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Damaged (Kate Lange #1)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  2,139 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
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
Paperback, 453 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Mira
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Aug 15, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it
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Jun 20, 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
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 member. Read more HERE.
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
Lorraine Southern
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
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
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
May 17, 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 haunt ...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.
Apr 05, 2017 Bria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have recently been in a reading slump and have not been able to find a great, juicy read in a while. THEN I stumbled on this series! Kate Lange is a fantastic protagonist. She is smart, in-shape, confident, hard-working and doesn't sleep around or waste the reader's time with leading men on. I find it to be incredibly annoying when female main characters string along two or three guys romantically and then spend all this time frantically wondering why-oh-why these guys are interested in them, ...more
Kymberli Ward
Don't Think So

Once I stopped paying attention to the grammatical errors and the awkward use of words, it seemed the book had to get better. Well, I hope others enjoyed it. The protagonist is pathetic; all that comes to mind is a saying heard long ago: poor me, poor me, pour me a drink. Seriously? I also disliked the ridiculous sexualization of every relationship. Every relationship? Anyway, perhaps Ms. Callow's sequels will be better? Different? I'll be passing on them, I'm afraid.
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
Mar 29, 2012 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 sh ...more
Jun 27, 2010 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 att ...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
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
Dec 03, 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
May 28, 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.
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.
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)
Jun 17, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
good mystery and good twists and turns--more to come
Feb 27, 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.
Jun 19, 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.
Amy Lazarou
Jan 25, 2017 Amy Lazarou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read

Enjoyed the relationship developments with the main characters. Creepy crime scenes. Author plunges you into a law firm scenario and describes the world neatly. Kate Lange still seems a bit elusive and unreal. Spoiler: 1 week after major injuries and she s back at work?
I'm hoping she is still a bit... well human; less superwoman! Yep, I'm gonna try book 2 and see where it goes. I'm kinda hooked.
Miss J Chapman
Jan 10, 2017 Miss J Chapman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent page turner, can't wait for the next one.

Really good read, characters were believable, plot was excellent with more than a few twists and turns. Will look forward to reading more in the series .
Eileen Patterson
Mar 03, 2017 Eileen Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Book

This was a good little thriller with a lot of twists and turns. I liked the main character, Kate. I wanted to punch Ethan in the face, but he was well-written, if not likeable.
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.
Sam C
Feb 11, 2017 Sam C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buy !

Really enjoyed reading this book,and liked the characters,and one scary killer. would like to read the the next in the series. At times didn't want to put it down and the end kept me up till 2am.
Donna Winn
Nov 16, 2016 Donna Winn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another author I now like. This is the first in a legal thriller series & looking forward to reading the next.
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“Once her skin cooled, she would be another homicide victim. She would be part of a process that would talk about her life in terms of her cause of death, her injuries, her final moments, not dwelling on all the moments leading up to this. That was reserved for the victim impact statements. But those could never do justice to all the little ordinary things that, together, made someone extraordinary. Ethan” 0 likes
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