Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Don't Tell - Karen Rose

I'm waiting for Karen Rose's latest book to arrive at my doorstep and so this weekend I read the only book of hers that I hadn't read yet, Don't Tell.


It was a desperate plan. But Mary Grace Winters knew the only way to save herself and her child from her abusive cop husband was to stage their own death. Now all that remains of their former life is at the bottom of a lake . . .


Armed with a new identity in a new town, she and her son have found refuge hundreds of miles away. As Caroline Stewart, she has almost forgotten the nightmare she left behind nine years ago. She is even taking a chance on love with Max Hunter, a man with wounds of his own. But her past is about to collide with the present when her husband uncovers her trail and threatens her hard-won peace. Step by step, he's closing in on her— and everything and everyone she loves.

I'm happy to say I enjoyed it very much! I particularly liked the heroine, Caroline and how she managed to survive years of abuse and build a new life for herself. And I also liked her son very much and how he was always protecting her. I hope Tom will be a future hero in one of the books.

The story begins with Mary Grace / Caroline's husband finding out that she and her son may not be dead after all. He is a truly bad character, a cop who doesn't hesitate to beat and kill suspects when he feels like it and who is abusing is current girlfriend just as he did is wife. He is also a master of disguise and will go to great lenghts to find out what happened 7 years ago and where is his son now.

Caroline is working as a secretary, 7 years after she run away she has built a new life and made friends but she is still afraid her husband will find her. When she meets her new boss - Max Hunter - and gets involved with him she is faced with problem of having to tell him the truth. At the same time her husband is getting closer and nothing will stop him from getting his revenge.

Rose's characters are as usual very human and real and the fast paced action in this book kept me on edge and made me read it in one sitting. Rose introduces several characters who will appear in future books and they make an excellent set of secondary characters.

Grade: A-


  1. Don't Tell is one of my favorite books by Karen Rose, Ana. Again, she managed to create wonderful characters, even if I have a tiny preference for Max.;-)
    The villain is a tad different from the others we are used to, which is interesting.

  2. I just realised I forgot to mention the hero. I really liked Max too, he was such a nice guy even though he had that bad temper thing with his family, of course it isn't easy to grow up from what he was... I laughed so hard when David shows up when Monica is harassing him and tells he is Max's partner :-)


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