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|Review + Author interview | Say No More by Karen rose

Genre: thriller/ suspense

Pages: 605

Publication: 6th August 2020

Publisher: Headline

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Mercy Callahan thought she’d escaped the cult decades ago, but its long fingers are reaching out for her again in this electrifying novel in the Sacramento series…

Seventeen years ago. That was the last time Mercy Callahan saw Ephraim Burton, the leader of the twisted Eden cult where she was raised. But even though she escaped the abuse and terror, they continue to haunt her.

When her brother Gideon discovers new evidence of the cult’s—and their victims’—whereabouts, Mercy goes to Sacramento to reconnect with him. There, she meets Gideon’s closest friend—homicide detective Rafe Sokolov. From Rafe, she receives an offer she never knew she needed: to track down Ephraim and make him pay for everything.

But Ephraim, who had thought Mercy long dead, discovers she is in fact alive and that she is digging around for the cult’s secrets. And now he’ll do anything to take her back to Eden—dead or alive.

Before I start this review , I have to say Karen Rose is one of my favourite Authors. I have every single book she has published and will always one click buy without reading the blurb. I had no doubt I would love this book and it held every I knew it would and more, she knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat.

I waited a while for Mercy and Rafe’s story. After reading say you sorry which was Daisey’s and Gideon’s story I was really excited for this and knew it would be great, It held up to all my expectations and kept me on the edge of my seat like all her books do.

I really loved the main characters in this story you have Mercy and Rafe who you meet in Say your sorry in the previous book and I have to say I literally couldn’t wait for their story, you get to see some characters that return like Gideon and Daisy and and some other characters from the book Say Your Sorry. You also get new characters that are introduced from Mercy life in New Orleans.

I was routing for Mercy and Rafe throughout this story, I love how there is a element of romance in Karen Roses book but how she also manages to keep you on the edge of your seat and bitting at your nails with the thriller side of the story.

I find Karen Rose’s writing really unique and easy to follow and I honestly can’t wait for the next book in the Sacramento series and I’m secretly hoping it’s Tom’s book that’s next.

Say No More picks up after Say Your Sorry , it has Dark scenes and a perfect mix of mystery, thriller and romance that keeps you turning the pages.

I really loved and enjoyed this book and want to thank netgalley, the publisher and Author for this Arc.

What inspired you to start writing?

I was traveling internationally back in the mid 90s and could never carry enough books with me. The English bookstores only carried the most popular titles and I’d already read those. I didn’t understand the shows on TV, except for CNN international and one can only watch that loop so many times. There were no ebooks back then, so I started writing in my hotel room because I was bored. What became a hobby grew into a career!

Who are your biggest influences?

I think “Carolyn Keene,” the author of the Nancy Drew mysteries. I devoured them as a child!


Which part of writing a book is the hardest?

The beginning! So many choices, it’s hard to decide which direction to take.

Did you know what you were going to write when you started writing a book, or does it come to you once you start?

I have a basic outline, but the story usually takes its own way once I get started.

Do you have any books you’re currently working on and if so Can you tell us a bit about them?

I’m currently revising the third book in the Sacramento series. I can’t say more because I don’t want to spoil anything in Say No More, which is book two.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you! I am grateful that you choose to spend both your money and your time with my characters!

What are your highs and lows of writing a book?

Highs are when all the elements come together. That’s exhilarating. Lows are toward the end when I start to get tired and overwhelmed. I want to tell the protagonists to hurry up and solve the mystery, lol.


Do you have a favourite character that you’ve written?

I think my favorite would be Sophie, from DIE FOR ME. Or Mia from COUNT TO TEN. Or … Actually, no, I don’t have a favorite. I love them all!


Do you have any hobbies?

I am a knitter. I always have a project in my handbag.


Do you have any books in progress and can you tell us abit about them?

I’m about to begin a new series, but too early to talk about it. The details are very nebulous still.

Where can your readers find you?

I hang out more on Twitter, @karenrosebooks. Or email at karen@karenrosebooks.com.

Is there anything you wish to add?

My sincere thanks and my hopes that you all enjoy SAY NO MORE!

16 thoughts on “|Review + Author interview | Say No More by Karen rose”

  1. Fab review, I definitely need to get this book! I LOVED reading your interview with Karen Rose, it was so lovely to learn a bit more about her and her writing. It’s interesting that she was influenced by the writer of the Nancy Drew books, I loved those books when I was a kid. It’s so exciting that you got to interview her. 🙂

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