Thursday, 14 November 2019

Into The Dark by Karen Rose - Blog Tour Review


Sunday Times bestselling author Karen Rose is back with the gripping fifth instalment of the Cincinnati series. Fans of James Patterson, Karin Slaughter and Tess Gerritsen will love this unputdownable race to stop a serial killer out for revenge.

When Michael Rowland saves his younger brother Joshua from the clutches of his stepfather, he runs for his life with his brother in his arms. From his hiding place he sees the man who has made their lives a misery taken away in the trunk of a stranger's car, never to be seen again.

Doctor Dani Novak has been keeping soccer coach Diesel Kennedy at arm's length to protect him from her dark secrets. When they are brought together by the two young brothers who desperately need their help, it seems they might finally be able to leave their damaged pasts behind them.

But as the only witness to the man who kidnapped and murdered his stepfather, Michael is in danger. As Diesel and Dani do all that they can to protect him, their own investigation into the murder uncovers a much darker web if secrets than they could have imagined.

As more bodies start to appear it's clear that this killer wants vengeance. And will wipe out anything that gets on his way ...

My Review

I am going to start by saying that I haven't read the rest of this series. But this didn't lessen my enjoyment of this book. There is enough information given throughout and Karen Rose writes it so well that I knew enough to keep up and enjoy the story.

The serial killer in this story is quite unique, at his core he believes he is doing the right thing and rescuing vulnerable adults and children from abusive people. However when he is spotted by Michael he turns into a completely different kind of killer. At times I found myself siding with the killer rather than his 'victims'.

The characters in this book are excellent and it is so difficult to pick my favourite, but it is a close call between Diesel and Michael. Michael looks out for his younger brother and wants to protect him. Michael is deaf so at times he finds the world a very daunting place anyway, add on to that everything he has been through and it is easy to say why he is so protective over his brother. Diesel is just such a lovely, caring man. He wants to help the boys and help them have a happy and peaceful life. He protects the people he cares about with a fierce amount of strength, love and loyalty. 

Alongside the serial killer and protecting Michael and his brother, there is a dollop of romance. Dani and Diesel have such a great friendship, although Diesel hopes it will become something more. But Dani has walls up, I felt like screaming at her at times, 'For God's sake just let him love you!!' 

Karen Rose has written another great book and I am looking forward to reading more. I really enjoyed the way she incorporated characters having hearing problems and using sign language into the story. At the beginning of the book she explains why she has written the book the way she has and I found that really fascinating to read about. 

About The Author


Karen Rose was introduced to suspense and horror at the tender age of eight when she accidentally read Poe's The Pit and The Pendulum and was afraid to go to sleep for years. She now enjoys writing books that make other people afraid to go to sleep.

Karen lives in Florida with her family, their cat, Bella, and two dogs, Loki and Freya. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, and her new hobby - knitting.


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