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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Review : I Can See You by Karen Rose

Title :
I Can See You

Author : Karen Rose
Genre : Romantic Suspense
ISBN : 978-0446538343
Rating : 5

From Amazon :

New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose delivers her latest pulse-pounding suspense novel, where the line between the virtual world and everyday reality blurs when it comes to murder.

Eve Wilson's face was once scarred by a vicious assault. Terrified and ashamed, she escaped to the online realm, where she could choose the face she allowed people to see. Years later, her outer scars faded and inner scars buried, Eve has fought her way back to the real world and is determined to help others do the same. Now a graduate student moonlighting as a bartender, Eve researches the addictive powers of online communities. When her test subjects begin turning up dead as a result of apparent suicides, she doesn't know where to turn.

Homicide detective Noah Webster is one of the few people who believe the victims are connected murders. Eve becomes Noah's online guide and realizes that the handsome detective may have secret scars as painful as her own. As Eve and Noah chase a killer who is always one step ahead of them, together they try to overcome the tragedies of their pasts and learn to trust again, but they soon discover that danger is much closer than they think.

Review :

Eve Wilson has spent the last few years of her life healing both internal and external wounds from an attack by a psychotic killer. It took her quite some time to even go out into the real world, but she's still not as comfortable there as she should be. In her fight to survive, Eve started playing an online virtual reality game, Shadowland, where you can be who you want to be without anyone ever knowing your true identity. Shadowland helped Eve, so now she believes it will help others that are hiding from reality, so she starts to study a group of people through the game to see how things will change for them. All is going well, until those test subjects start turning up dead due to supposed suicides, and now Eve thinks it's all her fault.

Noah Wilson, homicide detective for the local Hat Squad believes that these suicides are anything but that. He thinks these people have been murdered, and he's determined to track down the killer. With the help of Eve, his online tour guide of the virtual world, they will track a sadistic killer in hopes of saving the next person on his list.

I was hooked from the very first page of this book, and read more than half of it in one sitting. Rose has a way of describing both her characters and her plot so that it paints a perfect picture in your mind. You know what they say about a picture, it's worth a thousand words, and this book is worth just that and more.
Rose's characters are extremely well rounded. They are compassionate, determined, and generous, all characteristics that had me loving each and every one of them. I could not for the life of me figure out who the killer was beforehand, because Rose has a way of making her suspects look suspicious, yet innocent in their own way. I look forward to reading more of Rose's work, and plan on purchasing all books in her backlist. I'd also like to say, if this book were made into a film, I'd be one of the first people waiting in line at the theater!

I'd like to thank Miriam Parker of Hatchette Books for sending me a copy of this book to review. I'm extremely greatful to have been able to review this book before it's release date. I'll definitely be adding this book to my 'favorite books of the year' list.

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Alexia561 said...

Great review! This book looks amazing! Looking forward to reading it. Thanks!

Sheila DeChantal said...

Really good review. This is one of those books I have seen on several blogs but just wasn't sure if it was a fit for me. Your review pulled me off the fence on to the "buy the book" side. :)

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

Glad I can persuade you Sheila, you won't be dissapointed (I hope).

Liz said...

I read this book and LOVED it!
Great Review :)

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

I'm glad you liked it Liz! It was by far one of the best books I have reviewed here at Falling Off The Shelf. My fiance thought so too, cause it he couldn't put it down :)