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.
What I didn’t like: At times Body Reader felt somewhat disjointed to me. I thought the pacing was going fine and then it just felt off. The mood swings by both main characters, Jude and Uriah (love the name), threw me for a bit but then once I thought about it, both their circumstances were not going to be resolved quickly. They were going to have good days and bad days.
I was incensed by the treatment Jude received by the people around her. Expecting her to be a top-notch detective four months after her ordeal was a bit weird. Her co-workers didn’t have her back and just the general work environment felt more hostile than average.
My big problem was the setting and the information provided by Ms Frasier. I understood that a power station was down and like most police forces, they were shorthanded but it almost felt like the storyline was taking place in the future. I wanted more information period.
What I did like: Now you’d think by what I didn’t like that I didn’t enjoy the book, entirely untrue. The Body Reader grabbed me from the very beginning and kept my attention on Jude’s struggles along with Uriah’s guilt. I thought each character was pretty well written and developed as much as they could be in the circumstances.
I’d get pissed at Uriah and then the next thing I knew, I liked him again or understood where he was coming from as the cases developed. I did want him to have more faith in Jude and not dismiss her thoughts and feeling out of hand.
Jude was definitely the star and I thought very well written. She’s cold in some instances and her personality is flat but after what she went through, I didn’t expect anything else. She was surviving her ordeal as best she could and trying to move on. Sure, she was wishy-washy in some situations. She hadn’t had normal feelings in over three years, what would you expect. She certainly didn’t know how she was going to react in any given situation.
Overall a slightly horrific read with a person’s will to survive the main stay of the story, in my opinion. Just based on The Body Reader, I’ve already checked out other books Ms Frasier has available. She has a very unique writing style but unforgettable.
I was provided an ARC through NetGalley for a fair and honest review. (Big thanks to Lorna at Rabid Reads/Pure Textuality for recommending The Body Reader to me.)