I was very impressed with this mystery by Karen Rose. I enjoy her style of writing very much. She develops her characters well and throws in a curve ball in the action when you least expect it. I AM reading as many of her books as I can get my hands on.
Since escaping her abusive cop husband and moving to Chicago seven years earlier, Mary Grace Winters has reinvented herself. With the help of a safe house for battered women, she changed her name to Caroline Stewart and her son\'s to Tom and secured a secretarial position at Carrington College. But unbeknownst to Caroline, her husband is on her trail, determined to reclaim his son and kill anyone who stands in his way. Meanwhile, Caroline struggles to live a normal life and open her heart to the love of a good man, Max Hunter. A handsome history professor and former NBA star, Max still bears physical and emotional scars from a long-ago car crash. But as their whirlwind romance progresses, enhanced by generous doses of steamy sex, Max realizes that Caroline\'s reluctance to commit stems from her past fears, not repulsion over his injury. Despite one stormy scene, in which Caroline and Max fling insults at each other and compare scars, first-time author Rose handles her subject matter well. She informs without preaching and allows her characters to sort through their emotions in a mature manner. As gripping as a cold hand on the back of one\'s neck, but tempered by lovable characters and a moving romance, this assured debut bodes well for Rose\'s future books.
This was the first book I've read by Karen Rose, and I plan to read more. There was a mix of suspense and romance.
Wow! Karen Rose is phenomenal. Her style makes you feel like you're seeing everything unfold right before your eyes. The imagery is so realistic that it's creepy.
Rob Winters is a wife-beating, homicidal...COP! 7 years earlier, his wife, Mary Grace, finally got tired of the beatings and ran with their son after faking their deaths. The two moved to Chicago, changed their names and went on with their lives...until the day her car was pulled from the lake with no bodies inside. Furious, Rob uses his connections (legal and illegal) to find out Mary Grace's new name and whereabouts and goes on a murderous rampage, intent on punishing his estrnged wife and taking back his son.
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. With a new identity she and her son have found refuge hundreds of miles away. She has almost forgotten the nightmare she left behind. She even takes a new love. But her past is about to collide with the present when her husband uncovers her trail and threatens her hard-won peace. Step by steop he's closing in on her and everything and everyone she loves. A real gripper.