Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose – Katie’s Review

Why I read it

The blurb had me HOOKED!

What I rated it

What it’s about

Baltimore PI Clay Maynard routinely locates missing children for clients, but his own daughter—stolen by his ex-wife—has eluded him for years. Until she turns up right under his nose…

Since she was a child, Taylor Dawson believed the lie her mother told her: that her father was a monster. But now she has a chance to get to know the real Clay while doing real work as an equine therapist, which includes helping two girls whose mother was brutally murdered. She might even find something deeper with her boss’s handsome son, Ford Elkhart, whose eyes are so haunted. But just as Taylor feels her life opening up to new family, work, and friends, a danger lurks in the darkness—one that will show Taylor the face of true evil…

Katie’s Review

I LOVED this book! I am not even sure I can get the right words to express how much I loved this book, but I am going to try!

It should be noted that apparently Monster in the Dark is part of a series, and I have not read any of the other books in this series. I am usually a hard-core proponent of reading books in order, even if they are standalones. I broke my own rules just by picking this book up. I now need to go back and read the rest of the series, because these characters are all so loveable!

Sometimes, someone or something comes into your life just when you need it. See, I had an uncle who had down syndrome. Due to this, I have always been super involved with Special Olympics and feel like I have an insider’s insight into how this syndrome doesn’t limit you, but just makes you unique.  Unfortunately, my uncle passed away last week, so this book, as hard as it was to read, was just what I needed to read at the time.

Over the years, I don’t recall a single romance book where there were characters appropriately and accurately portrayed with down syndrome, but Karen has nailed it!

What I loved about this book, was that it just seemed different. I love a good romantic suspense, but so many times, I feel the suspense part of the story is simplified to allow the romance portion to come through, making the suspense part seem like the secondary storyline, not the primary. Karen has written an incredibly twisted, complex and intriguing story that kept me hooked to my Kindle for days!

There were a lot of storylines being intertwined in this book, but I never felt like I wasn’t understanding, or it was getting too complicated.

I also loved that Karen is such a talented author that she can write a book in a series where someone can pick up one of the series, and not feel like they’ve missed an inside joke or don’t understand what is going on and why. Not many authors can accomplish this, but Karen succeeded!

I really loved this new release from Karen Rose, and you can bet I will be checking out the rest of her books in this series!

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