by Karen Rose

September 2007
ISBN: 0-446-61691-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

When a body is found buried in a field, the cops suspect there are more bodies out there and enlist the aid of archaeologist Sophie Johannsen to help locate them. From the moment detective Vito Ciccotelli sees her he feels a rather strong attraction. For the last two years he’s been weighted down with guilt over the death of his wife, and this is the first time he’s felt any interest in a woman since then. While Sophie may feel a similar interest in Vito, she has absolutely no desire to be hurt by a man again.

As the bodies add up, the cops are shocked at the violence and horror the victims went through before they died. When Vito realizes the way they died is eerily similar to characters in a violent video game, he starts investigating in that direction and, as a result, things heat up even more when the killer starts covering his tracks, and decides Sophie would make a wonderful character herself.

We see things from the killers’ point of view as he systematically destroys these people in order to capture their death on canvas. Even scarier than what he does is the joy he gets from each victim’s pain and death. As characters from his past are introduced we slowly see a picture of his past revealed and realize he’s pure evil.

Though Vito has been introduced in an earlier book, I feel this book stands very well on its own. Some of the scenes are down right graphic, but there is the perfect amount of romance to keep it from going over the edge. And revisiting with Vito’s family again made it even better. Die for Meis a compelling page turner and a must read for fans of the genre.

Reviewed in September 2007 by Jackie.

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