Death Is Not Enough Karen Rose has out done herself.
This story highlights love and friendship, romance and passion,
gruesome murder, frustrating injustice, with an engaging hero/heroine.
Although Rose’s readers have seen Thomas Thorne and
Gwyn Weaver in previous books this novel is their story. Thorne
gives defense attorneys a good name, always attempting to
help those unfairly charged, as was the case when he was young.
His backstory is very compelling, having been falsely accused
while in high school. It seems Déjà vu when
he once again becomes the main person of interest in a murder.
He is found in bed, drugged senseless, next to a woman beaten
and knifed to death, with his fingerprints on the weapon.
His friends circle the wagon, standing by him and searching
for details that will prove his innocence. It becomes apparent
that someone is setting him up, out for revenge, and wants
to destroy his life, piece by piece. The various attacks on
his friends, his business and his reputation are intended
to get at everything he holds dear and values.
The theme of the book is justice for all. “I wrote how
Thorne was upset when he saw due process circumvented and
abused. This country is built upon being punished for what
you do. Defense attorneys are part of the check and balance
systems. Justice is done in my books. It can be a good thing,
but if used improperly it can be turned into a weapon. Thorne
takes this very seriously making sure that the Constitution
is enforced, and that the prosecutors do not get away with
bullying the system.”
All the women characters could sing the Helen Reddy song,
“I am woman hear me roar.” Rose noted, “I
am used to strong woman because my circle of friends are intelligent
and strong women. They have spines of steel and will not let
anyone push them around. Lucy, Stevie, Paige, and Gwyn all
rallied around Thorne because they created a family around
the circle of friends. They took control over their own destiny
and never cowered. Women need to stand up for themselves and
to take matters in their own hands. My men characters see
women as equals and not as delicate flowers. I hope my characters
are role models. Strong women should be thought of as cool
and not the “b” word.”
Readers will not be disappointed with this suspenseful story.
They will be riveted, hoping beyond hope that justice will
prevail and that the psychopath attempting to frame Thorne
will get his due. Although the romance was not at the forefront,
it added to the storyline.
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