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.
Worldbuilding: The Minneapolis setting was interesting, especially the power outage scenario.
Characters: Jude was easy to love. Not only because of what she went through, being held captive for three years, but for how she overcomes certain aspects of her captivity’s aftermath. I liked how she found a way to use her new skills, despite their dark source. I loved how determined she was about finding out the truth and helping the victims. She was easy to admire and root for. I want this to be the first of a series (as of writing this, there is series potential) so she evolves and I get to be there to read about it, hehe.
Plot: There a few mysteries in the story, and they slowly came together. I loved the way everything tied together, the pace of events, all the tension. It was a thrilling ride, and I really enjoyed it.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, multiple POV though it’s mostly Jude’s. I liked the writing, though I wished there would’ve been a bit more humor to lighten the mood. But thee tone is appropriate considering Jude is the mahin POV.
Curb Appeal: Ridiculously gorgeous cover!!! Hooking blurb too. But damn, that cover, lol!! Impulsive buy material for sure!
All in all, I had great (dark) time reading The Body Reader, and I do declare I want more of Jude!
I recommend it to lovers of twisted tales of family life involving rich/officials, of crime mysteries involving serial killers, and those interested in a non-romanticized view on Stockholm Syndrome and its aftermath. Great read!