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Say No More

The Sacramento Series, Book 2
Written by: Karen Rose
Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
Series: The Sacramento Series, Book 2
Length: 23 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 by New York Times best-selling author Karen Rose.

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.

©2020 Karen Rose (P)2020 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“A pulse-pounding mix of romance and terror.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“There’s lethal, heart-tripping danger, but the tender love story and powerful friendships provide a positive emotional core to this exciting thriller.” (BookPage)

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Enjoying the story - narration style tone \/

Story great as usual. I have a hard time appreciating the story in spite of the narration

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  • Michelle
  • 2020-08-11

Hate giving only 2 stars

I have never given a Karen Rose book less than 4 stars. Proof positive that an awful narrator can ruin a truly good book. Why oh why did they use this terrible narrator after all the negative reviews he got for the last book? The only reason I am still listening is because the story is so very good. If the next book in the Sacramento series has the same narrator I won't be getting it in audio. I'll wait and check it out from the library. I won't put myself through this torture again.

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  • Cheryl R.
  • 2020-08-13

Female narrator needed

Another great addition to this series. Really liked both of the main characters, the storyline, everything, and am looking forward to Tom's story. That being said, can we please get either a new narrator or get a female narrator in for the female characters' voices? Joel is not a bad reader/actor, but he just seems unable to nail the female voices. They all either sound like they are ninety years old, or as if they are being strangled and have no air in their lungs. It really detracts from what would normally be a five star book for me. Five stars fir me means a book I like well enough to want to own, because I will listen to it again. My other books from this series, I listen to at least once a year. I have not been able to do that with the book I bought last year, because the narrator just kills the female characters for me. Not sure I will go for another audio in this series if it's the same narrator on the next book.

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  • Donna
  • 2020-09-03

liked the story

as with the 1st book - did not like the reader's voice. a bad choice!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-23

Second One Same as the First

I can't believe I made it through this one. The narrator was just as bad as the first go around and the story was exactly the same as the first. The subject matter is so interesting that I really wanted it to be better. the sex scenes were awful, just a warning!

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  • kristene skaggs
  • 2020-08-18

Can’t wait

My mind is still spinning. Another outstanding suspense/thriller from Karen Rose. The narrator is AMAZING! The accents! Russian, Southern, Cajun were perfect. I love how the narrator changed his tone, accent or pitch for each character. I had no problem following along and knowing which character was speaking and if you know Karen Rose novels there are lots of characters. I LOVED IT! Karen you nailed it and Joel you knocked it out of the park!!!

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  • Clennell
  • 2020-08-16

Incredible!

Karen Rose brings us into a world of intrigue, suspense, and revelations. Say No More is the second installment in the Sacramento Series. The reader begins with a flashback of the heroine and her mother. From that moment on, it is a rollercoaster of intense emotion, action, and family. The characters were so rich and engaging they became a part of my reality for the hours I spent with them. I thoroughly enjoyed the family atmosphere that Karen Rose offers the reader in this book. This is definitely offered and implied in many of her novels, but in Say No More, I could feel the building love and affection that was there for one another in this book. Characters offered their love and affection in so many different ways in this novel that I was nearly brought to tears a few times. The emotion was high and the action felt real. I was a glutton and simply greedily gorged on this book. To keep from giving away the plot line, I will only say that every piece of the novel had me engaged. I talked out loud. I screamed, which I'm sure my neighbors loved. I cackled at some of the jokes. I shouted at characters, analyzed behaviors, and wished for more. I found myself rolling my eyes and sighing every now and then. Yes, I completely interacted with this book as if I were a character myself, not that anyone listened to me, and I swear I had some pretty good ideas, LOL. Overall, I was entertained and taken on quite the journey. I look forward to the next book. I wonder what the next voyage Karen Rose's words will provide in the next Sacramento Novel. Joel Froomkin did a great job with the narration. He brought the story to life. What I liked most about his narration was that I was able to differentiate between characters. His intonations were spot on, and even though Karen Rose's story was incredible, Joel's gift of narration added to the excitement and edge the book had. CSA

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  • Davia Rouda
  • 2020-08-15

excellent ☺️

love this series! just wish it was whisper sync ready. I love to read and listen together. so that was a bummer. but you can do it chapter by chapter using word search in kindle.

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  • degrees73
  • 2020-08-15

Survival and recovery

I loved Mercy's courage and truth. Finding family and trust are amazing, forgiveness of self and those who never meant hurt is a triumph.

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  • Diana DC
  • 2020-09-22

This narrator...

It took me a long time to get through this book because I had to limit the amount of time I was able to tolerate narrator Joel Froomkin’s ACTING before my anxiety level went soaring. This man doesn’t seem to have an inside voice, much less a dimmer switch. He shouts, he whimpers, he EMOTES. Every line of dialog is supercharged with FEELINGS. It was EXHAUSTING! I wish whoever makes casting decisions would go back to any of the female narrators who did such great work with Ms Rose’s previous books. I look forward to the one book a year from Karen Rose. What a sad thing it is for me to not enjoy it when I’m predisposed to love it.

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  • Shannell M.
  • 2020-08-23

not as good as the 1st book

kinda disappointed but the 1st book omg. jeez I guess this one was too tamed