Book Review

by Karen Rose

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

2005 Suspense Nominee

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When Ethan Buchanan's hearing-impaired godson is kidnapped, the former special services operative reluctantly agrees to conduct a search without notifying the police. He follows the kidnapper's trail, unaware that 12-year-old Alec has been taken by a psychopathic serial killer.

Dana Dupinsky is fiercely protective of the women and children who seek shelter in Hanover House, a battered women's shelter in Chicago. When "Jane Smith" and her son, "Erik," arrive, Dana has no reason to be suspicious. But Jane soon starts to make Dana nervous. Erik sleeps most of the day, which concerns her. She doesn't know that Jane is actually serial killer Sue Conway, who's drugging the kidnapped Alec. Ruthless Sue is murdering anyone she holds a grudge against and anyone who gets in her way. When Ethan tracks down Sue, fate introduces him to Dana. Can Ethan figure out what's happening?

In the pantheon of horrific killers, Sue Conway surely ranks near the top. This book is filled with heart-stopping suspense and graphic terror. Rose is making her mark on the suspense genre. (Aug., 528 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Warner

Published: August 2005

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Nothing to Fear

Submitted by Robin in PA on January 14, 2012 - 2:05pm.

Security Expert Ethan Buchanan has been tasked with finding his godson, Alec, a deaf-mute 12-year-old who has been kidnapped. With the help of his partner, Ethan has tracked the woman who took Alec to Chicago. Sue Conway vows to make the people who put her in prison pay. The first step is kidnapping Alec. Sue and her "son" hide at Hanover House, a home for battered women and children. The home's director, Dana Dupinsky, has no reason to doubt her. When Ethan meets Dana while checking out a lead at a Chicago bus station, he doesn't realize that Dana is unwittingly hiding the very people he is searching for.

This is Karen Rose's fourth book and they just keep getting better and better. This story is well plotted with lots of twists and turns. We usually don't see many female villains. Rose has created a convincing killer in Sue Conway. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. My rating: 5 Stars.