So before Christmas this past year I had never read anything by Karen Rose, and gosh I was missing out! I got lots of her books as gifts this year, and I’ve only just started working my way through them, and I have to say I’m a fan, they’re addictive reads. Especially if like me, you like books that are filled with plot intrigue, crime and relatable characters. So do expect numerous reviews of Rose’s work in the next couple of days!
‘I’m Watching You’ was published in 2007, and details the victimisation of Kristen Mayhew, a ‘star prosecutor’ in Chicago’s Public Defender’s office. Kristen is being watched, extremely closely, by an individual who dedicates his murders as tokens of respect to Kristen. The body count rises rather quickly in this book, and the victims of the killings have all been implicated in criminal activity, and the killer’s need for retribution becomes increasingly obsessive eventually threatening Kristen and her loved ones. The story is full of plot twists, unexpected occurrences, and intricate details. The narrative is action packed! And events happen quite quickly, at first this could maybe be overwhelming, but Rose manages to move the narrative on, whilst making sure the reader can follow character and plot developments.
Although the murders dominate the book, and Rose is a crime fiction writer, the book also develops full characters and the relationships between the characters are superbly written. Roses’s creations are relatable, and as a reader, I started to build affinity with the characters, I wanted Kristen to be safe and happy, and the murderer to be someone different (no spoilers…)! Rose effectively blends romance and crime in a way that I haven’t really seen before, and it works! I found this, and the other Rose book’s that I have read truly difficult to put down, and I will be going out and buying all her other books!