Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose

Say Your Sorry by Karen Rose Book Cover


Introducing the first novel in the pulse-pounding Sacramento series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose.

There is a serial killer on the loose, preying on vulnerable women. The only identifiable mark the killer leaves are letters—sometimes one, sometimes two—all carved into the torsos of his victims. Together they spell “Sydney.”

When he grabs Daisy Dawson, he believes he has found his next victim. But despite her small stature, she fights back with an expertise that quickly frees her. Before fleeing the scene, Daisy also manages to grab what proves to be crucial evidence: a necklace from around the killer’s neck.

The necklace is more than a trivial item—it is a link to a cold case that Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has been tracking for seventeen years. With Daisy’s help, Gideon finally has the opportunity to get closer to the truth than ever before.

But they might not get the chance, as the serial killer has a new target: Gideon and Daisy.

Book Details

Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose
The Sacramento Series #1
Published February 12th 2019 by Berkley Books
Fiction / Thrillers / Romantic Suspense
Hardcover, 624 pages
Source: ARC from NetGalley
My Rating: 4 Stars


My Thoughts

SAY YOU’RE SORRY is a romantic suspense story and the first book in author Karen Rose’s new Sacramento Series featuring intense action, danger, and romance.

I was in the mood for something a little different than my usual reads and decided to try this new series. I was happily surprised by just how much I enjoyed it.

What readers need to know is that this is the start to a new suspense series featuring law enforcement and is set in the Sacramento area.

Readers familiar with Rose’s Chicago series and Baltimore series will see familiar characters as well. I found this to be a great jumping point into her writing and the perfect chance to try this well-known author.

There are plenty of twists to the story with a serial killer on the loose with a possible connection to a cult’s unsolved murder mystery.

Special Agent Gideon Reynolds was raised in a cult in Northern California until his mother smuggled him out when he was thirteen. Rose carefully weaves in details and backstory from his past to the serial killer’s victims and a necklace that links to a cold case that Gideon has been tracking for seventeen years—connecting them to the currently attempted abduction of Daisy Dawson.

What I enjoyed most about this new series opener is how each character is so well crafted with full-fleshed backgrounds.

Both Gideon and Daisy have troubled pasts they have overcome but are vulnerable and together they really bring out the best in each other. I loved how the books surround them with a cast of secondary characters; family, friends, and co-workers enrich the story plot and the overall read. Rose makes it easy to fall for her characters.

Sizzling romance and gritty suspense are perfectly balanced.

This was my first read by Karen Rose. I can see why she is so popular in the romantic suspense field. This was a page-turning read with intense action. A dark, edgy murder mystery and sizzling romance made for an entertaining read that I flew through. The book is definitely gritty and keeps you on edge. Rose doesn’t hold back on the danger and details.

In the End

SAY YOU’RE SORRY is adrenaline-fused, page-turner, a romantic suspense that kept me entertained and on edge. This was my first Karen Rose read and it was the perfect place to jump into her series. Recommended to fans and readers of the genre and those who want to try something that overlaps both the romance and thriller fields.