New Release Books by Karen Robards

Karen Robards is the author of Vanished (2030), Fire in the Sky (2022), The Girl from Guernica (2022), The Black Swan of Paris (2022) and other 161 books.

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Vanished

release date: Dec 30, 2030
Vanished
Seven years ago, five-year-old Lexie Mason vanished and her mother Sarah was left to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Then one hot August night Sarah picks up the telephone to hear a child''s terrified voice whispering, ''Mommy, help, come and get me...'' The call is cut off, but not before Sarah''s heart soars. The voice belongs to Lexie. Sarah goes to the police, the FBI, friends and her co-workers at the Beaufort County, South Carolina Prosecutor''s Office, but none of them can help. Desperate, she turns to Jake Hogan, her closest friend in the world, the man who has stood by her throughout the long years of searching. Jake is now a private investigator and though he is sceptical - convinced that someone is deliberately tormenting the grief-stricken mother - the attraction he feels for Sarah makes him join her search. Lexie may still be alive - and they may be able to rescue her.

Fire in the Sky

release date: Jun 28, 2022
Fire in the Sky
''One of the most reliable thriller writers in the world'' Daily MailGuernica, 1937When the bombers appear like a flock of birds over the horizon, Sibil Helinger, 17, is enjoying market day in the small Spanish town of Guernica. With no warning, clouds of German planes are upon them and bombs fall on the town like rain.Reeling with shock, Sibil spends the next few days frantically searching for her relatives in the smouldering rubble. Though she finds her little sister trapped in the ruins, she discovers her mother and the others are dead.Years later, while WWII rages, Sibil and her sister are living with their father - an eminent scientist reluctantly working with the Nazis and a member of the undercover German resistance. Sibil has grown into a beautiful young woman fuelled by a dark rage. In short, she has grown into the perfect spy to join the resistance and fight back against those responsible for her mother''s death.From the bestselling author of The Black Swan of Paris, Fire in the Sky is novel of bravery, danger, love and a woman''s unbelievable reserves of strength. Readers of Jane Thynne, Heather Morris, Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel will adore Robards'' storytelling.PRAISE FOR THE BLACK SWAN OF PARIS''A truly outstanding novel, brilliantly written, that captured me and held me in its grip from page one. The Black Swan of Paris reminds us of the power of love, hope and courage''Heather Morris, #1 bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz''Emotional and powerful''Pam Jenoff, bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris''Beautifully written and completely absorbing. ''Noelle Salazar, bestselling author of The Flight Girls''An extraordinarily suspenseful, emotional read''Kelly Rimmer, bestselling author of The Things We Cannot Say

The Girl from Guernica

release date: Sep 06, 2022
The Girl from Guernica
Inspired by Picasso’s great masterpiece Guernica, New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards returns with a riveting story of love, intrigue, deception and bravery in the face of war… On an April day in 1937, the sky opens and fire rains down upon the small Spanish town of Guernica. Seventeen-year-old Sibi and her family are caught up in the horror. Griff, an American military attaché, pulls Sibi from the wreckage, and it’s only the first time he saves her life in a span of hours. When Germany claims no involvement in the attack, insisting the Spanish Republic was responsible, Griff guides Sibi to lie to Nazi officials. If she or her sisters reveal that they saw planes bearing swastikas, the gestapo will silence them—by any means necessary. As war begins to rage across Europe, Sibi joins the underground resistance, secretly exchanging information with Griff. But as the scope of Germany’s ambitions becomes clear, maintaining the facade of a Nazi sympathizer becomes ever more difficult. And as Sibi is drawn deeper into a web of secrets, she must find a way to outwit an enemy that threatens to decimate her family once and for all. Masterfully rendered and vividly capturing one of the most notorious episodes in history, The Girl from Guernica is an unforgettable testament to the bonds of family and the courage of women in wartime.

The Black Swan of Paris

release date: Jul 26, 2022
The Black Swan of Paris
Boldly conceived and richly realized...an emotional and powerful tale. --Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris A world at war. A beautiful young star. A mission no one expected. Paris, 1944 Celebrated singer Genevieve Dumont is both a star and a smoke screen. An unwilling darling to the Nazis, the chanteuse''s position of privilege allows her to go undetected as an ally to the resistance. When her estranged mother, Lillian de Rocheford, is captured by Nazis, Genevieve knows it won''t be long before the gestapo succeeds in torturing information out of Lillian that will derail the upcoming Allied invasion. The resistance movement must silence her by any means necessary--including assassination. But Genevieve refuses to let her mother become yet one more victim of the war. Reuniting with her long-lost sister, she must navigate the perilous crosscurrents of occupied France undetected--and in time to save Lillian''s life.

The Guardian Series Box Set

release date: Dec 16, 2019
The Guardian Series Box Set
Thief. Manipulator. Con artist. Call it what you will—Bianca St. Ives is the best in the business. And these three pulse-pounding international thrillers by New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards will prove it. Growing up, Bianca St. Ives knew she was different from all her friends. Instead of playing hopscotch or combing her dolls’ hair, she studied martial arts with sensei masters and dismantled explosives with special-ops retirees. Her father prepped her well to carry on the family business. Now a striking beauty with fierce skills, the prodigy has surpassed the master. She’s known as the Guardian. Running a multinational firm with her father, she makes a living swindling con men out of money they stole—and she’s damn good at it. She does things on her own terms. But her latest gig had a little hiccup…one that puts her in several crosshairs and takes her across the globe in the race to escape them. Faced with threats that circle closer with every move she makes, she knows the stakes have never been higher, but when you’re already living on borrowed time, you have to hustle if you want to live to see tomorrow.

The Fifth Doctrine

release date: Mar 19, 2019
The Fifth Doctrine
With her back against the wall, everything’s on the line for Bianca St. Ives. She’s either going to save the world—or die trying. It took one hell of an effort for the authorities to finally get the jump on master manipulator Bianca St. Ives, but now that they have, it’s far from the capture she expected. Instead of taking her in, there’s an offer on the table, a one-shot deal that would allow Bianca to walk away scot-free as if they’d never found her. And all she has to do is run one last mission—the kind she might never return from. But if Bianca wants to go back to her normal life in Savannah, it’s not like she has a choice. An intelligence operation is already under way in North Korea, one that’s poised to end the country’s existing tyrannical regime for good. But first, the US need one of their own to go undercover as the female hacker who recently stole top secret intel from NORAD. Enter Bianca. After everything she’s seen, Bianca knows feeding fake information directly into the belly of the beast is about as dangerous as it gets. It could mean torture or endless imprisonment—assuming she survives. But it might also ignite the kind of chaos that forces a revolution. It might just change the world. Besides, if Bianca has to go down, she’s gonna go down swinging…

Bait

release date: Sep 17, 2020
Bait
Maddie Fitzgerald in on a business trip in New Orleans when a man breaks into her hotel room and tries to kill her. Barely escaping with her life, she soon finds herself face-to-face with FBI agent Sam McCabe. Unnerved by his questions - and his good looks - Maddie is told she''s been targeted by an elusive killer whom McCabe has been tracking for weeks. When they agree that her attack must be a case of mistaken identity, a shaken Maddie is given the all-clear to go home. McCabe is ruffled, not just by the connection he felt to Maddie, but by an inescapable feeling that''s she''s got something to hide. When she is attacked for the second time, McCabe insists that the only way to catch the killer is to use her as bait. ''Another hold-your-breath drama ... Robards'' pacing is excellent ... This one is sure to please fans'' Publishers Weekly

The Moscow Deception

release date: Jun 12, 2018
The Moscow Deception
Clever. Cunning. Highly skilled. There’s only one Bianca St. Ives. And for her enemies, that’s one too many. Bianca St. Ives was recently put through the wringer, but she came out the same way she always does, the way her father trained her to—hungry for a fight. Still navigating the fallout from a shocking revelation that’s left a network of assassins’ crosshairs trained on her, Bianca’s ready to take fate into her own hands. It’s kill or be killed, and she’s got her finger flush against the trigger. But as Bianca races to outmaneuver her tireless pursuers, her father loops her in on a job that might just do the trick: recover King Priam’s Treasure, a collection of heavily guarded, priceless artifacts stolen by the Russians during World War II, and return it to Germany. Impossible? Maybe for some, but a high-risk heist is all in a day’s work for Bianca St. Ives, especially when there’s intel on the line—intel that could finally bring down the shadowy forces seeking to bury Bianca for good. Faced with threats that circle closer with every move she makes, she knows the stakes have never been higher, but when you’re already living on borrowed time, you have to hustle if you want to live to see tomorrow.

Obsession

release date: Nov 26, 2020
Obsession
Katharine Lawrence remembers the vicious burglars who shot her best friend, the terror she felt the night she nearly died. But there are things she doesn''t remember at all. Like her lover''s voice on the phone. Like her clothes in her luxurious Washington townhouse. Like the face in her mirror. Everything in her life feels utterly wrong, as if the trauma has given her some kind of amnesia. What she does know is that she is the special assistant to the head of the CIA, and she''s lucky to be alive. She also knows that she can trust no one. Because the killers are back. ''Top-notch ... Suspense mixed with heart-pounding sensual tension'' Kirkus Review

The Ultimatum

release date: Jun 13, 2017
The Ultimatum
"Enthralling… Readers won''t want this adrenaline-rich story to end. "—Booklist (starred review) Thief. Manipulator. Con artist. Call it what you will—Bianca St. Ives is the best in the business. Growing up, Bianca St. Ives knew she was different from all her friends. Instead of playing hopscotch or combing her dolls'' hair, she studied martial arts with sensei masters and dismantled explosives with special-ops retirees. Her father prepped her well to carry on the family business. Now a striking beauty with fierce skills, the prodigy has surpassed the master. She''s known as the Guardian. Running a multinational firm with her father, she makes a living swindling con men out of money they stole—and she''s damn good at it. She does things on her own terms. But her latest gig had a little hiccup—if you count two hundred million dollars and top secret government documents going missing as little. Her father also died on the mission. The thing is, the US government doesn''t believe he''s really dead. They''ll stop at nothing to capture Richard St. Ives, a high-value target and someone who has been on most-wanted lists all over the world for over two decades, and they mean to use Bianca as bait. With only a fellow criminal for backup and her life on the line, it''s up to Bianca to uncover the terrifying truth behind what really happened…and set it right, before it''s too late.

Guilty

release date: Sep 17, 2020
Guilty
"One cold November night when Kate White was fifteen years old, her friends held up a store. One of them killed an off-duty cop. They got away with it. Thirteen years later, Kate has built a new life for herself as a mother and prosecutor. Until the nightmare morning in her courtroom when she comes face to face with the old friend, Mario, who killed that cop so many years ago. First it seems that Kate may have to pull some serious strings to keep her reputation intact, but then Mario is found dead in Kate''s house, and with Kate''s fingerprints on the pistol. Her life - and her son''s - are in danger."--Publisher.

Darkness

release date: Dec 27, 2016
Darkness
BOOM. That''s the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu''s infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning--but what she doesn''t see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there''s a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina''s help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning.

The Last Time I Saw Her

release date: Aug 25, 2015
The Last Time I Saw Her
In the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards, Dr. Charlie Stone must prove the innocence of a dangerously sexy condemned man, or lose her one chance at true love. THE LAST TIME I SAW HER In this world, Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone skillfully probes the twisted minds of incarcerated serial killers to better understand what makes them tick, and to help nab those who remain at large. But in the next world, Charlotte’s ghostly lover—convicted killer Michael Garland—is facing death yet again. It seem the only way Charlie can snatch Michael from the jaws of oblivion is by proving his innocence. And this dead man’s dead ringer may just be the key. A mysterious stranger has turned up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Charlie is shocked to realize he could be Michael Garland’s identical twin. But she suspects the resemblance is only skin deep—and that behind the handsome face may lurk the perverse mind of a killer. While using all her keen profiling gifts, Charlie risks her life to discover the shocking secret that will clear Michael’s name. Then a breakout at Wallens Ridge State Prison forces Charlie to contend with a sudden swarm of psychopaths bent on spilling blood. No one has a better chance of tracking down the deadly fugitives than Charlie—unless the rampaging killers manage to find her first and make this case her last. But Michael will move heaven and hell—and even make a devil’s bargain—for the chance to save Charlie’s life, and feel her touch once more . . . if only for the final time. Praise for The Last Time I Saw Her “The always talented Robards brings her uniquely compelling ghostly romantic suspense series to a truly magnificent close. The evolution of the strange but utterly riveting romance between Dr. Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Stone and deceased convicted killer Michael Garland has been transfixing to read. . . . This has been one amazing ride.”—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick) Praise for Karen Robards “One of the most popular voices in women’s fiction.”—Newsweek “Draw a line between two extremely popular genres, mysteries and romance novels, and in the middle you will find the bestselling Robards. She merges the two worlds like no one else, deftly interlacing plot and passion.”—Albany Times Union Praise for The Last Victim “Excellent . . . This story is going to haunt you.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Last Kiss Goodbye “This suspense tale will truly have you on the edge of your seat.”—RT Book Reviews Her Last Whisper “An absolute winner . . . explodes with both passion and mystery . . . providing both thrills and chills.”—Bookreporter

Hush

release date: Jul 21, 2015
Hush
"In New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards''s latest heart-pounding romantic suspense novel, a woman must track down her husband''s murderer--or risk being the next victim of a vicious killer. When Riley Cowan finds her estranged husband Jeff dead in his palatial home, she''s sure it''s no coincidence. The police rule it a suicide, but Riley thinks someone''s out for blood--specifically someone Jeff''s father ripped off in one of the biggest financial fraud cases of all time. She suspects that someone is trying to send a message to Jeff''s father: Tell me where the money is, or everyone you care about will die. Riley''s in-laws might be billionaires, but she''s afraid that not even their dirty money can protect her from an irate investor who will stop at nothing to get his hands on his misappropriated cash. Enter Finn Bradley, Philly-based FBI agent and Riley''s love interest from way back when. Finn agrees to help Riley, and the two reignite sparks they both thought were extinguished long ago. But can they discover the killer''s identity in time, before he resurfaces--and strikes again? Dubbed an "exceptional storyteller" by the Chicago Tribune and "one of the most popular voices in women''s fiction" by Newsweek, Karen Robards''s latest action-packed novel will keep you glued to the pages until the final, shocking conclusion"--

Her Last Whisper

release date: Aug 26, 2014
Her Last Whisper
Readers who relish heated passion and chilling suspense love New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards’s acclaimed novels featuring Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone. A heroine with a keen mind for catching killers and a soft heart for bad boys, Charlie is back in this third sizzling paranormal romance thriller. HER LAST WHISPER Madness and murder invaded Dr. Charlotte Stone’s life when she was just a girl—and made her a woman determined to save others from the horror she survived. An expert in the psychology of serial killers, she’s faced down more than her share of human monsters. But Charlie can also communicate with the spirits of those who die violently, an extrasensory skill that has helped the FBI bring lethal predators to justice. Now, after narrowly escaping death a second time, Charlie’s ready to step away from the edge . . . before her luck runs out. Too bad Charlie is too dedicated for her own good—and too devoted to federal agent Tony Bartoli to say no when he asks her to ride shotgun on yet another risky mission. Of course, she already has her hands full with Michael Garland: the handsome, roguish ghost with whom she’s hopelessly in love—a spirit who depends on Charlie to keep him from slipping forever into the dark side of the afterlife. But in the mortal world, beautiful single women are vanishing from Las Vegas hotels at night. All signs indicate that a psychopath is on the prowl in Sin City, and Bartoli’s FBI colleague Lena Kaminsky has reason to fear that her missing sister may be just the killer’s type. In a town full of fast players and few rules, flushing out a smooth-talking stalker like the Cinderella Killer might be a loser’s game. But for Charlie, the only way to cage her quarry is to plunge back into the homicidal hell she vowed to leave behind—and may not leave alive. Praise for Her Last Whisper “A tightly written ghostly romantic suspense novel with intriguing supernatural elements and sizzling sexual tension.”—Kirkus Reviews “An absolute winner . . . explodes with both passion and mystery . . . a tale that will haunt you, providing both thrills and chills.”—Bookreporter “Outstanding . . . Robards is truly a master storyteller.”—RT Book Reviews Praise for Karen Robards “One of the most popular voices in women’s fiction.”—Newsweek “Draw a line between two extremely popular genres, mysteries and romance novels, and in the middle you will find the bestselling Robards. She merges the two worlds like no one else, deftly interlacing plot and passion.”—Albany Times Union

Hunted

release date: Apr 22, 2014
Hunted
When the chief of police and the mayor of New Orleans are taken hostage by disgraced former co-worker Reed Ware, top hostage negotiator Caroline Wallace allows herself to be taken captive by the handsome Reed only to learn that he is being targeted for his discovery of high-level government corruption. By the best-selling author of Forbidden Love.

The Last Kiss Goodbye

release date: Aug 13, 2013
The Last Kiss Goodbye
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY RT BOOK REVIEWS When New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards brought her irresistible brand of hot passion and chilling suspense to the paranormal romance scene with The Last Victim, it was just the beginning. Now her series cranks up the deadly danger and intense desire to the next level, as sexy serial killer hunter Charlotte Stone returns to action in her thrilling second adventure. THE LAST KISS GOODBYE Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone has dedicated her career as a psychiatrist to exploring the darkest territory of all: the hearts and minds of serial killers. It’s a job she’s uniquely suited for, thanks to the secret talent that gives her an uncanny edge—Charlie can see dead people, whose tormented spirits cry out to her for the justice only she can provide. This blessing—or curse—gives Charlie the power to hunt down and catch madmen and murderers. It’s also turned her love life upside down by drawing her into a hopelessly passionate relationship with the lingering ghost of charismatic bad boy Michael Garland. But there’s little time for romance with her supernatural suitor when murder comes pounding at Charlie’s door in the form of a terrified young woman fleeing a homicidal maniac. Saving her life places Charlie squarely in the cross-hairs of a sadistic predator nicknamed “the Gingerbread Man,” notorious for manipulating his victims like pawns in a deadly chess game. And now the queen this psychopath’s bent on capturing is Charlie. Refusal to play will only put more innocent lives in danger. Matching wits with this cunningly twisted opponent will require all of Charlie’s training and expert skills. But even with her devilish “guardian angel”—not to mention her favorite flesh-and-blood Fed, Tony Bartoli—watching her beautiful back, the Gingerbread Man’s horrifying grin might be the last thing Charlie ever sees. Features a preview of the next Charlotte Stone novel, HER LAST WHISPER Praise for The Last Kiss Goodbye "Top-notch . . . Suspense mixed with heart-pounding sensual tension."—Kirkus Reviews “Filled with gritty thrills and featuring a psychopathic madman, this suspense tale will truly have you on the edge of your seat!”—RT Book Reviews Praise for Karen Robards “One of the most popular voices in women’s fiction.”—Newsweek “Draw a line between two extremely popular genres, mysteries and romance novels, and in the middle you will find the bestselling Robards. She merges the two worlds like no one else, deftly interlacing plot and passion.”—Albany Times Union Praise for The Last Victim “[An] exceptional storyteller . . . Leave it to Robards to deliver the start of a series that is distinctive and unforgettable!”—RT Book Reviews “Excellent . . . This story is going to haunt you.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Thrilling . . . a fun and sexy read.”—Booklist

The Last Victim

release date: Apr 30, 2013
The Last Victim
Investigating the brutal murders of two vacationing families in sunny Virginia Beach, FBI agents Ryan Sinclair and Buzz Crane suspect the work of a notorious serial killer and tap the skills of preeminent clinical expert Charlotte Stone, who is also the culprit''s only known survivor. By the best-selling author of Justice. 75,000 first printing.

Forbidden Love

release date: Jan 29, 2013
Forbidden Love
A spellbinding novel about a headstrong young beauty and her aristocratic guardian who are torn between passion and propriety. A headstrong young beauty and her aristocratic guardian are torn between passion and propriety in this beloved romance from bestselling author Karen Robards. With one sweet, seductive kiss, Megan Kinkead is no longer the impudent child Justin Brant remembers. She was a girl when she left Maam’s Cross Court for school, but she has returned a woman, body and soul. Once Megan’s guardian, Justin, the sixth Earl of Weston, is soon her heart’s obsession. Desire smolders between them, and then he tells her he is married... Set against the lush green hills of Ireland, Karen Robards’s classic tale will captivate your imagination and set your soul ablaze as a stubborn young beauty and her aristocratic paramour are caught between loyalty and Forbidden Love.

The Fifth Doctrine the Guardian Series Book 3

release date: Mar 19, 2019
The Fifth Doctrine the Guardian Series Book 3
With her back against the wall, everything''s on the line for Bianca St. Ives. She''s either going to save the world-or die trying It took one hell of an effort for the authorities to finally get the jump on master manipulator Bianca St. Ives, but now that they have, it''s far from the capture she expected. Instead of taking her in, there''s an offer on the table, a one-shot deal that would allow Bianca to walk away scot-free as if they''d never found her. And all she has to do is run one last mission-the kind she might never return from. But if Bianca wants to go back to her normal life in Savannah, it''s not like she has a choice ...

Shiver

release date: Dec 04, 2012
Shiver
A heart-pounding romantic suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author and “one of the most popular voices in women’s fiction” (Newsweek). Samantha Jones is the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of looking-for-trouble punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of a flashy new BMW is a different breed entirely. Daniel Panterro knows he hasn’t seen the last of the vicious drug runners who kidnapped him from protective custody and left him for dead. His only recourse is to take his pretty savior and her four-year-old son hostage and force her to help him. With ruthless killers stalking their trail, Sam must trust this handsome, menacing stranger. But as she relinquishes control, she feels an unmistakable desire. What is the price of falling in love with a man who operates on the edge of danger—her heart, her life...or both?
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