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.
Received this book for review from netgally and the publisher this has in now way affected my opinion
Fans of mysteries and thrillers will want to read this one. The Body Reader may have you up all night reading straight through because the story is gripping and riveting. It reads like an episode of Law and Order or CSI, and has a gritty type atmosphere. It’s also depressing and heartbreaking because of what has happened to the female protagonist, and how her life has been destroyed, ruined and turned upside down because of a sick individual intent on doing her harm, as well as other young women.
Jude was one a police detective. Three years ago she was kidnapped and placed in a cage in a basement, constantly degraded, tortured and rape by a stranger. She has no idea why this man took her and treats her worse than a dog. One day her captor got lazy, and she grabbed his taser and tasered the sick puppy. She also ends up killing him. She has escaped her nightmare and darkness, but her life has been destroyed. Her boyfriend is no longer hers, her job is gone, and her hair has turned completely white. But she has a new skill. She has a heightened sense of smell and by reading the features on someone’s face, she’ll know what they are thinking and if they are lying.
Four months after Jude escaped, she is back at her old job but handled with extreme care. Her new partner, Uriah isn’t sure what to make of her. Jude shows no real emotion or personality that makes him want to work with her. Uriah has some trauma in his past also. His wife killed herself and he takes the blame over it. But he still has to work, and soon Jude and him are working a new case. Young women have been found drowned around the city. Jude thinks there’s more to these murders than meet the eye. Also, Jude’s kidnapper still hasn’t been caught, and the reason she was taken is still unsolved. Not only will she try to figure out why she was a victim, but also find he killer or killers targeting young girls, who now may target Jude because she’s is getting close to solving the case.
The Body Reader is a tense filled read. There are many characters that pop up to add to the story, such as Jude’s new landlord, her co-workers she used to work with prior to her kidnapping, her ex-boyfriend who may want her back, and that of her brother and her father, the mayor, both of which she is estranged from. Jude’s past comes full circle regarding the crime against her, which intersects with these murdered and missing women. It may or may not go back to the death of Jude’s mother.
The mystery and questions regarding Jude and her current case are on-going until the very end, which may come as a surprise to some readers. I did figure out a part of it early on, but I was still surprised by the villain’s motivation and actions.
The Body Reader is the type of book that may make your heart jump in your chest and have you locking all your windows and doors at night. I also think this is a good first book in what I hope will become a series starring Jude. A must read for mystery suspense fans. Also this isn’t a romance