Book Banter: The Body Reader

body readerTitle: The Body Reader

Author: Anne Frasier

Genre: Mystery/thriller

Length: 329 pages

Where Bethany’s copy came from: ARC from the author

Plot Basics: Minneapolis Detective Jude Fontaine manages to escape the brutal captivity she’s been in for three years after an abduction. While no one thinks it’s a good idea, Jude goes back to work for the police with her new partner, Uriah Ashby. When a young woman turns up dead, they must learn to trust each other to stop another killer.

Banter Points: Frasier delivers a fantastic new book. The starting point (Jude escaping) is unique in the set-up of unstable detective. I found myself turning pages because I wanted to know if Jude was strong enough to continue to endure all the things Frasier was throwing at her.

Bummer Points: Jude isn’t the most likeable character, but that’s a deliberate choice. Frasier makes her sympathetic enough to want to see how she turns out but not a new-best-friend sort of a fictional friend way.

Word Nerd Recommendation: This is a 2016 beach book. Sometimes, I classify books as “beach books” as a belittling term (this is only fun if you’re distracted on a beach,”) but that’s not at all how I mean it. It’s a consuming mystery that makes for perfect summer entertainment.

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