It’s a good thing I enjoy Karen Rose’s novels of romantic suspense cos the last couple have been freakin’ huge.
If I’m being honest, I usually avoid books over 400 pages… thinking my attention span won’t survive them. Plus… more often than not the escapism I enjoy from books is meant to be short lived. Not something eked out over days and days.
Thankfully I’m a fast reader and although this is 600+ pages, it wasn’t overly (or even at all) arduous. *Mops brow with back of hand and swoons.*
Death is Not Enough
by Karen Rose
Series: Baltimore #6
Published by Headline
on May 17th 2018
Source: Hachette Australia
Genres: Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 1472244079, 9781472244079
In his work as a defense attorney in Baltimore, Thorne has always been noble to a fault—specializing in helping young people in trouble in an attempt to atone for those he couldn't save when he himself was younger. He plays the part of the bachelor well, but secretly holds a flame for his best friend and business partner, Gwyn Weaver, a woman struggling to overcome her own demons. After four years, he thinks he might finally be ready to confess his feelings, come what may.
But his plans are derailed when he wakes up in bed with a dead woman, with no recollection of how he got there. Whoever is trying to frame Thorne is about to lead him down the rabbit hole of his past, something he thought he outran long ago—which means Thorne must figure out who's been keeping track of him, how much they know, and how far they'll go to bring him down...
I’ve also lost track of which series is which and it wasn’t until I started this that I was reminded that when I read the last in a different series I also moaned about how many bloody characters were featured. It’s a little overwhelming. Thankfully these were a little familiar and…. I recalled from my previous rant (about the same thing) that Rose drops many into the plot now and then but readers don’t really need to remember exactly who’s who. Cos…. SO. MANY. PEOPLE!
Anyhoo, I did vaguely recall reference to Tom Thorne in Monster in the Closet – the previous book in this series – and Rose kicks off with a prologue from almost 20yrs ago before re-introducing Thorne here.
The events of Thorne’s past are linked with those in the present but this isn’t a dual timeframe novel. Other than the prologue we only learn more about his past (and those of other players in the novel) via the book’s many characters.
Thorne and his colleague (and love interest) Gwyn are the two key characters in this book and as usual the romance revolves around their will they / won’t they? amidst a number of crimes – many of which seem to be targeting Thorne’s family and friends.
I’d normally cringe at the stoic and manly Thorne (particularly in relation to his complete adoration and over-protectiveness of Gwyn) but I suspect many of us secretly love that devotedness; or perhaps it’s just me who’s never experienced that IRL, so I think it’d be nice. For a while. Until I decided it was patronising and I was quite capable or taking care of myself. (Thank you very much!)
Thorne and his friends pretty quickly work out who’s behind the current spate of attacks: aimed at implicating Thorne in nefarious deeds or hurting him via his loved ones. They also can kinda guess why, but it’s the link to his past they don’t quite get.
Readers are actually put in the head of the baddie and his offsiders so we know stuff Thorne doesn’t. Rose however does a good job at keeping some secrets.
As I said, this book is very long and I think the middle could have been contracted a little. It took me a couple of nights to read, though again I enjoyed the central as well as the peripheral characters; and Rose achieves the balance between romance / suspense I very much prefer. I’m now trying to guess who will feature in the next book of this series. I’m thinking Daisy and Alec. Or perhaps the cop Hyatt?
Death is Not Enough by Karen Rose will be published in Australia by Hachette.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.