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Die For Me is the first book in a series of three by Karen Rose. This book is followed by Scream for Me and Kill for Me. This is Karen Rose's 7th book.
Detective Vito Ciccotelli is on a mission. One body has been found in a field and Vito is forced to include the delightful Historian Sophie Johanssen in his search. Vito enlists her to scan the field and soon Vito has a large number of bodies burried very precisely in unmarked graves.
As Vito attempts to find the killer his path keeps crossing with Sophie's and the attraction grows. It soon becomes apparent that the killer isn't done and will hunt and kill anyone who gets in his way. Unfortunately his sights have been set on Sophie and Vito is determined that he won't come within an inch of his girl.
I hesistate to say anymore as I don't wish to spoil any of the story for you. The delight is in the numerous twists and turns.
Vito Ciccotelli is a good detective with a dark past and a very big secret. He's shut his heart down focusing entirely on his career and making it his sole goal in life to put away bad guys. Vito is hard on the outside but soft on the inside. He cares passionately for his family and friends and will do anything to keep them safe (evidenced in book 5 when Vito is a satalitte character in a book focusing on his sister and her problems). Vito loves arts and believes them to be 'unmanly' so he keeps this a secret.
Sophie is a beautiful and troubled archeologist/historian working at a museum which she feels is beneath her while attempting to care for her seriously ill grandmother. Sophie also has a dark past and a hatred of all men excluding her Uncle. She's determined not to fall for the handsome detective but does anyway.
The satalite characters in this book are very interesting. We discover more about Tess Ciccotelli-Reagan, Vito's sister, which is a nice conclusion to the 5th book by Rose. There is a lot more insight into the Ciccotelli family too.
There are a lot of other interesting areas to this book including the arts, gaming, history and archology and a good insight into the struggles of modern family life, all of which make this book fascinating for more than just the basic storyline.
This is a well written and fast paced book which focuses on so many areas that you're never going to be bored. There is a depth to this book which is refreshing and a good mix of genres. I am still not sure if Rose writes romance or if she writes crime. Personally I think of it as Chick Crime!! I would really recommend Rose as an authour. She's on my top ten list of authours and I am really pleased that I discovered her books. Give it a chance - I think you'd really like them! I hated it when this book ended. I just wanted more pages!!!
When I first picked up this book, the thing that attracted me most was the fact that the plot was to do with video games. I usually go for the horror genre anyway, so horror combined with video games seemed like the perfect choice. For me it was. The vivid descriptions kept me on edge for the whole time, and I could hardly put the book down. I've never seen a book like this before, and its uniqueness is definitely an up-side. The plot twists and turns at every corner, and the gruesomeness is a way of pulling you into the story, deeper and deeper until you just want to witness the ending. It's hard to come by a good horror writer nowadays, but Karen Rose has it mastered. The intensity is immense; there are lots of different little stories going on all at the same time, which are all brought together at the end in one huge showdown. If you like computer games, and you like the horror genre, then you'll love this book. Even the vocabulary used is simple, yet effective in the way it is used. Definitely a good read!
Last week I got a frantic phone call from a friend saying she had some books she really thought I should read so I popped round and was handed some books by Karen Rose, the first of which was Die For Me. I got warned once I started it I wouldn't be able to put it down and my friend knows the kind of books I like so I knew this would likely be the case.
Karen Rose lives in Florida and has written many books but I hadn't heard of her until I got this book. On the back it tells us a multimedia designer is designing a computer game and there's only one way to get the death scenes to look realistic enough. Detective Vito Ciccotelli starts his day with one grave, one body and no murder weapon and finishes it with sixteen graves. It soon becomes clear the murder weapons are similar to those used in medieval torture so now it's just a case of figuring out who did it and why and of course preventing any more murders.
I liked the sound of this, I'm interested in history, I love a good thriller and the synopsis on the back had me hooked from the word go.
There are quite alot of characters in the book and initially I had to flick back a couple of times to check who someone was. Each chapter is divided up into time slots and written about various characters and what they are doing at that particular time so all the sections are short. This makes it even easier to keep reading just a bit more before you do something else so what my friend said about not putting the book down was definitely true.
A museum and a historian called Sophie Johannsen help the police with the grave site and the historical facts which ties that in nicely. An agent from out of town whose parents are missing provides a sub-plot that becomes clear in the end and everyone naturally has dark secrets in their past. It's a feast of intrigue and human interaction that all becomes clear in the end.
I found the style of writing to be fast and easy to follow once I knew who everyone was. The switching rapidly from person to person keeps us up to date with what everyone is doing and provides little snippets of information along the way to the finale. The one thing that surprised me though was I guessed who was doing the murders about a third of the way in, this isn't normal for me and I kept thinking I must be wrong. I wasn't wrong but there was alot more to this aspect than I originally thought. I can say no more than that without ruining the plot! All I'll say is if you do guess who's behind them like I did keep the smug smile on hold until you know the rest because it's more complicated than you think!
The characters all work well together but I would say the relationship between Vito and Sophie is a bit stilted and doesn't flow particularly well initially. It's like the author couldn't get their personalities to gel and struggled to make this part of the story work but eventually she gets there.
The historical information contained in the book is minimal but interesting for anyone who likes history. There are a few light hearted moments too that break the intensity of the novel up a bit and are a necessary addition.
Overall the author gets you hooked in the first few pages and you really can't put it down. I read it in 2 days which is pretty fast for almost 700 pages and every time I could go read a bit more I was there. The pace is fast, the abundance of characters gives everyone someone to relate to and the murders themselves intriguing. My one complaint is the Vito and Sophie relationship when they first meet but the author seems to have got past that problem after a few chapters.
It really is a very good read and my friend's husband is currently on the "Karen Rose diet" which means there's no dinner on the table when he gets in because she's too busy reading! 4 stars from me and a recommended read for any thriller fans.
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Die For Me is the first Karen Rose novel I've read - and I really enjoyed it!
16 graves have been discovered in a field in Philadelphia, 7 of them are empty but 9 contain the remains of people who have been tortured and brutally murdered. We quickly learn that the killer is a computer games designer who kills his victims in order to capture their likenesses in his games. (That's not a spoiler by the way, these details are revealed on the back of the book).
The story is told through the eyes of the detectives, the killer and the victims meaning that the story is always switching from one perspective to another. This was a great way to keep the story fresh and certainly had me turning the pages.
The book is 695 pages long, making it the biggest book I've ever read! Even though the chapters a quite long, they are split-up into short, manageable sections if you've only got time for a quick read.
This is a great story, quite similar to the film Untraceable (if you liked that, you'll like this - and vice-versa). I'll definitely be buying her next book.
This book breaks down beautifully into short dated sections making it a great novel for those who want to read but can't really find the time to get engrossed for more than a few pages at a time.
I'm not really a fan of the crime genre but having received this for Christmas from I daughter I owed it her to give the book a shot. The murders are gruesome, certainly not something to read if you're of a sensitive disposition. Victims die by a variety of medieval torture means, including a particularly nasty spiked chair and live burning death. I didn't find the crimes believable at all and the plot was very thin throughout. I was eager to follow the twist concerning the killers childhood but found myself disappointed at the end as the trigger to his maccabre nature is never fully explained, other than a sense that some people are just born evil.
Vito, the investigating officer, is a likeable character, he is described as very attractive, but with a name like 'Vito' I'd got a fat man in my head before the description and just couldn't shake the image.
This is an OK book. There's nothing challenging here, no pages of description, very little scene setting and mainly dialogue. If you want something you'll reread again then this is not it, but if you want a book that you can dip in and out of or spend a couple of hours catching up on and you like a gruesome killing, then this is for you.
After discovering Karen Rose by reading Count to Ten I seem to have been finding her books all over the place, Die For Me is the latest and was found in Tesco when I wasnt meant to have been buying books (although to be fair at the moment I'm never meant to be buying them), and this went straight to the top of my to read pile.
The first chapter introduces us to Warren, a young man who has aspirations of fame through modelling and acting, sadly for him these plans are never going to come to fruition in his lifetime, his killer remains a mystery, Warren knows him as Ed Munch. Munch hired him to film a documentary so why would he now want to kill him.
Detective's Ciccotelli and Lawrence have been called to the site of a grave, found in a remote field by the owner who was out metal dectecting it is clearly not meant to be there. Trouble is its a big field, how many more graves could be here and why would someone dig them in advance?
Vito Ciccotelli is finding himself buried under a pile of family issues, as well as this mulitple murder case and is still dealing with his grief after the death of his previous girlfriend Andrea, this simply is not a good time to fall for someone else.
Sophie Johannsen, formely a field Archaeologist is now curator of a small family museum, The Albright. She hates some of the work she has to do there like dressing up as a tour guide, and her boss Theodore Albright 3rd wont let her just get on with it. But this job at least allows her to use her knowledge and experience and remain local to her Grandmothers hospital. Her past experiences have taught her that within the limited field of archaeology one mistake can cost you a lifetime of gossip and rumour, maybe life at the Albright can help her escape this even briefly.
Where has oRo got its new games designer from, the scenes he wrote for their last game made it their best seller and hopes are high for the game in progress 'Inquisitor' but where does he get his inspriation.
I felt that unlike Count to Ten the characters felt alittle more fleshed out, there were still holes in their back stories but nothing that felt necessary, or realistic we all have things we simply dont discuss dont we?
Rose still managed to weave together a well told crime story and a fairly realistic love story though however well written the second does feel slightly 'by numbers' as its a storyline which features in her other work as well. The main storyline as with other books of hers I have read takes several leaps which are seemingly random but dont feel completely ridiculous. I didnt find it quite so compelling a read though I did want to keep on turning the pages I just wasnt as lost in the story as I was Count to Ten so it took me a couple of evenings to read this one.
Though each book features different main characters there are some which cross over from other books in this for example Tess and Vito have previously been featured in You Cant Hide, and some of the more peripheral characters are due to feature in the next book Scream For Me, this provides an element of continuity between the books while allowing Rose to develop characters further, presumably to allow her to return to them in the future without risking her readers getting bored of them.
At almost 700 pages long it is a very long book, but due to the way it is written I didnt feel that its was a hardship keeping up with what had gone before as you often do with longer books. My copy contains bits of extra material, a short interview and suggestions for a book group discussion on it, as well as the first chapter of the next book. As always I bought my copy from Asda in their 3 for £10 deal, but it is available on Amazon and Greenmetropolis (£3, and £3.75 respectively though on Greemetropolis postage is included).