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Damaged

(Kate Lange #1)

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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  7,451 ratings  ·  627 reviews
Haunted by the death of her sister and wounded by her ex-fiancé's accusations, lawyer 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
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Kindle Edition, 412 pages
Published April 20th 2016 by Pamela Callow (first published June 1st 2010)
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Selene
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Setting: Halifax, Nova Scotia
POV/s: Third-person, multiple
Writing style: 3.5/5
Romantic HEA? (view spoiler)

“When I was sixteen I killed my sister.”

Thirty-one year-old Kate Lange’s life hasn’t been an easy one. Four months into her job at a new law firm has her feeling frustrated. She isn’t being offered the cases that interest her most and she still has some nagging feelings towards her ex, Ethan. Adopting a new pet and purchasing a home in her old
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Tulay
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Good start to new series.

But you have to be patient, parts dragged on and on. Kate Lange established, good attorney, she does really dumb things. Like playing investigator and without doing any background checking, giving her house keys to dog walker. This sentence doesn't give away anything. If you read this book to the end, I'll say you're very patient reader.
Lorraine Southern
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
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Leah
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Susan
Aug 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kimba Tichenor
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
If you are looking for a book with a smart, strong female lead character, this book does not deliver. Kate Lange makes mistake after mistake in her personal relationships and in her career that make no sense for someone with a law degree. Not to mention the swooning over every man she meets and conversely the swooning by every man who meets her. The plot line is interesting, but the cast of one-dimensional characters overshadows this one positive.
Kymberli Ward
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.
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.
Marietjie Steyn
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was brilliant! A legal, medical, thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat, with enough meat around the bone to deserve 5 stars.
Carolyn
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
This book could not decide whether it was a legal thriller, a medical mystery or some sort of bad romance novel. The heroine, Kate Lange, has joined a prestigious legal firm. She is haunted by a driving accident 15 years before, and her sister's death from the car Kate was driving is mentioned many times. It preys on her mind and causes her to blunder into the police investigation, determined to rescue young street girls who are on drugs and disappearing.
Her ex is a policeman and they had an
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Natalie
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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Emilie
Nov 14, 2016 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
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Cindy
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had the feel of John Grisham's The Client. A legal thriller with a flawed but dedicated lawyer along with large cast of secondary characters who get just as much page time.

The first book in the series introduces us to Kate Lange who has just started a new job with Barrett, Lyons and McGrath Law firm. Kate has had to work hard for everything in her life. She has an ex-con for a father and she still feels guilt for the car accident that killed her sister when she was a teenager. She has
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VickiLee
Gack! This novel was a jumbled compilation of familiar plots and it took every ounce of my patience to finish it. The characters, for all their evil ways, were flat and dull. The main character was uninspired (except for the multiple descriptions of various men who lusted after her curvy bottom). By the end, I really didn’t care if any of them survived.
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
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Michelle
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
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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
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Laura
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
DNF at 24%...

It's been a while since I put a book down without finishing it. It's been a while since I put a book down because the characters irritated me to no end.

Kate was my main qualm (who happens to be the main character...) she's impulsive, unprofessional and so goddamn irritating, I couldn't hack her account of things. I started reading Damaged because of all the 5-Star reviews and I honestly believe I was reading a different book to everyone else.

By no means was this book badly
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Kristen
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
Jean
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelly Boyce
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Barbara
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't hand out many 5-star reviews, but Damaged deserved it for many reasons. I didn't find more than 3 or 4 grammar errors in the entire book ... and yeah, I'm a Virgo (so grammar and spelling errors throw me off the plot). Star One. There were several main players in the book, but they were all so well drawn and complete that I didn't find my elderly brain reeling with the question "Wait, who is this, again?" Star Two. The background and action was written in such a way that it kept me ...more
Bria
Apr 05, 2017 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
Ted Tayler
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Damage limitations"

There's a lot to like in this debut thriller. The writing and vocabulary are of a high standard and even the legal/medical 'oddballs' were explained to a layman's satisfaction. There was a real change of pace at times throughout the book and the frantic race towards the denouement was electric. What held me back from giving a 5* was Kate herself, I couldn't warm to the main character, which is a 'must' for me. Also, why bother having a police force if we can all go digging
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Jan
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, thriller
I thought this a rather good first debut. There were many intricate relationships between the characters and no one had the full story of what happened when a private school student was brutally murdered. Kate Lange threw herself into her new career at a high powered law firm after breaking up with her detective fiance. Kate's given a litigation file in which she notices discrepancies and is put on notice that she must fight for her career, her reputation and redemption. A legal conspiracy puts ...more
Christy Wv Tate
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a chance book- one I saw was free on kindle. It was good. It was a keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to keep reading type of book- so I did- all in one night!

Katie is trying to prove herself in the law firm.

Ethan a police detective wants to mend the relationship but can they when a young girls dismembered body is discovered and Ethan’ s the lead detective. Then the victim is tied to Katie’s client.....

Can’t wait to read the next book....
Phil
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my best ever Nook 'free firdays'. Although I am not usually a series book fan nor serial killer story fan, it was well written & intriguing. Kate Lange, an attorney with a damaged past of her own, goes off script to follow the trail of a trio of murders of young street women. This covered a bit too much ground, leaving a sub plot or two just dangling or forgotten. Written back in 2010, Kate Lange may be worth a follow-up read.
Debbie
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book for this author new to me!!!

I love Robin Cook & medical forensics mysteries & this author touches on both!!! I love her writing & phrasing. It certainly is a "can't put down book", so I immediately purchased the other three books in this Late Lange thriller series......
Sue-b-doo
Great story, would have given 5 stars except for all of the foul language...really not necessary. Would have made the characters more "mature" if that kind of language hadn't been used. Won't be reading anymore of this author.
Sohinee Reads & Reviews (Bookarlo)
3 stars. Full review coming soon
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