Sunday, February 24, 2013

RS Review: Die For Me [Mass Market Paperback]

I've finished "Die For Me" the 1st book in her Vartanian trilogy series by Karen Rose.

Product Description


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.


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.


About the Author

Karen Rose is a RITA Award-winning author who fell in love with books from the time she learned to read, with Jo from Little Women and Nancy Drew becoming close childhood friends. She started writing stories of her own when the characters in her head started talking and just wouldn't be silenced. A former chemical engineer and high school chemistry and physics teacher, Karen lives in Florida with her husband of twenty years, their two children, and the family cat, Bella. When she's not writing, Karen is practicing for her next karate belt test! Karen would love to receive your e-mail at

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 584 pages
Publisher: Vision; First Edition edition (September 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446616915
ISBN-13: 978-0446616911

My Review:

Storyline:  When Detective Vito Ciccotellia and Detective Nick Lawrence find a young women's body posed and killed in by a religious ritual killing in a snow-covered Philadelphia field and find other massive graves in the field they believe a serial killer is on the loose.

They hire archaeologist Sophie Johannsen who uses ground penetrating equipment which unearths 16 graves some filled and some not filled yet. As they investigate further they realized the killer is meting his own medieval torture on his victims before killing them. Then he incorporates their scenes into a video game cut scenes which is quite realistic and gory.

Characters:  Vito was a great hero because he was smart, handsome, determined and went after what he wanted (Sophie) and he even knew what to send her.  He has a close relationship with his warm and loving family.

Sophie was a great heroine but at times she did get on my nerves (she wouldn't listen to Vito or she didn't even explain why she was mad at him).  She was smart and didn't let a former indiscretion get in her way to achieve where she is today an archeologist at a museum.

Romance:  I really did enjoy the romance between Vito and Sophie because it started slowly and they got to know each other before hopping into bed.  You could tell they cared for each other and how Sophie really liked his family and his family accepted her.

Villain:  The villain was really sadistic in his tortures and his ritual killings.  For some people it would be disturbing because the torture and killings are graphically described. 


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