Karen Rose books in order
Karen Rose is an American #1 International and New York Times Bestselling Author.
Born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, Karen graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.
Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages, appearing in several bestseller lists such as New York Times, USA Today, London's Sunday Times and Irish Times just to mention a few.
A former engineer for a large consumer goods company and former high school teacher of chemistry and physics, Karen currently resides in Florida with her husband, Martin.
The two met while on a blind date when they were seventeen, and have been married for more than 30 years.
Genres: Romance, Suspense
- Dirty Secrets (2005)
McKittrick & Reeves
- Cold Blooded Liar (2023)
- Quarter to Midnight (2022)
- Beneath Dark Waters (2023)
- You Belong to Me (2011)
- No One Left to Tell (2012)
- Did You Miss Me? (2012)
- Broken Silence (2013)
- Watch Your Back (2013)
- Monster in the Closet (2017)
- Death Is Not Enough (2018)
- Don't Tell (2003)
- Have You Seen Her? (2004)
- I'm Watching You (2004)
- Nothing to Fear (2005)
- You Can't Hide (2006)
- Count to Ten (2007)
- Closer Than You Think (2014)
- Alone in the Dark (2015)
- Every Dark Corner (2016)
- Edge of Darkness (2018)
- Into the Dark (2019)
- I Can See You (2009)
- Silent Scream (2010)
- Die For Me (2007)
- Scream for Me (2009)
- Kill for Me (2009)
The Sacramento Series
- Say You're Sorry (2019)
- Say No More (2020)
- Say Goodbye (2021)
Detailed book overview
Emma Townsend is shocked when she comes across a love letter hidden in an old high school year book, a love letter penned by her former friend Chris Walker.
Having come across it for the very first time, the letter—written seventeen years ago—greatly warms her heart.
Greatly inspired, she launches a mission to find Chris and perhaps get a second chance at love.
Now a college professor, memories come flooding back for Chris after he lays his eyes on Emma.
As a passion once lost is reignited, a dark figure slowly monitors the two, shoving Emma into a nightmare where every dirty little secret is sealed with a kiss.
This novella was previously published in the anthology Hot Pursuit.
McKittrick & Reeves
Sam Reeves is a kindhearted psychologist who treats court-ordered clients. After one of his patients—a pathological liar—starts revealing plausible new details from a long-unsolved serial murder case, he’s compelled to report anonymously to the SDPD tip line, though his attempts to respect patient confidentiality land him facedown and cuffed by the aggressive (and cute) Detective McKittrick.
San Diego homicide detective Kit McKittrick loves the water. She lives on a boat, and when she’s not solving crimes with the SDPD, she’s assisting her foster sister with her charter fishing business, scuba diving, or playing with her poodle. But there’s nothing that intrigues Kit more than a cold case, so when an anonymous caller leads her on the path of a wanted killer, she’s determined to end the decade-long manhunt.
Sam is soon released but goes home with both a newfound distaste for the SDPD and a resolve--not unlike Kit’s--to uncover the truth. Kit and Sam repeatedly butt heads in their separate investigations but are forced to work together to find one of the deadliest serial killers the city has faced in a decade.
Good cops. Bad cops. Only one will win.
After completing her tours with the Marines in Iraq, Molly Sutton knew she could take down any bad guy she met. But when a family tragedy exposes the dark side of her local police, she joined up with her former CO Burke Broussard, who left New Orleans PD to set up a private investigative service for people who couldn’t find justice elsewhere.
Gabe Hebert saw the toll that working for the NOPD took on his dad and decided instead to make a name for himself as one of the best young chefs in the French Quarter. But when his father’s death is ruled a suicide after a deliberately botched investigation by his former captain, Gabe knows his dad stumbled onto a truth that someone wants silenced.
Gabe goes to his father’s best friend, Burke, for help. Burke assigns the toughest member of his team, Molly, to the case. Molly can’t believe she’s being asked to work with the smoking hot chef whose chocolate cake is not the only thing that makes her mouth water. Sparks fly as they follow the leads Gabe’s dad left them, unraveling a web of crimes, corruption, and murder that runs all the way to the top.
There’s no safe place for a child to hide when danger comes from every direction.
Public prosecutor J.P. “Kaj” Cardozo has only lived in New Orleans for six months, and he’s already working on a high-profile celebrity sexual assault case that’s made headlines all over the country. But when his son becomes the target of a kidnapping attempt as a threat to Kaj, he is desperate to keep him safe and turns to a private investigative firm famous for their protection services.
A veteran Marine, Val Sorensen is glad to have found a new career with Broussard Investigations. Her latest assignment as the bodyguard to ten-year-old Elijah Cardozo reminds her why—Val is a kick ass guardian with a tender heart. Through her duties, Val grows fond of the boy—and his handsome father.
But when the high-stakes investigation reveals an explosive network of crime through a revived drug gang, lingering deep-seated corruption in the NOPD, and a group of murderers-for-hire targeting Kaj, Elijah, and his star client, they’re all left scrambling for safety…
Baltimore city Homicide Detective JD Fitzpatrick has seen plenty of unspoken violence during his time a cop and while on his deployment in Afghanistan. None of that is however comparable to the trail of severed bodies that are discovered all over the city.
When JD begins suspecting that forensic pathologist Dr. Lucy Trask may be withholding critical evidence tied to the case, his medical examiner goes ahead to show just how she isn’t willing to mix work with pleasure.
Unbeknownst to him is that Lucy has a well guarded secret that could not only link her to these murders, but also put her on the radar of the merciless killer.
Rookie PI Paige Holden finds herself holding one of her pro bono clients in her arms after a car suddenly crashes in front of her home.
Bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound, the woman uses her dying breath to whispers cryptic words into Paige’s ear before handing her a flash drive covered in blood.
Upon forwarding the flash drive to State’s Attorney Grayson Smith, Paige is shocked to discover that its contents cast doubts on a five-year-old conviction.
This plunges Grayson and Paige into a realm of blackmail, sinister secrets, and a decades-long chain of killings.
And to succeed, they will have to trust one another—and the truth.
Having gone through a terrible past, Baltimore prosecutor Daphne Montgomery wishes for nothing more than to build a stable future for herself and her son.
But no sooner does she help convict a killer, than she shockingly learns that her son has been abducted.
Convinced that it is linked to the high voltage trial, Daphne works hand-in-hand with FBI special agent Joseph Carter to uncover the mystery.
In order to succeed and rescue her son, Daphne must uncover a terrible secret about her past and come face-to-face with a truth that will alter everything for those closest to her.
Daphne’s boss is adamant that she should take some time off following the distressing kidnapping.
But she instead buries herself in an investigation after meeting a six-year-old girl who the police call Angel.
Angel hasn’t uttered a single word since she was found four days earlier, gripped with fear and next to a burned out car.
Not far away from her, were the bodies of two adults who may or may not have been her parents.
When Daphne finally convinces Angel to speak, what unfolds is a disturbing a crime that leads back to a brutal killer.
Stevie Mazzetti, a Homicide Detective based in Baltimore, has endured pain that no woman should ever go through.
But after discovering that her ex-partner might have miscarried justice, Stevie won’t rest until she puts the past to rights, even if it places her life in danger.
For ex-Marine Clay Maynard, it isn’t that hard to see why Stevie is in danger.
When a deranged psychopath comes Stevie’s way, Clay will stop at nothing to keep her safe.
But that will only be possible if he can outwit a brutal killer with everything to lose, and a terrible secret to hide.
Clay Maynard, a PI based in Baltimore, may frequently locate missing children for clients, yet his own daughter has eluded him ever since she was stolen by his ex-wife several years ago.
That’s until she turns up right under his nose…
Taylor Dawson’s mother always told her that her father was a monster—something she grew up believing.
But while working as an equine therapist in a task that includes helping two girls whose mother was terribly murdered, Taylor finally gets the chance to know the real Clay.
But just as she begins warming up to the new family, work, and friends, danger proves that it’s never too far away.
Baltimore defense attorney, Thorne, has made it his mission to help young people in trouble just as someone offered the same assistance to him when he was younger.
A bachelor, he secretly loves his best friend and business partner, Gwyn Weaver—a woman with her equal share of demons.
After four years, he thinks he is finally ready to profess his feelings, until he wakes up in bed with a dead woman—her blood on his hands and with no memory of how he even got there.
Thorne is being framed, and whoever is doing so is leading him to a past that he thought he would never have to face again.
Desperate as it was, it had to be done. For Mary Grace Winters, staging her death and that of her child was the only way of running away from her abusive husband who so happens to be a cop.
Having acquired a new identity in a new town, she and her son find refuge as far away as they can.
Caroline Stewart has almost buried the nightmare of nine years ago, so much that she is even willing to take a chance on love with Max Hunter, a man with his fair share of wounds.
But her husband, who has been uncovering her trail, threatens to destroy everything and everyone she loves.
Special Agent Steven Thatcher is on a mission to bring an end to the serial killer causing terror in his tiny town. A man continually troubled by the loss of his wife, Steven worries about his son Brad.
With investigations pulling him one way and his family pulling him in another, the only spark in his life is the beautiful and kind Jenna Marshall—his son’s teacher who offers to help.
But as the two find the courage to fall in love, a vicious killer searches for the real treasure he craves.
Setting a trap, he waits for Jenna….
Kristen Mayhew, a celebrated prosecutor, has a dangerous secret admirer who kills the criminals that she herself is incapable of stopping.
What’s even more shocking is that he seems to know her every thought, and is able to tell her every move.
He even knows Kristen's most guarded secret, the one secret preventing her from surrendering her heart to Abe Reagan--the police detective determined to protect her.
As the two turn to each other with the hopes of finding love, a serial killer desperate for revenge makes Kristen a target for murder.
Dana Dupinsky, a director of a woman's shelter in the inner-city, is the bearer of many secrets. Passionate about the shelter and the women she protects, the last thing on Dana’s mind is finding love.
Security expert Ethan Buchanan is on a desperate mission to hunt down the ruthless woman who kidnapped his godson. A man deeply troubled by the ghosts that haunt him, all his troubles seem to fade away whenever he is with Dana Dupinsky.
Ethan’s hunting instincts are however triggered when Dana swiftly evades personal questions.
A merciless killer is after vengeance, and Dana is the next victim on the list...
Psychiatrist Tess Ciccotelli is terrified by recent events.
Her patients are being pushed to the point of committing suicide, with the blame being set on her.
When detective Aiden Reagan demands a list of everyone she is treating, Tess is determined to keep her oath, unwilling to expose the privacy of her patients.
As much as Aidan doesn't like it when people stall his cases, he can't help but admire Tess's loyalty to her patients.
But a mysterious foe is on a mission to destroy Tess’s career, family and her life.
And as Aidan's heart softens, the killer's heart hardens.
For the many years that Lieutenant Reed Solliday has served in the Chicago Fire Department, never has he ever witnessed an outbreak of house fires like he has recently.
Mia Mitchell, his new partner, has a feeling that the arsonist is a person after revenge; feelings confirmed when the deadly infernos target people close to the two.
Troubled by the tortured faces of the victims, Reed and Mia are determined to bring an end to the loose killer.
The truth is however too hot to handle.
The killer has an insatiable desire for death and destruction, and the countdown to an early grave for Mia has already began…
Determined to run away from the stalker who has made her life a living hell for the past year, psychologist Faith Corcoran receives a lifeline thanks to a recent inheritance of her grandmother’s old house in Cincinnati.
Making a fresh start however isn’t without its fair share of bitter memories.
FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak comes across the courageous and beautiful Faith Corcoran while conducting investigations surrounding two college girls who have gone missing in the area.
Novak falls for her, but the investigation lead back decades into Faith’s own past, destroying everything she ever thought was true.
From her experience as a Homicide Detective, Scarlett Bishop has seen enough to know that good doesn’t always prevail in the face of evil.
She has for the longest time concealed her anger and her vigilante fantasies, until that hidden rage is unlocked.
Marcus O'Bannion, a former Army Ranger, is a passionate advocate of victims’ rights.
Investigation into the killing of a young girl who once asked for his assistance however leads him and Scarlett into a dangerous and powerful underground ring profiting from human trafficking.
Scarlett and Marcus know they have to stop them. But to do so, they first have to make it out alive.
Upon opening his eyes after spending several days in a coma, FBI Special Agent Griffin “Decker” Davenport knows he still has some unfinished business.
On the brink of uncovering the brain behind a human trafficking scandal, Decker and his partner, Special Agent Kate Coppola, won’t rest until the perpetrator is brought to book.
Having been sold by their addict mother in exchange of drugs, eighteen-year-old Mallory Martin and her little sister, Macy, were the victims of an illegal adoption.
Their “benefactor” however isn’t who everyone thinks he is.
And Kate and Decker are about get a shocking new lead from the most unexpected of sources.
Despite the many demons that homicide detective Adam Kimble fights, Meredith Fallon is his only weakness.
Having loved Adam for a year now, Meredith is quite impressed by how hard the homicide detective has battled his PTSD.
He has his needs, and she is also busy, working as a counselor for sexually abused women like Mallory Martin.
Someone however doesn’t like the fact that Meredith is helping women like Mallory to reintegrate into the world.
A vicious killer is after her and Adam will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
But soon enough, it becomes clear that Meredith isn’t the only target.
Born deaf, teenager Michael Rowland has always taken care of for his five-year-old brother, Joshua.
When his stepfather comes after Joshua, Michael takes off with his younger brother, exposing himself to a danger that he can’t hear coming.
In the process, Michael witnesses the killing of his stepfather by a mysterious stranger.
Scared, the boys run to Diesel Kennedy, a journalist, ex-Army ranger and Joshua’s soccer coach.
Upon seeing that Michael is injured, Diesel takes him to Dr. Dani Novak who so happens ton be fluent in American Sign Language.
But what they soon learn is however far worse than their initial fears.
Disfigured after falling victim to a terrible assault years ago, Eve Wilson chooses to spend her days in an online world where she can confidently hide her real face.
Now a graduate student who works part-time as a bartender, she undertakes research on the addictive powers of online communities.
When Eve’s test subjects start ending up dead from what looks like suicide, Noah Webster—a homicide detective—is convinced that the deaths are murder related.
In their attempt to catch the killer, Eve and Noah learn to see beyond the misfortunes of their pasts and trust again.
But danger is however closer than they could have imagined.
When detective Olivia Sutherland is tasked with getting to the bottom of an arson attack that leaves a teenage girl dead, what she discovers is a dark ploy by a blackmailer who preys on young people and kills without mercy.
Her work is made more difficult when David Hunter, a sexy firefighter whom she had an intense night of passion with, shares the case with her.
With unspoken words and broken hearts, the two endeavor to uncover a mystery surrounding a deranged figure capable of making a group of twenty-something year olds do whatever he wants.
Detective Vito Ciccotelli enlists the help of archaeologist Sophie Johannsen after the body of a victim is discovered in a field covered with snow in Philadelphia.
For all her years unearthing things that have been buried for the longest time, nothing prepares Sophie for the matrix of graves dug with frightening precision.
The scariest bit however is the fact that the empty graves means that the terrifying killer isn’t done yet.
The ruthless and scheming killer isn’t fazed by the fact that Vito and Sophie are hot on his trail.
An empty grave is reserved for his next victim, a victim that could very well be an archaeologist.
Special Agent Daniel Vartanian is determined to find the person responsible for the recent string of killings that link back to his brother.
With nothing but a few images as a lead, Daniel's search takes him back through him family’s dark past, and into an evil realm beyond his most wildest imagination.
In his quest, he comes across a stunning nurse named Alex Fallon who equally has an unsettling past.
As Daniel becomes draws closer to Alex, he soon learns that she is the target of a deranged murderer.
He now not only has to identify the killer but also protect his newfound love.
An instant attraction is sparked between Susannah Vartanian and Luke Papadopoulos when they two are brought together by the killing of five teenage girls. Their turbulent past however prevents them from embracing and expressing their true feelings.
In their quest to solve the case, the two are drawn to a world of Internet chat rooms where anyone can hide their identity.
Faced with a tough case that leaves them doubting whom to trust, Susannah and Luke find comfort in each another's arms.
As for the vicious killers, they are determined to hide their identity just as much as they are to protect their business interests.
The Sacramento Series
FBI Special Agent Gideon Reynolds had a strange upbringing.
Brought up in a cult in Northern California, he has never seen his mother since she smuggled him out when he was thirteen. All he wants, and could use right now, is a family.
Daisy Dawson lived a protected childhood. Her father, a former military man, went to great lengths to protect his family, believing that her daughter and the woman she loved were being hunted.
Having just moved to Sacramento, Daisy is ready to make a fresh start, until she is attacked one night.
Being that the attacker still has some unfinished business, hunting him down will threaten to thrust Gideon back into the realm that he once struggled to put behind him.
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.
For decades, Eden has remained hidden in the remote wilds of the Pacific Northwest, “Pastor” keeping his cult's followers in thrall for his personal profit and sexual pleasures. But the Founding Elders are splintering, and Pastor's surrogate son DJ is scheming to make it all his own.
When two of Eden's newest members send out a cry for help, it reaches FBI Special Agent Tom Hunter, whose friend and fellow FBI Special Agent Gideon Reynolds and his sister, Mercy, are themselves escapees of the Eden cult, targeted by the Founding Elders who want them silenced forever. The three have vowed to find the cult and bring it down, and now, they finally have a solid lead.
Neutralizing Eden’s threat will save captive members and ensure Tom’s new friends can live without fear. But when his best friend, ex-Army combat medic Liza Barkley, joins the case, it puts her life—and their blossoming love—in danger. With everything they hold dear in the balance, Tom and Liza, together with Gideon and Mercy, must end Eden once and for all.