Monday, June 21, 2010

What Have I Read Lately?

With revisions and a book due and a garden out of control, reading pace has slowed.  But I have read four books in the last few weeks:

A Wedding at Leopard Tree Lodge by Liz Fielding - her Botswana book and part of the Escape Around The World miniseries with Romance.  I was transported to Botswana - the setting was stunning, and Liz always writes the most delicious characters!

The Sicilian's Bride by Carol Grace and The Italian's Forgotten Baby by Raye Morgan - both Romances are included with mine in an anthology this summer.  It is one of the perks of being in an anthology - getting to read the stories by the other authors!

But I want to spend more time on a debut I read this weekend - DAMAGED by Pamela Callow (MIRA).  Pam's a chapter mate here in Halifax and she has exploded on to the scene with a great thriller.  I had to put it down at times yesterday as duty called, but I kept picking it up over and over again and finished it last night before bed!  Here's my review:

DAMAGED is Pamela Callow's debut for MIRA and she's launched her career with a fabulous, chilling tale!

Damaged's heroine, Kate Lange, is a lawyer trying to earn her stripes at Halifax's premiere law firm. After months of working family law cases, her big break comes when she's assigned to a litigation case for TransTissue, a company who processes cadaveric tissue for medical procedures. When teen Lisa McAdam is found murdered, Kate's world is turned upside down and she finds herself in the sights of a serial killer.

There's not a lot of romance here, but there IS a lot of what if. Ethan Drake is a detective and Kate's ex. We're never quite sure how he's going to fit into things, but we know there is unfinished business between them. Then there's the managing partner at the law firm, Randall Barrett. There's a connection there, too, and the tension of whether or not will they explore it is always present when they're in the room together.

I read this book pretty much in one go - all but 50 pages of it yesterday. I was turning pages at a fast rate getting towards the end - just as I should be with a thriller as things rise to a fever pitch. What really impressed me was the depth of character development. It's been a while since I read a thriller, but sometimes because they are plot heavy character is sacrificed for that. Not here. These characters are human and we like them or hate them as the case may be. There is a lot of medical and police procedure too, but for the most part Callow weaves it into the narrative seamlessly so it doesn't read in an instructional sort of way.

A really solid debut with a satisfying ending that left just enough questions to make the reader NEED to get the next book in the series (which is Indefensible and out in 2011).

What happened to Lisa's mother, the judge?
What happened to Kate and her sister when they were younger?
What will happen between Kate and Randall? This is HUGE once you've read the teaser for Indefensible!
Will Finn be back?

Well done Pam! Can't wait for the next book!


  1. Hi Donna, isn't Damaged great? I'm not quite half-way through - had to set it aside for the frantic end-of-school rush - but it's there waiting for me. It's a chiller all right!

  2. Hi Donna,

    Thanks so much for the lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed DAMAGED. :)