Review: No One Left to Tell by Karen Rose

nolttSeries: (Romantic Suspense, #13) and (Baltimore #2)
Published by: Headline
ISBN: 0755373960
ISBN 13: 9780755373963
Published: June 2012
Pages: 544
Format reviewed: Paperback
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five

‘No One Left to Tell’ by Karen Rose is a well-crafted mix of suspense thriller mystery and romance. Like the rest of her books, her latest is related to her others and yet it’s very enjoyable alone – I myself have not read any of her other books, though I’ll be keeping an eye out for them in the future.

We are introduced to PI Paige Holden (who first appears in Silent Scream), who has been asked to look into an apparent wrongful conviction and imprisonment of a gardener who worked for a retired US Senator. Before she can find out much, the wife of the gardener is killed on her doorstep while trying to deliver the newfound evidence required and Paige herself soon fears for her life as she gets too close.

Grayson Smith is the attorney who sent the gardener to prison, but he’s soon on Paige’s side as he can’t abide wrongful imprisonment. Together they do what they can to uncover the truth, but the more they dig the more they discover who is involved in this case, and just how far back it goes… How far can they get when highly ranked people are involved, well positioned and wealthy enough to command the plays in life?

The characters all have a lot of baggage. It helped you connect to them and you did want to read on to make sure they were okay in the end, yet it could have been good to see a character who was simply happy and positive. The characters were well balanced and generally likeable.

The romance was a little fast and forced, and at times felt a little unnecessary – but romance lovers are sure to love reading this book as their scenes together were detailed and plentiful.

I was amazed at how intricate the story was weaved – there were many characters, many elements to the crimes and many stages also as it spanned through the years. It builds slowly as the book progresses, but is solved neatly and completely by the end in a very satisfying way.

One issue I had with this book was the change of viewpoint, frequently happening mid chapter and continuing on the scene so it could be showed from another character. Sometimes this was a little confusing and could have been done better.

I should warn that the natures of some of the crimes in this book have to do with harming children – certain people may wish to avoid. I felt it was dealt with well and wasn’t at all graphic or described in detail, however it could be a trigger for readers.

Overall this book was gripping and kept you reading onwards easily. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime novels and though the book possibly didn’t have to be as long as it was, I found the quality to be constant throughout.

This review was originally posted at SentientOnline on the 25th March 2012.


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