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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The Body Reader
by Anne Frasier
Thomas & Mercer
June 21, 2016
I see the name Anne Frasier on a book and I know I am in for a treat. Or the name could have been Theresa Weir as well, as I have read and enjoyed her books under both names. Either one and I am requesting it from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review because she is just that good of a writer.
Jude Fontaine was a homicide detective with the Minneapolis police when she was abducted during a run. Over three years later, she is freed from a horrific experience, one that has changed both her personality and her looks forever. Torture and starvation will do that to you over that length of time. Now she has to deal with the way people look at her, the way people think about her, and with how she is going to live now. Can she go back to being a detective and see all that brutality day after day, after what was done to her? And more importantly will she ever truly care about life anymore and finally get her emotions back?Uriah Ashby essentially is the detective that filled her job after her disappearance. He just happens to be on duty the night she escapes. She becomes his case, as they are still looking for the man that abducted her. When she goes back to work, he ends up her partner, much to his dismay, because he doesn’t think she will ever be up to the job.
Not only is this book about finding her abductor, but there’s also a more major story about someone killing teenage girls in the area. She and Uriah are assigned to the case and get drawn into a complex mystery, one that Jude is really taking to heart. When threats against her start happening-some really horrific ones-she starts to wonder if the culprit is closer to her than she thinks.
This author never shies away from making Jude be without emotions and stayed pretty true to that for quite a bit of the story. That was really realistic and I appreciated that. After what Jude went through, it would be stupid to have her be the same as before. And Uriah has major problems working with her, and that was really realistic as well. You can’t help but want him to trust her, but she is damaged and of course it comes back to bite her at times. I also liked that through it all, she is still a good cop and that hasn’t changed. Another thing, this wasn’t a romance, something else that was very real for the situation. Oh, there’s a possibility maybe in the far future, but it’s not really explored at all. So if romantic suspense is your go to, this wouldn’t be one for you.
Both Jude and Uriah are complex characters with major baggage and back stories. They were amazingly well drawn by the author and I felt I knew both of them by the time it was all over. I might not have agreed with some of their actions, but I sure knew where they were coming from!
A mystery where the detective is the victim has been done before, but maybe not so horribly as this one ended up being. I thought it was a very unique premise and coupled with the good characters, made for an almost non-stop read for me. I highly recommend this to adult thriller/mystery readers, adult due to the amount of violence.
The review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About Anne Frasier
Anne Frasier is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, and memoir. During her award-winning career, she’s written for Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Bantam Books/Random House, Silhouette Books, Grand Central Publishing/Hachette, and Thomas & Mercer. She won a RITA for romantic suspense, and the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance. Her thrillers have hit the USA Today list and have been featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club.Her memoir, The Orchard (Theresa Weir), was an O, The Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, One Book, One Community read, a B+ review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians’ Best Books of the year. She divides her time between the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, and her writing studio in rural Wisconsin.