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Scream for Me - Karen Rose
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Scream for Me - Karen Rose
Advantages: It will keep you hooked and you'll be racing to finish it
Disadvantages: There are a lot of characters and it's split into many sections, so sometimes hard to keep track
Alicia and Alex are identical twins. Bailey is their stepsister. One night, Alicia is murdered and when she's found, she's been heavily beaten and wrapped in a brown woollen blanket. Alicia's mum identifies the body and then kills herself.
Fast forward thirteen years and Bailey is missing. Her daughter, Hope, is found cowering in a closet and won't speak. Alex, who hasn't spoken to her stepsister for over five years, flies in to care for Hope whilst her mum is missing. Once Alex arrives, the bodies of female victims start to be found, each wrapped in a brown blanket. Agent Daniel Vartanian is investigating, but will he solve the mystery in time to save Bailey's life?
(I can't really give any more of the plot or it will spoil the book for you!)
This is the second of Karen Rose's books that I've read and so far, it's the best. I didn't actually realise that it's the second title in a trilogy but that didn't matter, as the things that are mentioned in the book that relate to the first book are fairly easy to follow, although it has spoiled the first book for me, should I wish to read that.
'Scream For Me' is a crime thriller of the highest order. It keeps the reader intrigued all the way through, with so many characters and interwoven stories that it's sometimes hard to keep up. A lot of the characters are kept hidden from the reader, so distinguishing them from each other is sometimes a task that requires flicking back a few pages. Each section is separated by a place, date and time bar, which gives the reader clues about what's happening, or more specifically, who's not doing what. It is very much a brain teaser book, and, although I usually tend to guess things quite early in this sort of novel, even I was kept guessing up until the last few pages. So much so that when I was getting close to the end, I knew that I wasn't going to get to sleep without finding out what was happening and stayed up until 2:30am on a Sunday night/Monday morning so that I could get to sleep in peace!
The main characters are all very likeable, although I feel that I missed out on some character development through not reading the first book in the series. One slight issue I had was the two main characters falling in love so quickly, especially whilst a mass murder investigation was going on, with the possible murder of Alex's stepsister on the horizon. On the whole though, that situation was believable, just, although I wouldn't be surprised if the two main characters in the third book of the series fell in love too. That would perhaps be pushing the boundaries of believability for me a little.
The writing style's very good and increases the excitement that the reader feels. I was constantly having to stop myself glancing at the end of the opposite page as soon as I'd turned the page over, just to get a sneak preview. This generally doesn't help, simply because each section that's broken up by the time and date usually focuses on a different character, so there's really no point in cheating!
In all, this book was great and I'd certainly read it again. I have already borrowed the third book in the trilogy from a friend and I'm about t make a start on that. So yes, I'd definitely recommend this book, but I would also recommend that you read the first in the trilogy before you do.
All three books in the trilogy are available from Amazon from £4.50 and the correct order is 'Die For Me', 'Scream For Me' and then 'Kill For Me'
Summary: Fantastic! 9But I wish I'd read the first one first...