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I Can See You

A book by Karen Rose

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The Red Dress Killer

  • May 30, 2011
Eve Wilson, a victim of a vicious assault that left her scarred for life, literally and figuratively, is now a grad student in psychology. She's based her dissertation on a study of participants in a virtual reality game, Shadowland, where they can be whomever they want to be. When several of the her female subjects are murdered, Eve reluctantly becomes a confidential informant, working closely with hunky detective Noah Webster (really!). The serial killer is diabolical, researching his victims' pasts to identify their deepest fears, which he incorporates into each of the murders. He uses his avatar on Shadowland to lure them into his deadly traps.

This is a decent plot, but it's marred in its execution by predictability and implausibleness. As Eve and Noah strive to capture this monster, they are inescapably drawn to one another. The killer is so skilled that he's able to elaborately do away with 6 women in the course of a single week. Eve is, of course, targeted by the killer, because he's afraid she'll be able to identify him through her research. And it's possible for the reader to guess his identity by the halfway point.

In I Can See You, the romantic elements share equal time with the suspense. There are some gruesome details described during scene of crime sections, but they're not overly graphic. Overall, good enough, but not great.
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December 26, 2011
Great write-up, thanks for sharing!
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review by . August 24, 2009
Wow- this latest offering from Karen Rose was an excellent romantic thriller, one that kept me involved and guessing until the very end. Reading this book, I was reminded of vintage Iris Johansen- fully drawn characters, exciting romance coupled with great action, and suspense that builds throughout the story. Eve and Noah were enjoyable and relatable characters surrounded by a supporting cast of inter-related friends and family that should provide for a nice ongoing series of connected books. Though …
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After 21 years as a school psychologist, I now work part-time at two local historical museums, giving tours and teaching special programs. This leaves me more time to enjoy my little grandchildren, and … more
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Virtual reality meets bloody reality in bestseller Rose's spine-tingling 10th thriller, which introduces the Minneapolis PD's Hat Squad, whose members earn snappy fedoras for successfully fighting crime. Almost six years have passed since Eve Wilson, a former runaway introduced in Rose's debut,Don't Tell(2003), moved from Chicago to the Twin Cities after a vicious assault. Plastic surgery has improved her looks, and she's begun researching a Web role-playing game, Shadowland, and how it can be used to build self-esteem. Eve also connects with a homicide detective investigating the Red Dress Killer, who finds some victims through Shadowland. Samantha Altman is the killer's first victim, but she's not identified until the second, Martha Brisbane, is found. When Eve learns Martha was a fellow research participant, she becomes a Hat Squad confidential informant. Rose keeps the action popping as the psycho claims more lives, hoping to add Eve to his list.(Aug.)
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ISBN-10: 0446538345
ISBN-13: 978-0446538343
Author: Karen Rose
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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