A mother is dead, and now her killer hunts the child that witnessed the brutal crime...
Private Investigator Clay Maynard locates missing children for clients, but has nearly given up hope of finding his own daughter, cruelly stolen from him by his ex-wife twenty-three years ago.
Equine therapist Taylor Dawson has chosen to intern at Daphne Montgomery-Carter's stables so that she can observe the program's security director - her father, Clay Maynard. Trying to reconcile the wonderful man she's getting to know with the monster her mother always described, Taylor never expects to become the target of a real monster, the man who murdered the mother of the little girls she works with at the stable. Neither does she expect to fall for Ford Elkhart, Daphne's handsome son, who is dealing with his own demons. As family and friends gather for a wedding, Taylor starts to imagine a permanent life in Baltimore.
But not if the real monster gets to her first...
Monster in the Closet brings together so many characters from previous novels that my poor head was spinning trying to remember everything that had previously happened! If new to Ms Rose's work, then don't worry as I did think this book worked fine as a standalone; but it's obviously a reward of sorts, a celebration that readers can share and possibly the beginning of a whole new chapter.
So, I'm obviously a huge fan and adore the way the author usually manages to wrap the suspense and crime element around a solid and adult romance. This particular story has two children floundering after the murder of their mother which brings them into contact with Taylor, a young woman with a secret that connects her to what, as a reader, I perceive as a very extended family! I mentioned young and Monster in the Closet is almost a new adult romance happening here which, if honest, didn't really set the pages on fire. However, towards the end (!) the pace gathered momentum and the drama finally had a lot more action. For me, personally, it seemed to meander a little too much at times and yes, I can see the sub plots and family dynamics helped flesh out the story, but I missed the tension and often horror I normally associate with these books. Not a bad book but not that typical of the usual fare I enjoy from Ms Rose, although if you find some of her previous stories too dark, then this should be a welcome relief.
A copy of this was provided for me with no requirement to review. I've voluntarily read it and these thoughts and comments are I believe a fair opinion.