Edge of Darkness by Karen Rose – REVIEW
Homicide detective Adam Kimble is no stranger to battling demons. But Meredith Fallon is a different kind of weakness: one that could actually be good for him, if only he would let himself depend on her. Meredith has loved Adam for a year, and seeing how hard he’s worked to deal with his PTSD makes her feelings only stronger, but she respects his needs. Her work keeps her busy anyway: she counsels sexually abused women like Mallory Martin to help them reintegrate into the world.
But someone doesn’t want Meredith helping women like Mallory, and Meredith finds herself in the crosshairs of a very determined killer. Adam would risk anything for her, but they’ll soon find out she isn’t the only target…
“Her heart began to thunder. Adam Kimble was, under any circumstance, the most beautiful man she’d ever known.”
Thank you to Headline for sending me a finished copy of Edge of Darkness by one of my auto-buy authors. I always know Karen Rose will deliver a fast-paced romantic suspense book that I’ll eagerly read as quickly as possible. This is the twentieth book in the overall series and the fourth in the Cincinnati series, and I can’t imagine getting tired of them. They follow the same formula – a crime threatens one of the characters and pushes them together with their love interest – but that’s why I read them. I want the comfort of a tried-and-true formula that promises a happy ending.
“Meredith had drawn them in too. She was like a sun, acquiring planets that revolved around her, coming closer and orbiting away as they went about their own lives. All while Meredith remained in the centre. Alone.”
This book focuses on child psychologist Meredith Fallon and detective Adam Kimble who we’ve met in prior books, and who are forced together when Meredith is targeted by an unknown gunman. What I particularly appreciated about their story was the exploration of mental health issues. Karen Rose presents depression, addiction, and PTSD in a relatable way that I could identify with. I have depression so Meredith particularly resonated with me, and I appreciated her careful explanations about symptoms and treatment methods. It wasn’t swept under the carpet or ‘cured’ when she fell in love.
“And the man was charging Meredith like a bull. Not letting herself think, Meredith racked her gun, bringing it into position as she’d practised hundreds of times. And she pulled the trigger.”
The crime aspect was just the right level of gruesome and it kept me guessing for quite a while. I enjoy crime books and this certainly didn’t disappoint. Another thing I love about these books is the way past characters are incorporated and we learn a little more about what they’ve been doing since we last saw them. We meet a couple of characters from the Chicago series and from the Daniel Vartanian trilogy and I hope Karen Rose keeps allowing the reader a glimpse into the characters’ lives. I’m already looking forward to the next book but I really need it to be about the very sweet Diesel and Dani.
I would definitely recommend this series if you like romantic suspense books.
About the Author
A former high school teacher of chemistry and physics, Karen lives in Florida with her husband of more than twenty years, her two daughters, two dogs, and a cat.