Author: Anne Frasier
Page Count: 304
Published: Thomas & Mercer, June 21, 2016
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.
I can’t believe my luck when it comes to mystery and suspense novels. I seem to always be picking the good ones. And Anne Frasier’s THE BODY READER was definitely one of the good ones. Good story, engaging plot, solid characters and a whole lot of intensity. Yes, I think if anyone asked me to describe this book in one word, that would be intense. From the very first page, with the main character Jude’s introduction to us, I got a feeling of suffocation that comes from reading a story which is difficult to read, a situation which is painful to imagine. And that was exactly what glued me to the story, because not only did I want to be inside Jude’s mind and capture whatever there’s to capture, I also wanted to know all about the case she dropped right in the middle of.
There are many well written mysteries and suspense novels out there, but every once in a while I come across one that really tickles my sense of justice and raises my hackles. THE BODY READER did as such. While reading, I felt overwhelmed by many emotions at once, all the while trying to narrow down my own suspect pool.
Jude, as the main character, was impressive. She was all kinds of, I wanna say messed up but that’s not fair because of all she’s been through and survived. As a reader who had access to her mind, she was relatable and understandable to me, but to her new partner, and the second main character, Uriah, she was difficult to read and hard to believe. After all, no one suffers through what she did and gets away unscathed. But in her unneeded defense, she did put herself back together as best as she could. Probably better than anybody else might have. You gotta respect that.
I admired her partnership with Uriah. He had his own demons to battle with, and he was more real than many other characters I’ve read in the genre. I could easily relate to him as a person. Getting into his head, I could see where he came from in the many situations he reacted just like any other person would.
This was a story I enjoyed greatly-and maybe that is the wrong word but it’s the best I can come up with. I’m adding five big spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and can’t help but wish I could read more of Jude and Uriah’s partnership in future cases they handled together. Not because of any romantic entanglements mind you, but because these two had an understanding that went deeper than just partnership, and it made what they had unique.
Other titles from Anne Frasier:
- Play Dead (Elise Sandburg #1)
- Pale Immortal (Pale Immortal #1)
- Sleep Tight