It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Say Goodbye by Karen Rose.
About the Author
Karen Rose was introduced to suspense and horror at the tender age of eight when she accidentally read Poe’s The Pit and The Pendulum and was afraid to go to sleep for years. She now enjoys writing books that make other people afraid to go to sleep.
Karen lives in Florida with her family, their cat, Bella, and two dogs, Loki and Freya. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, and her new hobby – knitting. Follow @KarenRoseBooks on Twitter, on Goodreads, on Amazon, Visit karenrosebooks.com
About the book
The closer you get to the truth, the more dangerous it gets. – FBI Agent Tom Hunter has been chasing down leads to find the brutal cult that damaged some of his closest friends. They managed to escape to tell their stories, but Eden’s location has always remained a mystery.
Liza Barkley is struggling with her feelings for Tom and wonders if their friendship can survive the secrets they’ve kept from one another. But they may be forced to confront the truth when a chance to help the investigation puts Liza directly in the line of fire.
When the perpetrator of an attempted sniper attack on Liza and her friends is discovered to be one of the cult’s leaders, DJ Belmont, it becomes clear that he is out to get revenge on the victims who escaped Eden’s clutches.
But there is one person who has always had control over DJ, and who no one outside of Eden has ever glimpsed: cult leader Pastor. When a serious injury forces Pastor to seek help outside the confines of the Eden, Tom and his team finally have a chance to bring the cult down. But DJ Belmont has his own plan, and is not going to stop until he gets what he wants…
In this third book in the Sacramento series the hunt for Eden and some closure for the victims takes centre stage. Old victims and new ones unite to help bring down this dangerous cult.
Aside from the annoying juvenile-like relationship and the toing and froing of Tom and Lisa, there are other elements of the story that are a little repetitive and simplified. In comparison to the premise of Eden and the excellent way Rose is shining a light on the insidious nature of cults – there is a stark difference between the aforementioned and the latter.
The most worrying thing about any cult or organisation that recruits and preys on the vulnerable, is the fact they appear to be protected by the law. So much so that innocent children and adults become victims and are unable to seek help or receive it. Generations of innocents are used for the gratification of megalomaniacs and deviants, whilst the authorities often look on helpless to do anything in the face of antiquated laws protecting the perpetrators.
It’s no surprise that two of the characters who previously escaped from Eden are damaged to the point that it impacts the rest of their lives, especially when Eden doesn’t want to let go. Everyone is invested in shutting down this hellhole of torture.
Rose delivers a captivating read, whilst delivering an eye-opening commentary on one of the most disturbing concepts that exists and is accepted by society, despite the conditions and structure that allows the damage, pain and destruction of fellow humans. It’s a fast-paced gripping read.
Buy Say Goodbye at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published in hardback by Headline pub date 8th August 2021- RRP £20.00. Also available in ebook and audiobook. Buy at Amazon com.