I loved this book. An excellent insight into the life of a forensic pathologist, starting from the 80s, when he qualified. Only a few pages in and it was absolutely fascinating, riveting, just the type of book I love to read. A mix of memoir and true crime.
The author is now in his sixties. He's performed more than 20,000 postmortems. On qualifying, he was based at Guy's Hospital Dept of Forensic Medicine. His first major case had been the Hungerford Massacre. He was also called on to assist in more well known cases, such as the Clapham Rail disaster, The Marchioness disaster on the Thames, Harold Shipman murders etc.
I read this late into the night.....morning....1.30am!!!! I found it so difficult to put down. I like how some of his notes from actual postmortem findings in the past are included in the book. So easy to read, not too technical for the general reader who isn't a doctor etc.
All very interesting, and some new info for me-and I have read a few of this type of memoir before. A 5 star read all the way through. A fantastic book.
If you just want something to read which is not too hard but poorly written then I recommend it.
I did find it interesting but it doesn't lead to anything spectacular. This book is a great reminder of some of the historical cases that took place in the UK however you may or may not form your own opinions of Dr Shepherd. His account of his life with his family may irritate you as it did with me but his account of his career was interesting. As he quotes in the book of being questioned in court as being arrogant Is actually what I think overall of this book.