Audio Book Review: Have You Seen Her? by Karen Rose

Posted June 7, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Audio Book, Reviews / 14 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Book Review: Have You Seen Her? by Karen Rose
Have You Seen Her?
Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo

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Series: Romantic Suspense #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on October 31, 2017
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

I’ve loved this author’s books for a few years now, but it was only last summer that I finally went back to the beginning of the series and started with Don’t Tell on audio.  Book and narrator had me riveted.  I was eager to go back for more of that so I picked up book two with the added bonus that it was about one of the side character investigators and his family that I took a shine to when listening to Don’t Tell.

Review

Have You Seen Her? is book two in the series and it does have the connection of Steven and his family to book one, but I think a reader could pick it up standalone without too much trouble.

Have You Seen Her? was as wonderfully gritty and twisty as can be expected from this author.  There is a definitely thriller quality that explores the darkest corners of the human mind with what a human can do to another human.  Because the killer went after teen girls, I felt the immediacy of the law enforcement team as they worked hard to track down a serial killer.  Steven, an investigator, is part of it all.  It set up slowly and the intensity didn’t really get underway until later.

The killer’s perspective was chilling and there are some squeamish scenes that might not be for everyone.  I had my suspicions about the killer, but in the end, I suspected a few people so I can’t actually claim to have guessed right though one of my suspects was right.

Usually, I love how the author brings in a personal growth and a romance in as balancing elements to the darker suspense.  This one was an exception.  I enjoyed Steven in the first book and I did like that he wants to be a more involved dad with his kids.  I thought it was interesting and sad how Jenna was being bullied for flunking the star football quarterback and mostly from the parent.  However, when it came to his romance, I didn’t like Stevens much.  I get where his issues are coming from, but, bottom line… he was too hung up on the past with issues from his deceased wife and Jenna brought baggage from her past into it, too.  The drama from this pair got distracting more than anything.

The teamwork with the law enforcement folks and following along as they tenaciously worked the case is a favorite part of these stories and it was this time.  The pressure they were under especially Special Agent Neil who wants this one so badly.

I experienced this one in audio format and was delighted by the work of Michael Ferraiuolo yet again.  He does a wonderful job with all those characters, male and female, including accents, and strikes just the right tone and pace for the situations in this book.  I got chills a few times from the villain scenes and was hanging on the edge of my seat a few times.

So, in summary, it was another engaging story from a favorite author and fast growing favorite narrator.  It got off to a slow start, but when it got going, it was riveting. Those who like darker and grittier romantic suspense and thrillers should definitely give this book/series a go.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Ooh I think I’d really like the mystery aspect of this. I do like when author’s have parts in the book from the killer’s perspective. So chilling!

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Sophia Rose
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You definitely get the evil aspect with her. LOL I like that even with the villain’s perspective, it doesn’t give away the big reveal. Good stuff!

Jenea Whittington
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I like that this could be read as a stand-alone. I think I like this one too.

Sophia Rose
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Yes! I like that, too. I actually jumped in far down the line with her Cincinnati series and did alright.

Melliane
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oh that’s great! I love a good thriller

Sophia Rose
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These are certainly thrilling, Melliane. 🙂

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer
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I have read books in this series and I hope to go back to the beginning. Audio is a great idea. Michael Ferraiuolo sounds perfect for the audio series.

Sophia Rose
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Audio is definitely the route to go. I’ve enjoyed Michael’s renderings of these early stories. I jumped in way down at the Cincinnati books and its cool to be headed back and getting the first ones.

Northwomn
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Northwomn

I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series. I have both read and listened to audio. I don’t have a decided preference for some reason. But the books are REALLY good. They were in my top 6 series for romantic suspense. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
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Yes, I agree that they are fantastic. I’ve had no trouble slipping back and forth between audio or print, either. I hope to get caught up with the Chicago and Baltimore series so I’m ready for the next Baltimore release.

Debbie Haupt
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Debbie Haupt

I haven’t read this series and its been a while since I read one by K Rose. Thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
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This one is from the earliest group. I don’t know if it has a city title, but maybe it’s considered Chicago since it’s associated with that one.

Lorna
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I’ve read way more than my share of serial killer books so this is something I might enjoy. I have found that nowadays I do get squeamish when it’s too detailed. I am glad this was a good one and that the narrator didn’t let you down even if the romance kinda did.

Sophia Rose
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Her books are actually some of the few thriller-style serial killer stuff I read. I should get around to more. I do like that there are squeamish parts, but its not gratuitous and fits the story. Usually, I’m great with the romances in her books- guess one dud is no biggie. Hope you get the chance at her books, Lorna. 🙂