Say No More starts off so viscerally violent that your jaw aches from grinding your teeth through the nail-biter that is that opening. I love Karen Rose novels, truly. She’s so good at wrapping the noose around your neck and pulling you down into the depths for every delicious twist of her writing.
After the gut-wrenching beauty of Say You’re Sorry, I knew I was going to love reading more about this cast of characters and the hunt for answers as they untangle the web of the cult that Gideon and Mercy were raised in. And wow, it’s a doozy of a cult and the big bad is so thoroughly despicable.
Mercy was a bit difficult for me to get behind for the first part of this novel. She reminded me of an extremely damaged ice queen with a deep seated anger towards her brother. Her choices and decision making, while i understood that had been through quite the ordeal, was difficult for me to embrace. It helped that she thawed out midway through, told the truth, found some truths and began to set things right with her brother.
Can we talk about Rafe Sokolov for a minute? I love him, seriously. He’s a perfect fit for Mercy and his family – gah! I love the Sokolov’s so freaking much. The Sacremento series has so much potential because of the genuine awesomeness that is this family.
The other thing that really cements the likability of the characters is dual points of views, you’re never stuck in someones head space for long, and you’re constantly on the move through the characters which I personally think just aids in strengthening the novel’s readability.
Karen Rose is a stellar author, if you enjoy Romantic Suspense, you need to just pick up this series and go for it. So good. I would highly, highly suggest beginning with book one.
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC, I loved this book and can’t wait to see what happens in the series next.
Read my reivew for Book One, Say You’re Sorry HERE
Mercy Callahan thought she’d escaped the cult decades ago, but its long fingers are reaching out for her again in this electrifying novel in the Sacramento series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose.
Seventeen years ago. That was the last time Mercy Callahan saw Ephraim Burton, the leader of the twisted Eden cult where she was raised. But even though she escaped the abuse and terror, they continue to haunt her.
When her brother Gideon discovers new evidence of the cult’s–and their victims’–whereabouts, Mercy goes to Sacramento to reconnect with him. There, she meets Gideon’s closest friend–homicide detective Rafe Sokolov. From Rafe, she receives an offer she never knew she needed: to track down Ephraim and make him pay for everything.
But Ephraim, who had thought Mercy long dead, discovers she is in fact alive and that she is digging around for the cult’s secrets. And now he’ll do anything to take her back to Eden–dead or alive.