Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tattooed by Pamela Callow ~ Review & Giveaway

Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Series: Kate Lange #3
Publication Date: 29th May 2012
Pages: 416
Book Source: Harlequin/Mira & NetGalley

Synopsis: She is obsessed with tattoos.

He is obsessed with her.

When a body is found on the outskirts of Halifax, rumors run wild about the victim's identity. But tattoo artist Kenzie Sloane knows exactly who she is. They share a tattoo... and a decade-old secret.

Lawyer Kate Lange remembers Kenzie Sloane. The former wild child was part of the same crowd that attracted her little sister, Imogen, before her death. Now Kenzie needs her help. And Kate needs answers.

But there are others who know about the tattoo and its history. And one of them is watching Kenzie's every move, waiting for the perfect moment to fulfill a dark promise that had been inked in her skin.

My Thoughts:
I'm stingy with my praise discerning when it comes to suspense/thrillers so I'm really pleased to say Pamela Callow keeps 'bringing it' with the Kate Lange series. 

Murder, revenge, obsession, secrets, redemption; Tattooed has a lot going on and Ms Callow manages to pull the many plot threads together into a plausible & cohesive read while maintaining the suspense. 

I loved the exploration into the cold case and the effect these cases have on investigating detectives and the discovery of the peat bog victim was morbidly fascinating.  I don't have a tattoo and will probably never get one but I was surprised by how much I loved the tattooing details but Kate's case assisting client Frances Sloane who has advanced ALS fight assisted suicide laws really held my interest. 

Initially I was ambivalent about tattoo artist Kenzie Sloane, just when I'd decided she had some redeeming qualities (she adored her little pug Foo) and deserved  a second chance she showed her true colours again and pretty shitty colours  at that. 
In Damaged, Kate's ex-fiancee Detective Ethan Drake got up my nose with his attitude and in Indefensible I was happy to learn more about Randall Barrett, Kate's boss and love interest. But in Tattooed, Randall is out of the picture (just phone calls) and now I'm hoping Kate and Ethan can work things out. He's there for her (unlike Randall) but maybe I'm just fickle lol

These can be read as stand-a-lone novels but I love how each book reveals a little more about Kate and her back story. Kate has been through a lot, you see growth and change as a result of her experiences and it makes her very real. 

I'm keen to see the direction Pamela Callow takes Kate Lange next :)

Visit Pamela Callow's website to find out more.

See my reviews for the the first two books in the Kate Lange series - Damaged (2010) & Indefensible (2011).

Thanks to the very generous Tiffany @ Harlequin I have 2 copies of TATTOOED to give away (1 x international and 1 x US/Canada)

Leave a comment with an email and tell me if you got a tattoo what would it be?

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Giveaway ends 5th July and the winner will be announced on my blog. Good luck everyone :)


  1. I'm in! Thank you! Sounds great!
    Twittered @writerescape!

  2. Ohhhhhhh I have been waiting for your review of this one!! Adding to my list now!!!

  3. Great review!
    I want it!
    Tattoo, and what?
    Hum. Something small. Maybe a phrase, or a cute original heart. SOmething that means a lot for me.
    And i'm in! ;)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. P.s. i tweeted:

  5. Hm..nah not in, I feel I should read the first one first

  6. Thanks for the giveaway. I don't know if I would ever get a tatoo. I am way to chicken.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  7. She was on the Barnes & Noble forums this month and I really want to try her books now. Here is a link to the discussion if you are interested.

  8. I want to get a couple of tattoos: first I want a ring of dolphins with kind of a wave pattern around my right ankle, and a moon, sun, and stars insignia done on the other ankle. I also want to get the Unseelie eyes on my back done with smoky wings in blues, blacks, and purples.
    tweetd here:!/KarenWapinski

  9. If I were to get a tattoo I would get the footprints of my niece and her name and birth date. She passed away when she was 16 months old.

  10. Thank you for the giveaway. If I were to get a tattoo, it would be a goddess symbol and a dolphin or whale one. It would have a mystic meaning. I would probably place it on my inner arm or hip. I saw a woman yesterday that had one on her shin it was a butterfly with a band of flowers around her calf. It was simple and tasteful.

  11. I am reading DAMAGED now! Looking forward to reading TATTOOED. Nancy...

  12. If I got a tatoo, it would be a Celtic knot of a phoenix.

  13. I loved this review, makes me want to pick up book one right now! I like it when an author writes a character who grows and is never really comfortable in their own skin for a while. Excellent review!

  14. This book sounds perfect for me!
    I've always wanted a tatoo, but I haven't been able to get one, I have a few ideas though, like a rose wide open with each name of my family member in their petals, or it could be a star with five words that I identify myself with them about life "Live, Dream, Love, Forgive, Forget" Hopefully I can get one this year :) Thanks for the giveaway!


    Lissette_125 at hotmail dot com

  15. I`d like to have either wings all across my back or Chinese symbols tattooed on my right shoulder blade that would mean my name, horoscope sign and two words that describe me- fun and inteligence :D


  16. I would like to thank you for an apsolutely increadible book giveaway, that i would love to have the oportunity of reading & reviewing! If i had a tatoo it would be the name of my soulmate and until they are found, i am quite happy without one.
    Thank you so much for this increadible oportunity and i cannot wait to add this unique & distinctive novel to my to-read list. Thank you x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

  17. Great review! Sounds like something I'd enjoy, thanks:) If I was to get a tattoo, I'm sure it'd be something small, like a butterfly, or a honey-eater:)

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  18. BTW...

  19. If I got a tattoo, I'd tend towards something signifying The Orient...or an ornate butterfly.

    nanze55 at hotmail dot com

  20. If I ever got a tattoo it would probably be an important date, very simple. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    I also tweeted-

  21. I think I'm too indecisive to ever get a tattoo. I think they're often gorgeous and my favourite ones are the ones that have emotional stories attached - not so fond of the drunken mistake tattoos or the ones that people just get because they look really cool.

    Thanks for the giveaway
    - Kate


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