Author: Karen Rose
Book Name: Closer Than You Think
Rating: Really Good
Blurb: Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who’s made her life a nightmare for the past year—desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother’s old house in Cincinnati offers sanctuary in which she can start her life anew, but requires that she face the dark memories that still resonate to this day.
But she has no idea how close to home her fears still are.
Two college girls have gone missing in the area, and FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak is called to work on the case. When his inquiry unexpectedly leads him to Faith, he finds a beautiful and brave woman he can’t help but fall for. Soon they’ll discover that this seemingly simple investigation is anything but. Reaching back decades into Faith’s own past, it will shatter everything she believes to be true and will give terrifying new meaning to flesh and blood.
Review: I really loved the characters in this. Faith is genuine, intelligent and easy to connect with. Deacon is just cool. I liked him from the moment he stepped onto the page flaunting his uniqueness in a way that makes it work for him and not so much against him. I definitely liked them together.
You do get a touch of the instant attraction thing going on here, but it is in one of the very few situations where it works. When you are thrown together into intensely emotional, life and death kinds of situations, you tend to get to know a person’s character pretty quickly and that is the case with this book. Spending nearly every waking second together while going through all of that, it is kind of impossible not to know the person you are spending that time with, so this is the exception to the rule with the insta-romance thing.
This was seriously intense, with bodies dropping left and right. Normally, I’d be screaming that it is way too much, but again, this is an example of how you do that right. There is a lot going on. There appear to be some pretty crazy coincidences going on that wouldn’t be believable under other circumstances, but once you get into it, you realize that all of that isn’t so crazy after all.
Love the fact that this is resolved with hard work, smarts and teamwork. No one person is the big hero doing all the heavy lifting. It is incredibly well balanced. What we figure out isn’t given to us in a giant reveal. It is doled out in bits and pieces along the way which is exactly the way I like it.