Silent Scream by Karen Rose

From Amazon ~
When a teenage girl dies in a suspicious fire, Detective Olivia Sutherland is assigned to track down the arsonist. Then she discovers something more sinister: a vicious blackmailer who preys on young people and murders without hesitation. Making her work even harder is sexy firefighter David Hunter. He’s not only sharing the case but sparking memories of their long-ago night of passion, when feelings were left unspoken and hearts were broken.

David has his own ghosts, and a million regrets. But while he and Olivia try to face the wall of pain between them, a diabolical puppet master is pulling strings to make a group of twentysomethings do his bidding. Soon Olivia and David are scouring the city for a calculating criminal who seems tantalizingly close–and is moving in for the kill.

My review ~
Detective Olivia Sutherland is still trying to get past the unbelievable horrors of recovering dozens of body parts from the “pit” left by the Red Dress Killer (see I Can See You) seven months earlier. And unfortunately seeing the department shrink hasn’t helped much either. She still struggles seeing the victims she has a duty to find justice for. Yet she loves what she does and will find a way to get past the nightmare of what she saw. And it’s just possible that love will heal her heart, mind and spirit.

One night Olivia and her partner Kane are called to the scene of an arson where a young girl is found dead in the building. What Olivia and Kane now need to find out is if the girl was part of the group that set the fire or was she just a casualty of their war. But can she do her job when faced with the hot firefighter who she shared a steamy night with, but who also left her brokenhearted?

David Hunter has plenty of demons of his own. He has dedicated his life to doing for others, hoping to atone for what he considers to be the monkey on his back. He meets Olivia at the wedding of her half sister, and after one amazing night, he does the unthinkable and could possibly have lost her forever. Now 2 1/2 years later, he’s living in the same city as her, waiting and hoping for the chance to make things right and hopefully find the peace in his own life he’s so desperately looking for.

What starts out as what appears to be a single act of arson for environmental reasons quickly turns into a series of arson’s, murders and blackmail. How did the blackmailer know the group would be at the condo setting the fire that night? Why did he choose them? Will they become his puppets in a sick game of “pay or die” or will they start to turn on each other and then on him? Could it be possible that one of these offenders is sicker than the other? Can one top the other? The reader will be rendered speechless when their identities are revealed. The devastation these killers bring to those that serve the community will devastate the reader as well. Silent Scream is an intense novel filled with love, murder, revenge, greed, redemption and finding your way home.

This book will leave you silently screaming for more.

Release date: May 25, 2010
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