Title: Silent Scream
Author: Karen Rose
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
Paperback: 608 pages
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
From the Publisher:
When a teenage girl dies in a suspicious fire, Detective Olivia Sutherland is assigned to track down the arsonist. Then she discovers something more sinister: a vicious blackmailer who preys on young people and murders without hesitation. Making her work even harder is sexy firefighter David Hunter. He's not only sharing the case but sparking memories of their long-ago night of passion, when feelings were left unspoken and hearts were broken.
David has his own ghosts, and a million regrets. But while he and Olivia try to face the wall of pain between them, a diabolical puppet master is pulling strings to make a group of twentysomethings do his bidding. Soon Olivia and David are scouring the city for a calculating criminal who seems tantalizingly close--and is moving in for the kill.
Over thirty years ago I read my first Trixie Belden novel, The Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell and I was forever hooked on mystery novels. It is beyond a doubt my favourite genre and reading Silent Scream by Karen Rose reminded me of all the reasons why I do so enjoy an excellent mystery. Silent Scream is what some would call a chunkster at well over 500 pages and I quite literally read the novel cover to cover, as I was unable to put the book down. Silent Scream is made up of an intricate web of relationships, grudges, and buried secrets along with clever plot twists that will keep the reader guessing until the very end. The novel begins with four college students: Albert, Mary, Eric, and Joel setting fire to a condo in an effort to save the wetlands. Unbeknownst to these four, someone is videotaping the entire scene, which will be later used to blackmail them. Furthermore, there is a witness who saw the blackmailer and knows there was a girl trapped in the fire. Enter Firefighters Zell and Hunter along with homicide detectives Sutherland and Kane and the novel begins to take off as Rose creates the perfect plot; one that will keep the reader not only engaged but also thinking as the novel progresses. Without a doubt Silent Scream is a page-turner and one any mystery fan will enjoy. As loathe as I am to admit this, I had not heard of Karen Rose's novels prior to this one and I will be reading all of her earlier novels as I believe there may potentially be some character carry-over, or at least I hope there is, as she puts together an amazing cast of characters. Silent Scream is a must read mystery.
About the Author:
Karen Rose is a RITA Award-winning author who fell in love with books from the time she learned to read, with Jo from Little Women and Nancy Drew becoming close childhood friends. A former chemical engineer and high school chemistry and physics teacher, Karen lives in Florida with her husband of twenty years, their two children, and the family cat, Bella. For more information, visit her website.
I received a complimentary copy of Silent Scream by Karen Rose from Hachette as part of the tour. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.