by Karen Rose

July 2003
ISBN: 0-446-61280-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Mary Grace Winters is on the run from her abusive ex-husband, who happens to be a cop. After faking her own death and returning to life as Caroline Stewart, Mary is trying to start a new life for her and her son. Working as an assistant to newly hired professor Max Hunter, she begins to fall in love with her new boss. However, Max Hunter has issues of his own, after being badly injured in an accident. Together Max and Caroline are trying to figure out their separate lives and their relationship when Carolineís ex husband discovers she is not dead after all. When he comes after Caroline and their son the entire Hunter family must come to Max and Carolineís aid before it is too late.

Donít Tell by Karen Rose is definitely one of the best romantic suspense books that I have read this year. The characters are incredibly vivid to the reader. The secondary characters including the members of the Hunter family are seamlessly interwoven into the plot and leave the reader wanting to know more about each one of them as well. Carolineís ex-husband is the type of villain readerís love to hate, mean, possessive, and slightly crazy; I found the fact that he was a policeman provided the story with a heightened sense of suspense. Even though the reader knows the villain the plot is so well written that it leaves the reader guessing what will happen next.

The theme of domestic abuse is vividly displayed throughout the book and at times can be a bit graphic; however, this fits the darker mood of the story and is superbly handled by the author. The love story between Max and Caroline is one of new beginnings, forgiveness, and redemption. Max and Caroline are both searching for who they are, while trying to hide their past mistakes from each other. I found both characters to be wonderfully flawed and the love between them is truly enduring. I highly recommend Donít Tell as a truly spectacular example of romantic suspense.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Jen.

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