Series: Karen Rose's Interconnecting Books, Chicago, IL
Author: Karen Rose
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: August 1, 2005
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
As director of an inner-city woman's shelter, Dana Dupinsky safeguards many secrets. Some are new identities; some are new addresses; and some are even hidden truths about herself. Passionately dedicated to Hanover House and the women she protects, Dana has always been reluctant to look for love. But now, just as a case puts her and a child in mortal danger, it seems that love has come looking for her.
Security expert Ethan Buchanan learned to stalk men in the Afghan desert. Now he vows to track down the ruthless woman who kidnapped his godson-and falling for Dana is not in the plan. Yet her very presence seems to chase away the ghosts that haunt him, and her skillful evasion of personal questions raises his hunting instincts. For there's a deadly new secret at Hanover House. A brutal killer is weaving a web of revenge with a stolen boy at its center. And Dana is the next victim on the list...
I'm really seeing a pattern when it comes to this series. For me it truly is touch and go—one good book, one not so good, then one good again.
This story fell into the second category, because I simply couldn't concentrate on everything that was going on. The separate investigations, actually separate storylines of Dana's trying to help and Ethan trying to find the same two people clashed too much for me to enjoy the plot, add to that the villain's "arc", and you get too much crammed into one book.
There was no spark between Ethan and Dana—throwing in another guy just to create the tension of a love-triangle was a bit too much, since it didn't actually have the effect of a "real" love-triangle. Dana wasn't actually shoocing between two men, she had no clue what poor David really felt for her (blind much?). The supporting cast seemed inserted into the story more as an afterthought, and only saturated everything further, and alienated me even more from Evie, who's become even more annoying since Don't Tell if that's at all possible. I hated her. I have no idea how I'll feel when I read her book, but this one sure didn't endear her to me.
The only good thing about this book was the suspense, and since it took over more than half of a book, this story received the rating it did. I love me a twisted killer. If only everything else was as good as the villain. Or if this part of the story meshed better with the other storylines. It felt like a separate entity at times.