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You Can't Hide
by Karen Rose
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Warner, 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

When Tess Ciccotelli's patients begin killing themselves, and their deaths prove to be murder, the psychiatrist ends up at the top of the suspect list. Who else but the good doctor could prey on her patients' worst fears? Her vehement denials that she had nothing to do with their deaths are ignored. The local police force has little sympathy for a woman who had declared a brutal child killer insane, thus saving him from the death penalty. The fact that this killer also murdered a cop only made her more of a pariah among the tight-knit police force. One of them is Aiden Reagan, the detective who found one of the murdered children. As far as he's concerned, Tess Ciccotelli is as cold as ice and doesn't deserve to practice. It would be a pleasure to nail her for murder. But it soon becomes clear that Tess is innocent.

Once Aiden confirms that someone has launched a meticulous campaign of terror against Tess, he sees her in a completely different light and grudgingly admits that she is not the cold bitch that everyone perceives. She is more than willing to cooperate with the investigation, but refuses to hand over her patients' confidential information. Aiden reminds her that her refusal effectively stalls the case and gives the killer time to strike again, but Tess is adamant. Aiden finds himself admiring her commitment to her patients. His heart softens a little more, and soon he can't deny his growing attraction. This new development only succeeds in infuriating the killer and the campaign to destroy Tess's career, her family, and the woman herself, escalates and puts Aiden's own family in the line of fire as well.

If there's one name synonymous with great romantic suspense it's Karen Rose - she just keeps getting better and better. Not only has she devised another crackerjack and very involved plot, she's also once again peopled her story with wonderfully real characters whose complicated lives grab the reader from the moment they step onstage. Rose also has a real knack for creating villains - this antagonist's single-minded quest to destroy Tess is smart and very chilling. Rose goes the extra mile to explain motivation, making the villain that much more human and at times even eliciting a certain amount of sympathy. You Can't Hide is another stellar suspense, one that is sure to garner even more accolades for its talented author.

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