Gee, I enjoyed this thriller, it kept me up long into the night. It's the third installment of Anne Frasier's Detective Jude Fontaine series, though it does read okay as a standalone. It would probably be beneficial to have read the earlier books, but not really necessary.
We have Detective Jude Fontaine, a damaged woman who holds her emotions close. In this novel she's investigating a case of the body of a child found in a frozen lake in midwinter Minnesota, with another boy found soon after. It soon becomes apparent that the boys have been dead for some twenty years. But where have they been? And why are they being found now? More perplexing to Jude is the young child she finds freezing on her doorstep when she comes home one night. Who is this boy? And why has he been abandoned on her doorstep?
Lots of questions that need answering, a complex case for Jude, and it all leads to a smashing finale with a satisfying conclusion. I found The Body Keeper to be a fantastic novel that I recommend to all lovers of crime fiction. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for other books in this series.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
"The Body Keeper" by Anne Frasier continues her Jude Fontaine series, the police detective with a brutal personal survival story. The high quality of this series is sustained with excellent writing, strong character development and various plot threads neatly (and surprisingly) woven together.
Detective Jude has survived some terrible events in her life and is trying to get her life back on track again. Uriah is her partner in the force trying to maintain ‘business as usual’ while coping with a serious health issue. When a little boy’s body is discovered in a frozen lake it appears to be a missing child from 20 years ago. As information come to hand they discover horrendous crimes have been committed and race to apprehend the evil minds behind it all. The author has a way of making you feel you know the characters as you learn details of their private lives and events which have made them the people they are now. I had to remind myself that just because someone has money it doesn’t make them a better person! I thought this had a great plot but call me naive it was still a struggle to accept someone comfortably off would do what they did to their own child even though I’m sure it does happen in the real world. Nan made a particular impression on me. I couldnt decide if she was just plain evil, a victim of life or someone unstable showing signs she was still human. Uriah was my favorite character and I felt for him as he coped with his health issues and police work. From chapter 48 on I started to think ‘oh no, this cant be happening, forget to breath, someone get help, that poor little boy’. After the suspense of the last few chapters I upped my rating from 4 to 5. This is the third in the Detective Jude Fontaine mystery series. Although I feel reading the earlier books would have added to my understanding of the past this remains a captivating read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a free digital copy of the book in return for an honest review.