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Book Review: I Can See You by Karen Rose

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Noah Webster is a member of the Hat Squad, an elite group of Minneapolis-based homicide detectives who are awarded a classic felt fedora hat by their colleagues after successfully solving their first case. Noah and his womanizing partner, Jack Phelps, may be elite, but they have their hands full when a serial killer goes on a sadistic murder spree with the intention of humiliating the Hat Squad. The killer targets lonely women obsessed with a virtual role playing game, Shadowland, a game that the physically and emotionally scarred Eve Wilson (first introduced in Ms. Rose’s debut novel, Don’t Tell) is monitoring for a study. As Noah and Eve become closer — to each other, and to the identity of the killer — they are unaware that Eve has now become the new target.

I Can See You has everything a suspense lover could want: a loathsome bad guy who terrorizes his helpless female victims with their worst fears, stacks of dead bodies, gory — but not too gory — details, and a self-sacrificing, heroic detective. However, it’s everything else — namely, large sections dedicated to explaining the romantic feelings of Noah and Eve — hat drags the narrative down from excellent to pretty good. If you like romantic scenes to have equal time with suspense in a novel, you’ll adore I Can See You; if you don’t, however, you’ll wish it were a few hundred pages shorter.

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