I’m delighted to be closing down the Say No More blog tour today with not only my review but a fantastic giveaway as well! Thanks so much to Emma Welton of damppebbles blog tours for my tour invite and my review copy of the book.
If they ever catch you, say nothing. Admit nothing. Never tell.
Mercy Callahan never thought she’d be able to talk about her past. When she arrives in Sacramento to make peace with her brother Gideon, and to help find the brutal cult that took away her childhood, she is finally ready to talk. But when Ephraim Burton – the man who made her life a living hell – follows her there, she realises she might never be safe.
Rafe Sokolov would do anything to have Mercy back in his life and would go to any length to protect her. But when it becomes apparent that Ephraim is more determined than ever to get Mercy back, even Rafe might not be able to stop the trail of destruction he leaves in his wake. As Ephraim draws near, it’s clear it’s not just Mercy who is in danger; those closest to her are firmly in his sights.
Will Mercy sacrifice herself to help bring Ephraim down? Or will he finally get what he’s always wanted…
Don’t worry if you’ve not read book one in the series, there aren’t any “spoilers” in Say No More although it is a bit of a continuation of Say You’re Sorry, which is the first book in the Sacramento series, so I would probably recommend reading book one before book 2 (and if you check out further down my page you get a chance to win BOTH books!). I’ve been a Karen Rose fan now for more years than I care to remember and she is still an author I get very excited about when I know she has a new book out and Say No More was high on my anticipated reads of 2020. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint!
Mercy hasn’t had the best start in life and it hasn’t been easy for her recently either with misunderstandings sending her running away from the brother she has only recently been reconciled with. But now she’s back with Gideon which also means she has returned to the man with whom she has incredible chemistry-his best friend Rafe. The reason behind her brave return is that they are trying to find Eden, the cult from which Mercy and Gideon both escaped from as children. But someone is determined to take Mercy back and they don’t care who they kill to get her…
As usual, Karen Rose mixes her own special blend of action and romance with great expertise and a genuine love for her characters. I adored Rafe and his family-especially his parents who remained true to their background and beliefs, raising their children to put family first. When Mercy became part of this large family they immediately took her under their wing and welcomed her like they did Gideon previously. But Mercy could be very difficult to like at times, which was probably due to her upbringing, so I was thrilled that she was accepted so readily and without judgement.
It was fascinating to have an insight into an alternative lifestyle especially one so toxic and rigid as Eden where there was a vicious hierarchy that terrified everyone, including me! There were so many horrible murders committed by the man seeking Mercy that I had to stop and ask myself why at one point. What was it about Mercy that was so important that so many were losing their lives because of it? Karen Rose has put plenty of detail into this storyline so it feels as though you’re really involved in the action as it progresses. And I guarantee that your heart will be stolen by Amos and his daughter Abigail!
The ending ties up most ends but it is left on a little bit of a cliffhanger, leaving the way open for book 3. I hope to meet some of the characters from Say No More when the series continues-I was sad to say goodbye to them after the epilogue so fingers crossed!
Say No More is a big book with a big heart. It’s gripping, although sometimes disturbing in its content, but the theme of family ran through the pages like words through a stick of rock and gave it a heartwarming message of love, forgiveness and understanding.
Definitely recommend for fans old and new! And if you’re new to Karen Rose then check out my giveaway for a fantastic start to your Karen Rose obsession!
Karen Rose was introduced to suspense and horror at the tender age of eight when she accidentally read Poe’s ‘The Pit and The Pendulum’ and was afraid to go to sleep for years. She now enjoys writing books that make other people afraid to go to sleep.
Karen lives in Florida with her husband of twenty years and their children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys travelling, karate and, though not a popular Florida pastime, skiing.
Now for the exciting bit! Headline and Karen Rose in connection with damppebbles blog tours are offering the chance to win, not just one, but TWO Karen Rose books! One winner will have the chance to win a paperback copy of the first book in the Sacramento series Say You’re Sorry AND a hardback copy of Say No More. All you need to do is to retweet my pinned tweet over on Twitter (it’s @jocatrobertson if you don’t already follow me there) and follow @KarenRoseBooks and a winner will be picked at random by the publisher. Open to U.K. residents only sorry.