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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Body Reader---An Engrossing and Moving Mystery

The Body ReaderThe Body Reader by Anne Frasier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read this book in one day--quite a page turner. A unique mystery in that the detectives involved in the murders of young girls in Minneapolis are themselves quite damaged. Jude Fontaine has just been reinstated to the Homicide squad after having successfully escaped from a windowless box in which she'd been imprisoned for three years. She'd been abducted while jogging and given up for dead once the case went cold. During a blackout she is able to taser her captor, run up the stairs of the house in which she'd been held captive, retrieved her kidnapper's gun, shot and presumably killed him. She found her way to police headquarters, naked but for a filthy coat and hat she'd pulled from a rack as she left and in oversized boots.
At the station, she is at first treated as a homeless person, probably mentally ill and about to be placed in a holding cell, when the detective on duty decides to run a print to see if her claim to be the missing detective is true. There is a match and Uriah Ashby, who came to Minneapolis after she'd been kidnapped, arranges for her to be taken to the hospital.
And so begins a tale of murder, kidnapping, corruption and, in the cases of Fontaine and Ashby, healing to some extent. An engrossing tale with many twists. Also with well developed characters with whom the reader can relate. The emotional scars the two detective carry are painfully real and the suffering of the parents of missing and murdered teen aged girls is almost too hard to read, the anguish is so palpable.
An author I'd not read before is now on my list of authors to explore.
This review is based on reading the paperback won in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

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