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COME TO ME The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective 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. Bu COME TO ME The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective 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... DIE FOR ME


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COME TO ME The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective 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. Bu COME TO ME The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective 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... DIE FOR ME

30 review for Die for Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    If you were to google "creepy killer" "medievel torture" or "tension filled suspense", you are sure to come across this series at some point in your search. Karen Rose is a brand new author to me (thank you Auntee and Isis for the recommendation!). I literally could not put this book down after I cracked the cover and ended up finishing it in record time. The interesting subplots, twists and unexpected turns held my attention until the very end. And then I lay awake all night with visions of a c If you were to google "creepy killer" "medievel torture" or "tension filled suspense", you are sure to come across this series at some point in your search. Karen Rose is a brand new author to me (thank you Auntee and Isis for the recommendation!). I literally could not put this book down after I cracked the cover and ended up finishing it in record time. The interesting subplots, twists and unexpected turns held my attention until the very end. And then I lay awake all night with visions of a chair of nails and a gore-filled video game stuck in my head. The romance is light, but sweet. The characters have depth and are interesting. The dialogue was not there as much as I would like - I'm a dialogue girl! - but it was realistic and followed the storyline. The author clearly did her research and this showed in her descriptions of medical examinations, detective work, forensics, etc. (No bumbling Barney Fifes in this book!) I'm thoroughly impressed and would highly recommend this series to anyone with a strong stomach.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Quick Summary It all started to unravel when a man stumbles upon a killer's graveyard only because his wife thought he needed exercise. By the time Sophie Johannsen, a local archeologist, finished her analysis, the body count was outrageous. Detective Vito Ciccotelli (Chick) had his hands full and not just with solving the case. The mystery/suspense? Utterly chilling. This was one of the most twisted serial killers ever. Woke up at 4:00 am because I just had to make sure they got him before he off Quick Summary It all started to unravel when a man stumbles upon a killer's graveyard only because his wife thought he needed exercise. By the time Sophie Johannsen, a local archeologist, finished her analysis, the body count was outrageous. Detective Vito Ciccotelli (Chick) had his hands full and not just with solving the case. The mystery/suspense? Utterly chilling. This was one of the most twisted serial killers ever. Woke up at 4:00 am because I just had to make sure they got him before he offed someone I cared about. The romance? Vito and Sophie were zapped the first moment they met and really didn't try to avoid it. Aside from a few bumps, this was a fine and sexy romance. And speaking of the main characters.... Sophie is a 5'11" blonde, beautiful Amazon with a big brain and snarky wit. Vito is tall, dark and a little broody but with a sense of romance that had her (and me) melt. Oh, and he has a dimple in one cheek. And everyone else? It's a big cast and Sophie and Vito are just two of the very well-developed characters in this story. What about the rest of the series? I'm 7 books in and it's a perfect record. These are the most consistent stories in all the series on my shelf. If you haven't read Karen Rose and you love this genre, you're really missing something special. Just make sure you start from the beginning. Bottom line Another chilling mystery, great romance and interesting story. This author is my auto-buy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zeek

    Die For Me has received almost unanimous 5 star reviews from everyone whose read it that I know personally. I'm gonna have to add mine to it. Well written, extremely well plotted without sacrificing one ounce of character development- Ms. Rose is an author to watch! She must be, considering the fact I'm almost fed up with the serial killer/stalker plot. In fact, I almost put DFM down soon after I started it because of this, but the intriguing characters and my curiosity about them kept me going. S Die For Me has received almost unanimous 5 star reviews from everyone whose read it that I know personally. I'm gonna have to add mine to it. Well written, extremely well plotted without sacrificing one ounce of character development- Ms. Rose is an author to watch! She must be, considering the fact I'm almost fed up with the serial killer/stalker plot. In fact, I almost put DFM down soon after I started it because of this, but the intriguing characters and my curiosity about them kept me going. Sophie is an archaeologist called into to assist the police in a homicide investigation when a body is found on a deserted piece of property. She's tall, prone to hippy clothing, bold and blond- and just as vulnerable as you and I. Vito is a detective with soft heart. He's seen the worst- including an event that killed the woman he loved, but he hasn't given up on humanity. When they meet, there is an instant attraction and, despite all that's going on around them, and their respective baggage, they fall for each other in a big way. The killer in this story is unconscionable, heartless, and not as intelligent as he thinks! Too late, he finds himself up against a formidable investigative team- a team who cracks the shell of his evil deeds putting themselves one step ahead of unknowing him through most of the book. (Which is something that I LOVED about DFM. These cops were no dummies!) This book is a nail-biter and the inevitable climax and resolution is satisfying enough to suit even lil ol' jaded me! (Sophie ain't no wilting flower waiting patiently for her knight in shining armor- although Vito is indeed that!) Good read!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    Die For Me was another winner by Karen Rose. This book was filled with suspense and had a touching romance as well. The hero and heroine both have unresolved issues from their pasts that they help each other confront. They are both very likeable characters, and I appreciated the way that they did not fight their feelings for one another. The villain was truly evil and the descriptions of his handiwork were quite gruesome. As with the other Karen Rose books I have read, this was an intense, engro Die For Me was another winner by Karen Rose. This book was filled with suspense and had a touching romance as well. The hero and heroine both have unresolved issues from their pasts that they help each other confront. They are both very likeable characters, and I appreciated the way that they did not fight their feelings for one another. The villain was truly evil and the descriptions of his handiwork were quite gruesome. As with the other Karen Rose books I have read, this was an intense, engrossing book. I am already looking forward to reading the next book, Scream for Me. Vito Ciccotelli, Philadelphia Homicide Detective, is called to investigate a body found in a field. When the body is uncovered, what they find is horrifying. A metal detector indicates the possibility of finding more of this gruesome handiwork. The police department requests the assistance of an archaeologist, Sophie Johannsen. Her sophisticated equipment scans reveal a grid of bodies in the field. As the bodies are exhumed, it is clear that they are dealing with a monster. Several of the bodies have been brutalized using medieval torture methods. After spending hours scanning the field, Vito assits Sophie in putting her borrowed equipment away, and asks her to dinner. The two are immediately drawn to one another, but an incident occurs that causes Sophie to badly misjudge and rebuff Vito. Vito contacts Sophie the next day to try to find out why she so suddenly seemed to dislike him. Their misunderstanding is cleared, and they share a kiss, but Sophie still refuses his company. As Sophie is an expert in medieval warfare, she continues to consult with the police. She believes that information Vito will hear from one of the medieval experts she sends him to will turn him against her. Nothing is further from the truth, and when Vito lets Sophie know that he trusts her and believes in her integrity, she agrees to dinner. Vito and Sophie spend a passionate night together, and when he realizes that other medieval experts are disappearing, he makes certain she is provided with police department protection. Vito spends his nights with Sophie, and they quickly become to care deeply for one another. As they investigate the murders, they find numerous people to question and they soon realize that this brutal killer is using the murders as artwork for a video game. The investigation becomes more personal to Vito when it becomes clear that Sophie is a target of the murderer. While Vito and Sophie learn more about one another and realize how important their relationship is, danger to Sophie escalates, and they must race to apprehend the terrifying killer. There was much to like about this book. It had a great story filled with suspense, and wonderful main characters whose romance is satisfying. There were numerous likeable secondary characters, and a terrifyingly evil antagonist. I did make a mistake right before I read this book that lessened the suspense. I went to Karen Rose's website to review the book relationship page with all of the major characters listed, and then decided to read the synopsis of the next book, Scream for Me. The first sentence of the synopsis for that book told me the identity of the bad guy in Die for Me. I immediately quit reading the synopsis, and I still thoroughly enjoyed the book, but I wish I would not have known who the villain actually was. I would have liked to see how long it took me to discover it myself. If you don't want a huge spoiler for this great book, stay away from the synopsis for the next book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ★★★★★ Very well narrated by Tavia Gilbert; I’ll look for books narrated by her again. A fabulous crime-mystery that still manages to have a great romance within; amazing secondary characters; pleasant epilogue. Be warned, the serial killer is really diabolically evil.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mojca

    A grave is uncovered in a snowed field outside of Philadelphia. Police canvass the surrounding area with a metal detector, finding five more possible resting places. Enlisting the help of an archaeologist, they discover a hidden graveyard with sixteen graves and (only) nine bodies. And the killer already has a new body to fill one of his empty graves. But is he truly simply a sociopath, or are his motives more sinister than the police suspect? I loved it from the first word. Wonderfully chilling s A grave is uncovered in a snowed field outside of Philadelphia. Police canvass the surrounding area with a metal detector, finding five more possible resting places. Enlisting the help of an archaeologist, they discover a hidden graveyard with sixteen graves and (only) nine bodies. And the killer already has a new body to fill one of his empty graves. But is he truly simply a sociopath, or are his motives more sinister than the police suspect? I loved it from the first word. Wonderfully chilling suspense, a few secrets thrown in to keep things interesting, a perfectly (and fascinatingly) twisted killer, a to-die-for detective (I'm not ashamed to admit I fell head over heels for Vito "Chick" Ciccotelli, under his Alpha-ness he was just so über sweet), a feisty archaeologist of Amazonian build and some deep issues of her own, great supporting cast (with two heavy hints about the next two books, which I can't wait to tackle), a heavy dose of "history appreciation" thrown into the mix ("manna" for a history aficionado like me), lovely romantic undertones to provide a breather from the thriller parts... A wonderfully crafted and delivered story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I can't say that this book scared me but I can say that the Killer was extremely creepy. The story was so good that I'm gonna continue on with the next book in this series. I had not planned on doing that but after finishing this story I still want more. I can't say that this book scared me but I can say that the Killer was extremely creepy. The story was so good that I'm gonna continue on with the next book in this series. I had not planned on doing that but after finishing this story I still want more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dimitar Jovanovski

    LOVED IT !!! I read a book from Karen Rose (“You belong to me”) years ago and since then I’ve been dying to read another book from her. I couldn’t find any of them in my country. So, special thanks to my best friend who bought me some of her books in UK this summer. This book is a chilling insight into the mind of a very cold blooded sociopathic killer with genius computer skills. Make no mistake about this being a 'fluffy romance/thriller' , it is very graphic with plenty of gore, peppered with s LOVED IT !!! I read a book from Karen Rose (“You belong to me”) years ago and since then I’ve been dying to read another book from her. I couldn’t find any of them in my country. So, special thanks to my best friend who bought me some of her books in UK this summer. This book is a chilling insight into the mind of a very cold blooded sociopathic killer with genius computer skills. Make no mistake about this being a 'fluffy romance/thriller' , it is very graphic with plenty of gore, peppered with some truly heinous individuals and a lovely romance thrown in. The suspense part of the book was much more entertaining than the romance part. Some of the twists in the story literally shocked me and grabbed my attention, although I never lost interest during the entire book. Karen Rose did a great job in developing the characters, even the secondary characters too. Vito was the perfect hero. He was strong, able, smart, but not full of himself and arrogant and over the top alpha male. I thought he would be really good for Sophie. I was happy Sophie finally found some peace regarding her career and some stability in her personal life. Can’t wait to read the other books in this series. :) :) *Second time reading this book, the impression remains the same. Great suspense, great characters, creepy atmosphere and sweet romance. Next week I'm reading Scream for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    I am a big fan of the work of Tom Clancy. No one could weave a political thriller as good as he could. He is greatly missed. I didn't even mind that there was no romance in his books, I just loved them. I see elements of his essence in the work of Karen Rose. She is a superior storyteller who can craft characters and plot twists like very few other authors. In Die For Me her romance is believable and her mystery is chilling. She weaves her characters and the plot into a seamless tale of revenge, I am a big fan of the work of Tom Clancy. No one could weave a political thriller as good as he could. He is greatly missed. I didn't even mind that there was no romance in his books, I just loved them. I see elements of his essence in the work of Karen Rose. She is a superior storyteller who can craft characters and plot twists like very few other authors. In Die For Me her romance is believable and her mystery is chilling. She weaves her characters and the plot into a seamless tale of revenge, ego and madness. Very chilling. Into this plot she weaves a really sweet romance between two characters who both have had rough times in the past. The resulting tapestry is wonderful for fans of the romantic-suspense genre. As with most of Karen Rose's books, to revel details of the plot would be a disservice to a future reader. This book unveils its' secrets and the story unfolds and the reader really needs to make these discoveries for themselves.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    4.5 stars. The author weaves an excellent story, excellent voice, richly well done. Caution: too much horrific torture for me. REVIEWER’S OPINION: The majority of the story is the solving of many mysteries. The way they are solved, the fact that they are getting so close to the killer without the killer knowing, and the plot mechanics were well done. This is mostly mystery and suspense. It is rare for me to like a mystery as much as I liked this one. I usually want more time spent on the relations 4.5 stars. The author weaves an excellent story, excellent voice, richly well done. Caution: too much horrific torture for me. REVIEWER’S OPINION: The majority of the story is the solving of many mysteries. The way they are solved, the fact that they are getting so close to the killer without the killer knowing, and the plot mechanics were well done. This is mostly mystery and suspense. It is rare for me to like a mystery as much as I liked this one. I usually want more time spent on the relationship, but I was happy with the amount here. The cop and archaeologist drew me in. I enjoyed learning about them and being with them. This was not a cookie cutter book in any way. Not once was I bored. I enjoyed every page (notwithstanding the torture). There were some smart lines and smart ideas. I was not insulted by anything. However, the torture may not appeal to some readers. The killer uses different medieval torture devices and weapons on several different people. The author showed the beginning of some torture scenes, but most of the scenes were told after the fact by the authorities describing what had been done to the victims. I didn’t have to live through the details of the torture scenes, but the descriptions of what had been done left me shuddering. The torture scenes were vividly in my mind when I would wake up in the middle of the night, and first thing the next the morning. I had to deep breathe to calm myself when I finished the book. This is one of the worst villains I have ever read about – evil. Yes it had a happy ending for the main characters, but so many other people had died such horrible deaths, I was unsettled at the end. This author could be a “must read 5 star author” for me if she would use less haunting evil. The after effects and the horrible memories stayed with me for days. I’d love to see the author write with less horror. I can handle stories with rape, murder and some torture, but not so much of it. I was impressed with everything else about the author. She’s a great writer, but I don’t think I’ll buy the sequel which I suspect may be too strong for me. However, I plan to take a look at her in the future, hoping she might write something a little softer. If anyone knows of something she’s written that is softer, please let me know in the comment section below. STORY BRIEF: Sophie is an archaeologist who left her digs and research career to take a job in a small museum. She wanted to be near her grandmother and earn money to pay for a nursing home for her. Vito is a police detective assigned to the case of a dead body found in a field. His department asks Sophie for help in locating other bodies in the field using her archaeological equipment. They find several mutilated bodies. Sophie helps them identify the medieval torture devices used on the bodies. Sophie and Vito are drawn to each other, with some interesting conflicts. DATA: Story length: 558 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 1, 4 pages long. Setting: current day Philadelphia, PA, Dutton, GA, and New York City, NY. Copyright: 2007. Genre: romantic mystery suspense.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ElaineY

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 30, 2016 Narrator: Tavia Gilbert I managed to finish the audio this time and I'd say I enjoyed this book more this time than when I read it back in 2007. However, I found the torture details more difficult to handle than when I read the paperback. I don't mean there were much of that in the book but, rather, the thoughts conjured up by the mere thought of those medieval torture devices. The depth of man's depravity in relation to violence is incomprehensible to me. The rom REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 30, 2016 Narrator: Tavia Gilbert I managed to finish the audio this time and I'd say I enjoyed this book more this time than when I read it back in 2007. However, I found the torture details more difficult to handle than when I read the paperback. I don't mean there were much of that in the book but, rather, the thoughts conjured up by the mere thought of those medieval torture devices. The depth of man's depravity in relation to violence is incomprehensible to me. The romance between Vito and Sophie was stronger for me this time round, too, as was the fact that Vito is not just handsome, but movie-star gorgeous. I didn't notice that back in 2007. The biggest thing I noted listening to the audiobook compared to reading print, was Tavia Gilbert's pronunciation of 'Othello'. I couldn't believe she pronounced it 'Otheyo'! YO! It's not a Spanish word. The 'L' is not changed to a 'Y' sound. Gawd. REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 2013: MISSION ABORTED Narrator: Talia Gilbert I tried but I couldn't listen to more than a couple of pages. It's hard to tell from just a sample at times. Gilbert reads fine but I find high female voices unpleasant to the ear (it's my ears, other people don't have a problem). I thought I'd give this audio a chance, that as long as it's well-narrated, I'll be okay with it but I'm not. I'll still check out KR's other books by other narrators, though. I might find one female voice I like, failing which there's always Sandra Brown. ========================================== REVIEW OF PAPERBACK, NOVEMBER 2007: Karen Rose became an auto-buy after I read You Can't Hide and so far she hasn't disappointed. Sophie, the heroine of Die For Me, is professional and competent - one of the reasons why Karen Rose is a "safe" author. I don't have to worry about any of her heroines being TSTL and forgetting their professionalism. Of course, if I were a teenager reading Rose's books, I'd say her heroines are too uptight and conservative but I'm a few light years away from my teens so Rose's heroines suit me fine. Still beautiful, still sexy but have brains, baby! Vito, I knew would have his own book ever since he popped up in one of the earlier books so even early on he was already making an impression. Die For Me is a little gruesome though we aren't taken through the actual killing scenes so it was okay for me. I hate having to go through a scene with the serial killer slicing and dicing his way through. Ugh. Rose did it well in this book and I don't think anyone would be upset. Romance-wise, I was relieved that there was an equal amount of attention given to it as to the suspense. I hope Rose never forgets this balance and if she does decide to switch to Suspense, as Coulter, Brown et al have, that her books not be labeled Romantic Suspense so I know what I'm getting when I buy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I've said that Karen Rose is the best romantic suspense author around. This book reaffirms my feelings. Sophie is an archaeologist called in to help police when a mass grave is found. Sophie meets Vito Ciccotelli, a detective working the case. They feel a connection to each other, but each has personal issues to deal with before they can explore a relationship. Meanwhile, Vito and his crew are slowly discovering they are dealing with the most evil, crafty, and dangerous serial killer they've enc I've said that Karen Rose is the best romantic suspense author around. This book reaffirms my feelings. Sophie is an archaeologist called in to help police when a mass grave is found. Sophie meets Vito Ciccotelli, a detective working the case. They feel a connection to each other, but each has personal issues to deal with before they can explore a relationship. Meanwhile, Vito and his crew are slowly discovering they are dealing with the most evil, crafty, and dangerous serial killer they've encountered. Sophie soon discovers she is next on the killer 's list. I had a little trouble getting into the book at first. There were three different stories going on at once, plus the budding romance and personal lives of Sophie and Vito made it hard for me to keep track of everything that was going on. But, once the stories started to come together to form one, I was really into it. I really felt sorry for Daniel and his sister. I suppose we find out more about the Vartanian family in the next book. Vito was the perfect hero. He wasn't over the top alpha male, but strong, smart, and still patient and nice with Sophie. Sophie 's family was unbelievable. I was happy that she found stability with Vito. Overall a B+

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    A body is unearthed in a field. Heading the investigation, Detective Vito Ciccotelli requests the help of an archaeologist to use ground penetrating radar in the area. Sophie Johannsen helps him uncover a total of seventeen graves, nine of them filled with bodies. Some of the victims have been buried up to a year; many have been tortured. But it's the empty graves that really scare Vito. This means the killer isn't done, and has many more murders planned. Another excellent romantic suspense novel A body is unearthed in a field. Heading the investigation, Detective Vito Ciccotelli requests the help of an archaeologist to use ground penetrating radar in the area. Sophie Johannsen helps him uncover a total of seventeen graves, nine of them filled with bodies. Some of the victims have been buried up to a year; many have been tortured. But it's the empty graves that really scare Vito. This means the killer isn't done, and has many more murders planned. Another excellent romantic suspense novel from Karen Rose. I love her books. She uses just the right amount of romance with the right amount of suspense. Her characters are very likeable and there are no TSTL moments in these books. I'm not a fan of getting the villain's point-of-view, but it works in this story. By getting into his head, we find out why his is killing, and just who he plans to put into the empty graves. This made the book even scarier for me. My rating: 4.5 Stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vera Maslow

    This is book #7 in Karen Rose's Romantic Suspense series. Character Development is very good. The suspense is great, it kept me reading with wondering who did it, how they figure it out and how they get the bad guy. The romance was sweet and light. The dialogue was natural and believable to the characters and situations. The detective and forensics aspects were believable. I would recommend this author and this series to anyone who is in love with romantic suspense novels. I would recommend read This is book #7 in Karen Rose's Romantic Suspense series. Character Development is very good. The suspense is great, it kept me reading with wondering who did it, how they figure it out and how they get the bad guy. The romance was sweet and light. The dialogue was natural and believable to the characters and situations. The detective and forensics aspects were believable. I would recommend this author and this series to anyone who is in love with romantic suspense novels. I would recommend reading in order for the understanding of some of the cast of characters that were developed in other books through the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Martel

    Excellent novel, a good thriller with a clever plot and vivid characters with a solid background story. Especially the serial killer: he was extra creepy and so powerfully written that he overshadowed the H/h. This was my first book by Karen Rose, now I have to get all the others ;)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Margo Kelly

    This is one of those covers that scares readers like me away. I almost didn't read the book because of the cover. This is the first Karen Rose book I've read and I enjoyed it. I would have given it five stars, but three things bothered me. 1. It used the "f" word too much. 2. There was one sex scene, and it was peculiar. The guy scolded the woman after their first "time" together and later referred to how he was "teaching" her in that area. I didn't like that at all. 3. The character development This is one of those covers that scares readers like me away. I almost didn't read the book because of the cover. This is the first Karen Rose book I've read and I enjoyed it. I would have given it five stars, but three things bothered me. 1. It used the "f" word too much. 2. There was one sex scene, and it was peculiar. The guy scolded the woman after their first "time" together and later referred to how he was "teaching" her in that area. I didn't like that at all. 3. The character development was strange for me. However, after finishing the book, I think the character development was only strange to me because I had never read this author before. There were a lot of characters and side stories going on in this book. So, if you've got a sharp brain, you'd probably like that. My brain had trouble keeping all of the characters' stories straight. I did figure out who the murderer was from the very beginning. It was kinda the typical "who is the least likely" person scenario. However, I still enjoyed reading the book to find out how they were going to catch the murderer. There is some gruesome violence in this book - so beware. It was a good read, and I will read more of her books - until she reaches the "f" word quota. Then I will have to set her down and forget about her.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

    4.5 stars. Another chilling read by Karen Rose. Seriously mental psycho. I'm always fascinated to watch Rose weave the different characters & plot lines together by the end...and suddenly, it all makes sense. I suspected the identity of the villain a little earlier in this one than some of the others, but it didn't distract from the suspense, horror, or ending at all. A Must Read! 4.5 stars. Another chilling read by Karen Rose. Seriously mental psycho. I'm always fascinated to watch Rose weave the different characters & plot lines together by the end...and suddenly, it all makes sense. I suspected the identity of the villain a little earlier in this one than some of the others, but it didn't distract from the suspense, horror, or ending at all. A Must Read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    As always Karen Rose brings it!!! She is definately one of my favorite mystery/horror authors!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Dark and Utterly Chilling, But Excellent It's winter in Philadelphia and a body has been found in a shallow grave in a frozen, fallow field. The body has been posed, the victim heinously tortured, and homicide detectives Vito Ciccotelli and Nick Lawrence soon realize they have a monster on their hands. The ME knows an archaeologist who may be able to help search the rest of the field after evidence points to more bodies. Dr. Sophie Johannsen doesn't look like Vito expected when he went to pick he Dark and Utterly Chilling, But Excellent It's winter in Philadelphia and a body has been found in a shallow grave in a frozen, fallow field. The body has been posed, the victim heinously tortured, and homicide detectives Vito Ciccotelli and Nick Lawrence soon realize they have a monster on their hands. The ME knows an archaeologist who may be able to help search the rest of the field after evidence points to more bodies. Dr. Sophie Johannsen doesn't look like Vito expected when he went to pick her and her ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment up from the college. The attraction between them is instantaneous but horribly ill timed on both ends, and the case Vito's just landed is getting grislier by the minute. As the death toll grows and more and more bodies are discovered, it's Sophie's expertise in medieval weaponry that puts her in the cross hairs of a cold, conscienceless killer. Vito is determined to keep her safe, but someone out there is even more determined to hear her scream...and scream...and scream before the light of life is extinguished from her eyes forever. Karen Rose is the very best sort of author. Not only does she write exceptionally well, but she tells a hell of a story while doing so. I haven't been reading her books for long, but I'm quickly working through them now that I'm aware of them. Her unique blend of police procedural, suspense, and romance sets her apart in the genre and catapults her to the top of my list of "must read" authors. Each book is a study in intricate plotting and remarkable balance, led by strong and well developed characters leading ordinary but easy to relate to lives until one horror or another trips them up and pushes them into the realm of the extraordinary. Die For Me (book #7) is the best one I've read by Rose to date. In fact it's currently at the top of my list of all the romantic suspense I've read, regardless of author. The plot is a twisting, horrifying thing that draws readers along, keeping them enthralled almost despite themselves. The intricacy of the timing, pacing, and plot is quite astounding given the length of the book, and the characters' journey to catch this monster is riddled with dead ends, double blinds, and shocking evidentiary information that lends Die For Me (book #7) the creepy and frustrating tension that makes the police procedural aspects of the book so bleakly realistic. And hands down, I can't think of a single killer in any book I've read recently that is more disturbing and traumatically horrifying than the one here. The depth of malevolence is doubly powerful for its utter sociopathic disregard for life. This is not a killer motivated by sexual perversions or a yen for power over his victims. He doesn't taunt the police with the intricacies of his crime or do things with the intent of getting caught. He is sadistically ruthless in his own pursuits and the rest of the world and their social and emotional mores mean absolutely nothing to him. It makes him unique. It makes him monstrous. And it makes him one scary dude to read about. I would not in good conscience recommend this book for readers who are easily disturbed by atrocities perpetrated on human beings. The victims' injuries are discussed openly and graphically, even though it's in a more clinical sense, but there is more than one scene that disturbed me, and I've got a pretty high tolerance level for that sort of stuff. Sensitive readers should try one of Rose's other books and skip this one. And if you're the sort of reader who gets stuck imagining the physical and emotional torment of the victims as you read no matter how you try not to...you won't be sleeping well...or at all...for awhile. The romance between Sophie and Vito evolves with all of Rose's typical adept-level skill, and she makes excellent use of a full-bodied stable of realistic secondary and ancillary characters to assist in that endeavor. I haven't read many authors who can so deftly and completely populate a book with characters that are flawed and wounded to varying degrees but trend towards intelligence and goodness, who are also believable in their actions, words, and motivations. Fewer still manage that with quite the same level of aplomb as Karen Rose does. She's fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I haven't read her books in order as yet, but I'm going to start, as Rose excels in character crossover and connected backstory and I think it may serve to enhance the reading experience. The mind sort of boggles at whether that's even possible, but we'll see. I loved Die For Me (book #7) as much as anyone can love something so grim on one side of the coin, and my admiration for Karen Rose only grows with each title I read. Still...after this one, I may read some light romantic comedy, just to smooth out the rough edges left over from such a sadistic monster as the killer here. Then I'll be back. ~*~*~*~ Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa - (Aussie Girl)

    After a shaky start this series is improving with each book. Following a host of interconnected law enforcement officers over a variety of locations adds to the enjoyment and the author has improved in weaving the romance into the suspense more seamlessly. The case involving historical methods of torture although quite grizzly also added an interesting dynamic as did the personal involvement of a new character who promises to be a great addition to the series. 3.5 stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bella Bookley

    Quick Summary It all started with a man stumbling upon a grave. What the investigating Team of the Philadelphia PD didn't know at that time was that it wasn't going to be the last one they'll find at that day. After the local archaeologist, Dr. Sophie Johannsen finished her analysis on the field they counted 16 graves; nine filled and seven empty at that time. Sophie and Detective Vito Ciccotelli began a dangerous prosecution of a coolly and sociopathic serial killer. But did they catch him befor Quick Summary It all started with a man stumbling upon a grave. What the investigating Team of the Philadelphia PD didn't know at that time was that it wasn't going to be the last one they'll find at that day. After the local archaeologist, Dr. Sophie Johannsen finished her analysis on the field they counted 16 graves; nine filled and seven empty at that time. Sophie and Detective Vito Ciccotelli began a dangerous prosecution of a coolly and sociopathic serial killer. But did they catch him before he could kill again and how close did the two of them come? The suspense? After I've just started I couldn't lay it down anymore. Karen Rose got me from the first word. I had to read as quickly as possible to make sure that everything is going to be okay and none of my favourite characters will get killed by one of the most terrifying and morbid serial killers ever! The romance? It sparked between Sophie and Vito from the first second on and I got really into their flirting. They made me smirk and laugh a lot and it was a good and sexy romance. The characters? It's a very big cast and I had a little issue at the beginning to remember who everybody was. But exactly because of that I was so surprised how all of them were connected in a way and you gained insight bits and pieces of their pasts without it's got to dissipated and boring. Except the fact that I felt a little bit in love with Sophie and Vito the serial killer got me so much. The reasons of his doings and the insight in what's going on in his head was fascinating and disgusting at the same time. What else to say? It was my first book by her and I loved it. She did an amazing job and I really like her style of writing. The book gave me the chills, made me laugh and smirk a lot of times and took my breath just a second later. If you love this genre I would highly recommend this book I'm pretty sure you're missing out something great if you're not giving Karen Rose a try. I'm also sure that her other books are not going to disappoint me and I can't wait to read another one by her. (I'm already sorry for any mistakes in my book review as English isn't my native language)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria

    Absolutely fabulous. Karen Rose really is one of my fave authors. When I first started reading her I liked her stories, but didn't love them, but that has changed. I feel like she's found her rhythm and it's one that really suits me perfectly. Her stories are very scary in the detail of the crazed and absolutely vicious villains and their crimes, but her heros and heroines are always so wonderful. Just how I like them, the men protective, smart and oh, yeah, of course they're all good looking, bu Absolutely fabulous. Karen Rose really is one of my fave authors. When I first started reading her I liked her stories, but didn't love them, but that has changed. I feel like she's found her rhythm and it's one that really suits me perfectly. Her stories are very scary in the detail of the crazed and absolutely vicious villains and their crimes, but her heros and heroines are always so wonderful. Just how I like them, the men protective, smart and oh, yeah, of course they're all good looking, but that doesn't matter much if they don't have an equally matched heroine. Her heroines are always smart and don't have TSTL moments, which is always appreciated. In this book I loved the way we followed the investigation and I felt like I was part of the team trying to catch the killer. The hero was swoonworthy and the heroine was smart and kickass. She's had a rough upbringing and thoroughly deserves the fantastic hero. I galloped through this book, could barely put it down and in fact at one stage it crossed my mind I needed to learn speed reading as I couldn't read fast enough to keep up. So off to get the next one in this series. I'm addicted.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Geraldine

    I loved this book. Do not start it if you do not have the time to finish quickly. I just had to know who "done it" as soon as possible. I loved this book. Do not start it if you do not have the time to finish quickly. I just had to know who "done it" as soon as possible.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathrynn

    Wonderful and intense thriller. Not a romance, though and not for the faint of heart. Very graphic scenes.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I have quite a lot of Karen Rose's books on my shelf yet it has been ages since I've read one of hers - and now I'm wondering why, having been totally gripped by this breathless rollercoaster of a read, the first book introducing Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Daniel Vartanian. However, the majority of the book is centred around a series of gruesome tortures and murders being committed by a man who is using the images from his torture and murder sessions as artwork in a small games compan I have quite a lot of Karen Rose's books on my shelf yet it has been ages since I've read one of hers - and now I'm wondering why, having been totally gripped by this breathless rollercoaster of a read, the first book introducing Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Daniel Vartanian. However, the majority of the book is centred around a series of gruesome tortures and murders being committed by a man who is using the images from his torture and murder sessions as artwork in a small games company's video games. When the detectives in Philadelphia first become aware of a body buried in a field, they suspect there may be more bodies and enlist the help of a young woman archaeologist who works in a local museum to scan the field - which reveals a series of graves. As the search for the identities of the victims continue, the attraction between the archaeologist and one of the detectives also develops, leading her to become a target of the serial killer. At the same time, Daniel Vartanian is searching for his parents, from whom he has been estranged for several years but who have gone missing in the middle of his mother's cancer treatment. His efforts to track them down lead him also to Philadelphia, where the dark secrets of the family's past (especially his father, a retired judge soon to be running for Congress) start coming to the fore. A thoroughly gripping read with high threat levels - real edge of your seat stuff! 9/10.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I loved this book! The psychopath was really crazy and a great unreliable narrator. Sophie and Vito were awesome together and I loved how Vito helped Sophie become more flexible in her love life. There were over 19 murders in this story so it's pretty intense. I loved this book! The psychopath was really crazy and a great unreliable narrator. Sophie and Vito were awesome together and I loved how Vito helped Sophie become more flexible in her love life. There were over 19 murders in this story so it's pretty intense.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim (Bookishly Me)

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Karen Rose’s books that I had to try them out and since my favorite bookstore had the whole trilogy in store I got them all at once. This story is about Vito Ciccotelli, a detective who is called in to investigate a body found in a field. He gets help from an archaeologist, Sophie Johannsen, with scanning the field for more bodies. They end up with sixteen graves but there are only nine bodies so they instantly know that the killer isn’t done yet. There is an I’ve heard a lot of good things about Karen Rose’s books that I had to try them out and since my favorite bookstore had the whole trilogy in store I got them all at once. This story is about Vito Ciccotelli, a detective who is called in to investigate a body found in a field. He gets help from an archaeologist, Sophie Johannsen, with scanning the field for more bodies. They end up with sixteen graves but there are only nine bodies so they instantly know that the killer isn’t done yet. There is an instant attraction between the two, but due to the emotional baggage they both carry with them, they have some miscommunications and it really doesn’t start of on the right foot. Normally it would irritate me when both main characters have these issues and/or are damaged, but that didn’t happen this time. Karen Rose did an awesome job of making Vito and Sophie very likeable characters. Yes they have encountered things in life in which they have trouble acting on the attraction they have for each other but it doesn’t inflict everything in there life or investigating these murders. This book also features scenes through the eyes of the killer, which gives you more of an insight in his sadistic mind. This is one of the most disturbing killers I read in any book. He is heartless, has absolutely no conscious or regard for life and his methods just monstrous. He does what needs to be done for his own agenda and has absolutely no intent on playing games with the police and makes sure there are no traces that lead back to him. This does make for some scenes which might be a little hard for some people to read. You get a little bit of torture scenes through the eyes of both the killer and the victims. Also the injuries on the victims are quite graphically described. Karen Rose did a great job in developing the characters, even the secondary characters too. It’s hard not to like all of them. I know Karen writes books around characters who got introduced in earlier books and I can’t wait to see these characters get their own book. I loved Karen Rose’s writing. With its 695 pages this is quite a big book, but Karen Rose kept my attention and kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen next. And the romance and suspense worked well together. I’m really looking forward to reading Scream for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aneca

    I have enjoyed all of Karen Rose's previous books and I've reviewed all of them her. It was with great expectations that I started this one! DIE FOR ME is the story of Vito Ciccotelli, a Philadelphia homicide detective. Vito is called to the scene of a single grave in an isolated snowy field and suspects there might be even more graves beneath the snow. He enlists the aid of archeologist Sophie Johannsen to map the field - and they find a 4x4 matrix of graves, dug with military precision. Nearly I have enjoyed all of Karen Rose's previous books and I've reviewed all of them her. It was with great expectations that I started this one! DIE FOR ME is the story of Vito Ciccotelli, a Philadelphia homicide detective. Vito is called to the scene of a single grave in an isolated snowy field and suspects there might be even more graves beneath the snow. He enlists the aid of archeologist Sophie Johannsen to map the field - and they find a 4x4 matrix of graves, dug with military precision. Nearly half the graves are still empty - the killer isn't finished yet. As Vito investigates, he finds Sophie's expertise in medieval weapons and warfare to be even more valuable than the map she's generated. The villain is an artist who is fascinated with capturing the moment of death. His life goal is have his art viewed by millions - and the fastest way to do that is by converting his death art into a video game where the murder seems all too real - because it is real. I'm having some trouble grading it though. After I had complained about her murderes also being victims and how that upset me a bit she finally wrote a truly bad guy, who is evil and has no excuses. As usual she is very good in the suspense part, here not so much about the next victim but about when and where will the killer be discovered and caught. I had a few problems however with the hero and the heroine. I just couldn't find any chemistry between them. They were nice people and certainly deserving of a happy ending but I have a few doubts about why they fell in love besides the phisical attraction. It's true that their respective pasts were difficult and needed some closure but Rose has written other damaged characters with whom I can better relate to. In this book Rose leaves a lot of loose ends, maybe all the time used to give space to the secondary characters who are now hero / heroine material interfered with my enjoyement of the story. But of course I am now looking forward to Nick, Maggy, Susannah and Daniel's stories as all the other Ciccotelly brothers. All in all it was still a very strong book. Grade: B-

  29. 5 out of 5

    Not Now...Mommy's Reading

    This was my first read by Karen Rose and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Those who know me and my reading preferences know that I avoid romances with any sort of mystery plot like the plague. My thoughts are when I'm reading a romance - that's what I want to read, a romance. Most of those romances tend to be overshadowed by the mystery. In the case of "Die For Me" there was the perfect blend of mystery/suspence and romance. There was just enough romance between the two main characters to make the story This was my first read by Karen Rose and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Those who know me and my reading preferences know that I avoid romances with any sort of mystery plot like the plague. My thoughts are when I'm reading a romance - that's what I want to read, a romance. Most of those romances tend to be overshadowed by the mystery. In the case of "Die For Me" there was the perfect blend of mystery/suspence and romance. There was just enough romance between the two main characters to make the story believeable without overshadowing the theme of a serial killer on the loose. I really enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more books by Karen Rose.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maqluba

    My first Karen Rose from this series. I put it off for so long because I thought it would be cheesy for some reason but I was very very wrong. It read like a movie on a true story type thing. I was able to stay with our hero and heroine until they caught the monster and even though it was a very long book I didn't feel like I could stop reading at any time. There isn't much to say other than the villian is one sadistic mofo and I came out of this book feeling a whole lot better about my town lol My first Karen Rose from this series. I put it off for so long because I thought it would be cheesy for some reason but I was very very wrong. It read like a movie on a true story type thing. I was able to stay with our hero and heroine until they caught the monster and even though it was a very long book I didn't feel like I could stop reading at any time. There isn't much to say other than the villian is one sadistic mofo and I came out of this book feeling a whole lot better about my town lol. They really do need to make a movie out of this story... I'm excited to read more about Daniel in his story and I am definetly looking forward to reading more from this author.

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