Love You to Death

Love You to Death

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Charlie D is the host of a successful late-night radio call-in show. His listeners have a particularly intimate relationship with him and often reveal much about themselves, confident that he will honor their trust and that he can save them. In their minds, he is perfect: one of life's winners. But Charlie feels he's something of a fake. His easy confidence on-air belies the reality for a man born with a wine-colored birthmark that covers half his face.

Love You to Death covers two hours on "The World According to Charlie D" during which he must both discover the long-time listener who is killing the people who trust him and attempt to come to terms with the man behind the birthmark.
Publisher: Victoria, BC : Raven Books, ©2010
ISBN: 9781554692620
Characteristics: 94 pages ; 19 cm.

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For anyone who wants to sample some of Gail Bowen's work, this easy read is the first in Charlie D series.


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A good little short story. took only 1 day to read. A little formulaic but a fun distraction for a few hours at the air port.

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muffinpopcorn
Feb 27, 2014

Another good story with Charlie D , late night talk show radio host. His patience, calm , and quick thinking helps his callers immensely , but this time he encounters a female where he really has to struggle and not with a favorable conclusion to the night. The safety of his pregnant co-host with him in the radio room is of prime concern besides .

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LT
Jan 18, 2012

Ms. Bowen's accurate observations on the small city of Regina and its institutions (sometimes magically transported to Saskatoon or vice versa) chime with my sentimental recollections of Saskatchewan, and have made me a loyal reader of the Joanne Kilbourn series. My affection for Bowen remains undiminished, even though she long ago ceased to give plausible reasons as to why pleasant everywoman Kilbourn is surrounded by murders that confound her at every age and stage of her life. Despite this history of good will, I don't like Bowen's novella Love You to Death. I don’t like the set-up, a radio call show on which the DJ chatters about his existential dilemmas, provides thematically appropriate music, and invites comfort, comment, or desperate musings from his listeners. (Strangely enough, there are never any ad breaks.) I don't like the main character, Charlie D, who is narcissistic, dull, and the opposite of nuanced. I especially don't like Charlie D's amateurish attempts to play God with his anguished listeners. Specifically, his habit of exceeding his competency and disregarding appropriate boundaries to "reach out" to his audience offend me. (Please, Charlie D, at a minimum, take a basic course in suicide intervention.)

The Rapid Reads series may be intended as the adult companion to the high-interest, low-vocabulary books that lure recalcitrant/challenged students into the world of reading. This is a worthwhile concept, but I suspect that many readers will fling Bowen's novella aside upon being presented with one implausible scenario after another. Possibly because Bowen has so little time in which to tell her tale, Love You to Death comes off as a superficial, sensational drama not particularly rooted in time or place (except that in 2012, most port-wine stains can be removed through laser treatment).

Note to library on the Item Details: "Charlie D radio broadcaster" is male, not female, and "listeners", not "listens", are being murdered.

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novelandmangacrazy
Jul 10, 2011

Charlie D is the host of a successful late-night radio call-in show. His listeners have a particularly intimate relationship with him and often reveal much about themselves, confident that he will honor their trust and that he can save them. In their minds, he is perfect: one of life's winners. But Charlie feels he's something of a fake. His easy confidence on-air belies the reality for a man born with a wine-colored birthmark that covers half his face. (amazon.com)

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