Digging Out From Under the Pile

Scream for Me – Review
May 2, 2008, 6:06 pm
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Author: Karen Rose
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: May 13, 2008

Rating: 5


One of the best things about this book is how much story there is. Rose perfectly interweaves the romance and suspense of GBI Agent Daniel Vartanian’s story. Scream for Me picks up about a week after where Die for Me left off. Daniel is still contemplating what to do about the pictures he discovered in his serial killer brother’s cache when he is put back on duty to investigate a brutal murder a little way outside of his hometown. When one of the deputies processing the scene mentions the similarity to a brutal rape and murder that occurred 13 years earlier, Daniel is stymied that someone so well knows the particulars of the murder, but the man convicted of it is still in jail. When he investigates the original murder, he is shocked to discover the face of one of the girls in his brother’s photos. The shocks continue when he finds a woman waiting to talk to him who is the slightly older image of the murdered girl.

Alex Fallon has come back to Dutton, GA to take custody of her step-sister’s little girl when her step-sister disappears. The lack of respect she gets from the local authorities when pushing them to investigate the disappearance frustrates her, and she turns to the GBI. Alex has her own issues with the town as her identical twin was the girl murdered 13 years ago, her mother committed suicide right after identifying the body and Alex survived a suicide attempt of her own before her aunt, uncle, and cousin took her back with them to Ohio. Alex has never forgiven the town that shunned her mother, but she won’t give up on her step-sister, despite the obstacles constantly thrown in her path.

I could not put this book down. Well, I did the first night, but the second night I stayed up until 2 a.m. because I had to finish it. This is a book well worthy of Rose’s hardcover debut and I urge anyone who loves romantic suspense to run out and get their hands on it. If you feel the absolute need to read things in order, pick up Die for Me first, but I think Scream for Me can stand very well on its own.

**Edited to add: I got this advanced reader copy at the Public Library Association conference in Minneapolis at the end of March. I’d been salivating for this book to come out after reading Die for Me last year, and I almost tackled Heather at Grand Central for an early chance at the ARC. I restrained myself, however, so I’d remain in her good graces 😉


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