Karen Rose Books in Order

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Karen Rose books in order all fall under the umbrella of the Romantic Suspense Series (yes, a series, not only a genre). However, they can be further classified based on their location (Chicago, North Carolina, Cincinnati, etc).

Karen Rose is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. I’ve been reading her books ever since I came across her first novel Don’t Tell back in 2003 when I got hooked on her stories.

So here are all the Karen Rose books in chronological order with the additional information listed next to each book.


Romantic Suspense Series


  1. Don’t Tell book #1 (set in Chicago), published 2003
  2. Have You Seen Her? book #2 (set in North Carolina), published 2004
  3. I’m Watching You book #3 (set in Chicago), published 2004
  4. Nothing to Fear book #4 (set in Chicago), published 2005
  5. Dirty Secrets book #4.5 novella (set in St.Petersburg), published 1995 in Hot Pursuit
  6. You Can’t Hide book #5 (set in Chicago), published 2006
  7. Count to Ten book #6 (set in Chicago), published 2007
  8. Die For Me book #7 (set in Philadelphia), published 2007
  9. Scream For Me book #8 (set in Philadelphia), published 2008
  10. Kill For Me book #9 (set in Philadelphia), published 2009
  11. I Can See You book #10 (set in Minneapolis), published 2009
  12. Silent Scream book #11 (set in Minneapolis), published 2010
  13. You Belong To Me book #12 (set in Baltimore), published 2011
  14. No One Left To Tell book #13 (set in Baltimore), published 2012
  15. Did You Miss Me? book #14 (set in Baltimore), published 2012
  16. Broken Silence book #14.5 (set in Baltimore), published 2013
  17. Watch Your Back book #15 (set in Baltimore), published 2013
  18. Closer Than You Think book #16 (set in Cincinatty), published in 2014
  19.  Alone in the Dark book #17 (set in Cincinatty), published in 2015
  20. Every Dark Corner book #18 (set in Cincinatty), published in 2016
  21. Monster in the Closet (set in Baltimore), published in 2017
  22. Edge of Darkness (set in Cincinatty), published in 2017

Should we Read the Karen Rose Books in Order?


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Having read pretty much all of the Karen Rose books (except for the last one and a novella), I can safely say yes, it’s best to read the Karen Rose books in the proper order. The reason is that there are several characters appearing in various novels and they don’t always correspond to the location / book setting.

If you read them out of order, you might find yourself lacking in a few background details that make reading the books so much more entertaining.

Sure, you can read them as you get them as well, but your enjoyment will not be as full, simply because some books nicely wrap up events that have taken place in previous books in the various location series (e.g. the Baltimore series, etc).

Classifying the Karen Rose books in order is not as easy as it seems, because there are various characters that appear in several novels, and there are also place relationships between books.

For example, some of the Karen Rose books are set in Minneapolis, others in Baltimore and yet others in Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Chicago.

As for characters, you have Ethan Buchanan who is featured in 4 of the books, while Dr. Tess Ciccotelli is featured in two other ones, while Dana Dupinsky is featured in 4 novels (and not all these novels are the same with the ones featuring Ethan Buchanan).

For all intents and purposes, I think the best way to classify the books are based on the location / setting. In addition, the books are listed in chronological order, with the publication date listed in brackets at the end.

Have you read any of Karen Rose’s books and if yes, what did you think of them?


The author was born as Karen Rose Hafer in 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland, where she also grew up. At the age of 17, she met her future husband with whom she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio after both graduating from University of Maryland. Karen graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Karen Rose authorBefore writing books, she worked as an engineer for a large consumer goods company.

Here, however, she could not stop thinking about plots and books she would write. So, Karen Rose began writing all her ideas on paper. Thus, her debut novel, Don’t Tell was born.

Several of her novels received the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award for Best Romantic Suspense, and all her books have been so far translated into over 20 languages. Her books have been featured on various bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, London’s Sunday Times, and Germany’s Der Spiegel.

All of her books are romantic suspense, a genre that I enjoy reading when I want to pick up something lighter than the hardcore thrillers and crime mysteries I usually spend my time with. Her latest book, Edge of Darkness is so far the only one that I still have on my TBR shelf to read in a couple of weeks. I’m pretty sure that it will be just as good as previous Karen Rose novels that captured my attention from their first page.

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  1. Marina says:

    These sound like an interesing read. I haven’t had the chance to check them out yet.

  2. Sandra Knight says:

    I am listening to Watch Your Back as I write. I have read others out of order so this list is just what I was looking for. The names Ethan and Faith ring bells – my memory has waved bye-bye so I can re-read books or listen to CD’s

  3. Assumpta Padden says:

    I have read all her books except the latest one “Alone in the Dark.” I hope Ms Rose can see these comments because i’m begging her to bring back Deacon and Faith again. I can’t get enough of those two, they light up the pages and Faith is such a comical character. Please please bring back Deacon and Faith (Closer than you Think). Thank you for all the sleepless nights that i couldn’t put your books down, that is a compliment not a complaint.

  4. Jean Clay says:

    I am addicted to Karen Rose Books and am currently reading “Alone in the Dark”. I am so worried that I have only one more to read then I will be waiting for Karen to get cracking on another one. Please hurry Karen !!!

  5. Lynette says:

    Just finished reading “Every dark corner” Karen Rose books are a don’t put down pleasure, They draw you in, the

    characters are human and flawed, which makes them so addictive.

  6. Christine Harris says:

    I love Karen Rose and have read loads of her books – but randomly. Recently Die for me, Scream for me, Kill for me. Its more than a trilogy…its like one massive book. So addictive and indulgent. Big question is should I now read others in a sequel? Are there any other fixed trilogy type series?

  7. Machtilt says:

    I have read all her books. Just loved everyone, especially the Baltimore series! Keep on writing please!!!

    And yes, read them in order.

  8. Carol white says:

    When is the next new book out as I’m suffering from withdrawal symptoms xx

  9. Sherrill Hocroft says:

    I love Karen Rose books & am waiting for the newest one to e released! She is a terrific writer & all her books are well worth waiting for!

  10. Anne Jenkins says:

    One of a few authors where I would find it difficult to pick a favourite book. I have enjoyed all of them and can’t wait for the next book to be released.

  11. Sue Clegg says:

    I’ve read them all and am on the last book, really enjoyed them. When is the next one please?

  12. Diane Mountney says:

    I am a avid fan having read all her books always waiting for the next new book.

  13. J Ritchie says:

    read 1 book, absolutey glued to every page, have since bought everything else I can find. Her books are gripping & I can’t put them down until I’ve read the last page, then I just want to start the next 1!

  14. Jo Starkey says:

    Just finished Did you miss me. I want to point out an error. Page 500 of 534 says Too late she saw …….punctured her sons neck. Later on page 515 it says Suv…….the needle in his arm???? Was it arm or neck. I adore this author and have almost finished all of her books so I hope she’s busy writing 🙂 Cheers Jo

  15. vergerine salone says:

    I love reading all of your novels. where can I buy ” kill for me”..

  16. Theo Dooley says:

    Karen your books have been great up until the last book. Closer than you think–had too much filler that you smothered the story. Forget what Faith says. Leave out the junk and keep writing the same way did before the last book. All that extra stuff is boring and unnecessary. We all love the way you have been writing not with all the stuff that has nothing to do with the story except fill pages.

  17. Fadia Said says:

    I’M In love with Karen Rose books . I have read all her books.I am looking for The book title Broken Silence any ideas where I CAN get it from . I need this book badly .

    • Kat says:

      Try looking for it on Amazon or EBay. You an also ask your neighborhood book store to order a copy for you.

  18. Theresa wright says:

    just read my first book closer than you think, can’t put in down love her style of writing. Read every day and can’t wait to read more of her books.

  19. Ailsa says:

    I have just seen ‘Closer than you think’ and will buy it next week, I have read all Karen Rose books in order and can’t wait to read the latest, they are easy to follow, I carry a list of all the books, cross them off when read, add new ones when published, cross them off when read, that way you don’t miss any if you get muddled with the titles, like me.

  20. Laura johnson says:

    I absolutely love all Karen Rose books and have just treated myself to ‘closer than you think’ which isn’t on the list and I didn’t know it was coming out 🙂 happy reading.

    • Ailsa says:

      just seen ‘closer than you think’ will buy it next week, have read all the others in order, loved every one, can’t wait.

      • Denzel855 says:

        I’m a bit confused in what order to read these books have read several Karen Rose books but don’t seem to flow as I would like can you please let me know the order ? Cheers

  21. Catherine Cookson says:

    I have read 4 of Karen’s books. I read” I can see you” first as I was visiting my husband at work in Saudi Arabia. Picked it up and couldn’t put it down. No more of hers in works library. Couldn’t wait to get home to download more onto my Kindle. Tend to alternate them with Lesley Pearse a very diverse author. Thanks and keep up the good work

  22. jayne beddis says:

    I love karen rose books. The stories are amazing , you are sat on the edge of your seat. I’ve seen myself stay awake till 3 am just to finish her books. Roll on the next book x

  23. elspeth jones says:

    I love her books but I should love a map of the relationships. I come across Abe or David or Dana etc and know I have met them before!

  24. Jeanette marshall says:

    If you haven’t read a Karen rose book you haven’t lived love them all fantastic reading

  25. Isabelle Wright says:

    I have read every book written by Karen Rose, I am getting impatient waiting for the next one.

  26. Jackie Jacobs says:

    I have read 95% of her books and absolutely adore her. I love her characters and of course the romantic side is very enjoyable.

    • Debbie Bickford says:

      I just read my first book by Karen about 1 month ago, have read 6 since and have picked up more until I get every one. I just love her!! I just wished it hadn’t taken me so long to find her.

      • Jacqui Muspratt says:

        I have all Karen Rose Books, they just get better and better their fab, I have just finished her latest book Closer than you think wow what a read, I can’t wait for her new book Alone in the Dark which is a continuation of Closer Than You Think.

  27. Jackie says:

    I enjoy your books when is your next book please

  28. Rhonda says:

    Where’s the next book???????
    Read everything……………………
    C’mon now, hanging here………….

  29. Sue Butz says:

    “Watch Your Back” was the first Karen Rose book I’ve read. I’m a fairly eclectic reader, reading everything from car manuals and cookbooks (like a novel) to history and suspense thrillers, so I don’t always go back and read everything that one author has written. However, Karen Rose will be an exception. I can’t wait to find a copy of “Don’t Tell” and get my 16 book marathon started.

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