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Die For Me

(Romantic Suspense #7)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  11,800 ratings  ·  510 reviews

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. Bu
Paperback, 558 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Vision
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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
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.
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
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dimitar Jovanovski
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've said that Karen Rose is the best romantic suspense author around. This book reaffirms my feelings.
Sophie is an archaeologist called in to help police when a mass grave is found. Sophie meets Vito Ciccotelli, a detective working the case. They feel a connection to each other, but each has personal issues to deal with before they can explore a relationship. Meanwhile, Vito and his crew are slowly discovering they are dealing with the most evil, crafty, and dangerous serial killer they've enc
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Vera Maslow
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent novel, a good thriller with a clever plot and vivid characters with a solid background story. Especially the serial killer: he was extra creepy and so powerfully written that he overshadowed the H/h.
This was my first book by Karen Rose, now I have to get all the others ;)
Margo Kelly
May 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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! ...more
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
As always Karen Rose brings it!!! She is definately one of my favorite mystery/horror authors!!!
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
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
After a shaky start this series is improving with each book.

Following a host of interconnected law enforcement officers over a variety of locations adds to the enjoyment and the author has improved in weaving the romance into the suspense more seamlessly. The case involving historical methods of torture although quite grizzly also added an interesting dynamic as did the personal involvement of a new character who promises to be a great addition to the series.

3.5 stars
Bella Bookley
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick Summary
It all started with a man stumbling upon a grave. What the investigating Team of the Philadelphia PD didn't know at that time was that it wasn't going to be the last one they'll find at that day. After the local archaeologist, Dr. Sophie Johannsen finished her analysis on the field they counted 16 graves; nine filled and seven empty at that time. Sophie and Detective Vito Ciccotelli began a dangerous prosecution of a coolly and sociopathic serial killer.

But did they catch him befor
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
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have quite a lot of Karen Rose's books on my shelf yet it has been ages since I've read one of hers - and now I'm wondering why, having been totally gripped by this breathless rollercoaster of a read, the first book introducing Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Daniel Vartanian. However, the majority of the book is centred around a series of gruesome tortures and murders being committed by a man who is using the images from his torture and murder sessions as artwork in a small games compan ...more
Jammin Jenny
I loved this book! The psychopath was really crazy and a great unreliable narrator. Sophie and Vito were awesome together and I loved how Vito helped Sophie become more flexible in her love life. There were over 19 murders in this story so it's pretty intense.
Kim (Bookishly Me)
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
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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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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