Review- The Body Reader (Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries #1)

The Body Reader (Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries #1)
By: Anne Fraiser
Release Date: June 21st, 2016
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries #1

Another mystery series? Don’t mind if I do…

Detective Jude Fontaine was held captive for three years. Her captor, her only contact for that entire time became the subject of Jude’s focus as she studied every single detail about him during each horrendous and difficult interaction.

Upon escaping Jude makes an effort to return to her old life as part of the Homicide Team and while there is concern about whether she is fit enough to work (mentally and physically) she is given the chance to take her life back. Her new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, is especially wary of her and can’t help but analyze every move she makes. Still, with a killer out there they put aside their mutual distrust and doubts and work to find the mad man before he strikes again.

Jude was a character I could get behind. Damaged (I mean, really damaged) and not always acting so tough or perfect as if those three years didn’t happen, she works towards reclaiming her life and getting justice for other people who have been wronged. She is smart, determined and just the right side of crazy to trust she isn’t going to go off the rails.

The back and forth time warp between Jude in captivity and Jude now as she hunts for this suspect is really interesting and I appreciated it because it gave us bits and pieces of Jude’s story rather than spending half the book up front on her past. We learn about her without being overloaded with the horror she endured and we come to understand her with each flash back and each step forward in the present.

I could not have asked for a better start in a new series. I was absolutely enthralled by this book and the two that follow it. With a lot of history, secrets and the sense of foreboding I burned through this trilogy quickly.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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