Karen Rose Books

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Karen Rose is an American writer from Baltimore, Maryland. Rose for the most part writes contemporary romantic suspense novels. Karen Rose has been writing since 2003, having been a professional teacher and chemical engineer before then.

Order of Baltimore Series

1You Belong to Me 2011Description / Buy
2No One Left to Tell 2012Description / Buy
3Did You Miss Me? 2012Description / Buy
4Broken Silence (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
5Watch Your Back 2013Description / Buy
6Monster in the Closet 2017Description / Buy
7Death Is Not Enough 2018Description / Buy

Order of Chicago Series

1Don't Tell 2003Description / Buy
2Have You Seen Her? 2004Description / Buy
3I'm Watching You 2004Description / Buy
4Nothing to Fear 2005Description / Buy
5You Can't Hide 2005Description / Buy
6Count to Ten 2006Description / Buy

Order of Cincinnati Series

1Closer Than You Think 2014Description / Buy
2Alone in the Dark 2015Description / Buy
3Every Dark Corner 2017Description / Buy
4Edge of Darkness 2017Description / Buy
5Into the Dark 2019Description / Buy

Order of Minneapolis Series

1I Can See You 2009Description / Buy
2Silent Scream 2010Description / Buy

Order of St. Petersburg Series

1Dirty Secrets 2014Description / Buy

Order of Philadelphia/Atlanta Series

1Die For Me 2007Description / Buy
2Scream For Me 2008Description / Buy
3Kill For Me 2009Description / Buy

Order of Sacramento Series

1Say You're Sorry 2019Description / Buy
2Say No More 2020Description / Buy
3Say Goodbye 2021Description / Buy
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She loves to write city focused novels and is best known for the Chicago series of novels. Don’t Tell, her 2003 published novel was the first novel in the series which has gone on to have four more titles. While the novels may be read as standalones, they happen in the same universe with many characters from earlier books recurring. In addition to the Chicago series of novels, she has also written over fifteen novels in her other popular series that include the Daniel Vartanian series, the Baltimore series, and the Minneapolis series.

The author Karen Rose was born in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States of America. Initially, a career in literature was not Karen’s Rose’s intended path. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduating from university, Rose moved to Cincinnati with her future husband, where she put her degree to good use, working in the engineering sphere in the private sector, where she actually earned two patents during her time there, which were for making the product Metamucil more palatable for consumers.

However, creativity was always pulsing through Karen Rose’s veins. Rose had always enjoyed writing, creating stories from a young age, and she says herself that while she was working, she was unable to concentrate fully on the task at hand, purely because she was having ideas for stories and movie scenes rushing around in her head. So, to help with her focus, Rose decided to write these ideas down, making writing a hobby. However, she soon found herself hooked to her new hobby, and it wasn’t long before her debut novel, Don’t Tell, was published in July 2003.

Don’t Tell was followed up in 2004 by Have You Seen Her?, and then I’m Watching You. Rose’s first real taste of critical success to go with her burgeoning commercial success was with the release of I’m Watching You in 2005,when she was awarded the RITA Award for Best Romantic Suspense Novel. Don’t Tell and I’m Watching You were the first two books of Rose’s to be set in Chicago, and she followed those up with Nothing To Fear in 2005. Karen Rose would then continue her Chicago series with You Can’t Hide and then Count To Ten, before turning her attention to Philadelphia in 2007 with Die for Me, which is also the first appearance of Special Agent Daniel Vartanian. The follow up to Die for Me was Scream for Me, the second book in the Daniel Vartanian series, which was set in Atlanta. The third and final book in that series, Kill for Me, was also set in Atlanta.

Rose then turned her attention to Minneapolis with the release of I Can See You and Silent Scream, the later of which won Rose her second RITA award for Best Romantic Suspense Novel in 2011, before moving the stories to Baltimore with the release of You Belong To Me, No-One Left To Tell and Did You Miss Me? The final book in the Baltimore series, Watch You Back, was the 15th book of Karen Rose’s to be published. Closer Than You Think and Alone in the Dark, Rose’s 16th and 17th books, are set in Cincinnati.


Karen Rose has made the shortlist and won many prestigious awards in the course of her career. “Silent Cream” and “I’m Watching You” have been the winners of Best Romantic Suspense in 2005 and 2011 under the RITA Awards (Romance Writers of America Awards). Five of her titles have also made the shortlist of the RITA Awards over the years.


Karen Rose has been a prolific romance writer with many of her novels becoming fan favorites across the world. Nonetheless, three novels have proven most popular with her fans. The three are:

Every Dark Corner: The third novel of the Cincinnati series of novels is one of the best suspense novels by Rose. Griffin Decker Davenport, an FBI Special Agent wakes up from a coma and immediately gets down to finding his missing children that he is certain are in great danger. In his last assignment, he believed that he had brought the bad guys to justice, only to discover that not everyone was safe, just before he was shot. Meanwhile, Kate Coppola, also a Special Agent with the FBI has just moved to Cincinnati. The public story she gives is that she moved there in search of a promotion when in fact she was running away from the heartache of an ended relationship. She had discovered Decker’s undercover recordings and had spent much of her time at the hospital, trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle he had been working on. When someone tries to kill Decker, she realizes that the investigation has links to Deckers mysterious past, which makes this case one of the most dangerous for everyone involved.

The Monster in the Closet: The novel has one of the most intriguing story lines in the Baltimore series of novels. A vicious killer has just killed a mother and is now on the hunt for the child who was a witness to the brutal killing. Clay Maynard is an expert Private Investigator, but even he has failed to locate his daughter that his wife had cruelly stolen from him over two decades past. Now a young woman, Taylor Dawson is an intern at the Daphne Montgomery-Carter stables, a job she took to observe Clay Maynard the program’s security director, and most importantly her father. She is still trying to reconcile the images of the cruel man her mother had painted of her father with the wonderful man that she has been interacting with. Suddenly, she finds herself the target of a man who killed the mother of two girls who work with her in the stables. Things get even more complicated when she falls for Daphne’s handsome son Ford Elkart, a man that is battling his own demons. She is so busy planning for a future with the man of her dreams that she never notices that the real monster is getting ever closer.

You Can’t Hide: One of the most engrossing romantic suspense novels you could ever read, the novel tells the story of Tess Ciccotelli ,whose life is changed forever by an unexpected terror. Cicotelli is a psychiatric nurse whose life becomes a nightmare when she discovers that an unknown person is tormenting her patients to suicide, putting her reputation and job at risk. Nevertheless, she takes her oath very seriously and will do anything to keep her patients information private. She never budges even when Aidan Reagan the chief detective investigating the cases asks that she provide a list of all her patients, or when it becomes dangerous to practice with all suspicion leveled against her. Aidan has never been one to go easy on suspects, but even he is impressed by Tess unyielding loyalty to her patients, particularly when it becomes evident that a vicious person is out to destroy all that she holds dear. As Aidan develops a soft spot for Tess, the killer doubles his efforts to bring her down, further tightening the noose around her neck.

Karen Rose FAQs

Q: What nationality is the author Karen Rose?

A: The author Karen Rose was born in Baltimore, Maryland, making her a born and bred American!

Q: What is the name of Karen Rose’s first book?

A: The first book Karen Rose had published was Don’t Tell, which was published in 2003.

When Does The Next Karen Rose book come out?

Karen Rose doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Say Goodbye and was released on August, 3rd 2021. It is the newest book in the Sacramento Series.


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