“Say You’re Sorry” is noted to be the first entry to Karen Rose’s new “Sacramento” series but set in her romantic suspense universe (that those who read books from that universe might recognize law enforcement’s names mentioned here). Having not read ALL of her previous titles, it was probably the reason I was feeling somewhat lost as the delivery made me think like this book was part of (existing) bigger story and I need to catch up pronto! Not that it prevent me from enjoying the book. Rose’s writing captivated me and had me engaging with the characters.
The plot revealed and told in multiple POVs from protagonist and antagonist sides. I got to applaud Rose for she brought the characters to live in all their complexity. While they might be fighting on opposite sides, the characters involved similar traits in the way they faced traumatic situation in the past. Linguist FBI Agent Gideon Reynolds had been raised in a cult, Daisy Dawson was a recovering alcoholic who lost twelve years of normal life because of a lie, characters who were the victim of child sexual abuse, an individual who found out their partner was cheating with the best friend a day before the wedding... All these life were intertwined in this sinister romantic suspense while the protagonists raced against time to catch a serial killer.
I wasn’t particularly impressed with officers involved in this story, though. At least the action/decision they took on page were either lame or took forever to happen. I also thought the objectivity of most of the law enforcements to be rather questionable, considering the close relationship they had with (some of) the victims. Having said that, what thrilled me no end were fortitude and kickass faculty some female characters had in “Say You’re Sorry.” Heck, they practically looked death in the face, fought anyway, and won in the end! For me, these were the tipping points that got me really enjoyed the book. It more than compensated the rushed romance aspect of the story (all in all the main action took place within a week and during that time our hero/heroine fell head over heels in love) or the botched LEO’s actions. What can I say, I love take charge, quick-witted characters!
As the intro into a new series, “Say You’re Sorry” also brought forward potential characters to take a lead in the following books to come. It’s safe to say I’ll be on the look-out of the upcoming books while catching up with Rose’s other backlist titles.
Introducing the first book in the new 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.