Monday 11 January 2010

I CAN SEE YOU by Karen Rose

A killer is targeting the participants of an online role playing game called Shadowland. Each of the victims is be-friended by the killer online. He then stalks them in real life, murdering them in the way that they worst fear.

Eve Wilson, who we previously met in NOTHING TO FEAR, is researching the game as part of her thesis on how self-esteem is affected by violence. Now she must work with Detective Noah Webster to find the murderer before the killings escalate out of all control and Eve herself becomes a target.

This is another author that I've never read before but has definitely captured my attention. I love a good thriller/crime story and this one was fantastic. Seriously, it was gripping and had me turning every page, fearing the worst. I couldn't stop thinking about what was going on.

Eve Wilson has been through hell. She's been kidnapped a few times and even managed to die. Twice. These things have scarred her mentally and emotionally, but also physically. Still, she's come a long way and is now a graduate student and a bartender at Sal's -- a local cop hangout. Which suits her fine, since she's got her eye on Detective Noah Webster. Not that she wants to start anything with him. She feels that she's too damaged for anyone.

When Eve's thesis about how the use of a virtual world improves self-esteem becomes a police homicide investigation, she finds herself in the middle of it. A sadistic and very methodical killer is preying on players from a virtual game called Shadowland. He uses their fears against them and makes the crime scene look like a suicide. And so begins a huge investigation to chase him down. With Eve being the central piece, as she helps the police by breaking several ethical rules, and becomes the killer's target.

I Can See You is one enthralling tale filled with twists, turns, horrific crimes, and a ruthless killer who will do whatever it takes to stay on his course. But that's not all, there's someone else lurking in the shadows, too. It's a fast-paced book that'll keep you interested from start to finish, and won't disappoint either. There's action in every chapter, but when it slows down, it's to focus on the heartbreaking relationship that blossoms between two very damaged souls, Eve and Noah.

This is a book that's got a little of everything. I found Eve and Noah's connection to be touching. And really enjoyed reading about Eve's family. I'd love to read more Karen Rose stories, starting with the one's featuring Eve.

I think this book is fantastic! Actually, I'm pretty sure I'm hooked.

I Can See You, September 2009, ISBN 978-075-534654-7, Headline Fiction Paperback (C)

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