Review: Say You're Sorry - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

There is a serial killer on the loose, preying on vulnerable women. The only identifiable mark the killer leaves are letters—sometimes one, sometimes two—all carved into the torsos of his victims.  Together they spell “Sydney.”

When he grabs Daisy Dawson, he believes he has found his next victim. But despite her small stature, she fights back with an expertise that quickly frees her. Before fleeing the scene, Daisy also manages to grab what proves to be crucial evidence: a necklace from around the killer’s neck.

The necklace is more than a trivial item—it is a link to a cold case that Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has been tracking for seventeen years. With Daisy’s help, Gideon finally has the opportunity to get closer to the truth than ever before.

But they might not get the chance, as the serial killer has a new target: Gideon and Daisy.


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Say You're Sorry
By Karen Rose

Review: Say You’re Sorry

A woman escapes a serial killer’s grasp and partners with an FBI agent to find him in Karen Rose’s new Sacramento series.

Daisy Dawson is attacked one night, but manages to escape her assailant’s chokehold. In the process, she yanks off a mysterious locket which immediately captures the attention of FBI agent Gideon Reynolds.

Gideon is a cult survivor who fled as a teen—and surprisingly, he recognizes the girl whose picture is in the locket. Over the years he’s tried to no avail to find and bring down the cult, but the case went cold… until now.

Together, Daisy and Gideon, along with common friend Sacramento police officer Rafe, search for her attacker. Soon enough, they find links to the disappearances of other women. Worse yet, Daisy is still in danger.

Sparks fly between Daisy and Gideon in this romantic thriller with horrors aplenty. A serial killer keeps chilling mementos in his basement. Cult living reveals hidden monstrosities. And childhood abuse and trauma shape the lives of many in this series starter.

The pacing moved in fits and starts. There were times I was glued to the page, and times that felt slow with scenes that perhaps weren’t necessary.

While we get both Daisy and Gideon’s POV, we also read from the perspective of the killer. But although chilling, his voice felt somewhat exaggerated at times.

I’m honestly not sure how I feel about the book. I thought the cult background was fascinating and I think we’ll see Rose delve into that more in subsequent books. I also think the romance was well done and I liked both Gideon and Daisy. But for whatever reason it all didn’t come together in a way that left impact, and some aspects of the narrative, as well as characters, needed more development. It’s my first exposure to Karen Rose and hope to read more, but this one just didn’t leave a firm impression one way or another.

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