Closer Than You Think by Karen Rose

Closer Than You Think by Karen RoseCloser Than You Think by Karen Rose
Series: Romantic Suspense #16
Published by Headline on November 6th 2014
Pages: 544
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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.

Karen Rose plots a tight one here, but I lost it mid-way through because of – dare I say – superfluousness and the multiple runarounds and guesswork that just didn’t seem to end. 2 days later, I found myself checking the number of pages to left to the end – and as a reader, that’s not a good sign when the climax is too slow in coming.

I’m not too sure if I can connect with the H/h as well; Novak seems larger than life and with his looks, a veritable comic-con character than guy with dreams, hopes and flaws. Faith on the other hand, while not a Mary Sue seems a little too irritatingly perfect, excelling in shooting, martial arts and all, with the right amount of compassion and grief to make her a ‘softer’ heroine.

More importantly though, length is a definite problem here for me and while I don’t think I’m too attention-deficit, I thought that the book could definitely be done just as effectively, if not more so had the story been told a little straighter with less dallying and family drama.