Monster in the Closet – Karen Rose (Baltimore Book 5)


Monster In The Closet is published by Headline on 1 June 2016 and is available to buy here

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…

My thoughts

Monster In The Closet is the latest from Karen Rose. This is her fifth book in the Baltimore Series.

This book would be best enjoyed if you have read the previous books in the series. If you have a photographic memory, all the better. I did struggle, with who was who! I think I could do with a detailed diagram to just remind me of the links and who is related to who.

The story is all about children and survival. Taylor has graduated with a Psychology degree and is working as an intern with the children in an equine therapy centre. She is also desperate to get close to her birth father, a man she was raised to hate. This man is Clay Maynard, who we have previously met. Two children come to her care. They are not speaking and it is clear that they are in a state of shock. Taylor finds that she can relate to eleven year old Jazzie and her experiences of fear. Quickly, we understand the danger the children are under. As witnesses to murder, their lives are threatened. We see the killer and wait for him to act.

With Karen Rose, you know what to expect. She is the Queen of Romantic Suspense. You can’t go wrong with a murder, shootings, a desperate killer and a spot of romance thrown in. I do find the whole massive family and friends connections a trifle distracting at times. We see romance slowly blossom between Taylor and Ford, a previous character from early on in the series. Taylor is reunited with her birth father and starts to build a relationship with him. Two fathers is a bit excessive though. That is just greedy. But then the general theme of fathers and daughters is explored here. The good and the bad!

Entertaining and fun. Karen Rose fans will not be disappointed. Long may it continue.




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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