Say You're Sorry

Say You're Sorry

by Karen Rose


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Introducing the first novel in the pulse-pounding Sacramento series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose.

There is a serial killer on the loose, preying on vulnerable women. The only identifiable mark the killer leaves are letters—sometimes one, sometimes two—all carved into the torsos of his victims.  Together they spell “Sydney.” 

When he grabs Daisy Dawson, he believes he has found his next victim. But despite her small stature, she fights back with an expertise that quickly frees her. Before fleeing the scene, Daisy also manages to grab what proves to be crucial evidence: a necklace from around the killer’s neck. 

The necklace is more than a trivial item—it is a link to a cold case that Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has been tracking for seventeen years. With Daisy’s help, Gideon finally has the opportunity to get closer to the truth than ever before. 

But they might not get the chance, as the serial killer has a new target: Gideon and Daisy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399586729
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: Sacramento Series, The Series , #1
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 17,856
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Karen Rose is the award-winning, #1 international bestselling author of some twenty novels, including the bestselling Baltimore and Cincinnati series. She has been translated into twenty-three languages and her books have placed on the New York Times, the Sunday Times (UK), and Germany’s der Spiegel bestseller lists.

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Readers Guide for SAY YOU’RE SORRY
Questions for Discussion

1. The author writes the “villains” in the novel as not just distinctly bad but as very nuanced and complex characters. Oftentimes, they are the way they are because of childhood trauma and other matters. Did you find yourself sympathizing with any of the villains in the story?

2. Gideon and Mercy cope with the trauma dealt by the cult in very different ways. What are some of the ways that other characters in the book have coped with their own trauma?

3. Family is a big theme in the book—whether it’s the family Gideon creates with his foster family, the family Daisy builds with her community, or the more traditional sense of family that Raphael has. Family is even used to describe the cult from which Gideon and Mercy escaped. What is your definition of family?

4. The story explores many types of relationships, including those between friends, parents and their children, and romantic partners. How significant is each relationship in the story? Do you think each character’s relationship with their parental figures influenced their actions/path?

5. As media becomes more and more popular in literature, how do you feel the inclusion/portrayal of media—such as Daisy’s radio career—influences the events that unfold? Do you think certain circumstances could have been avoided?

6. Do you think people who have suffered from traumatic events naturally gravitate toward each other? Why or why not?

7. It’s interesting how smaller characters, such as the news reporter and the neighbor, could impact the course of events so easily with the information they share. Do you think people naturally trust strangers in times of grief or distress? Why or why not?

8. Gideon is very dependent on himself and his abilities, and when he is injured, he finds it hard to let go. Are there any other characters who share similar traits?

9. Daisy’s struggle with alcohol, and her path to sobriety, is mentioned frequently throughout the novel. How do you think this impacted her connection to the case?

10. Do you think the characters in this book that are involved in crime fighting are affected by their work? How so?

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Say You're Sorry 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
gisellsamaniego 7 months ago
I LOVED this novel! It was fun, exciting, thrilling, sexy and emotional. Some of the situations depicted can be major triggers and several events are pretty graphic. The characters are interesting, relatable and fleshed out well. There is so much more to know and find out about them. I look forward to the rest of the series.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 7 months ago
My first Karen Rose book and I official hooked on her books. Say You’re Sorry is a romantic thriller but it is also a psychological thriller. There are so many twists and turns that my head just kept spinning trying to keep up. Yet, the book was easy to follow, amazing to read, and bone-chilling to finish. With over 600 pages to read I was pleasantly surprised by how quick the story went. With each chapter, there was something new happening. Cults, FBI, kidnapping, families coming together, a dash of romance, and so much more all kept me turning pages, staying up late, and reading chapter after chapter. I had no clue who the villain was, I loved the good guys, and was in awe of the strength that the main characters had to show just to survive. Say You’re Sorry is the first book in a new series by Karen Rose and I am so excited for more from her.
Anonymous 8 months ago
The book kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait until the next book comes out. There was plenty of action. A thoroughly enjoyable book. Karen Rose is definitely one of my favorite authors.
cc27 8 months ago
Karen Rose scores a perfect 10 with Say You're Sorry! I couldn't turn pages quickly enough! A bubbly recovering alcoholic fends off a seemingly random mugger, and comes away with an odd souvenir. Her LEO landlord answers the call for service, recognizes the souvenir and makes a call to an old friend. Enter a hot FBI agent who also recognizes the souvenir. The unlikely pair team up to find the owner of the trinket; the symbol of a person who has escaped the physical and mental torture of a patriarchal religion. During the search, related attacks reveal a likely serial killer with a rising body count. The psychological twists, combined with a romance becoming steamier by the day, create a compelling novel that grabs you and won't let go! I highly recommend this title, and I would suggest it for any mystery lover. It would also appeal to lovers of psychological thrillers and steamy romances. In the interest of full disclosure, I received a free digital copy of this title to review from Net Galley.
Anonymous 8 months ago
An edge of your seat, nail biting plot within a plot. Wanted more.... Needs sequel! Where is Eden?
Caroldaz 8 months ago
I have never before read a book telling of grisly murders and yet be moved to tears countless times! The tender, growing love between Gideon and Daisy was so emotional and so real that it just pulled at my heart. Listening to Gideon talk of his torture in the cult just about broke my heart! At the heart of this story was a serial killer carrying out grisly, tortuous murders. And yet this was balanced by a story filled with tenderness, love, family, acceptance and, ultimately, forgiveness. I just loved it!
Sandy5 4 months ago
Well, I made it! I didn’t realize upon opening this novel how long it really was, over 600 pages! Did it feel like 600 pages? Unfortunately for me, it did. The novel started out strong and ended very strong but the middle dragged for me. That being said, I will read another Karen Rose novel, I will just stick with a shorter one. What I really liked about this novel was that Karen wasn’t afraid to let her audience in on some disturbing scenes. Being a thriller, Karen’s killer is cruel and hard, and Karen doesn’t gloss these scenes over, she puts the reader right in on the action. I also enjoyed the storyline. I was captivated from the beginning and then the story just rolled along. Besides the novel dragging some in the middle, there were a few other issues I had with the novel. The genre of romantic-suspense is new to me but I had to actually wonder if what went down between Daisy and Special Agent Gideon could actually happen? Daisy’s a victim and Gideon is an FBI agent and watching their relationship unfold during the investigation felt questionable, to me. Do they not realize they are in the middle of an investigation? Do they not realize what type of investigation it is? I felt that their link also changed her status and how she was seen by others. Also, what about Daisy’s “service dog?” I felt sorry for the dog and I think it was actually an emotional support dog for her. This is a good, long story with a few slow parts. For me, the second half of the novel, whizzed by as I began to understand the killer and the motivation behind his madness. I would like to read more in this series to see what comes next for these characters. I want to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for providing me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Get book with interesting turns and twists. Loved this book and now I’m looking for the next one!
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scambra 7 months ago
Say You’re Sorry is my first Karen Rose book and it definitely won’t be my last. I am dubbing her the “Queen of Romantic Suspense” from now on. This book has it all. Hot FBI guy, damsel in distress (who can kick butt), and a creepy serial killer. Had me hooked from page one. Edge of my seat suspense, start to finish.
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What a great story! I felt so immersed in their lives.
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Bosco2579 8 months ago
Thank you Berkley Books and Karen Rose for my copy of Say You're Sorry. This was my first Karen Rose book and now I want to go back and read all of her books. It definitely won't be my last. Rose created two fabulous characters in Daisy and Gideon. I loved the chemistry she delivered with her main characters but also with the Sokolov family. I love how strong Daisy was. She could take care of herself and didn't need anyone else. That is what makes her relationship with Gideon so special. She didn't need him but he was there for her when she did need him. Same for Gideon, he didn't need Daisy but she made him better. I love the family dynamic in this book. It is unexpected in a romantic suspense novel. The Sokolov family is warm and inviting. They make you want a family that will embrace you and show you warmth. You also get Daisy and Gideon's family dynamics. Both the main characters come from messed up families and you see the contrast of their messed up family next to the warm Sokolov family. I loved the romance in this book. It wasn't in your face. The romance is subtle amongst the suspense. The romance was believable and swoon worthy. The suspense wasn't over the top either. It was gripping and intriguing. You could believe that someone was going around the country kidnapping and killing women. The killer was the right amount of creepy. Rose had me peering around corners and watching my back when leaving public places while reading this book. Don't let the amount of pages daunt you. This book was so fast paced and intriguing you never notice how big it is. Pick up this book because it will give you a little bit of everything and not leave you wanting. I can't wait for Rose's next book!
TropicalDelusions 8 months ago
Say You’re Sorry – Karen Rose I was fortunate to receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review. Eleanor ‘Daisy’ Dawson is a recovering alcoholic, who fights the demons of her past on a daily basis. With the help of her best friend Trish and her therapy dog Brutus, she maintains her sobriety one day at a time. Working presently as a radio personality on a busy morning show, she keeps herself busy, particularly with the local animal shelter’s adoption program. While walking home one evening, she is unexpectedly attacked and pulled into an alley. She fends off her attacker, but not before he says some things to her, leading her to believe he’s taken other women. And then she realizes she holds a locket in her hand – a locket that she must have pulled off her attacker’s neck in the scuffle. Sacramento PD Detective Rafe Sokolov, Daisy’s friend and landlord, is called to the scene. FBI Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has his own demons to fight. Escaping from the Church of Second Eden, an abusive, cult-like society when he was 13, he continues to search for the group’s location, as an adult. Then he receives a call from his close friend Rafe, who explains to him about Daisy’s attack and the locket she grabbed – almost identical to a tattoo Gideon once had on his chest. Gideon joins the group as the police interview Daisy, and its instant attraction for both of them. As the investigation heats up, the FBI allows Gideon to re-open the investigation into the cult, while he provides protection of sorts for Daisy, concerned her attacker may try again. A second victim is discovered, with evidence that links to many other homicide victims, and the search for a killer commences…but the killer has set his sights on Daisy and Gideon… I have been a fan of Karen Rose for years, and she has outdone herself with this novel! A fantastic police-procedural with all of the mystery, drama, and edge-of-your-seat suspense you could ask for, with a little romance thrown in as well. I could NOT put it down!! I’m hoping for more of Gideon & Daisy in future novels!! Awesome!! One of the best books I’ve read in a while!!
rlane 8 months ago
Daisy Dawson and FBI Agent Gideon Reynolds connect when she’s attacked, and she wrenches off a locket from the man. Gideon is called in after his friend tells him of the engraving that appears on the locket that connects to Gideon’s horrid past. Being raised in a cult was a nightmare that he and his younger sister barely escaped, and he’s made it his mission to track down the cult to bring the members to justice and free any other’s like him and his sister that are at the mercy of this awful group. Daisy’s attacker isn’t done with her because he’s afraid she can identify him, and so even though she managed to get away, she’s not out of the woods. Thankfully, Daisy is a smart cookie and doesn’t balk at Gideon’s insistence that he stick with her or by the overprotective Sokolov clan, who are like family to her. No TSTL moments from this lady and I was so glad of it! Daisy and Gideon have an instant attraction, that develops into a steamy affair. That is when someone’s not actively trying to murder them! This was a high tension read I was on the edge of my seat every time Daisy or Gideon were in this madman’s crosshairs, or when another poor individual had the unfortunate luck to cross paths with this psycho killer! This was a long book, 624 pages, and it took me several days to get through it, partly because I just didn’t have a whole lot of time to read. But it was a page turner every time I picked it up, so if I had a nice chunk of time, I could’ve probably breezed through some of it. I will say that I don’t like having the killer’s POV included in a story. I don’t like being in their twisted head, and I like more mystery to the killer’s identity, so I skimmed most of his bits. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Say You’re Sorry, and I look forward to the coming stories, because I really liked this bunch of characters! The groundwork has been laid for a couple more romances. I’m pretty sure we’ll get one focused on Rafe Sokolov, and the other I think was hinted at, so I’ll have to wait and see.
ScrapNSign 8 months ago
Say You're Sorry is a thrilling onion, with many layers to captivate and intrigue you! I couldn't put this book down, and kept trying to figure out what was going to happen next, only to be kept on my toes in suspense. I enjoy when thrillers are written from multiple points of view, it helps my anxiety level to actually be able to see the dark inner workings of the villain (evil as they may be).
MeganLeprich 8 months ago
Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, I have always loved Karen Rose and this one definitely did not disappoint. I love romantic mystery books and she hits it on the nail every time. This book is about Daisy who gets attacked one night while walking home by a man with a stocking on his face. She uses what she's learned to attack back and she gets away from him. During the fight when she tries to grab his coat she accidentally rips a necklace off his neck, a locket with the name Miriam engraved on it. FBI agent Gideon Reynolds recognizes it as it's tied to past crimes and it's tied to his personal past. Gideon becomes Daisy's personal bodyguard and is trying to figure out how this guy is connected to his past before the guy succeeds in getting Daisy again. This was such an awesome fast paced thriller but I wouldn't expect anything else from Karen Rose. Even though a majority of her books are pretty long they are never drawn out or boring, her writing style and plot keeps you interested throughout the entire book and then she always throws in little (or sometimes big) shockers that you're never prepared for, The characters were well-developed and I liked all of their parts within the story. I loved the slow romance within the story and how the two main characters helped each other so much. Excellent, excellent story and I'm very excited for this new series.
TheGenreMinxBookReviews 8 months ago
Don’t be intimidated by the page count of this novel. What you should prepare yourself for, though, is an entire day to devote to it! I started to read Say You’re Sorry at night thinking I’d read a few chapters and then get some sleep, well that is not how it went at all. After reading about 390 pages I realized it was three in the morning and I had to force myself to put the book down because I had a full day ahead of me. The struggle was real because I really, really, wanted to continue reading this story!! Say You’re Sorry is the first book in the Sacramento series (twenty-second in the overall Romantic Suspense series) and I was hooked from the beginning because all the moving parts in this story were fascinating! The main plot surrounded a religious cult, a serial killer, and a swoony romance, which weren’t related and not in that order, but came together in a perfect melding of mystery and suspense. I am very invested with the overarching plot that will be continuing in the next book because it left me feeling like justice needed to be served and I wanted to be a part of the moment! I thought that all the characters in this book were well developed and memorable. I especially liked the main characters. One was dealing with staying sober, a federal agent who has a past he is ashamed of, a killer that I hate myself for feeling empathy for, and mysteries with twists that are worth waiting for! The pacing of this story was also just perfect! It slowed down when I wanted to know more and picked up when it needed to. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending this novel to all readers who love romantic suspense stories! I know this is a series and an Author that I will be continuing to follow! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
Barb-TRC 8 months ago
Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose is the 1st book in her new Sacramento series. Upon discovering Karen Rose a couple of years ago, I have enjoyed reading her books, and now with Say You’re Sorry being the first in a new series, I was excited to be able to start from scratch. Say You’re Sorry is another one of her exciting, action-packed and intense romance suspense thrillers, which once again kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. We meet Daisy Dawson at the start, as she and her friend Trish are coming back from an AA meeting. Daisy is attacked from behind, and because of her training as a teenager by her father, she was able to escape. We remember Daisy from a previous series, as she was a sister of the heroine. Trish calls Rafe, her neighbor and friend to help, as he is a detective. When Rafe looks at a necklace that Daisy ripped off of the attacker, he recognizes it. Special Agent Gideon Reynolds, our hero, gets a call from his friend Rafe. The necklace recovered brings back horrible memories of his childhood, when he suffered the violence of a cult, as well as his escape. Gideon managed to build a life, especially being part of Rafe’s family; but he has not been able to let go of the past, as his mother and sister were left behind. For seventeen years, Gideon has unsuccessfully tried to find where the cult is, even getting the FBI and other organizations to help his research to no avail. Until he meets Daisy, and sees the necklace which was a duplicate of the cult design. In a short period, they will discover that a serial killer is killing women, and Gideon will be assigned to the case to protect Daisy. We also get the POV of the evil villain, who is a crazed scary monster. What makes this book so captivating is how it revolves around a vile serial killer, a background of a dangerous cult, and a sweet romance. What follows is an intriguing, intense, suspenseful and at times mind-boggling story that had us holding our breaths throughout. There were a number of twists revolving around a killer continually torturing his victims or seeing the horrors of Gideon’s past and knowing how badly the members were treated; we were totally captivated by this story. Gideon was a great hero, determined to protect Daisy, whom he was beginning to fall hard for, as well as search for information to find that cult and save others. Daisy was a fantastic heroine, who learned to take care of herself from a PTSD father who always trained his children to be able to fight or able to shoot guns. She also was strong enough stop drinking and join AA, which she has been sober for many years. Daisy too fell hard for Gideon and they made a great team. I also loved the amazing group of family and friends, who were always there for both Daisy and Gideon. Say You’re Sorry is an intense thriller from start to finish, with non- stop action all the way. As I have said before, Karen Rose never fails to give a fantastic well written thriller that is intense, always on the edge, with fantastic characters, evil villains and a wonderful couple you care for. If you love suspense, with a touch of romance and a thriller all the way, then look no further then Karen Rose.