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Say You're Sorry

The Sacramento Series, Book 1
Written by: Karen Rose
Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
Length: 24 hrs and 6 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Introducing the first audiobook in the pulse-pounding Sacramento series from New York Times best-selling author Karen Rose.

There is a serial killer on the loose preying on vulnerable women. The only identifiable mark the killer leaves are letters - sometimes one, sometimes two - all carved into the torsos of his victims. Together, they spell “Sydney”. 

When he grabs Daisy Dawson, he believes he has found his next victim. But despite her small stature, she fights back with an expertise that quickly frees her. Before fleeing the scene, Daisy also manages to grab what proves to be crucial evidence: a necklace from around the killer’s neck. 

The necklace is more than a trivial item - it is a link to a cold case Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has been tracking for 17 years. With Daisy’s help, Gideon finally has the opportunity to get closer to the truth than ever before. 

But they might not get the chance, as the serial killer has a new target: Gideon and Daisy.

©2019 Karen Rose (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“Fans of Lisa Gardner and J.D. Robb will enjoy this outing and be on pins and needles waiting for the next installments.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Complex, thrilling, and impossible to put down... An engrossing and exciting start to a new series, and one that busts genre stereotypes along the way." (BookPage Top Pick) 

"Chilling and remarkably complex, this is a thriller that, for all its length, will keep minds sharp and nightlights burning. An excellent series start." (Library Journal)

"Rose’s Say You’re Sorry delivers on the promise of a pedal-to-the-metal thriller with plenty of developed characters and converging mysteries...to call this book a page turner is an understatement." (USA Today)

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  • shelley
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 2019-02-13

HOLY SH*T!!!! One of the best from Karen Rose!

This new series by Karen Rose is absolutely fantastic! There is a slight connection to her Baltimore series. I like that this book has all new and fresh characters. For anyone who has never read anything by Karen Rose this is a great place to start. Although the book is 24 hours she completely fills the time with a totally worthwhile listen. The characters are fleshed out to the point that they are so familiar to you they could be your next door neighbor! There are no lulls or fillers to take up time.
The publisher's summary gives gives a very scant synopsis of about the first 15 minutes of this book. To make this brief I will not spell out the entire story. There are so many layers I wouldn't know where to begin. This book is an extravaganza in the mystery/thriller/suspense genre. It touches on religious cults, torture, pedophilia, a completely warped serial killer holding an unfortunate victim that I found myself rooting for and maybe 15 minutes of romance. I personally don't go for romance as a preferred genre and generally fast forward through these scenes.
This is a fast paced story with lots of action and even more suspense!
Joel Froomkin does a great job narrating.
Very HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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  • katarina DePaul
  • 2019-02-26

wonderful book

this book was an edge of your seat, heart-rending, ride. the characters came alive and we're so believable.

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  • C L Prochazka
  • 2019-02-21

Why are men reading Karen Roses's work!

I discovered this author quite by accident, and it was Book Three of the Cincinnati Series. Well, I was hooked and foraged library's audible for the rest of her work. I was in a Karen Rose bubble, and love her emphasis on family, consecutiveness, therapy. And even better, the story lines were entertaining, at times complex, and often surprising one in the end. I really saw such growth in her work from her first book to her last, as she rounded out the characters, and intensifying the plots. I was driven to write the Rose Books "Family Tree" just to keep track of everyone. But I hit a snag when her women narrators went to Men. I was appalled.( I actually had to find the hard copies to read the old fashion was as I could just not get behind the men chosen to narrator.) Please keep writing, but please find women to narrate your book!
I was so excited for the new series, and so disappointed by Joel Froomkin. He speaks so slow, I needed to increase the speed 1.25, which did raise his pitch a tad, so that I could get through the book. But I don't want to just "get through" her books, I want to be enveloped in them.

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  • Elizabeth Clouse
  • 2019-02-18

Rose is wonderful

loved it, great plot but took some time getting into a man reading it. awesome!

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  • kristene skaggs
  • 2019-02-18

Fantastic story!

Yet another amazing book from Karen Rose. I am in love with her writing style. No leaf unturned. So much detail. New narrator for me but Joel was great! Can’t wait for the next one ❤️

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  • Lashasta green
  • 2019-02-15

Worst narrative ever!

The narrator sounds like this was his 1st job. Each character sounds like a man with a cold. It made it hard to listen to and hard to follow the story.

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  • Mo Sytsma
  • 2019-03-04

An Exciting Story with A+ Narration

With a compelling plot, fascinating backstories, complex yet accessible characters as well as one of the most interesting villains I’ve read in quite some time, Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose was everything the romantic suspense fan in me could have wanted. Coupled with a brilliant audio performance, this book owned me for the better part of a week and I’m not even sorry. (See what I did there?)

From the initial intense scene from the POV of a serial killer, I was all in with this book. Say You’re Sorry unfolded and came together in the very best way. The story is very smartly told, the threads expertly woven together to keep the reader on edge from start to finish.

Over and above the storyline, the characters in this book truly shine. Gideon with his gripping and heartbreaking history, Daisy with her unwavering strength and badassery, even the villain of this story all combine to create something special..

Daisy Dawson was one of the most admirable characters I’ve read lately, and I have no doubt she could carry a story all on her own. Tough as nails, but still maintaining a softness about her, sign me up for the Daisy Fan Club. She has so much to give and I’m all too excited to see her in future installments of his series.

One of the most surprising things about this book was how much I sympathized with the villain. Yes, I had soft feelings for a serial killer. That’s what this book did to me. I questioned my sanity more than once throughout the story, wondering how and why I wanted to take this sadistic killer under my wing and fix him. I’m not sure if that says more about my mental state or Karen’s writing…I’m choosing to blame it on Karen.
I also loved the story-within-a-story quality of this book, and the larger story arc that began in this book already has me lying in wait for the next one in the series.

Joel Froomkin’s narration was stellar. He elevates the source material to more than just words on a page; his performance becomes a living, breathing story that leaves a lasting impact on the listener. His portrayal of the villain was especially powerful and he showcased the duality of his personality perfectly. He gave the frenzied psychopath a sympathetic edge, and I am making an offering to the casting gods to get him to play more creepy psychos in the future.

Say You’re Sorry was one wild ride and I’m clutching my ticket, waiting for my turn on the next one.

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  • Gianni
  • 2019-02-21

OBSESSED

it took me a couple chapters to really even give a crap. it was a slow start but once it got me it GOT ME. i listened day in and out every chance i got. talking aloud, yelling, laughing lol loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-20

loved it! looking forward to next in series

great book with great narration....nice and long so you can really enjoy the story developing

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  • Dlh
  • 2019-02-18

I believe this the best of Karen Rose

Fantastic read , rich characters you immediately start caring about .
Suspenseful and lots of twist and turns .
You won’t regret purchasing .

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