Kill for Me

Kill for Me

by Karen Rose

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New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose delivers another pulse-pounding suspense novel that ties into SCREAM FOR ME.

Five teenage girls have been murdered. One survived, and only she can reveal the secrets of a disturbing ring of people who kidnap and sell teenage girls on the black market. But those responsible for the crimes will do whatever it takes to maintain her silence.

Susannah Vartanian and Luke Papadopoulos have both sworn to stop the murderers for their own reasons. Susannah, the sister of the hero in SCREAM FOR ME, suffers from a mysterious past that is connected to the sinister black market. Luke is an investigative agent and a computer expert who refuses to let another child predator get away.

Susannah and Luke are instantly attracted to each other, but their troubled pasts prevent them from immediately acting upon their feelings. The case will lead them to the shady realm of Internet chat rooms, where anyone can mask their identity. As Susannah and Luke draw closer to the criminals, they discover a chain of deception so intricate they don't know who to trust. Susannah and Luke find comfort in one another's arms, but the killers are ruthless and determined, and will take extreme measures to insure their anonymity and keep their business intact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446616935
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 248,845
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Karen Rose is a RITA Award-winning author who fell in love with books from the time she learned to read, with Jo from Little Women and Nancy Drew becoming close childhood friends. A former chemical engineer and high school chemistry and physics teacher, Karen lives in Florida with her husband of twenty years, their two children, and the family cat, Bella. For more information, visit her website:

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Rose paints her characters with a flesh and blood brush, bringing life to their every word and gesture. There could well be a new thriller sheriff in town.

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Kill for Me 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another great book from Karen Rose. If you read "Scream for Me" then you have to read this book because it continues where that book left off. If you haven't read "Scream for Me" then I suggest you read that one first because they really intertwine and it could be confusing. " Kill for Me" was a very action packed, thought provoking book. It has you from the first page and doesn't stop until the end. Kudos to Karen Rose for another excellent read, I have yet to be disappointed with any of her stories. The story is a bit disturbing and some people may have issues with that, but in the end it was worth it. A fantastic book!
LyssaD More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It was the first Karen Rose book that I've read. I bought it because I had a coupon and it sounded pretty good. I'm glad I picked it up. I'm usually really good at figuring out what's going to happen in a book and who the bad guys are and how they're going to get caught. Then I just read the book waiting for the moment when the author decides to reveal it, but this book was different. There was so much going on and so many different peices to the "round yellow puzzle" that I never saw what was coming until that moment when Rose revealed it. I love finding a book like this; one with a mystery that can't be easily solved. The characters were a mess of personel problems that made them even a mystery. The author did a great job developing them. The romance in this novel is about the only thing that is obvious. The twists and turns keep you on your toes constantly trying to figure out who these people are and why they would commit such horrible acts. But the anwser was simple: power. Power in killing, but even greater power in getting people to kill for you.
vivico1 More than 1 year ago
I love Karen Rose's books! They are great thrillers, very gritty and often very sexy. Her characters are engaging. This latest outing though was a bit overdone. In many suspense thrillers, the more characters, the more suspenseful and the harder it is to figure out who done it. However,when you have a very large cast of characters and each one seems to have a subplot of their own, no one is just a good guy there or a bad guy there, but all of them have an agenda, it can be a hindrance to an otherwise thrilling story. Karen is masterful in how she handles many characters but in this book, it gets a bit jumbled to me. This is supposedly a stand alone book out of a three book series. I am told though that it is better to read the other two first. So maybe it is not the best if you are looking for one of Ms Rose's books to read as a stand alone. Also, this is one book that I would suggest, you set apart whatever time it takes you to read a 415 page novel all at once and read it that way. It becomes difficult to come back to the story after a day, when there are so many characters and one of the good guys and one of the bad guys have very similar names to boot. Not my favorite of Karen Rose's books.
Annmeeker More than 1 year ago
If there¿s one book you need to buy for the coming year, it¿s Kill for Me by Karen Rose.* It¿s a compelling and modern read, complete with a gutsy heroine, an intelligent hero, and a twisty plot so deceptive you¿ll be tempted to read the end of the book first.
Continuing the story of Die for Me and Scream for Me (although each can be read independently), this is the story of Susannah Vartanian and Luke Papadopoulos. Drawn together by the tragic events in Susannah¿s hometown, both feel obligated to find the mastermind behind the murder of five teenage girls and the kidnapping of others, no matter what the personal cost to themselves. Both have a history that leaves them vulnerable to doubt everyone around them, people they¿ve known for years--one of whom is hiding behind a small-town façade of friendliness. The one girl who was a witness to the murders is caught in a web of fear and treachery, no longer willing or able to help.
Rose¿s ability to keep you on the edge of your seat is amazing. It¿s almost as if you can hear the theme of Jaws running through your brain, afraid to dive back into the pages. Her characters are ordinary people thrown into extraordinary circumstances, and as readers we root for them to pull through. There¿s not one scene in the book that doesn¿t advance the plot, that doesn¿t add some new complication or define her characters.
Once you start, it¿ll be hard to put down¿so it¿s perfect for a long trip or a week at the beach. Enjoy!
* In the interests of full disclosure, if you get this one, you¿ll want all the others Rose has crafted. Caveat lector!
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced thriller with a high body count. It is the third of a set of related books, and I did feel a bit lost at first for not having read the first two. But Rose gives enough of the backstory to make the book intelligible.There are few books these days I find I can't put down... this was one of them, and I stayed up until after one on a weeknight to finish itl. The characters are quite well done, the main characters each have to deal with a serious emotional wound. The villains are truly nasty characters, not much nuance to them. They're just bad, and mostly proud of it. The plot is fast-paced but handled well.
The_Book_Queen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the last books I received from Hachette Groups, Kill for Me turned out to be a surprisingly good book. I'm not usually one for contemps (we've went over this many times before) and even though this one intertwined suspense and mystery with the contemporary romance, I was a bit hesitant, I will admit. But as soon as I opened the book, started on page one, I was hooked. Just that easily, and I was pulled into the book, completely at Rose's mercy, waiting to see what would happen next...I loved this book! Seriously, I now have to go back and read the previous two books, not only so I can get the whole story line and character stories, but simply because her work is that addicting. Even though it is technically part of a trilogy, Kill for Me can easily be read as a stand alone, if you have to, and you will not be lost, I promise! Ms. Rose deftly twists the story so often, that even when you have no clue what will happen next, what road the story will take, you still are not lost. There's simply not enough time in between for you to even think about becoming lost! ( Now, that ramble may not make much sense, I know, but if you only read the book, maybe it will...? )It's not just a romance novel, and it's not just a suspense thriller, either. It's a wonderful, almost perfect, combination of the two. It combines the best of both into one book, almost flawlessly, and I think it would make both readers happy-- the ones that want more romance than mystery, and the ones that want more action than love. What romance is in here is very well written, and believable. Yes, it's mostly just sexual tension building up until the very end, but that's what makes it so believable---both Luke and Susannah had some unforgettable pasts, which still haunt both of them today, and if they had simply been jumping each other every other page from chapter one onwards, I would have hated the book because ITS NOT BELIEVABLE. They had much to overcome, earning each other's trust, love, and, eventually, the rights to each other's body. The thing they have had to see, to suffer through, it's not something that constant (premature) sex with the person who could/will become your life partner at the end of the dilemma will fix. I'm glad that the author had them wait, and instead focused on the little things about their relationships, slipped in between the pages of action and murder. In some regards, the romance took a back seat for most of the book, but this didn't bother me because I felt like both sides got their chance in the driver's seat and took the wheel nicely. Besides the spicy romance going on, it was also interesting to try and put the pieces together while the characters did. A very complex, well written and well thought out, piece of 'Who Did It?' with multiple twists along the way, Kill for Me provides the reader with a fast-paced thriller that captivates and, well, thrills! I had chills a few times, and I hope that nothing like this ever comes to my town. But that's something that this book proves-- sometimes the people in your very town, the ones that everyone trusts and likes, have the biggest and most terrifying secrets to hide... 4.5 STARS! I can't stop singing my praises for this novel. It kept my on the edge of my seat the whole way through, and just when I'd think that I had everything figured out, Ms. Rose would trick me again! And yet, the best thing about this book was that even though the plot was very thick and serious, Rose still managed to integrate little jokes and witty conversation into the conversations between the characters. And I really enjoyed all of the characters-- from Luke and Susannah, to Daniel and his wife (Though I want to know more about these two, one of the many reasons I'm going to pick up the two previous books), and lets not forget, Luke's charming mother and family. Between all those good things, you'll feel like you are right inside the book while reading Kill for Me! Get ready for a mystifying read!
Wrighty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Six girls have been viciously attacked. One survived. Only she can reveal the secrets of a disturbing ring of people who kidnap and sell teenage girls on the black market. But those responsible for the crimes will do whatever it takes to maintain her silence.Susannah Vartanian and Luke Papadopolous have both sworn to stop the murderers for their own personal reasons. The investigation leads them to the shady realm of Internet chat rooms, where anyone can mask his or her identity. They soon discover a chain of deception so intricate they don't know whom to trust. Finding comfort in each other's arms, they begin to unravel the intricately knotted threads. but the killers are ruthless and determined, and won't hesitate to take extreme measures to insure their anonymity and keep their business intact. When Susannah proves to be inexplicably linked to the crimes, her life is soon in danger, and Luke will do everything he can to save the woman he loves.My only problem with this book was that I didn't get the chance to read the two books that came before it. This is the last one in the trilogy that started with Die For Me and Scream For Me. It certainly wasn't necessary to read the first two to enjoy this book. I've read Karen Rose before and she knows how to keep the story twisting and turning until the very end and then throws in just one more. The plot is heavy with horrific crimes, from brutal rapes thirteen years earlier to kiddie porn, sexual slavery and murder. The author handles these well and build the suspense throughout the story. The romance that is blossoming between Susannah and Luke helps to offset a bit of the evil. The desire to see two damaged individuals overcome their past, to reclaim happiness and put their lives as victims behind them, keeps the reader cheering them on.Fans of suspense, thrillers and mysteries will not be disappointed. Karen Rose delivers a powerful punch with this book alone, or the series as a whole.
Cherylk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Monica was just like any other teenager. She disobeyed her mother and was into chat rooms. You know how everyone has warned you about chat rooms and that appearances can be deceiving, well Monica should have heeded their advice. Now several months later, Monica finds herself in the possession of some very evil people, who are part of a human traffic ring. The police are closing in on the location of this traffic ring. Unfortunately when officers Susannah Vartanian and Luke Papadopoulos get to the location, they are too late. The horror that awaits them is so hideous that it makes you cringe to think about it. The only good thing that Susannah and Luke can say about the whole thing is that they have one survivor¿Monica. Susannah and Luke have made it their mission to bring down all the people involved in this ring. It won¿t be easy as someone is trying to take out their only witness. Susannah Vartanian and Luke Papadopoulos make a great duel. Susannah is quick on her feet and can relate to her victims. Luke has a tough exterior and a no-nonsense attitude about him. They balance each other out as well as keep each other in check. I first fell in love with Karen Rose`s books, when I first read You Can¿t Hide. There is just something about her writing that draws me in and leaves me wanting more. She has a great knack for suspense and wonderful characterization. Once you start reading one of her books, I dare you to put to put it down. You will find yourself having a hard time doing so. Kill for Me is one book you should not walk but run to pick up a copy of today
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
Karen Rose is my go-to author when I want nail biting, heart-pounding, edge of the seat, unexpected plot surprises romantic suspense. I have yet to be disappointed with any of her titles. Kill For Me is her ninth romantic suspense title, but is the third in her Daniel Vartanian series that began with Die For Me, and followed by Scream For Me. This book picks up practically where the last one left off and focuses on Daniel’s sister, Susannah and his partner, Luke. To be honest, I didn’t feel much of a connection when I first met Susannah. I thought she was intriguing, but I knew there was a lot more beneath the surface. I suspect the author intended the readers to feel that way. Susannah is a very angry woman and the reader won’t understand the true reasons behind it until book #2, but this book really shook me with just how deep it went. I developed a greater understanding and empathy for this character. I liked Luke immediately, but my respect for him and the strength of character he demonstrates consistently impressed me. The things he has seen and endured in his career would cripple most people and cause them to implode and become self-destructive. I couldn’t blame him one bit if his character demonstrated any flaws, but he doesn’t and his strength and courage and determination made me more impressed with him. I actually felt more connected to him than any of the other characters and I loved the scenes involving his family and the stray dog. Parts of this story were difficult and shocking, but considering the subject revolves around human trafficking, I really could appreciate that the author didn’t try to cover up any lack of knowledge or research by blowing smoke signals at the reader. I felt the author did an excellent job of researching her subject matter and connecting it to her characters and plot. Her dedication to her craft shows in the end product with a story that hits hard and draws on many emotions from the reader. The story is so good that I was able to set aside any aversions to the subject matter. This was a fantastic story that will appeal to fans of not just the romantic suspense genre. Fans of thrillers and mysteries will find this intense story very enjoyable. A word of caution to the reader: make sure you read this trilogy in order. The character development and timeline of the events surrounding the Vartanian family will be hard to understand if you don’t read them in order. On the other hand, I highly recommend reading all of Karen Rose’s titles. You can’t go wrong with Karen Rose if you are looking for stories and characters that stay with you after the last page has been turned.
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There is a slight growl from the shadows, so faint you cant hear it. If you did, godmod, but you didnt see rhe one who growled even if you strained your eyes so it hurt
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Nobody's gonna kill anybody. Not over my dead body. Omg, did I seriously just say that?
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What the...what happened exactly? And sorry I was not on. I lost my nook. Found it in the trash. ;(
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XxblackrosesxX More than 1 year ago
<i>I would first off like to say I love this book and it kept me on the edge of my seat and left me with a happy ending.</i> In agreeing with James Patterson, "From the first rousing chapter to the last, <i>Scream for Me</i> is intense, complex, and unforgettable." After classes one day, I had walked into the on campus bookstore at the college I'm attending and my purpose for walking in there got sidetracked with the bargain book shelf located to the left of the entrance. I walked over there just to see what they had and saw this book there and it looked interesting, so I picked it up and read the inside cover. I took interest in it and decided to purchase it. Later, I started the book and found it to be interesting and couldn't put it down. I was look at the beginning introductory pages and saw the list of other book Karen Rose wrote and noticed <u>Die For Me</u> and <u>Scream for Me</u> and at first, didn't think anything of it and later thought maybe they were related. It wasn't until I put the book up on Goodreads that I saw that it was part of a trilogy and realised that I was reading the third book of it. With that being said, I think that might have an effect on how the reader likes the book. I love the book and now I want to go back and read the first two, but seeing some of the reviews, some people liked the first two and not the third one or liked the third book, but were still disappointed. This book kept me wanting to read more, but I also felt that the book went by more slowly than I expected. I like how the scenes were broken up, but I found myself reaching a climax at the end of each scene and wanting to know what happened next, but had to wait two or three scenes before it flashed back. This is what kept progressing the novel. There were a lot of questions I had and I felt like they were all answered, but slowly. I can understand why some people think it took forever for the authour to explain everything and to tell the story, but I deem this necessary. I could vividly see all of the imagery and felt the story play out in my head like a movie and understood why it took so long for the story to be told. I felt like the title fit really well with the story and there were a good amount of twist that not only confused me, but also helped piece the plot and storyline together more tightly. This novel helped me see how a rape victim dealt with her life and finding out what happened in the past. I can understand this being difficult on her and I like how the authour told Susannah's story. There were parts that were purposely awkward or had a very serious tone and I felt bad giving a chuckle or two, but I'm thinking it was slightly intended to lighten the mood. On the other hand, there were other points in the story that I thought were down right funny and I played them over and over to give myself a good laugh. Why reading this novel, I also read two ebooks by Lynn Daugherty that dealt with real child abuse victims and this helped me more with this novel because I could fully understand what Susannah was going through and how hard her life was growing up. I also found it interesting how things pieced together because of it and in the end the puzzle was fully completed. With me having read the third book first, I'm wondering if it muddies my opinion on the first two books, but I won't know until I read them. Only then will I know which is better and how the
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readingislifeTX More than 1 year ago
This is the last book in the Vartanian series and is just as good as the 1st and 2nd books. I came late to these treasures and I have to say had I found this author earlier I would have been enthralled sooner, Ms. Rose is that good. Evil, evil villans and hot lovers. All of Karen Rose's books are worthy of several reads each.
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Andrea Luttrell More than 1 year ago
I started this series as a quick summer read and was hooked! Love the twisted plots, interesting characters, great dialogue that is movie worthy, and the fact that the Ms. Rose does not leave you hanging... she ties up the loose ends and unites her characters in each book of the series. Highly recommend, and glad I found a new favorite author!