Saturday, May 9, 2015

Review: Broken Silence by Karen Rose

Title: Broken Silence
Series: Karen Rose's Interconnecting Books, Baltimore, MD
Author: Karen Rose
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: October 15, 2013
Publisher: InterMix

After a traumatic kidnapping, Daphne’s boss insists that she take time off. But she refuses to sit on the sidelines when she meets a six-year-old girl who the police call Angel. Angel hasn’t spoken a word since they found her four days ago next to a burned out car, frozen with shock, not far from the bodies of two adults who may or may not have been her parents.

Joseph knows that helping Angel is exactly what Daphne needs right now. But when Daphne gets Angel to talk, a mysterious and chilling crime begins to unravel—one that drives Daphne into the darkest corners of her past as she and Joseph track a ruthless killer.

My rating:

A little girl is found at a crime scene, and VCET is called in. VCET whose new "boss", FBI Special Agent Joseph Carter, calls in his mate, State Attorney Daphne Montgomery, to help in coaxing a word, any word, out of the child. Joseph feels like a monster, making Daphne relive her childhood trauma that had made her unable to speak for eight months, yet again, but he knows she's their best bet.

This was a lovely little novella (the rating reflects the fact I didn't care for its shortness) that brings closure to Daphne and a nice coda to her and Joseph's story. It felt more like a slightly longer epilogue to Did You Miss Me?.

And despite its shortness, it had everything I've come to expect from a Karen Rose story—action, drama, suspense, romance, and just a little bit of humor to keep it from being too bleak. In the end, I was happy for Joseph and Daphne (congrats, you two), and excited to read more. Onto the next book, then.


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