Karen Rose latest book “Scream For Me” is well written and suspenseful. It is a continuation of the unraveling of the Vartanian’s family secrets. In the small town of Dutton, Georgia, another killer is on the loose killing young women whose deaths are tied to the past. Thirteen years ago Alicia Tremaine was raped, murdered and dumped in a ditch in Dutton. Her killer was caught and is now serving time. When another corpse is found and then another, some of the residents of this small Georgia town are afraid.
Daniel Vartanian of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations just recently returned from leave following the death of his evil brother Simon and the burial of his parents who were murdered by Simon. He is thrown immediately into the investigation of a recent murder of a young woman whose body was found during a bicycle race.
The similarities between the recent murders and the murder of Alicia Tremaine are very apparent. The killer is using the same MO as was used thirteen years ago. Daniel fears that Simon is connected to these recent murders. After Simon’s death Daniel found photos his brother had of young women being raped and the young woman whose body was recently found was a photo in Simon’s stack of pictures.
Alex Fallon returns to Dutton, Georgia searching for her step-sister, Bailey Crighton who is missing. Alex takes custody of Hope, Bailey’s young daughter. Hope is traumatized by her Mom’s disappearance. When Alex hears about the murder she thinks the body is Bailey. When she goes to meet the investigator on the case she meets Daniel Vartanian. When Daniel meets Alex, he is shocked because Alex looks like one of the girls in his collection of photos of women who were found raped and murdered. He soon finds out that Alex is Alicia’s twin sister.
Alex becomes Daniel’s constant companion as she searches for Bailey and he searches for the killer. Daniel seems to be smitten with Alex from the beginning. His mind constantly strays to other things when she is around. The sexually charged tension between them grows day by day. When the bungalow where Alex is staying is trashed by an unknown suspect she moves in with Daniel for protection. Here in Daniel’s home, in his bed, their nights are filled with all consuming passion as the investigation continue.
This book is a chapter too long. Pages could have been cut for a tighter storyline. The book left a few things unanswered that I felt should have been answered in this book. The ending of the book did not fit the whole premise of the storyline. In fact, it was way out there, but the sex scenes were hot! I’d rate Karen Rose’s hardcover debut, Scream For Me, a B+.