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Monster in the closet is a thrill ride from beginning to end. Jazzie has witnessed something that no one let alone a child should ever have to see. Jazzie and her sister Janie have lost their mother at the hands of an evil man. What only a few people know is that Jazzie is all too aware of who killed her mother. Unfortunately Jazzie isn’t talking to the police or anyone.
Taylor Dawson is a recent college grad interning at Healing Hearts with Horses. An amazing program designed to help traumatized children work through their issues while learning to ride and care for horses. Janie and Jazzie both attend these therapy sessions but while they seem to be working for Janie, Jazzie is still as closed mouth as ever. That is until she utters two words to therapist Taylor Dawson. A simple thank you is all it takes to set in motion the trials and tribulations of this story.
The villain in our story, Gage Jarvis, is so vile that you don’t even want to read his parts of the story. It is a must of course, the workings of his mind are so backwards and self-centered it scares you to think that there are really people like him in the world. Gage has had a lot of help and easy breaks in is life. All his troubles stem from his own decisions though he would have you believe everyone else is to blame.
The storyline and progression of events move along really well. The reader is given points of view from all of the main characters which is so nice. I enjoy knowing what is going on in everyone’s thoughts. This was my first read from Karen Rose and I look forward to reading more of her work. The relationships between some of the main and side characters were a little confusing at first. Everyone is connected to each other in some way. I have since discovered that this is one in a series of stories about this group of people. However, you do not have to read the others in order to follow this story.
I give Monster in the Closet 4 Stars and would pair it with a Frosty Villain shooter
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