Title: The Body Reader
Author: Anne Frasier
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: General Fiction(Adult), Psychological Thriller and Mystery
When I read what this book was about, I requested it faster then you could say:
“Give it to me now or else…”
And thank goodness I received the notification from NetGalley that Thomas & Mercer had approved.
I immediately started to devour this book. If I did not attend college or needed sleep, I probably would have finished it in one go.
Detective Jude Fontaine was held prisoner by a sadistic captor for 3 years. She was kept in an underground cell by a man who had taken everything from her until all she had left was him. Jude knew every line on his face, every scar on his skin, every meaning behind every movement and what would follow. She learned how to read her captor and it kept her alive.
With Jude’s experience of hell, she learned something: Words lie but body language does not. Everything Jude experiences around her are now heightened. Her ears pick up the slightest shifts and her nose competes with that of a dog. Everybody’s body is saying something, even when they are quiet even when they are dead.
Jude resumes her position at Homicide with a new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, who is uncertain of her sanity. But the town has a serial killer and the police need manpower. And no one knows evil quite like Jude does.
Where are my words?
Where are my words indeed…
I seem to be unable to write coherently after finishing the last chapter.
Wow! What a journey. What a radical road trip.
It was such an adrenaline rush. From the first page, my heart was in my throat and I had no idea how I was going to get through the book. It felt like I was on a motorcycle that was speeding down a highway while also being on the wrong side of the road. And instead of being terrified at the danger and the shocking speed the book was going, I was on an adrenaline rush and I was craving more, shouting at the bike to move even faster. There were so many moments where I had to put the book down and just give my mind a bit of time to comprehend what I had just read. It was as thrilling as I expect thrillers to be. It disturbed me on just the right scale. The plot was complicated enough that you couldn’t immediately guess what was going to happen but not so complicated that you became lost which tends to happen with me and thrillers.
What I liked:
The characters were so likable . Magnificent! Excellent! By the end of the book, I knew the detectives personally, their struggles their quirks and I didn’t even know when that happened. I just realized I knew everything about them.
What I did not like:
My disappointment came from the lack of history from Jude’s captor. Without spoiling anything I will just say… I wish I had received more details about the villains in this story.
Amazing quotes I loved:
“Her mind kept her company because she’d long ago decided nobody was coming for her. She no longer remembered what her parents looked like, and she no longer remembered what the sun felt like or what snow felt like. All she knew was one man. He was her world.”
“It’s kind of unnerving to think about how we’re shaped by the darkness in our lives,” he said in an echo of her own thoughts.”
Gather around those who love to solve puzzles and those who are looking for their next mystery thriller/ psychological novel. This one is for you.
This is an Adult fiction novel it deals with abduction, violence, and other intense themes. This book is not for sensitive readers.
And the rating is
4 snowflakes out of 5.