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on August 6, 2016
I bought this book because I was bored, it sounded ok and it was on sale. I am so glad I bought it. It caught my attention right away and held it all the way through. The characters had substance, the plot moved along rapidly and didn't leave a minute to be bored with it. I don't do well with wordy authors...I tend to skip over pages and miss things when books are written that way. While reading this book, I can honestly say that I didn't skip a single word. I can't wait to read the next in the series. I haven't enjoyed an author this much since I finished reading the John Sanford Prey series.
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on December 15, 2017
Damaged Bk 1 by Pamela Callow Review

Haunted by the death of her sister and wounded by her ex-fiancé’s accusations, Kate Lange throws herself into her new career at a high-powered law firm. When the grandmother of a lonely private school student seeks her counsel, Kate thinks it’s just another custody case. But then the teen is brutally murdered. And it isn’t only Kate who wonders if her legal advice led to the girl’s death...
Put on notice by Randall Barrett, the firm’s charismatic managing partner, Kate must fight for her career, for her reputation – and for redemption. Unwilling to live with the damage she may have caused, Kate pursues the case on her own and unearths some chilling facts. Facts that lead straight to the heart of a shocking legal conspiracy. Facts that lead Kate directly into the surgically skilled hands of the Body Butcher.

What did I like? As everyone knows Mystery and Thrillers are my cups of tea. I love it when an author makes me hold my breath, or scare the crap out of me, much less make me laugh out loud. I could not put this down and yet did not want it to end! Not only did this have all the elements that I love in a book but add in medical, police action, gross murder, bloody, and fast-paced!

What will you like? Dang!! What more could you want? Lightning paced, strongly developed characters, clever, horrifying, shocking, frightful and hair-raising. Kate does not let anyone stop her from her goals and looking deep for the answers never stopped her from getting there. She will keep you on the edge of your seat with all the disturbing action all the way through. This author is just getting started and has a knack for setting a well thought out story in the police and medical thriller action. You can see the research she did to bring this to the pages making it so real feeling… almost too much so!
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on February 19, 2017
It is difficult today to find a book that does not have a lot of "padding" to bulk up the text. Superfluous scenes and conversations tend to mislead the reader. Pamela Callow uses only the most relevant, concise sentences and nothing is left but total enjoyment.
I love a book where I use the dictionary to verify or look up definitions. Ms. Callow's familiarity with the English language is impressive, but her vast vocabulary is not used to impress the reader.
Kate Lange is a young lawyer determined to climb the corporate ladder swiftly and land her dream job... as a judge. Her struggles will be interesting and varied. The characters presented in this book have such developed personalities... both admirable and disgusting, that it makes the reader want to he more about their lives... and how they impact Kate's. If you enjoy a good story that is well-written, I recommend this book.
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on October 9, 2017
Just finished "Damaged" and I'm anxious to move on to the second book in the Kate Lange series--"Indefensible."

I had another Kindle book that just didn't call me back (hadn't held my interest). Stumbled onto this one and thoroughly enjoyed the journey and didn't want to stop reading it! So immediately writing my review after 3:30 am.

Kate Lange is a complicated ambitious lawyer haunted by her past. The past that ruined her relationship and trust with Ethan, a detective she was going to marry. I was hoping they would get back together ... but there are sequels to follow so we will see.

Being a dog lover, Alaska, the white husky who adopted Kate, added to the storyline as well. There are a lot of interesting people characters to keep up with and the book fleshed out most of them as well.

Tissue harvesting seems to be a wild frontier that is ripe for manipulation, fraud, and possibility of making tons of money. That gave the book an interesting plot as it unfolds.

I'm not a big fan of the "F" bomb and it is used generously but not gratuitously. It's hard to find a book or movie without it so the book does have language if that offends you.

Highly recommend and will be anxiously following Kate Lange's journey!
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on July 29, 2017
I would give it 3+ because it is well formatted and the author is a good writer. I only gave it a 3 because Kate didn't seem to have feelings. Or at least I couldn't get into her personality enough. The story about the tissue contamination was not done into enough depth or detail to be interesting. I like biomedical thrillers, so I will probably read another to see how the author grows after this novice attempt. Also, I think if she spiced up the names a little, it might have been easier to keep the characters individualized. All in all, a decent novice novel. I had to read it in a difficult setting on different devices, so that my have impacted my experience.
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on November 11, 2016
If this book had gotten any better, I probably would have had a heart attack and died on the spot! While it was a softer start, it soon juiced up to a nail biter! I was on the edge of my seat and literally could not stop reading! With the characters Pamela Callow introduced in this book, I was seeing the potential killer in each of them. I won't give it away but it wasn't until almost the end that everything fell into place and the killer was exposed. I have already gotten the second book in this series because of the great writing of Ms. Callow. I look for a story that will take me away from my everyday life and this book certainly did it for me! I can't recommend it highly enough. What a great writer Pamela Callow is and I am truly looking forward to starting the second book. Thank you Pamela Calloway for such a great read!
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on December 12, 2017
I read Damaged earlier this year, the debut novel from attorney Patricia Callow author of the Kate Lange legal thriller series. I allotted the book four stars at the time I finished it, but was too lazy at the time to contribute a brief note about my opinion of the reading experience. So as 2017 comes to a close, I felt like adding my "2 cents' worth", primarily because I will not be following the exploits of Callow's heroine in 2018.

I enjoyed the medical element of the plot, which was plucked from today's headlines according to a interview given by the author. I also like a good legal thriller and did not mind at all that our heroine was from the legal profession. Callow is obviously a talented writer and the material was both topical and interesting. So--what's my beef? Frankly, I became increasingly irritated by the main character's physical attraction to (it seemed like) every man she met. Of course the sexual tension between the protagonist Kate and the managing partner of the law firm Randall Barrett was palpable---I especially "enjoyed" the author's point of view changing so the reader could "appreciate" how BOTH of them swooned when they were anywhere near each other.

Okay, so I found myself not really disliking, but getting ticked off by the lead character being portrayed as a slave to her female hormones. I didn't want to hear how hot her dog-sitter was, or how she was still physically attracted to her atrocious ex fiancé, let alone the reaction to Barrett. She made some pretty rookie mistakes that placed her life in jeopardy because of pride and her feelings for the male characters.

Final note, if I want to read a romance novel that has a secondary mystery-thriller theme I'll pick up a Sandra Brown or JD Robb (Nora Roberts) selection. Iris Johansen and Lisa Gardner also expertly blend sex and intrigue. This debut novel from Callow gave the reader a protagonist that found herself in some serious danger, but the thrill of the read was watered down by the heroine coming across like she just discovered that there were boys out there. There was "no there there" [i.e., sexual scenes] and this book should have stayed a debut medical-legal thriller with a strong female attorney at the center.
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on November 1, 2017
Imagine being engaged and in love with a Detective, Ethan Drake, only to find that your engagement ended much too quickly. Kate walked away from Ethan and wanted to start all over. She bought an older house that needed lots of TLC and her new love was a husky, Alaska. Kate Lange was so excited to start her new position at the elite LMB Lawfirm. She transitioned from a smaller firm in the hopes of becoming a litigator with this firm. Ther seemed to be an underlying tension between her mentor, John Lyons and the other partner Randall Barrett. Kate felt like a pawn between the two. Because of this, Kate was being swamped with family law cases, which she abhorred. She was promised to be on the Litigation Team. Barrett handed her a case that was a custody case being pursued by a grandmother. Kate informed the grandmother that unless she could provide evidence of her granddaughter being on drugs, she didn’t have a case. When Lisa MacAdam turns up dead, dismembered, Kate decides to do her own investigating. To make matters worse, Lisa is the daughter of a Judge. Other young women’s bodies start to turn up dismembered. Now the police have a serial killer on their hands. In the middle of all of this, her mentor, John hands her a case, TransTissue. Apparently this company works with tissue suppliers, who harvest the tissue from bodies. The harvested tissue is sent to TransTissue to make into surgical products. TransTissue is being sued because one of the patients contracted Hepatitis C after a tissue surgical procedure. What does this company have to do with Lisa MacAdams death? Could all of these young dismembered bodies have something to do with this case. Kate becomes curious and continues to investigate against Ethan’s wishes. Kate is fighting her own inner battles leading up to a secret she had tried to keep buried for 15 years. Will anyone file out her secret? Will she still be doing battle with the other partner, Randall Barrett or will her mentor stand by her? Will they find the serial killer? Will Kate and Ethan be able to mend their broken relationship? What a great psychological thriller. The character development was intense and very emotionally driven. The plot was ingenious and kept the reader totally enthralled to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next book in this series.
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on November 17, 2016
A very good debut book from author, Pamela Callow. Kate Lange…an attorney with past issues. She is an honest person trying to find her own voice and live her own life without conflicts with others. From reading the book it seems this is very new for Kate, to be her own person, to make her own decisions without regard to what is best for someone else. She has had disappointments in her life but she wants to be the best at her job. In the face of a horrible murder of the granddaughter of one of her clients, she made a decision based upon the protocol set by her company. As a reader, I felt angered when Kate is reprimanded by her supervisor in the firm. Kate is used as the ‘fall guy’.

An author is successful when a reader feels a strong reaction to or for something the main character is experiencing. Good Job, Pamela Callow! I look forward to reading more about Kate Lange!!
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on May 30, 2017
I thought this would be just one more thriller, etc,etc,etc. But it grabbed me and sucked me right in! Kate is damaged herself and goes to great lengths to prove herself over and over in her life. When she finds something wrong with a case she can't let it go. It takes her to all kinds of places and puts her in danger. Even though you know there is a book two in the series you still have to wonder how she will make it through. The questions come relentlessly and you wonder who is friend and foe. Because of her personal ties to a detective she does not go to the police. And she feels she can't trust people at work? How can she find the answers? You won't put this book down until you get to the end. Well written.
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