Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose Headline February 21st 2019
Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has tried hard to put his past behind him. He escaped the violence of his
cult upbringing when he was just thirteen, and since then routine and discipline have been his way of
making sense of the world. But when a petite blonde woman crashes into his life, he begins to realize that
a little bit of chaos might not be so bad.
Daisy Dawson has had more than her fair share of pain too – but she’s done being a victim. Daisy’s
determined to explore every new experience she can – including getting to know the dark and serious FBI
investigator she meets when she fights off a masked attacker one night.
It soon becomes clear that Daisy’s attack was just the beginning. Now the bloodied bodies of young
women are showing up all over California, and, as Gideon tries to find the killer, it’s clear that Daisy is in
more danger than they ever realised…
I’m all for trying something new, so I thought, what the heck when Karen Rose’s Say Your Sorry blogtour invite dropped in my inbox. It was not my usual type of book as I would read suspense but not romance, so I was interested to see how I would get on.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, the romance worked in with the suspenseful plot worked extremely well. It added light to what otherwise would have been a very dark novel.
I knew from the start that the main characters Daisy and Gideon would get it together, it was just a matter of how and when. They perfectly complemented each other on a deeply personal level and when struggling to discover who attacked Daisy., it felt like the start of a brilliant partnership.
As for the suspenseful bit, that was a real white knuckle ride, at times very chilling and terrifying. You knew who the murderer was from the very beginning, and he was definitely not someone you would like to meet. Most perpetrators in this genre tend to be one dimensional, but this was where Rose was clever. Yes, he was evil and brutal but he had obviously suffered some serious psychological damage as he grew up and still struggled with it to the extreme in the present day. Rose’s skill was her ability to slowly unravel him as we read, to lay his psyche bare for us all to see, to recoil in horror as we knew what would and could happen next.
There were various strands to Say Your’re Sorry and none were more interesting than Gideon’s past. The product of a hideous cult that had scarred him beyond anything you could imagine you had to admire his courage and determination to make a life for himself and become a fully functioning FBI agent. I think this was why Daisy and himself complemented each other so well, as she too came to terms with an unusual upbringing that was both difficult and challenging. I loved Rose’s addition of Brutus the service dog but did worry that she would get squashed or have no fur due to Daisy’s frequently high anxiety levels!
In Roses’s capable hands the varying strands slowly came together, as she sent your heart rate soaring and you read on furiously to discover the outcome. That heart rate remained high throughout as she alternated between the perpetrator and Daisy and Gideon’s race against time to catch him. Rose did not shy away from some pretty graphic descriptions, totally relevant to the story and aptly illustrated just how dangerous a person Daisy and Gideon were up against.
Say Your’re Sorry was not for the fainthearted, it was dark, gritty and lived up to its inclusion in the suspense genre. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the combination of romance and suspense and I fell a little in love with Gideon, although I may have some competition from Daisy! I will be eagerly awaiting the next instalment.
I would like to thank Headline for a copy of Say Your’re Sorry to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
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, their cat, Bella, and two dogs, Loki and Freya. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, and her new hobby – knitting.