Closer Than You Think – Karen Rose

Published November 2014


Electrifying. Addictive. Suspenseful. At the top of her game. Karen Rose, the multiple Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, returns with a new mini-series, new characters and her best novel yet.

Deacon Novak has returned home. The experienced FBI Agent knows that his move to Cincinnati’s Major Crime Enforcement Squad will be challenging, but the greater challenge will be saving his younger brother before he becomes the kind of criminal Deacon is chasing.

Faith Corcoran has escaped her identity. Being a therapist to victims of sex crimes was rewarding, but her work with their offenders has jeopardized her life. Her move represents a chance to build a new life in the empty old house her grandmother has left her.

What Faith doesn’t know is that a killer has made the house his playground, taking girls into the basement and murdering them. And now Faith is about disturb his fun.

With a murderer focused on her, Faith is going to have to put her trust in Deacon if she’s going to survive. Because this killer is always closer than she thinks….

The first in a brand new series and Karen Rose at her tense, tantalising and thrilling best.

My thoughts

‘Closer Than You Think’ is the start of a brand new series. Karen Rose does mention and use past characters. However it is much less confusing than the more recent books. I did not feel I had to work out who was who, which was a relief.

The book was about Faith Corcoran, a woman who has had to change her identity to escape a stalker. She used to work with dangerous offenders and had to leave her job after her life was threatened. She has little faith in the police, after being bad mouthed by her ex. On inheriting a house and relocating, trouble comes calling. Faith meets the distinctive FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak, after a serious incident involving a kidnapped girl. Faith soon realises she is in mortal danger.

The strangest and weakest part of the book came from the attitude of police and others to Faith Corcoran. They demonised her because she worked to treat sex offenders and rehabilitate them. It was explained that for Faith, this was the only to help the children and give them much needed support. Faith was in no way sympathetic towards paedophiles and yet she was treated as if she was. Faith was only ‘forgiven’ for her role, when it turned out she was a Confidential Informant for the police and getting evidence to prosecute these paedophiles. It felt uncomfortable and simplistic.

Overall this is a much better and coherent read, than Karen Rose’s more recent less engaging books. It feels like she is back on form. It was very readable and entertaining romantic suspense.




About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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