Karen, a Canadian novelist and poet, spent three decades in education before turning full time to writing thrillers. Her debut novel, The Dime Box, was selected as Amnesty International’s 2021 bookclub pick and was released in Chinese in 2023. Currently working on her second novel, Karen is a member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime-National and Sisters in Crime-Toronto Chapter. She earned a PhD in digital learning at the University of Toronto and lives with her family in Toronto and Buckhorn, Ontario.

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The Dime Box

The Dime Box by Karen Grose

The Dime Box - Five Star Rating

“An explosive debut!” -R.K.

“A must-read. I could not put this down!” -L.J.

Greta Giffen barely escaped being murdered by the man she grew up with. She’s not sure who Ian is, or who she is, but she’s determined to find out. When she bolts from their secluded cabin in northern Ontario and flees to Toronto, her new life comes at a price. Ian dies under suspicious circumstances and a veteran detective believes eighteen-year-old Greta has the perfect motive.

A prime suspect in a tense police investigation, Greta finds it hard to make Detective Astra Perez believe the details of her dark and appalling story. Digging deep into her sordid history and forced to face the people from her past in a new light, Greta struggles to accept the secrets that have haunted her since childhood. Still, Detective Perez remains doubtful. And until Greta herself confronts the disturbing evidence in front of her, she will never truly escape that cabin in the woods.

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