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Damaged (Kate Lange #1)

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Haunted by the death of her sister and wounded by her ex-fiancé's accusations, Kate Lange throws herself into her new career at a high-powered law firm.

When the grandmother of a lonely private school student seeks her counsel, Kate thinks it's just another custody case. But then the teen is brutally murdered. And it isn't only Kate who wonders if her legal advice led to th
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Paperback, 453 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Mira
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Leah
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Natalie
Jun 24, 2010 Natalie rated it liked it
When I was first approached by a publicist to review Damaged by Pamela Callow, I was a little hesitant to accept. I tend to steer away from books that I think fall into the adult commercial fiction genre because they usually end up annoying me. But since Pamela Callow was a new author (Damaged is her debut novel), and since I had worked with this particular publicist before, I decided to give it a shot.

I'm surprised to say that I'm glad I did. I actually ended up enjoying Damaged a lot more than
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Harlequin Books
"Damaged is a fast-paced medical thriller that introduces us to young lawyer Kate Lange. She's trying to overcome her past and make a career at a prestigious law firm when she's faced with a case that will bring up old pain and guilt ..." From a review posted by an eHarlequin.com member. Read more HERE.
Jennifer
Kate Lange is a first year associate at a high-class law firm who is embroiled in a mess – a mess she feels partly responsible for; a mess made by the Body Butcher…

The Body Butcher… did that grab your attention?

Kate is trying to make a name for herself at the law firm of LMB, but when she keeps getting handed the piddly little family law cases, she becomes exasperated. When her new client, a grandmother who would like to gain custody of her out-of-control granddaughter, who also happens to be th
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Michelle
Jul 01, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Confession: I do not normally read thrillers. I like watching them well enough, but I've never read John Grisham, nor am I likely to. So why did I pick up Damaged?

Damaged is a thriller set in Halifax, my home town, and I will admit that was the draw. A big time trade paperback set in any Canadian city is intriguing enough, but one that isn't set in one of Canada's big 3 cities? And Halifax?

So that's what got the book into my lap. What kept it there (until long after I should have gone to bed) w
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Susan
Aug 23, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
Damaged introduces Kate Lange, a lawyer who gets involved in finding a serial killer. Due to her involvement with the grandmother of the victim and a slight involvement in a medical law suit, Kate feels that the police are missing something and goes after the killer herself. She does a better job of interviewing the witnesses than the police do.

My problem with this book is that it doesn't know exactly what it wants to be. There is suspense, but not quite enough. There is medical mystery but not
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Kristen
Jun 19, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
Embrace yourself for a new kind of thriller. Take part legal thriller and part medical thriller, you get an amazing combination of a fascinating thriller. That's what Pamela Callow did in her Kate Lange series set in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In Damaged, Kate Lange is an associate in a prestigious law firm and stuck with the family law cases with litigation dreams. When she received a case of a missing private school student, she's more than stuck in family drama, but she has issues of her own ...more
Kelly Boyce
Aug 19, 2010 Kelly Boyce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-books
An awesome, awesome read from a brilliant new author. A definite page turner to keep you reading into the wee hours of the night.
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Kate was a new lawyer at Lyons McGrath Barrett law firm. She knew that she was going to have to work hard to prove that she belonged there. Having recently ended an engagement to Ethan Drake, detective, she had got a new job, bought a new house, and acquired a dog named Alaska.

Barrett was determined to keep Kate practicing family law for 2 reasons - He had a bone to pick with Ethan Drake and with John Lyons - the partner who had recruited her. He assigned her a case with a futile outlook. A gra
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Star
Sep 07, 2016 Star rated it it was amazing
Kate Lange is one of the newest lawyers at the Lyons McGrath Barrett lawfirm. She's got to work hard to prove herself to the partners and to herself. She's got a tragic past and after a painful breakup with her ex-fiancé, she's got a new job, a new house, and an adopted dog. This is two stories in one that intersect in a brilliant manner. Kate's got a new client - a grandmother who wants custody of her granddaughter from her ex-daughter-in-law, who's a judge. After giving the best advice that ...more
Cheryl
Apr 17, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I started this book a long time ago. I was not feeling it, so I put it down. When I saw a long time ago, I am talking years. Not that meant to never come back to this book as I read another book by this author, the second one in fact and enjoyed it. I would walk by the book or chance at it from time to time and think, I need to try reading this book again. However my to be read pile grew and grew and I would forget about the book again. I finally picked it up as I was making a committment to ...more
Deborah Sloan
Jun 27, 2010 Deborah Sloan rated it it was amazing
Kate Lange a young attorney hired by a big law firm finally gets her chance to get her career going in the direction she wants-litigation; when she’s handed a child custody case sought by a grandmother from an upperclass neighborhood. When the young girl is found murdered and dismembered Kate finds herself once again dealing with her ex-fiancé; a cop Ethan. Kate wonders if she is to blame for the girls death, just as she blames herself for her sister’s death 15 years earlier. When she is finally ...more
Jean
Dec 09, 2012 Jean rated it really liked it
I think I found a new author to follow. This is the 2nd book I read. Read her 2nd book, Indefensible, first not knowing it was based on the same character so I went back and read Damaged. Enjoyed both books. There were actually two stories going on and then they started to connect into one. I do think Callow could have given us a better view into the serial killer than she did, developed the story a bit more,his background and how he stalked his victims. May have made the middle of the book more ...more
Pam
Jun 17, 2010 Pam rated it it was amazing
A new lawyer with a major case of curiosity that gets her into trouble. She tries to investigate a case where she thinks she could have done more. She doesn't know who she can trust and thus, she trusts no one.
Can't wait for Pamela Callow's next book with lawyer, Kate Lange.
Kirby
Jun 19, 2010 Kirby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: legal-thriller
This was a really good book- I'd love to read more from this author. It was also quite interesting to see how similar Canada's police and legal systems are to ours, and to learn about the differences.
Linda
Jun 09, 2010 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another medical based mystery involving a feisty young lawyer from a law firm. She is on the case and determined to solve it. She is writing more books with the characters from the law firm and police department. They should be fun to read as well. (2010)
Saturnus
Mar 05, 2012 Saturnus rated it it was amazing
Just like its written on the book its a really strong debut.
A really great book with great charachters.
I recomend it too everyone how likes thrillers.
MARGO
Jun 29, 2010 MARGO rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yes
what a wonderful book, fast paced with many twists and turns , intriguing plot, well defined characters, I look forward to reading more from this very talented Canadian Writer.
Julie
Jun 22, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
good mystery and good twists and turns--more to come
Diane
Nov 17, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good debut book from author, Pamela Callow.
Kate Lange is an attorney with past issues. She is an honest person trying to find her own voice and live her own life without conflicts with others. From reading the book it seems this is very new for Kate, to be her own person, to make her own decisions without regard to what is best for someone else. She has had disappointments in her life but she wants to be the best at her job. In the face of a horrible murder of the granddaughter of one of
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Marie
Nov 27, 2016 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started to read "Damaged", I had already forgotten what the book was about according to the blurb. I opened it by mistake on my Kindle and thought I might as well read it. So glad I did! This book is a medical thriller, a legal and criminal investigation thriller, and is speckled with suspense, romance and so much more. It even gave me a Jodi Picault vibe with the controversial topic of cadaveric tissue used for skin grafts on the living.
Due to lack of enough time to sit down and just re
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E. M.
Nov 14, 2016 E. M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, dnf, ebooks
Dnf after reading 120-pages.

Kate Lange is a young attorney in a high-powered law firm, who's constantly trying to prove herself to her boss. When the granddaughter of her new client gets brutally murdered, Kate throws herself into the investigation while wrestling with her own demons.

2 Stars

This wasn't badly written, but I couldn't get into it. Sometimes I force myself to finish a book, just for the sake of it, but there was no forcing this one down my throat. There was too much gibberish abou
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Lorraine
Oct 31, 2016 Lorraine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pftttt.
To be honest, this wasn't a bad book as such. It's just that this particular style of book/writing has been done so much better before by the likes of JD Robb & Karen Rose, to name but 2 such authors. For myself, I don't really have a lot of patience for books like this with the supposedly strong female lead who is actually a bit insipid and boring, and the lead male who is supposed to be the stereotypical alpha male, and all the blah-blah-blah waffle about 'hard male bodies' and 'cu
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Marie Beveridge
Nov 09, 2016 Marie Beveridge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. A combination of a medical thriller and a murder thriller. The heroine is very likable as is her dog. Any fan of Tess Gerritson will thoroughly enjoy this book. I got this as a freebie, but I am definitely going to buy the rest of the series.

Highly recommended, looking forward to reading the rest of the series as I am keen to find out what happens to Kate!!!
Suzanne Miller
Nov 20, 2016 Suzanne Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Legal mystery

This story has the reader's attention from the outset. There are tangled webs with the characters and the plot. Not too strong on the legal side of things; just enough to compel the reader to want to see it through to the outcome. The mystery weaves its way through till the end. A good read!
Steph Baca
Nov 24, 2016 Steph Baca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tight medical thriller.

The constant forward movement of the action and unrelenting suspense kept me glued to the page. The timely topic of tissue transplant is a good basis for this intriguing mystery. I would recommend it to those who enjoy a medical / legal thriller. It was impeccably edited and a smooth read.
Kathaleen Stapleford
Suspenseful

I thoroughly enjoyed this read . It was a book that I had a hard time putting down . Reading through from front to back in one sitting .Twists and turns with a good plot .
Wendell H Howell
Nov 14, 2016 Wendell H Howell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Technically Interesting

I never knew anything about tissue selling! Good story written with skill and knowledge of an arcane subject. Author is new to me. Will watch for other novels.
Carol
Dec 01, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Simply Great Read

A very interesting story line with a few twists and turns that keep you guessing. The characters will draw you in and make it hard to put the book down! A must read.
Sean Creighton
Nov 26, 2016 Sean Creighton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could not put it down. Kept you interested till the very end. Believable character. Can't wait to read the next in the series.

Could not put it down. Kept you interested till the very end. Believable characters. Can't wait to read more of Kate Lange.
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Pamela Callow, JD, MPA, is the bestselling author of the Kate Lange legal thriller series. With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Pamela Callow’s critically-acclaimed series has been compared to works by Robin Cook, Tess Gerritsen and John Grisham. Her debut novel DAMAGED was a Levy Home Entertainment “Need to Read Pick”, with Top Ten Bestseller placement everywhere books were sold across ...more
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