Length: 23 hours 28 minutes
Series: Sacramento Series #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Setting: Sacramento, CA
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Narrator: Joel Froomkin
Also in this series: Say You're Sorry
Also by this author: Monster in the Closet, Have You Seen Her?, Edge of Darkness, Death Is Not Enough, Say You're Sorry, Into the Dark, Say Goodbye
Mercy Callahan thought she'd escaped the cult decades ago, but its long fingers are reaching out for her again in this electrifying novel in the Sacramento series...
Seventeen years ago. That was the last time Mercy Callahan saw Ephraim Burton, the leader of the twisted Eden cult where she was raised. But even though she escaped the abuse and terror, they continue to haunt her.
When her brother Gideon discovers new evidence of the cult's—and their victims'—whereabouts, Mercy goes to Sacramento to reconnect with him. There, she meets Gideon's closest friend—homicide detective Rafe Sokolov. From Rafe, she receives an offer she never knew she needed: to track down Ephraim and make him pay for everything.
But Ephraim, who had thought Mercy long dead, discovers she is in fact alive and that she is digging around for the cult's secrets. And now he'll do anything to take her back to Eden—dead or alive.
Say No More will blow your mind! Mercy escaped a cult as a child, but even now, years later, she is danger. The cult aspect of the story makes everything even creepier in my opinion because it was just so horrid. The prologue starts with Mercy’s escape and the whole thing left me shook. (see trigger warnings if you have any)
Mercy has a chance to confront her past thanks to her brother and his best friend, Rafe. Together Mercy and Rafe attempt to locate Ephraim, the man who “married” twelve year old Mercy and from whom she escaped. I loved that Mercy wanted to face her past. I can’t say that if I was in her shoes I would do the same. That takes a supreme amount of courage and strength. Rafe was a great hero for her as well. Both characters were endearing and I enjoyed their romance.
Now, her is my only real issue with the story. Sweet baby Jesus its long. SO LONG. I love Rose’s writing and its very detailed and the plot is intricate, but be prepared to invest a lot of time into the book.
Fans of shows like Criminal Minds or pretty much anything on Investigation Discovery will love Say No More! Karen Rose is a master of romantic suspense and you can’t go wrong with any of her books! Also, I listened to the audio for about half of my read and its fantastic! If you are an audio fan, Say No More has a wonderful narrator and I highly recommend it.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: brother’s best friend, cult
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Mercy was a child bride who was raped at 12. Her mother was beaten and repeatedly raped « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: series (it would be best if you read Say You’re Sorry first)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
The Silent Wife by Karen Slaughter, Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh, At Close Range by Laura Griffin…then you will probably like Say No More!
I always enjoy a Karen Rose book, I went through a phase of reading loads of them a few years back (probably before I started blogging thinking about it) so it’s cool to see a new release from her. I’m now realising I seriously need to get caught up, although you saying this one was long puts me off a touch. As long as the plot is interesting enough ot keep me reading, though, it’s totally fine.
I love her books and I loved this one. The criminals are usually unspeakably violent. But the romances are heartfelt. The focus isn’t heavily on the romance with the action being hard hitting. I usually read these but I have listened to a few. Both ways work for me.
I’ve never read any of her books but this does sound really good. It’s probably the wrong word but I enjoy reading about cults, it makes the story much creepier.