The Body Reader

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A must-read novel of 2016!

I was totally smitten by this thrilling novel that had such a unique angle on your average crime/thriller. I have never written anything by Anne Frasier before but that clearly is where my life has been lacking, she is a very skilled author that managed to engage me fully as a reader. This is a book that I highly recommend for anybody's to-read list!

Detective Jude Fontaine is the star of this novel. A Detective who has been abducted, held prisoner, subjected to horrific mental and physical torture in a lonely and empty place for 3 years. She is damaged goods on every level. However, she is one strong woman. I loved her character, loved Jude through the entire book as the story moves with her and keeps you hanging on for more.

Isolation, terror and fear have given Jude the unique ability to "read" people exceptionally well when she finally finds her freedom again and returns to her role in the Homicide team that had all but given up hope of finding her alive. She claims to be able to smell, sense and just know things about the dead and the living. Her new partner Detective Uriah Ashby is not so sure of her mental state and the book cleverly allows us also to walk a fine line between what we know and believe.

The book switches between back then (captive Jude) and now (Jude seeking justice for the dead) and it makes for really intriguing reading. I was totally engrossed from page one and how could you not be as the opening pages are brilliant! Gosh how I love a well-written damaged character and Jude is certainly that, I felt like I knew her personally by the time I had caught my breath after an absolutely nail-biting, harrowing and surprising ending with awesome reveals!

Murder is in the air, can Jude stay steady after all she has been through to do her job well You will need to read this great book to find out for yourself, you won't be bored for one second. It's gritty and fast paced with so much going for it, thrills and twists that had me loving every single word. It's quality writing on so many levels and I can't do anything but give it 5 glowing stars as I really loved this book. It's a book with some depth and that is something I personally enjoy a lot. Bravo!

I received an advance copy of this novel to read and review thanks to Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley, many thanks for the opportunity. Publication date is 21 June 2016, don't forget to pre-order if you like the sound of this one!

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For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive.

After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice – and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead. Despite colleagues’ doubts about her mental state, she resumes her role at Homicide. Her new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, doesn’t trust her sanity, and he has a story of his own he’d rather keep hidden. But a killer is on the loose, murdering young women, so the detectives have no choice: they must work together to catch the madman before he strikes again. And no one knows madmen like Jude Fontaine.

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