Monday, October 22, 2007

Die For Me by Karen Rose

Come To Me
The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Vito Ciccotelli enlists the aid of archaeologist Sophie Johannsen to determine exactly what lies beneath the frozen ground. Despite years of unearthing things long buried, nothing can prepare Sophie for the matrix of graves dug with chilling precision. The victims buried there haunt her. But the empty graves terrify her – the killer isn’t done yet.

Scream For Me
He is cold and calculating, the master of a twisted game. Even with Vito and Sophie hot on his trail, he will not stop. One more empty grave must be filled, and one last scream must be heard – the scream of an archaeologist who is too close for comfort and too near to resist…

This is my first Karen Rose book, and I’m blown away. It’s SUPERB. It’s a cross between Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order – two of my favourite TV shows, by the way – so you know what to expect.

The writing is tight, succinct, evocative, very readable. No long, meandering sentences to drive one nuts. The author has a firm grip on the story from the outset, and she does an impressive job steering all the different plots (there are many) to the direction she wants them to go – culminating satisfyingly where all questions are answered.

The hero and heroine, Vito and Sophie, are fabulous characters. Vito is smart, resolute, compassionate and romantic. Sophie is beautiful, intelligent, and wonderful in her quirky ways. They each had something painful happened in the past, which they must confront and overcome – their vulnerability and pain are real and I was touched by that. Their chemistry is fantastic, and they are indeed a well-matched couple.

The murderer is chillingly intelligent, efficient and ruthless. He assumes many guises and keeps the investigators, as well as the reader, on their toes. The murders he commits are horrific. While the murders and the victims are described factually, they are not graphically depicted – at least I didn’t think so. However, squeamish readers do be aware that you may find these scenes hard to stomach.

Another thing I loved about this story is that the investigators are a smart lot. They are never more than one step behind the murderer all the way and it’s wonderful to read of their diligent, intelligent and methodical ways in hunting down the killer.

At 558 pages, this is not a quick read, and there are a lot of details to assimilate. I loved every minute of it. Take your time to take in the details, for they are what make the story so fantastic. The seemingly unrelated people, events and motives all play a part in bringing this story together.

I highly recommend this story to all romantic-suspense fans.

5 out of 5. I love it. It's phenomenal - in a class by itself. Sensuality: Warm


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