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~~What is the book about? ~~ Karen Rose brought out the book ''Don't Tell'' back in 2003 and this book ''I Can See You'' picks up from this. The characters are brought through to this new and exciting fast paced thrilling story. We are brought into the world again of Eve Wilson who was attacked and left for dead. She was assaulted so seriously that her attacker slashed at her face, body and hand and left her needing extensive plastic surgery. Having been mentally and physically scarred Eve hides away and retreats from the outside world. We now see Eve a few years on, having had surgery and wanting to start her life over. She moves to Minneapolis and works as a bartender in the evening, whilst studying in the daytime for a psychology degree. The topic of her degree is the pathology of serial killers. When she was attacked. Scarred she hid herself away by entering into the virtual world of gaming. In the world of ''shadowland'' she wants to learn how to understand people and to try and help them. This givesEve the chance to study her subjects, and to study the relationship between the real world and the virtual one. What she doesn't realize is that her test subjects in the game turn up dead in real life, having committed suicide. Realising what has happened Eve then realizes she has to do something, and is determined to find out what really happened to them We are re introduced to Noah Webster a homicide detective who has been investigating suspicious suicides, and his investigation leads him to Eve. Eve is drawn to Noah after studying him from afar from the comfort of the bar that she works in and is frequented by many cops. Noah believes in her and you instantly feel the chemistry between the two of them. They are both like two lost souls, as Noah we find out is a recovering alcoholic, and has problems linking him to his past. After getting Eve in on the case to find out what she knows, they link the suicides to many of her test subjects in the Shadowland game. As the victims appear to all be online avatars, and in Eve's study, she soon realizes that she in deep and that the target next on the list might be her. ~~What did I think? ~~ I have to say I love Karen Rose and her books are always thrilling, page turning and interesting reads. Many people have criticized this book in saying that the romantic side was overwhelming. I strongly disagree. It had a nice mix of thrilling, killing, and a bit of romance to slightly soften the edges. You instantly warm to the characters, however I do feel it would be of benefit to read ''Don't Tell'' simply so that you know the characters better. Karen Rose has a way of scaring you, and in this book believe me there were times when of an evening I would have to watch something funny before I went to bed, so that I didn't have nightmares!! It's not gory or gruesome, but it has a way of making you shiver. The way in which Rose describes the killers choice to kill people by finding out their biggest fear I felt was ingenious. To glue open their eyes so that the killer can indeed ''see them'' made me frightened but intrigued at the same time. I would say pick this book up and have a good read it's most defiantly worth it!!
I was looking forward to reading this when I came across it in the library because I've read and reviewed a few other novels by Karen Rose, none of which disappointed. It's a little larger than average and yet it was so absorbing and excellently written that I was hooked from the first page. From the blurb on the back and the tag line on the front ('Wherever you run, whatever you do...') this falls nicely within the crime thriller genre. It's very much a 21st century American novel with all the grittiness you'd expect when murder, media and detectives are involved. There's also a thread of romance running through the novel, which makes the novel more readable and three dimensional rather than turning it into slushy chick lit. The book opens effectively with two storylines; the discovery of a body and the tale of Eve Wilson. Eve works in a cop bar by night and works on her Psychology research project by day, studying the benefits of having an online life in Shadowland for rehabilitation of people dealing with their own issues. Eve's study is very much a personal quest as well as an educational one, and her history is gradually unravelled throughout. We learn, for example, of her torture at the hands of a guy named Winters who tried to kill her. Needless to say she's has a colourful and tragic life before moving into this town to pursue her research and come out of the shadows after years hiding herself away from the world. Cue the bodies. What appears to be a suicide seems more than meets the eye, as detective Noah Webster points out. He's not convinced that the body, hanging in a red dress with a face of make up and one red stiletto off, was the result of suicide. Without giving too much of the storyline away, as the book progresses the 'Red shoe killer' becomes a notoriety and appears to be linked in some way to Eve's study. But can they work out the connection, can they predict who's next before it's too late, and can they figure out the 'perp'? What I loved so much about this book is the way in which it's written. Rose has an amazing ability of brining the characters and scenes to life so that they're easy to imagine and you find yourself empathising, wanting to know more, totally absorbed. The relationship that unfolds between Webster and Eve is actually very beautiful, like two damaged souls coming together to heal each other. I thought at first that this would overtake the crime element of the novel and become too slushy and predictable, and yet their relationship was so well portrayed that it was lovely to read. In fact, I finished the book hoping a Mr Webster would fall in love with me. I've always had a soft spot for these sorts of detectives in films and books, I'm not sure why! Rose is able to weave a web of many characters and relationships, from Eve's friends and family, detectives and press, to various murder suspects. Despite the complexity and seemingly wide array of characters, I didn't find myself getting too lost or muddled because Rose keeps us up to date throughout, recapping the storyline and who-did-what. She also has a great ability to create atmosphere, tension and suspense, keeping the book light in parts, but dark, grisly and mysterious in others. The only niggle I had was that I like shorter chapters because they're easier to read, but that's just me being fussy. The book is divided into 25 chapters over 628 pages, which didn't take me anywhere near as long to read as I thought it might considering I didn't have much time to settle down with it. The chapters are broken down by time and date, some giving the killer's perspective and others giving a birds eye view of Eve, Noah and the investigation. I would definitely recommend this novel to Rose fans and newbies to her books alike. No background knowledge is needed and Rose does all the hard work for us; once you start you might find yourself hooked like me and enjoying every page. RRP £6.99 but selling on Amazon for £4.22.
I Can See You is another brilliant book by Karen Rose. This book centres on Eve Wilson (formally of Nothing to Fear) in her new life as a Psych Major at a college. She is involved in a research study which is designed to assess people's ability to behave in the online world compared to the real world. When Eve's participants start to die she is forced to work with the local detectives to discover the killer's identity. Eve's biggest issue is the handsome detective Noah. He challenges her both intellectually and personally frightening her out of the closeted world that she's put herself in. This book focuses on the online community and it's very real impact. There are challenging questions raised about your personal safety online which will make you think about your own life. There is just enough terminology and technical information to help you learn something without it becoming ridiculously over the top and complicated. This book is highly brilliant! Old characters from other Karen Rose books make reappearances along the way which pull together lose ends from previous books (a really nice little touch). Eve's character has developed immensely and it is nice to see her evolve from a self centred child to a beautiful (if troubled) young woman. Karen has written a book full of twists and turns. I always refer to these books as Chick Crime. There's a clever, twisted and brilliant crime story laced with a beautiful and very real romance. The characters in this book are generally quite believable and there are a good number of characters which prevent the book from becoming one dimensional. If you're looking for intelligent crime and a well written book this is definitely for you.
I can see you - Karen Rose Where ever you run, What ever you do , I can see you. A cyber stalker who targets vunerable women in the virtual world of roleplaying games, takes to luring them out into the real world for him to torture and murder them, the most disturbing thing is that this killer seems to be using these womens personal fears against them. Its Eve Wilson who first discovers the link between the roleplaying game and the real life deaths as its she who is running a study into how virtual worlds can help people overcome lifes problems. She is disturbed by the thought that by encouraging people to take part in her program that she is responsible for the deaths. Noah Webster is the detective assigned to the case of a supposed suicide victim only to discover not everything is as it seems. The evidence points to murder but who could be the killer. As more bodys are discovered Eve and Noah must work together to discover the truth and track the killer. Full of twists and turns and one of the best of the recent books by Rose.
If someone was to ask me what my favourite genre of book was, without hesitation I would say Crime thrillers, I absolutely love them and tend to read at least 3 books a month as I travel to and from work on the bus, it gives me a chance to escape life and the world. Whilst I have numerous favourite authors including Kevin Lewis, Mandasue Heller, Martina Cole and Stuart MacBride to name only a few of them, one of my other favourite authors is Karen Rose. For those of you who have never heard of her, Karen Rose was born and raised in Washington DC and her first novel, Don't Tell was released back in July, 2003. Karen Rose has now written ten more novels and a novella, most of which are widely available online and on the high street. If you would like to read more about Karen and learn more about her books she has a dedicated website which can be found at www.karenrosebooks.com The reason I like Karen Rose is because most of her books centre around the same main characters whom you get to know as you read the books, naturally they don't all appear together in every book, but their lives cross purpose in some way from novel to novel. . In the case of the book I have just finished 'I can see you', I met Eve Wilson, Dana Dupinsky, David Hunter and Ethan Bucannan again having read about them in other novels by Karen Rose, for me this is brilliant because I was immediately comfortable with the characters having read something about each of them and it added more excitement to the book wondering what would happen to them next. In this book there are two main characters, the first being homicide detective Noah Webster whom I have not come across and the second main character Eve Wilson. I first met Eve Wilson when she featured in the novel 'Don't tell', which as mentioned was the first Novel Karen Rose published, in it Eve was the victim of a horrific assault which resulted in the paralysis of one side of her face not to mention physical scarring and mental torture. In this book 'I can see you' Eve is still struggling to cope with her ordeal which for those people who haven't yet read the previous novel featuring Eve is not a problem because what happened to her is repeated in detail throughout the novel, and in this novel she has retreated into the virtual realm as a graduate who uses the internet and the virtual world she has come to know so well as the basis for her graduate thesis. The thesis which is important to the storyline is about a place called Shadowland which is a virtual world and Eve's thesis concentrates on using the virtual world as therapy to improve people's self-esteem so that they might one day be confident enough to face people in the real world. The people featured in Shadowland for Eve's study sign up through an advertisement, all of which takes place outside the novel and as a reader we are given the tiniest details as to how they became members as it doesn't seem relevant to the story. In Shadowland, however, Eve's main avatar has become an online shopkeeper who sells faces and bodies to users interested in building a new avatar in the virtual world of "Shadowland" and it is through their avatars that she watches how they interact with other site members to write her thesis but she only knows the members as numbers not as people to keep the thesis as scientific as possible, something we get to learn about in further detail. As the storyline unfolds and progresses, Eve begins to look into events a little too closely and before you know it there is no turning back for Eve. The next character we meet in the book is homicide detective Noah Webster who also will also feature in the novel 'Silent Scream' which has yet to be released here. In this novel Noah, who is a member of the exclusive Hat Squad, the Hat Squad is a group of homicide detectives who wear a signature black fedora hate which is presented to each detective once they have solved their first case. In this novel, Noah is partnered by Jack, who is a bit of a jack the lad character, a likeable rogue, who had yet to get his black hat and Jack plays an important role throughout the book adding more suspense and twist and turns to the plot as it unravels. IN this instance, his main role is helping Noah investigate a string of suspicious suicides that Noah believes are all connected to one another, he just cant fathom how or why that might be or whether there is indeed a link. . As a character Noah by description is stunning to look at and extremely good at his job, the way in which Rose writes about Noah is as if she is writing about her own husband or someone she finds hot given her description of him as being "dangerously attractive" and as the reader you picture what Noah looks like in your head as you follow him through the story and see it through his eyes, but Noah isn't without failure because he is himself is not over the loss of his wife and child and is also a recovering alcoholic who strangely spends a lot of time in the local pub, where Eve works and whom he watches from afar with fascination and interest and much of the interaction between the two takes place in the bar which is frequented by local cops winding down after work. It is through the suicides and subsequent media coverage that Noah's investigation leads him to Eve when one of her online test subjects is found dead of apparent suicide and each death is always through asphyxiation and then hanging from the ceiling with eyes glued open and the shoes and there positioning of one being upright and the other on its side. As the murders continue Eve, who is reluctant to trust anyone after what happened to her (she was viciously attacked and left for dead by a man) convinces Noah to take her seriously about the suspicious deaths of not one but possibly more of her test subjects who all had avatars in "Shadowland" because after some computer hacking to find the personal information Eve had not been privy too on the test subjects she discovers that they are now dead, but other individuals not known to Eve also turn up dead so is it Shadowland that is the cause of the deaths, are they a mystery or is it just a coincidence, all of which as the reader run around inside your head as Rose plays with different theories. However, as the reader we get to learn more personal details about Eve and Noah and for anyone who has never read another novel by Karen Rose doesn't need to worry about not knowing the characters because with the way she writes the books allows you as the reader to get to know the characters and in this case as the murder investigation begins to unravel itself and Eve and Noah are drawn into the cases you begin to learn a lot more about them and Shadowland and how the thesis is supposed to work and I ended up wondering if there was such as thing that existed and if I could sign it because it was so fascinating to learn about having been written in so much detail. For me this novel was quite fast paced and has more twists and turns as a conventional whodunit it then I can possibly ever begin to describe because as any one who has read this book will agree with me, there could be at least 6 or 7 killers and each twist and turn throughout the book leads you constantly to and from different individuals along with 3 or 4 different explanations of how and why these people died from everyday suicides to accidental deaths to murders, but they aren't ordinary deaths and murders, each one in turn is more gruesome than before and more mysterious than the last one and it needs some great detective work to figure it out, whilst in the meantime the fate of Noah and Eve both hangs in the balance, will they stay alive, are they captured, so they get together and realise their feelings for one another or is there someone else not connected to the story who will save the day? Again there are a lot of twists and turns and as a reader I couldn't put this book down from start to finish and given that it is 656 pages and quite a hefty book, I managed to finish it in two days and was left shocked in the end because everything I had concluded was going to happen didn't and infact it was nothing like I had imagined. This book takes the serial killer method to the extreme for me and Rose doesn't disappoint as every little detail is detailed so that the extreme torments felt by each character is felt by you as you read it and through every book I have read I haven't been disappointed in the slightest and would recommend any of her books to avid readers who want something fast paced, exciting yet terrifying at the same time. I am already excited to read the next novel which has not yet been released called Silent Scream.