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Die For Me (Romantic Suspense #7)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  9,638 Ratings  ·  405 Reviews
A secret cellar
A multimedia designer is hard at work. His latest computer game, Inquisitor, heralds a new era in state-of-the-art graphics. But there's only one way to ensure that the death scenes are realistic enough...

An isolated field
Detective Ciccotelli's day begins with one grave, one body and no murder weapon. It ends with sixteen graves, but only nine bodies and the
Paperback, 696 pages
Published December 27th 2007 by Headline Publishing Group (first published 2007)
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If you were to google "creepy killer" "medievel torture" or "tension filled suspense", you are sure to come across this series at some point in your search.

Karen Rose is a brand new author to me (thank you Auntee and Isis for the recommendation!). I literally could not put this book down after I cracked the cover and ended up finishing it in record time. The interesting subplots, twists and unexpected turns held my attention until the very end. And then I lay awake all night with visions of a c
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick Summary
It all started to unravel when a man stumbles upon a killer's graveyard only because his wife thought he needed exercise. By the time Sophie Johannsen, a local archeologist, finished her analysis, the body count was outrageous. Detective Vito Ciccotelli (Chick) had his hands full and not just with solving the case.

The mystery/suspense?
Utterly chilling. This was one of the most twisted serial killers ever. Woke up at 4:00 am because I just had to make sure they got him before he off
Die For Me has received almost unanimous 5 star reviews from everyone whose read it that I know personally. I'm gonna have to add mine to it. Well written, extremely well plotted without sacrificing one ounce of character development- Ms. Rose is an author to watch!

She must be, considering the fact I'm almost fed up with the serial killer/stalker plot. In fact, I almost put DFM down soon after I started it because of this, but the intriguing characters and my curiosity about them kept me going.

Nov 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Die For Me was another winner by Karen Rose. This book was filled with suspense and had a touching romance as well. The hero and heroine both have unresolved issues from their pasts that they help each other confront. They are both very likeable characters, and I appreciated the way that they did not fight their feelings for one another. The villain was truly evil and the descriptions of his handiwork were quite gruesome. As with the other Karen Rose books I have read, this was an intense, engro ...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★★ Very well narrated by Tavia Gilbert; I’ll look for books narrated by her again. A fabulous crime-mystery that still manages to have a great romance within; amazing secondary characters; pleasant epilogue. Be warned, the serial killer is really diabolically evil.
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say that this book scared me but I can say that the Killer was extremely creepy. The story was so good that I'm gonna continue on with the next book in this series. I had not planned on doing that but after finishing this story I still want more.
A grave is uncovered in a snowed field outside of Philadelphia. Police canvass the surrounding area with a metal detector, finding five more possible resting places. Enlisting the help of an archaeologist, they discover a hidden graveyard with sixteen graves and (only) nine bodies.

And the killer already has a new body to fill one of his empty graves. But is he truly simply a sociopath, or are his motives more sinister than the police suspect?

I loved it from the first word. Wonderfully chilling s
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este livro é de uma autora que infelizmente foi abandonada em Portugal.
Tem este livro traduzido cá como: "Morre por mim" e o segundo "Scream for me" como: "Grita por mim", ambos traduzidos pela Bertrand.
Depois, tem mais uns títulos traduzidos pela Círculo de leitores que já não são fáceis de encontrar.

Gostei muito deste livro e não contava lê-lo tão depressa. Então a Cata (do blogue páginas encadernadas) ia ler este mês e disse-me se queria fazer parte da leitura conjunta que ela ia fazer mais
Jane Stewart
4.5 stars. The author weaves an excellent story, excellent voice, richly well done. Caution: too much horrific torture for me.

The majority of the story is the solving of many mysteries. The way they are solved, the fact that they are getting so close to the killer without the killer knowing, and the plot mechanics were well done. This is mostly mystery and suspense. It is rare for me to like a mystery as much as I liked this one. I usually want more time spent on the relations
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert

I managed to finish the audio this time and I'd say I enjoyed this book more this time than when I read it back in 2007. However, I found the torture details more difficult to handle than when I read the paperback. I don't mean there were much of that in the book but, rather, the thoughts conjured up by the mere thought of those medieval torture devices. The depth of man's depravity in relation to violence is incomprehensible to me.

The rom
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-la-city
I am a big fan of the work of Tom Clancy. No one could weave a political thriller as good as he could. He is greatly missed. I didn't even mind that there was no romance in his books, I just loved them. I see elements of his essence in the work of Karen Rose. She is a superior storyteller who can craft characters and plot twists like very few other authors. In Die For Me her romance is believable and her mystery is chilling. She weaves her characters and the plot into a seamless tale of revenge, ...more
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A body is unearthed in a field. Heading the investigation, Detective Vito Ciccotelli requests the help of an archaeologist to use ground penetrating radar in the area. Sophie Johannsen helps him uncover a total of seventeen graves, nine of them filled with bodies. Some of the victims have been buried up to a year; many have been tortured. But it's the empty graves that really scare Vito. This means the killer isn't done, and has many more murders planned.

Another excellent romantic suspense novel
Margo Kelly
This is one of those covers that scares readers like me away. I almost didn't read the book because of the cover.

This is the first Karen Rose book I've read and I enjoyed it. I would have given it five stars, but three things bothered me. 1. It used the "f" word too much. 2. There was one sex scene, and it was peculiar. The guy scolded the woman after their first "time" together and later referred to how he was "teaching" her in that area. I didn't like that at all. 3. The character development
Vera Maslow
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book #7 in Karen Rose's Romantic Suspense series.
Character Development is very good. The suspense is great, it kept me reading with wondering who did it, how they figure it out and how they get the bad guy. The romance was sweet and light.
The dialogue was natural and believable to the characters and situations. The detective and forensics aspects were believable.
I would recommend this author and this series to anyone who is in love with romantic suspense novels. I would recommend read
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
4.5 stars. Another chilling read by Karen Rose. Seriously mental psycho. I'm always fascinated to watch Rose weave the different characters & plot lines together by the end...and suddenly, it all makes sense. I suspected the identity of the villain a little earlier in this one than some of the others, but it didn't distract from the suspense, horror, or ending at all. A Must Read!
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always Karen Rose brings it!!! She is definately one of my favorite mystery/horror authors!!!
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, 2012
Morre Por Mim é o primeiro livro que leio da autora Karen Rose.

Fiquei particularmente curiosa com esta autora depois de ter lido críticas fabulosas no Clube Nora Roberts, porém não tencionava ler nenhum livro dela tão cedo, uma vez que este mês entrei em modo de abstinência no que diz respeito a compras de livros. Porém- e mais uma vez- encontrei na Biblioteca Pública Regional da Madeira uma grande aliada, já que encontrei lá este livro disponível para empréstimo.

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Dimitar Jovanovski
I read a book from Karen Rose (“You belong to me”) years ago and since then I’ve been dying to read another book from her. I couldn’t find any of them in my country. So, special thanks to my best friend who bought me some of her books in UK this summer.

This book is a chilling insight into the mind of a very cold blooded sociopathic killer with genius computer skills. Make no mistake about this being a 'fluffy romance/thriller' , it is very graphic with plenty of gore, peppered with s
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Absolutely fabulous. Karen Rose really is one of my fave authors. When I first started reading her I liked her stories, but didn't love them, but that has changed. I feel like she's found her rhythm and it's one that really suits me perfectly.

Her stories are very scary in the detail of the crazed and absolutely vicious villains and their crimes, but her heros and heroines are always so wonderful. Just how I like them, the men protective, smart and oh, yeah, of course they're all good looking, bu
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Una gran trama que te atrapa y muy buena combinación de suspense con una pizca de romance. En este libro pesa más la parte suspense que la romántica, está muy bien escrito y bien hilado todo el desarrollo del asesino en serie y la investigación policial.
Me ha encantado este libro, primero que lee de Karen Rose y ya estoy deseando leerme el segundo de esta serie!
4 de 5 estrellas bien merecidas
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I loved this book. Do not start it if you do not have the time to finish quickly. I just had to know who "done it" as soon as possible.
Wonderful and intense thriller. Not a romance, though and not for the faint of heart. Very graphic scenes.
Dark and Utterly Chilling, But Excellent
It's winter in Philadelphia and a body has been found in a shallow grave in a frozen, fallow field. The body has been posed, the victim heinously tortured, and homicide detectives Vito Ciccotelli and Nick Lawrence soon realize they have a monster on their hands. The ME knows an archaeologist who may be able to help search the rest of the field after evidence points to more bodies. Dr. Sophie Johannsen doesn't look like Vito expected when he went to pick he
Kim (Bookishly Me)
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Karen Rose’s books that I had to try them out and since my favorite bookstore had the whole trilogy in store I got them all at once.

This story is about Vito Ciccotelli, a detective who is called in to investigate a body found in a field. He gets help from an archaeologist, Sophie Johannsen, with scanning the field for more bodies. They end up with sixteen graves but there are only nine bodies so they instantly know that the killer isn’t done yet.
There is an
Ana T.
I have enjoyed all of Karen Rose's previous books and I've reviewed all of them her. It was with great expectations that I started this one!

DIE FOR ME is the story of Vito Ciccotelli, a Philadelphia homicide detective. Vito is called to the scene of a single grave in an isolated snowy field and suspects there might be even more graves beneath the snow. He enlists the aid of archeologist Sophie Johannsen to map the field - and they find a 4x4 matrix of graves, dug with military precision. Nearly
Not Now...Mommy's Reading
This was my first read by Karen Rose and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Those who know me and my reading preferences know that I avoid romances with any sort of mystery plot like the plague. My thoughts are when I'm reading a romance - that's what I want to read, a romance. Most of those romances tend to be overshadowed by the mystery. In the case of "Die For Me" there was the perfect blend of mystery/suspence and romance. There was just enough romance between the two main characters to make the story ...more
My first Karen Rose from this series. I put it off for so long because I thought it would be cheesy for some reason but I was very very wrong. It read like a movie on a true story type thing. I was able to stay with our hero and heroine until they caught the monster and even though it was a very long book I didn't feel like I could stop reading at any time.
There isn't much to say other than the villian is one sadistic mofo and I came out of this book feeling a whole lot better about my town lol
I fell for the red herring suspect until that individual was also killed.

This is a bit of a chilling read, and the characters on the "good" side were interesting, and the bad guy was truly scary. Medieval torture was not a fun topic, but this author can write.

#7 in a group read series. Will continue. Better to read series in order, but this book would stand alone fairly well, too.
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Internationally bestselling, RITA-award winning, author Karen Rose was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. She met her husband, Martin, on a blind date when they were seventeen and after they both graduated from the University of Maryland, (Karen with a degree in Chemical Engineering) they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Karen worked as an e
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