“First-time author Rose handles her subject matter well. She informs without preaching and allows her characters to sort through their emotions in a mature manner. As gripping as a cold hand on the back of one's neck, but tempered by lovable characters and a moving romance, this assured debut bodes well for Rose's future books."
“Rose delivers the kind of high-wire suspense that keeps you riveted to the edge of your seat.”
—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author
"DON'T TELL moves at a barrel neck pace and is a riveting story spun by new romantic suspense author Karen Rose.”
—Romance Designs, Ratings Overall: 10 Sensuality: 7 Suspense: 8
"Prepare yourself for a story that pulls you in and does not let go until the last page is turned."
"Romantic suspense at its ultimate best. Ms. Rose is a wonderful storyteller, able to breathe life into her pages until you feel as if you're part of the story. I laughed, I cried, I yelled . . . and all from the words printed on these pages. If you've ever wondered if good can conquer evil, if you're not sure that the good guys sometimes do win, then this book is for you…. I can't wait to devour everything else she's ever written ... and hopefully will keep writing long into the future."
—Jennifer Wardrip, Romance Junkies
"A gripping and realistic tale of one woman's struggle to overcome the misery of spousal abuse. The brutality revealed in this novel is frighteningly realistic, and you will find yourself cheering for Mary Grace throughout her recovery. Ms. Rose does an excellent job of mixing in romance as a healing agent; her characters are deep and thoughtful. DON'T TELL is a tale of courage and is one book that all women should read."
—Angela Etheridge, The Romance Readers Connection “Author of the Month”
"Karen Rose has done a fantastic job of telling a tale of . . . courage, patience, determination and ultimate triumph . . . touchingly narrated…. [Caroline] is an inspiration to women everywhere and the author is to be lauded for her courageous portrayal. The powerful message of DON'T TELL distinguishes it and, along with well developed and realistic characters, makes it a worthwhile and stimulating read."
—Rashmi Srinivas, BookLoons
“Rose does a masterful job of telling the story and moving it along at a good clip. All the secondary characters played their parts very well . . . DON'T TELL has an equal sharing of both romance and suspense keeping the reader mesmerized by the tale. It will keep you on the edge of your seat with fear and rooting for the hero and heroine to find the light at the end of the tunnel."
—Marilyn Heyman, The Road to Romance
"A well-written (psychological) thriller—a definite page-turner that never lets up until the last page . . . For a chiller that will keep you riveted until the last page, check out DON'T TELL."
—Angela Camp, Romance Reviews Today
"Overcoming the paralyzing effect of fear plays a big role in this psychological thriller. Caroline and Max each have scars, but do they have the courage to put their hearts on the line once again? DON'T TELL is chilling and gripping storytelling that grabs you and doesn't let go."
—Jill M. Smith, RT Book Reviews,4 stars
"Though action packed, the story line is character driven. Macho Rob (the villain) is a sociopath-predator who hides his abuse behind a thin caring veneer. Caroline is not the person he used to batter, having improved herself once she got out from under his oppression. Readers will admire her courage, but feel anguish and dismay at a support system that failed her while hoping that true justice prevails."
—Harriet Klausner, The Best Reviews
"Ms. Rose has penned a story that I don't mind saying scared me more than once. This is truly edge of your seat reading at it's finest!”
—Suspense Romance Writers Newsletter