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Alone in the Dark by Karen Rose

Alone in the Dark

Part of the Cincinnati Series Series
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February 2016 Book of the Month.

Alone in the Dark is quite simply, a wonderful hit of escapism with a great mix of crime drama and romance. This is the second in the ‘Cincinnati series’ and focuses on human trafficking. If this is your first foray into the hugely popular fictional crime world of Karen Rose (as it was mine), then this can easily be read as a standalone novel. If you've been eagerly awaiting the next in the series then you will recognise some of the characters from Closer Than You Think , however Scarlett and Marcus are taking their turn in the crime-romance spotlight. With much of the action taking place over a two day period, and with not a lot of sleeping (of the eyes shut kind), this is a crime novel overflowing with suspense. Karen Rose adroitly handles the romance, it doesn't feel as though it’s been tacked on the side, it is a living, sometimes heavy breathing, and essential part of the story. If you like strong female characters, a romance with bite and character, plus a healthy serving of action packed investigation, this is the book for you. ~ Liz Robinson

One of our Books of the Year 2015.

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

When I think of Karen Rose, I remember the first time that I read her work, a long time before I had the privilege of working with her, and just being blown away by her talent. I knew immediately that Karen was, and remains, an author who completely understands what drives us all, an author that understands that human relationships are the fundamental starting point for all that we do. Whether we are forging those relationships with family or friends, whether we are falling in love with someone new, whether we are running from evil, desperate to save our lives, these are the bridges that propel us forward.

I knew then that Karen was an author that I wanted to re-read and then try again and again. An author that would always make me read long after I should have turned out the light, in a desperate race to find out who was targeting our leads and whether they would find a relationship that could survive the trauma and, the adrenaline, becoming something deep and meaningful. And so it has proved.

Karen and I are publishing our seventeenth novel together this year and she has never written a book that I don’t love. In Alone in the Dark we see an author at the height of her powers focused on a subject, human trafficking, that is both relevant and newsworthy. Karen Rose is an author who may scare you, but she’s definitely an author to treasure and one who once you read, you will never forget. If you haven’t picked up Alone in the Dark, please do and then go back and re-read every Karen Rose novel. I promise you will never be disappointed.

~ Vicki Mellor, Deputy Publishing Director, Headline

If you like Karen Rose you might also like to read books by P. J. Tracy, Karin Slaughter and Beverly Barton.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our expert opinion, a small number of our Lovereading reader review panel members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. You can read the full reviews here.

  • Alfred Nobile - 'this I found on the whole it was a very enjoyable book. All characters were well drawn and rounded. I will look forward to reading more in this series.'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'A masterpiece story that is a must read from beginning to end.'
  • Cathy Small - 'Karen Rose at her best - a chilling thriller that will keep you gripped until the end.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Fast-paced, full of red herrings, ruthless characters – great read but a bit disappointed the author repeats themes from her compelling Closer Than You Think.'
  • Susan Wallace - 'I thought this was a great book, absolutely enthralling.  I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author.'
  • Shilawati Ab.Rahman - 'The plot are nicely laid out and keeps you wanting for more. Alone in the Dark will not disappoint you.'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'A story full of twists and turns with likeable characters and definite villains. Definitely one I would recommend.'
  • Jacki Moorcroft - 'Wow, Karen Rose does it again with a thrilling page turner full of juicy characters and steamy passages.'
  • Melanie Rose - ' is a very good read - intense, complex, fast and furious - you'll just want to keep reading till you get to the end.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'The novel wends its way around family, romance, passion and treachery, lots of twists and turns, I couldn't put it down, best book I've read for a long time!'
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'This is a blockbuster in all senses of the word. Around 600 pages long and unputdownable. Karen Rose at her best. Not a book for the fainthearted.'
  • Bev Farningham - 'I am a great fan of Karen Rose but this was well off her usual mark and I would give it 3.5 stars.'
  • Julie Faulkner - 'A tense fast paced psychological thriller with lots of inter-connecting threads.  It loses its way somewhat in the middle but draws in the reader again towards the end.'

Win Books from the Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series!

Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

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Alone in the Dark by Karen Rose

The Sunday Times bestselling author of CLOSER THAN YOU THINK returns with a breath-taking new novel in the Cincinnati series - would you cross the line between danger and desire, justice and revenge? A desperate hunt to find a young girl's killer is about to turn deadly...Former Army Ranger Marcus O'Bannion and homicide cop Scarlett Bishop have met only briefly but when Scarlett receives a phone call in the middle of the night, she immediately recognises the hauntingly smooth voice asking her to meet him in one of Cincinnati's roughest areas. On arriving, Scarlett finds the body of a seventeen-year-old Asian girl and Marcus injured. A fierce champion of victims' rights, Marcus claims the young woman was working for an affluent local family and the last time he saw her she was terrified, abused, and clearly in need of help. Having agreed to meet her, both Marcus and the young woman were targeted for death. As they investigate, Scarlett and Marcus are pulled into the dangerous world of human trafficking where they soon realise they are going to have to become as ruthless as those they are hunting. Because if they don't, how many other girls may end up alone in the dark?


'Intense, complex and unforgettable' -- James Patterson

'Fast and furious' Sun

About the Author

Karen Rose

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. When she's not writing, she enjoys travelling, karate and, though not a popular Florida pastime, skiing.

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11th February 2016


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Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group


736 pages


Thriller / Suspense
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