Die For Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer Paperback – 12 Feb 2013
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About the Author
A Southern girl with a penchant for both horror movies and happy endings, USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Eden has written more than two dozen tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and her novel Deadly Fear was named a Rita finalist for best romantic suspense. She currently lives in Alabama.
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Katherine Cole has been moved to New Orleans in the Witness Protection program after she found out her fiancé was a stone cold serial killer. She actually walked in on him when he was finishing up one of his murders. He escapes, and she is whisked away to a new life for her safety. When women start getting killed in New Orleans in the same fashion, she knows her fiancé, now known as the Valentine Killer, has found her. She decides to take a stand this time, and goes to the police with her information, hoping to help stop the killings. Katherine winds up being protected by, and working closely with the lead detective on the case, Dane Black. Eventually, being in such close quarters cause the inevitable romantic fireworks between the two.
This was a good story, elevated by some nice and unexpected plot twists. There were a few small things that kept it from being an outstanding read; (especially one of the reveals about the killer late in the book that didn't work well for me, and a couple of unprofessional and un-coplike actions by Dane); but all in all, it was a great read.Read more ›
BUT, sometimes this book managed to get it right.
I have a hidden talent, I can smell plot twists coming from a mile away. Yet there were quite a few moments where this book managed to surprise me.
The truth is that despite the cheese, the clichés and the fall on my sword characters I found this book strangely intriguing and I struggled to put it down. Sure, it was overdone but I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Katherine and Dane were good characters (him more than her) but it was the Valentine killer himself that interested me. I found him bizarrely charming. There were a few to many characters and I felt this was written as though it was a movie instead of a book which made thins a smudge confusing as it was harder to remember everyone without seeing their face. But it was enjoyable and interesting. It is not my favourite crime novel but I liked it.
The usual format in serial killer books then, but this is in the Montlake romance series, something of which I was unaware until it turned up. (Yes, I know I should have read the product details.) Not usually something I would read (Montlake that is), this did turn out to be no better than I imagined. Once I dismissed the romantic interludes between the now Katherine Cole and detective Dane Black, what was underneath was a run-of-the-mill crime/thriller involving a psycho continually referred to as Valentine, even though the FBI and local police know his name and what he looks like. Equally annoying is Eden's recurring use of a phrase, "A muscle jerked in his jaw". Along with repeating the expression, "I don't want any one else to die" ad nauseam, and plenty of single word sentences, it makes me wonder whether she had a word count to fulfil.
But what really grates is the portrayal of the New Orleans cops who come across as completely incompetent. Two are sent to keep an eye on Katherine, who enters her art studio on the main road. The lights don't go on so both uniforms go round the back of the building to see what's wrong. Sorry, but no.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A cracking good read. Believable characters with a good twist running through the whole book, keeping you guessing right to the end.Published 28 days ago by kate o`neill
Once I started this book I was unable to out it down! Plenty of twists and turns. I would not hesitate to recommend this book.Published 4 months ago by H. J. Berry
An excellent read. A tense and passionate story line with twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, and just when you think the story is coming to it's conclusion........... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Colin Humpage
Enjoyed this book and have enjoyed the others in this group. Have enjoyed all Cynthia Eden booksPublished 4 months ago by linda riddell
I have not read this author before and took a chance on the story, not being a lover of gruesome serial killer novels. I was pleasantly surprised how well done the story was. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Harwood
Very well written, suspense was exceptional. Riveting from beginning to end. Looking forward to the next book. I liked that it had a happy ending.Published 13 months ago by Margaret
This is the first book I have read by Cynthia Eden and it definitely won't be the last. A fast paced book. I couldn't put it down. So many twists. Fully recommend this bookPublished 13 months ago by JUDE123
There's only thing, that can balance the times between life and death: knowing how to make the right choices, at the right time.Published 14 months ago by Reginald pelle