Saturday, March 19, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: You Belong To Me

Title: You Belong To Me

Author: Karen Rose

Publisher: Headline Fiction

RRP: $24.99

ISBN: 9780755373918

Release Date: Jan 2011

Pages: 480


The brand new thriller from Sunday Times bestseller Karen Rose - when someone is out for revenge is there any way to stop them...?

When forensic pathologist Lucy Trask stumbles across a mutilated body by the chess tables in her local Baltimore park, its face so badly damaged it is unrecognisable, her sole concern is that it might be her old school teacher Mr Pugh.

When the corpse is identified, Lucy is shocked to discover that the victim is actually another man from her past. Who killed him and why his skin is burnt with the letter I is unclear but it's evident that someone is demanding Lucy's attention.

The discovery of a second body - this time branded with an L - raises worrying questions: how many more lives may be at risk before the killer's final message is revealed? And can Lucy solve the killer's gruesome puzzle before they finish spelling it out and their thirst for revenge is complete?


A former high school chemistry and physics teacher, Karen lives in Florida with her husband of twenty years and their children. When she's not writing, Karen enjoys traveling, karate and, although not a popular Florida pastime, skiing.

Previous Books:

I Can See You (A Fmt, 07/10), Don t Tell, Silent Scream, Kill For Me and many more.


I’ve never heard of Karen Rose before and not read any of her previous novels. It’s always a strange experience picking up a book by an author who is already listed as a New York Times Best Seller, yet you’ve never heard of them. In You Belong to Me, Rose sets the story in Baltimore and introduces us to a wide range of characters and settings in a fast paced and entertaining book.

I haven’t read a lot of romantic suspense novels in the past, but found my introduction into this genre to be quite enjoyable. The style of Rose’s writing is quite complex and does contain some gory crime scenes, whilst also having a believable and smooth flowing romance element. It is quite a contrast to read of the horrific plans of a serial killer an then the light hearted romance in other chapters. It really shook me around as a reader and kept me out of my comfort zone.

I will definitely be looking for other books by Karen Rose in future, especially ones written with the same characters that I’ve been introduced to in You Belong to Me.

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