Jun 26, 2016

Book Review: The Body Reader

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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Let me start off this review with a resounding WOW!  I am not sure just how I have missed Ms. Frazier but now that she's on my radar, I am going to search up some of her backlist.

Jude Fountaine is an incredibly strong woman who was kidnapped and kept in the dark for three years while being tortured.  This experience has honed her skill at reading body language to a fine degree and she intends on using this skill as she goes back to work as a homicide detective.  

Her new partner Uriah Asby isn't quite sure of her sanity or just what to make of Jude especially as she presents a blank slate to the world.  Now they are working on a case where young girls are being murdered.  He needs his partner to be on point 100% of the time and he's just not quite sure that Jude is.

Ms. Frasier goes deep into the psyche of her characters. We can see how conflicted Jude really is and how the torture effected her.  We are along for the ride as she tries to rebuild herself after the torture.  We are able to also see inside of Uriah as he is still recovering from his wife's death.  It is very easy to not necessarily like but to emphasize with both characters.   

The story itself will never give you a dull moment.  There are so many twists and turns that I highly recommend a seat belt.  Just when you think that you have the villain figured out, something will happen and you have to recalculate your data.  

The pacing is tight and full of suspense.  The dialogue is sharp and on point.  And all the characters add much to the story.  I highly recommend THE BODY READER to any of my readers who enjoy police procedurals and suspense stories.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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