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Die for Me | [Karen Rose]

Die for 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 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.
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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 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.

©2007 Karen Rose Hafer; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"No one does twisted killers better than the awe-inspiring Rose. Her ability to ratchet up the creepy factor within an exciting procedural thriller makes her tops in her field. The real trick, however, is balancing out a great villain with strong heroes and heroines, which is exactly the case in this fear-inducing novel." (Romantic Times)

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    Kelley CA, United States 12-19-08
    Kelley CA, United States 12-19-08 Member Since 2012

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "Sorry, Karen"

    Although, I prefer my romance sans horribly sadistic psycho-killer torture chambers,I liked 'Scream for me' very much. This was largely because of the very compeling hero who falls in love with a movingly troubled woman. Die for me only has the torture chambers. (In spades! If you like those, you won't go hungry.)
    But! The protagonists are unappealing and their union manages to be both bizarre and dull. And, although Tavia is an excellent narrator, she doesn't really do either French or Italian and her perfomance is flat.
    Maybe she was just as bored as I was. I can't care enough about any of it to finish.
    Sad face.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Reyna 10-12-12
    Reyna 10-12-12

    I'm stubborn, never wrong and prefer wine and audio books then human company.

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    "Very well put together"
    Where does Die for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    That's a tough question, Karen Rose is a great author and Tavia Gilbert is always exceptional. The story line is fascinating and I have no complaints


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lumpkin, GA, United States 03-16-11
    Amazon Customer Lumpkin, GA, United States 03-16-11
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    "wow"

    This is the first Karen Rose for me, and as soon as I finished this one I immediately came back for more. I actually found this because I love listening to Tavia Gilbert and went in to find something she narrated. I will be back for more of Karen Rose, as well as more from Tavia.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney_R 01-30-09
    Courtney_R 01-30-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Intense!"

    Great book, very intense! Karen Rose has a morbid mind though. At times, her scenes got so descriptive that you could feel a chill run down your spine. Very morbid torture scenes...beware.
    There are so many elements going on that it made my head spin. Characters left and right. Took me a while to remember who was who (especially with the hero and his 4 brothers all having rhyming names).
    The romance scenes were weak--but this isn't a book for great sex scenes. In fact, you actually wish they'd skip the romance and get back to the plot! I wouldn't suggest this book for someone looking for a typical romance novel where two people fall in love--the woman gets into trouble and the man saves the day. There's way too much plot to this one.
    Its true that many of the characters are either good or evil, but the thrill for me was how the cops found the bad guy.
    I thought the book was amazing. Great read, err... listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Trish 07-08-11
    Trish 07-08-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Spectacular new find"

    Lucky enough to have a reviewer on a readers' loop whose sig line includes what she's listening to, Then later reviews it. She gave a ten out of ten for one of Karen Rose's suspense books, which is BIG for her. And when I asked, she told me she'd listened to it, and afterward took extra care in locking her doors. THAT is my kind of book. I didn't try that book, YET, because I read the recaps of them all, and this was the first. I'm now on the second, "I Can See You," and it's just as good if not better than the first. I LOVE the date/time stamps on every scene. Give such a creepy feeling of impending doom.

    This is a great listen, and so is the second so far. By the time I'm done, I'm sure I'll have her entire audio list.

    Excellent, excellent. And the reader MUST be great, because she's so good and her voice isn't intrusive, if that makes any sense. She has all of the accents down pat, all of the action down pat, and what makes her spectacular is she can make the villian sound SO normal and non-threatening when he has to be to lure in his victims.

    New, happy fan.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lorriane Rockfall, CT, USA 01-25-09
    Lorriane Rockfall, CT, USA 01-25-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Die For Me"

    Enjoyed this book very much. It's easy listening.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kgrayy 03-23-15
    kgrayy 03-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love cop romance"

    Great story. I got a little lost early and had to restart and almost decided i didn't like it. Decided to stay with and glad I did because it all came together. I will continue with rest of the series. Narrator was good .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Madalyne 03-01-15
    Madalyne 03-01-15
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    "narration very distracting"
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator's attempts to differentiate the characters by creating voices was just dreadful!
    This was very distracting and undermined my enjoyment of the book. It is hard to take a character seriously when the voice sounds like it was done by pinching the nose or inhaling helium.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 02-12-15
    Lisa 02-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but not Great"

    I read this one out of order. I read all the following books first. So this one was not as exciting, I guess because I knew who the bad guy was within the first couple of chapters. Overall it was a good Karen Rose book. I would have liked a little more romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 01-18-15
    Jenny 01-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book, bad narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Die for Me to be better than the print version?

    No, since I really didn't like the Narrator


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, because I was really worried about the main character


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

    Yes, that is for sure.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Concerning the book - yes, but the narrator made it difficult for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Tavia is easy to understand BUT she reads so slow and her voices all sounds the same. I couldn't even decide if she was reading about a man or woman at many times. I really think she needs to practice a lot more. Take some lessons from Emily Shaffer. Listening to her you know immediatly what character she is doing at any point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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