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3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,520 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
One cold November night when Kat Kominski was fifteen years old, she and some friends held up a convenience store. In the heat of the moment, one of the others shot and killed an off-duty cop moonlighting as a security guard. Kat and her pals fled the scene in a panic, and no one was caught.

Sixteen years later, Kat --- now Kate White --- has built a new life for herself.
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Putnam (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jun 10, 2011 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read Karen Robards for anything deep or even anything particularly believable. Her suspense novels are fast-paced fluff that don't overload my brain too much when it's already full.

Even so, this was AWFUL! (Warning: Rant approaching!)

When Kate was 15, she had a hard life. She had spent half her life in the foster care system and her latest foster mom's boyfriend was looking at her in ways he shouldn't look at a 15-year-old girl. She has some rough friends, and she sneaks out to take a j
Dec 05, 2012 Marleen rated it did not like it
The more I forged ahead with this book the less I liked it. Admittedly, it started off alright with the courtroom murder and hijacking scene, and the introduction of potentially great characters, but as the story progressed it all fell flat.
All the ingredients and elements were present to make this romantic thriller work, unfortunately the author didn’t come through. It got boring very fast, especially the depiction of the female lead: she was such an uninteresting woman. Tell me, how in heaven
Feb 25, 2013 Minie rated it it was ok
1.5 stars

For a girl to be smart enough to pull herself out of the slumps.. And kudos to her.. But she's dumb in thinking that hiding something that happened when she was 15 could catch up to her and ruin her life.. Versus lying to the cops about what happened in the court room.. And not exactly lying very well considering all the holes in her stories!

The reason/excuse for her to not confess to the cops was not strong enough in my opinion to hold the story. It was too weak, the author needs to f
Nov 23, 2014 Maryann rated it really liked it
I've come to a point where I know it's Karen Robards without checking the cover.
Her signature plot. Single mom, former delinquent and fresh on the scene district attorney Kat watsherlastname is caught in some mob business during a jail bust gone wrong and rushing in to save the day is detective Tom Braga.
Only one prisoner left alive, with half the courtroom covered in bodies, Kat is held at gunpoint while said prisoner tries to hatch an escape deal. Not only is Kat mind-blowingly gorgeous, she'
Aug 20, 2013 Hazellie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-books-read
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Feb 28, 2013 Leah rated it did not like it
I recently picked up a book by Karen Robards and enjoyed the book very much which is what prompted me to pick up Guilty by her. I generally get so into books that I enjoy that it's very hard for me to put down once I start reading, but a quarter way through this book I was bored out of my mind. Everything from the characters to the wall paper was described in so much detail that at times I found myself scanning to the next paragraph to find something more interesting. I actually did not even fin ...more
Jan 27, 2016 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the newest novel from New York Times -bestselling author Karen Robards, a feisty female attorney's past comes back to haunt her. One cold November night when Kat White was fifteen years old, she and some friends held up a convenience store. In the heat of the moment, one of the others shot and killed an off-duty cop moonlighting as a security guard. Kat and her pals fled the scene in a panic, and no one was caught. Sixteen years later, Kat-now Kate-has built a new life for herself. Now a sing ...more
Jul 01, 2008 Melissa rated it liked it
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Sep 01, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it
This book starts off with a bang! and the first few chapters keep you on the edge of your seat. The remainder of the book seems to drag. The heroine is a disappointment--she is whiny, self-centered and breaking the law by withholding evidence essential to finding killers/planners of a mass murder.. Supposedly it is because she is trying to protect her son; but later in the book, when a situation arises where she really should be protecting her son she does an about face and comes clean with the ...more
Apr 21, 2010 Patty rated it it was ok
It might seem trivial, but there were way too many geographical errors that took me out of the story. The Philadelphia Naval Yard on the Chesapeake Bay? Really??
Apr 17, 2014 Aleisha rated it it was ok
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Apr 26, 2008 Terri rated it really liked it
it was good...a little too nicely wrapped up
Nov 14, 2008 Susan rated it did not like it
Sherri Hunter
Sep 12, 2014 Sherri Hunter rated it it was ok
I had a hard time connecting with the main character of this story. The story begins with Kat as a teenager who gets caught up with a bad crowd and bad choices that result in the death of an off-duty police officer. Kat pulls her life together and in spite of being a single parent, she puts herself through law school and is a new prosecutor. Ordinarily, this would be a success story, but when her past catches up to her, Kat begins telling lie after lie, even when she is blatantly confronted, she ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-unabridged
CD/Unabridged/Romance: This book was so bad. Surprisingly bad. And after everything was said and done, our heroine isn't punished for being complicit in a murder.

Here are my updates from Goodreads:

10.0% "I'm just about done with the first disc and I am already seeing problems. Our "smart" heroine is in debt for $100K in college loans,only to get a paycheck-to-paycheck job? Really? Were you a C student? For a $100K, you should have gotten into a different branch of law!"
10.0% "Then
Feb 04, 2009 Kath rated it it was ok
Disasppointing , November 29, 2008
I was disappointed by this installment by Karen Robards. I read "Bait" and loved it and "Vanished" and thought it was okay. Kate seems very much like the main character that was in th book "Vanished", but perhaps a little less annoying. Married at 19, no family, has a child, no father around and manages to make it though law school while raising and infant with no family help at all. Also, it doesn't even seem that Kate has any friends.

Tom is a likeable cop tha
Feb 04, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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How can such a kick ass 15 year old turn into such a wuss at 28? Kate grew up in the foster care system and had a lot of street smarts. At 15 she is a witness to the murder of an off duty cop and runs for her life. The murderer, Mario, is one bad dude. Fast forward. Kate is now 28, a new attorney and a prosecutor, a single mom with a 9 year old son. That rainy Monday was not going so good. She is late and then her cell goes off in the courtroom. It gets worse as the defendant draws a gun and he ...more
Jul 15, 2008 Lola rated it liked it
Shelves: romance_suspence
Finally! A somewhat comeback book for Robards, in my opinion. lately her books have been dull and insignificant, but when i read the syniposis for this, i was intrigued and decided to read it, although i'd sworn off reading her books. I din't expect to like it, but i did.

In the beginning there were some editorial mistakes that gnawed at me, and i hated the fact that there would long bouts of insight into the characters psyche mid-conversation, so when the other character answered I'd be like, 'w
Oct 07, 2008 Erin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: romance fans, suspense fans
Shelves: romance, thrillers
I put this book on hold and then started reading it expecting a romance novel. Turns out it's more of a suspense novel with some romance thrown in for good measure. And I REALLY shouldn't have started reading it in the evening because I could not stop reading it until it was done lest I have nightmares about the bad guys breaking into my house, etc. Stupid books with their stupid plots that keep you riveted until 3:30 a.m. Curses!

The one thing about this book that drove me crazy was that the her
Kristin R
I always love a great story set in Philadelphia with details that you know the author has spent time or researched the city. This is a an author I've never read before and she has great local knowledge. This was a susupenseful story, full of excitement for a new attorney when her troubled youth catches up with her. Kate spent her childhood in foster care and after a bad incident at 17, she has been on her own. Now a single mother she is in the wrong place at the wrong time when a shootout takes ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I always enjoy Karen Robard's books, and this one was no exception. It got a little repetitive, with the main character Kate lying to Tom and them beating around the bush about their feelings for each other. However, it was a really good book overall and I enjoyed the suspense that the book has. Without giving too much away, believe me, if you read this book, you will continually think that Kate's situation/predicament couldn't get any worse. It does! I love how strong of a female character she ...more
Laura Beasley
Mar 16, 2014 Laura Beasley rated it really liked it
A good mystery but drug just a little. Kate had a rough childhood and lived in foster care at times. Something happens and she leaves town and goes off and gets married has a child becomes a widow goes to school and becomes a lawyer. Just when she feels like she has started a good life for her and her son her past comes back to haunt her. What choices will she make and will she have true love or have to lose it?
Mar 11, 2010 Dorsi rated it liked it
This book was much better than I anticipated after reading some of the reviews! I can't say that I loved this book, but I did really enjoy it & liked it immensely. I'd really like to give it 3 1/2 stars but since I'm unable to do that, I'm going to give it 4. I liked it much better than some books I have given 3 stars. Kate was admirable, smart, tough, & a survivor. She created a life out of nothing for her & her son. I could completely identify (as any loving mother could) with the ...more
Dec 16, 2012 Trish rated it liked it
Borrowed this book from a friend to read and it started out well. I settled in for what I thought was going to be a gripping and fascinating read. A little over half-way through the book, my reading became frustrating, when our heroine begings to lie one time too many to be truly believable. When the ending finally arrived, I flipped back and forth the final three pages several times, certain that my copy of the book was missing some pages. What a disappointing ending! It's been a while since I' ...more
Lisa Ahne
Jul 27, 2012 Lisa Ahne rated it did not like it
This was one of the worst books I've ever read. I read two books by this author, and both were a waste of time. I think she is a horrible writer. Just my opinion. Every article of clothing worn by every single character is described in excruciating detail. She also describes the paint on the wall of every room and the knick-knack on every surface. Even the dust motes in the air. Throughout the book, the main character will catch a glimpse of herself in some reflective surface or other and then p ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. I thought that it was going to be boring when I read the plot but I found that it was more interesting than what I was expecting. I thought it was cool how Kat acted in this book it was a fight or flee situation so she had to think about her and her child. In the end she made up her mine to flee like normal but Tom makes her stop and think about what she is doing and what needs to be done so she can make up for what has happened in the past of her life.
Jay Jessmer
Aug 13, 2013 Jay Jessmer rated it liked it
Unlike most people here, I actually enjoyed this book. Yeah, the plot was lazy and full of holes, but the action was pretty good, it had just enough suspense and I guess I'm the only reader who actually liked Kate.
I did think that the idea she would hide her "secret" to protect her career was a bad plot device, but it's fiction right? Being now educated, not to mention an officer of the court, she should realize the ramifications her actions have over an incident where so many were hurt or kil
Andrea Porco
Jul 25, 2014 Andrea Porco rated it really liked it
This book of Karen Robards, kept the reader in suspense. I thought she wrote it very well. I enjoyed the relationship between Tom and Kate. I liked that it didn't go from strangers to being in love in like one day. Looking forward to the next Karen Robards book!
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Karen was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader's Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, when she was 24. It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print. After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today she is a regular on the New ...more
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