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Damaged (Kate Lange #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,566 Ratings  ·  401 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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Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Aug 23, 2010 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
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.
Jun 20, 2010 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
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
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 alwa
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.
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.
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 u
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
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
Jul 01, 2010 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
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 abou
May 17, 2014 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
Dec 03, 2012 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
Kelly Boyce
Aug 19, 2010 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 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
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
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.
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.
Kathy Igarashi
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it.
Mar 29, 2012 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 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 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
Susan Porter

Intriguing story ---- very different and interesting. Do NOT understand, however, how these authors think that by putting gratuitous filthy language in their books, not makes them "better". Those who use this kind of language might like it, but those of us who don't use this kind of language DO NOT APPRECIATE IT'S USE!!!! Even the female used it in the book. I fail to understand why this female author felt the need to use it --- by all characters and for no purpose, unless she thought the
Janet Sketchley
Damaged was really well-written, and I enjoyed reading a novel set in my home city. Kate Lange is a strong lead character, and I look forward to reading the next installment in her life. Her strength comes from the pain in her past, a pain that hasn't let her go. She's an interesting character with a lot of depth.

My low rating is based on personal enjoyment, not quality of writing. It was a bit on the scary side for me near the end, but the profanity is what really caused the rating. I can ignor
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a fairly entertaining story about a woman who is haunted by her long ago past and recent past. This collides with a serial killer who has connections to her new law firm. If you hate the F-word, you may want to steer clear as there are quite a few. I can't ever give a book 4 stars when the author doesn't have enough skill to write without using that word. Goodreads needs a rating system so I can avoid such books.
May 28, 2010 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.
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“one sheet of paper. Four words had been hastily scrawled in black pen: Marian MacAdam. Custody matter. The sight of it filled her with” 0 likes
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