You Belong To Me [Paperback]
- Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date:
- 04 August 2011
- Modern & Contemporary
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When forensic pathologist Lucy Trask stumbles across a mutilated body by the chess tables in her local Baltimore park, its face so badly damaged it is unrecognisable, her sole concern is that it might be her old school teacher Mr Pugh. When the corpse is identified, Lucy is shocked to discover that the victim is actually another man from her past. Who killed him and why his skin is burnt with the number '1' is unclear but it's evident that someone is demanding Lucy's attention. The discovery of a second branded body raises worrying questions: how many more lives may be at risk before the killer's final message is revealed? And can Lucy solve the killer's gruesome puzzle before their thirst for revenge is complete?My Thoughts:When I read a Karen Rose novel I know what I am going to get and I am never disappointed. There is the usual thrills and chills with a hot romance thrown in for good measure.What I do find however is that sometimes the story is overdone. There are plenty of twists and turns but sometimes there is that one twist too many which then can make the story too complicated. Then I find that I just want the story to end.This book is still a good read and I did enjoy it and will be sorry to leave the main characters but did find it a little too much towards the end and the story could have finished a little sooner.Karen Rose is good at what she does and I will always seek out her books as there is always plenty to offer.
“You belong to Me” is the kind of book that I really enjoy reading. The main character Lucy Task is a medical examiner and a runner, who while on her morning run in a neighborhood Baltimore park, finds the body of a victim that she believes to be a close friend from her home town. Is it a coincidence that she finds this body or is there a more sinister reason for her to be pulled into this death scene and it seems, this brutal murder? Lucy has a troubling past that continues to have an impact on her life, and the investigation by Detective J.D. Fitzpatrick becomes personal for them both. The question is, how personal will it become and is that good or bad for her and the Detective given their roles and responsibilities in this investigation. This is a romantic suspense story with a likable but strange heroine. There are many unanswered questions about Lucy’s past and only some of them are answered in this story. One immediate question for this storyline is whether she is also the target of this brutal killer and are they connected by their history. For me, the second big question is if Lucy and the murderer are connected, will there be other victims and who will they be?The format of this book uses headings in bold to define the times and places of the scenes to take place. The action takes place over a few days, except for the first and last chapters. It is a simple way to set the stage for when and where the events are happening, but I found it a bit disruptive. This was a good book and I really enjoyed the story. “You belong to Me” has suspense, action and romance and I would recommend it to lovers of romance, mystery and forensic detective stories. Thank you to Goodreads for awarding me this Early Reader copy.
I've said it before, but I'll say it again. Karen Rose is literally as good as it gets in writing romantic mystery/thrillers. No one can do what she can. She puts you straight into the lives of the MCs and victims, making them feel like characters you've been reading about for years. At the same time, she puts you in the mind of the killers with chilling success. As you continue to bounce back and forth between different POVs you'll become so addicted to her books that you won't be able to stop until you've read them all. You Belong To Me is no exception. I think this is the first book she has written that isn't connected to all her previous works, but I didn't miss having familiar names and places. I am intrigued by some of the other characters introduced, so I'm glad she is setting up a new series of connected books. Lucy Trask, the female MC, actually had me constantly back and forth as to whether I liked her personality. But, eventually, enough of her history was revealed that it became easy to forgive her for all of her personality issues. Even if I hadn't ended up liking her, it is really refreshing to have an author unafraid to present her characters warts and all versus making them all unbelievably perfect. Although, J.D. Fitzpatrick was pretty darn wonderful. The tough-yet-sensitive-cop character type that will never get old. I love how we get bits and pieces of the story, some that seem completely unrelated, at a time so that it takes awhile before the bigger picture becomes clear. Then, once we know the who and why - she throws in a curve that will take you by the throat until the very end. The story that starts with Lucy's older brother in high school, continues through his seemingly accidental death and through to the current day and the twelve victims a killer bent on revenge leaves behind will leave you second guessing everything and everyone you come across while reading. If you're a fan of the romantic suspense genre, you definitely can't pass this one by!
YOU BELONG TO ME has an atypically thorough and complex mystery for a romantic thriller, both in the set up and resolution. Lucy annoyed me at times with her silence, but I enjoyed the story itself quite a bit.
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