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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,122 ratings  ·  159 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....more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Putnam (first published January 1st 2008)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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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
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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...more
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??
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it was good...a little too nicely wrapped up
Sharal Hunter
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
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...more
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Anita Fleming
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
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...more
Oct 07, 2008 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance fans, suspense fans
Shelves: thrillers, romance
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...more
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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...more
Andrea Khrystyne
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!
I managed to finish it, but I did have to walk away a few times when things got too annoying. The annoying parts were mostly writing style issues, but there were a few "if this woman is supposed to be so smart then why is she so stupid" moments, including an inexcusable plot device: woman fails to check the back seat of her economy car before getting inside in a brightly-lit place, and, surprise!, there's a Bad Guy hiding back there. Major points off for frequently using "way" as a modifier, as...more
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Jill Day
I liked this book. It held my interest from the beginning. I liked the characters: single Mom Kate, love interest" Tom, and Kate's little boy Ben. Kate is a determined, scrappy woman who went from foster child to lawyer. Kate's dilemma was interesting and thought provoking; what is the best way to deal with a situation from her teens - being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people - and being called on it later in life, thinking it could ruin her. I thought Kate was paralyzed...more
This was a nice little contemporary suspense romance. The protagnists were interesting and compelling, especially Tom. I was initially drawn to the book because it was set in Philadelphia (my home). And that, unfornately, was the drawback. I guess I expected the suthor to do better research on the area or not use precise geographical references. For instance, the Philadelphia Navy Yard is NOT in the Chesapeake Bay! We're a little north of the Chesapeake.

If you don't live in the Philly area, it w...more
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Karen was born on 24 August 1954 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was a teenager. She sold her first short story, when was very young, and was published in the December 1973 Reader's Digest, but she cannot sold her first romance novel until 1981, when she was 24. After it, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today, a regular on the New York Times...more
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