeman. His eldest son Brad suddenly starts behaving strangely. Worried by his drop in grades, Brad’s teacher Jenna Marshall contacts his father to voice her concerns.

The first meeting between Thatcher and Marshall is electrifying to read – the attraction between them is instant, and is the beating heart of this book. Rose deftly interweaves their relationship with a terrifying and tense hunt for the killer – and the two plots collide when the killer's attention becomes centred on Marshall herself.

There are some real heart-in-mouth moments, and it is certainly a book to read with the lights on and the doors locked shut! Yet this book also has a warmth and depth that sets Rose apart from her contemporaries. I can’t wait to start on her next!

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great read. I do love a good thriller. You wrote a great review too! :)