I was really excited to receive an ARC of this novel as I love the Romantic Suspense series.
Monster in the Closet is the 19th book in the Romantic Suspense series and the 5th in the Baltimore series. The Romantic Suspense series follows a makeshift family made up of a group of friends. There may be some spoilers here for the other books in the series but not this one, only because I can’t talk about any of the other characters without spoilers for previous books!
We see old favourites in this novel such as Detective JD Fitzpatrick and his partner Lucy a medical examiner, who we were first introduced to in You Belong to Me.
Paige Holden & Grayson Smith the private investigators from No One Left to Tell although they don’t feature heavily in this one.
State attorney Daphne Montgomery & Special Agent Joseph Carter from Did you Miss Me? As well as Daphne’s son Ford.
Clay Maynard & Detective Stevie Mazetti from Watch Your Back.
Faith Corcoran & Special agent Deacon Novak from Cincinnati 1 Closer Than You Think.
I love the way that Karen Rose expertly blends all of the characters into a relationship with each other. If you haven’t read the Romantic Suspense series before, each book focuses on one couple, how they get together and their romance, but alongside that runs a thriller element with a murder and the couple’s attempts to solve the murder and catch the killer.
Monster in the Closet sees 2 children Jazzie & Janie in therapy at Daphne’s equine therapy centre. Their mother has been violently murdered and Jazzie hasn’t spoken since. But she’s finally opening up to the new intern therapist Taylor Dawson, but she’s got secrets of her own that she’s hiding and this is where the romance and suspense comes in.
The difference with this one is that we know who the killer is right from the beginning and this creates an immediate frustration as we watch the characters attempt to discover who the killer is and gather evidence.