This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on February 12, 2019
I have long since considered this series one of my most anticipated each time a new installment is released. I reached for this one knowing that I was going to creep along dark, gritty shadows in a city’s underbelly as the law enforcement types work hard to bring down some of the world’s worst evil. This latest was riveting from the opening pages and was over before I was ready to let go. It has stayed with me for the days since I closed the book. Oh yes, it was that good.
Say You’re Sorry is the #22 book in the author’s overall long running romantic suspense series, but it is the first in a new grouping set in the new locale of Sacramento. As with most books in the series, the reader shouldn’t have much trouble picking it up as a starting point or standalone. I will say that though each grouping begins in a new location that there are loose ties and references back to earlier books. I found that having read Monster in the Closet from the Baltimore series that I knew more about Daisy Dawson’s background story before it was revealed and was probably anticipating it more when I realized who she was. That said, this book catches the reader up so its not a necessity.
These are full stories with lots of twists, reveals, big ‘aha’s and a large cast of characters. Say You’re sorry clocked in at 600+ pages so I will be little more than skimming the surface of what my thoughts on this book really are and how I summarize it. Like others in the series, it does go into some dark and vile places so those with triggers toward cults, rape, and abuse should consider yourself warned.
So, the story opens on a Sacramento, CA, downtown street when recovering alcoholic Daisy Dawson finds herself grabbed and must fight free of a would-be abductor. Her abductor chillingly whispers that they all say they are sorry to him and she is left in possession of a mysterious locket. This sets police detective Rafe Sokolov, and his FBI agent best friend, Gideon Reynolds on the trail of a broken, twisted serial killer who has a fixation for the one who got away. Gideon’s past and this present case might seem unrelated…
Daisy is shook by the attack, but she is working to live her own life and stay free of her demons and addictions. The attraction between her and Gideon is there from the beginning and slowly something grows between them. It will take all she has to hold strong against this new threat.
Meanwhile, a man driven by his own demons prowls closer and closer to his prey.
I’ve said this before about the author’s books, but it bears repeating. They are dramatic without being full of nonsensical drama. The background and setting are developed with complexity as are the characters who people the story. They have weaknesses and strengths and the reader is allowed inside the heads of those investigating and those who are the perpetrators. This augments rather than diminishes the intensity because there are twists within twists. The criminal investigation team are clever and conduct their work with knowledge, skill, and precision. Their emotions fuel the drive to do the job and do it right instead of turning into loose cannons or impulsive, stupid types. The suspense is allowed to pace out and ratchet to just the right moment for a huge breathtaking climax that leaves me shaking every time (minds out of the gutter).
To add to what I just said about her meticulous work on setting and background, I can now say this with certainty. I saw it in her older books and it felt right, but, this one finally came to my old stomping grounds. The author described my home town well and I was excited to have experienced one of her books set there. Rafe’s Russian family could have been my old neighbors.
The romance for Daisy and Gideon was definitely a huge part of what I loved so much about this story. They both had real ugliness in their pasts. I was thrilled when they came together. They are good for each other and supportive through what comes in this brutal, gruesome story. It wasn’t instant and they both had to get past some things, but I was cheering them on hard.
In the end, I was left with a story that left me with book hangover and now I must wait for the next. For those who enjoy gritty, twisting, and grueling thriller romances, you must try this book/series.
My thanks to Berkley Romance for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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