Review: The Body Reader

Book: The Body Reader by Anne Frasier
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer, 2016
Genre: Murder mystery, thriller
Source + Date Read
: Kindle Unlimited, June 2016
Recommend: For quick read thriller lovers
Book Pro’s: Quick burn novel with tons of intrigue
Book Con’s: Some assault and graphic descriptions so be careful!

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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Why do I love this book? I find it easier to do reviews when I’m able to think about them in bullet points, so let us begin:

  1. It is super fast paced: I approached this book at a time when I wanted a quick read I could get into quickly and finish just as quickly. The Body Reader does that well because the intrigue built well, and it kept me on that wave the entire time
  2. Great characters: I must say that the characters here are well done for what really is a quick and cheap thriller! I thought the protagonist was well fleshed out (if flawed, oh so flawed) and had decent relationships with people, especially her new partner in the PD. However, her relationships with others were either jerky or left unexplained (especially when she had obvious hostility for them!)
  3. It’s great till half way then EVERYTHING HAPPENS: this book goes at a decent pace and then like half way the author realised that she hadn’t really advanced the plot and then WHAM, in the period of one chapter, everything changes and goes up into the air. As my mum said, “you’re up shit’s creek” (I think the phrase is ship but she say the other so… I go with that)
  4. You’re left asking WHY? Even when it ended I was left feeling very much WHY, which though irksome, wasn’t the end of the world. This isn’t the type of book to invest too much emotions into so it didn’t bother me that I didn’t have questions answered. It entertained me, heck yeah, so I think it did its job 🙂

So some recommendations before you approach this book?

  1. Prepare for an entertaining read
  2. Don’t emotionally invest too much, this ain’t that kind of party
  3. There are some graphic descriptions so those with triggers should avoid this

Gonna give it a shot?

Book read before this:The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
Book read after this: Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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