Blurb: Steven dropped to his knees next to the paramedic. “Jenna.” Her eyes opened and in them he saw shock and tears and guilt. “I’m so sorry, Steven. I should have listened to you.” Steven noticed the smears of blood on her worn Duke T-shirt. “Any other wounds?” he asked the paramedic.Only her throat. the blood on her shirt appears to be her own.” “We found bloody handprints on the carpet where she crawled from the bedroom,” said Uniform Two.Steven’s gut seethed as he pictured her scared and hurt and crawling through her own house like a wounded animal. For that alone, whoever did this to her would pay…
Review: I was really surprised that I didn’t like this one better as I’ve really enjoyed the other Karen Rose books I’ve read in the past. For this one, I just really wasn’t a fan of the characters at all. Both of the main characters came across as insanely immature rather than rational, intelligent adults with regards the romantic aspects of the story. Steven especially. One or two of his little quirks wouldn’t have been an issue, but it was kind of a never ending thing that made it rather ridiculous. Jenna wasn’t as bad, but she still had her moments that played off of Steven’s.
Outside of the romantic aspect is how Steven had nearly a complete lack of interaction with his own children. I get the job takes you away, but there was this lack of concern or action or real emotional tie that never made itself known in the story which made him seem very uncaring about his kids. It was made even more apparent when he had zero qualms about having Jenna come in and pretty much act like a mom with them when he’d only known her for days. It just didn’t really add up to caring, involved dad to me. Especially when you consider the traumatic history with the youngest, Nicky.
The suspenseful aspects of the story were pretty good and were the only parts that kept me reading this because the rest was off just enough for me that it kept me from enjoying the good like I could have. This was definitely not my favorite.