Dear Ms. Rose:
Die for Me‘s theme was families–the families that we create and the families we are born with. Regardless of what you feel about your family, their actions can reflect on you.
Vito Ciccotelli, a detective from Philadelphia, comes from a large family. His parents are still alive. His brothers are very close, at least one of them has lived with him at one time or another. Vita has always believed that he would have a family as well. Vito is unafraid of love. To some extent he embraces it and what it would mean for the creation of his own family.
Sophie Johannsen, an archeologist, has a family is one that she created and was, in part, created for her. Her mother figure is her grandmother, a former famous opera singer. Her father figure is her uncle by marriage. Her view of families is understandably quite different than Vito’s and her own experience with love cost her a priceless commodity within the academic field – her reputation.
Sophie comes to Vito’s aid when a series of graves are found in a remote field. Sophie is charged with locating the graves and determining whether they are occupied or empty. The empty graves are of great concern.
The villian’s developmental arc also was family related. Families can be born of a bond of blood, of love and what one member of the family will do for others plays a vital part in the unraveling of the mystery and the creation of the relationship betwee Vito and Sophie. Thus, the mirroring effect strengthens the theme.
I always view keepers by their re-readability fator. It’s not one that I think I can re-read but it’s full of verys:
- very gruesome
- very tense
- very romantic. One scene features Vito doing something swoon worthy
The ending was a bit contrived. The story had little character development which I think is essential for a romance. There were some strong similarities in part of the suspense to one of my favorite mystery books, Monkeewrench by PJ Tracy. I also thought the epilogue was ovrly fecund but they’ve suffered so much, why not. B+