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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 fierc 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.


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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 fierc 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.

30 review for The Body Reader

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    A must-read novel of 2016! I was totally smitten by this thrilling novel that had such a unique angle on your average crime/thriller. I have never written anything by Anne Frasier before but that clearly is where my life has been lacking, she is a very skilled author that managed to engage me fully as a reader. This is a book that I highly recommend for anybody's to-read list! Detective Jude Fontaine is the star of this novel. A Detective who has been abducted, held prisoner, subjected to horrific mental and physical A must-read novel of 2016! I was totally smitten by this thrilling novel that had such a unique angle on your average crime/thriller. I have never written anything by Anne Frasier before but that clearly is where my life has been lacking, she is a very skilled author that managed to engage me fully as a reader. This is a book that I highly recommend for anybody's to-read list! Detective Jude Fontaine is the star of this novel. A Detective who has been abducted, held prisoner, subjected to horrific mental and physical torture in a lonely and empty place for 3 years. She is damaged goods on every level. However, she is one strong woman. I loved her character, loved Jude through the entire book as the story moves with her and keeps you hanging on for more. Isolation, terror and fear have given Jude the unique ability to "read" people exceptionally well when she finally finds her freedom again and returns to her role in the Homicide team that had all but given up hope of finding her alive. She claims to be able to smell, sense and just know things about the dead and the living. Her new partner Detective Uriah Ashby is not so sure of her mental state and the book cleverly allows us also to walk a fine line between what we know and believe. The book switches between back then (captive Jude) and now (Jude seeking justice for the dead) and it makes for really intriguing reading. I was totally engrossed from page one and how could you not be as the opening pages are brilliant! Gosh how I love a well-written damaged character and Jude is certainly that, I felt like I knew her personally by the time I had caught my breath after an absolutely nail-biting, harrowing and surprising ending with awesome reveals! Murder is in the air, can Jude stay steady after all she has been through to do her job well? You will need to read this great book to find out for yourself, you won't be bored for one second. It's gritty and fast paced with so much going for it, thrills and twists that had me loving every single word. It's quality writing on so many levels and I can't do anything but give it 5 glowing stars as I really loved this book. It's a book with some depth and that is something I personally enjoy a lot. Bravo! I received an advance copy of this novel to read and review thanks to Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley, many thanks for the opportunity. Publication date is 21 June 2016, don't forget to pre-order if you like the sound of this one! Thanks for reading my review! If you enjoyed it please leave me a “like” or a comment, I love to interact with other book lovers! For more of my book reviews, plenty of awesome books to win, author interviews and features come over to join me for book fun at: https://www.facebook.com/BookloverCat... To follow me on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/promotethatbook To enquire about joining my reviewers team: http://goo.gl/forms/GWMOvlofZg Finally to enquire about my book publicity services: http://goo.gl/forms/eVwa2HFKnK

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robin Hobb

    And with January and 2018, I've decided that it's time for me to refresh my reading experiences in genres not my own! So, I hied me to my local library, a Timberland Library in Yelm, and checked out a handful of books. I opened this one last night, and finished it very early this morning. It's a headlong read, with a very unusual POV character. YOu know how much I hate spoilers, so I won't give away more than the book does on the back jacket or indeed within the first pages. Jude Font And with January and 2018, I've decided that it's time for me to refresh my reading experiences in genres not my own! So, I hied me to my local library, a Timberland Library in Yelm, and checked out a handful of books. I opened this one last night, and finished it very early this morning. It's a headlong read, with a very unusual POV character. YOu know how much I hate spoilers, so I won't give away more than the book does on the back jacket or indeed within the first pages. Jude Fontaine, a police detective, was abducted three years ago. Her sadistic jailer has kept her alive in horrific conditions. Jude has survived my shutting down her emotions. When she does attain her freedom, this tale gives a very realistic depiction of all she goes through in attempting to find and resume her life and decide who she is now. I think what most fascinated me about this book was the character Jude. I felt a mixture of horror and sympathy for her. I could not stop reading until the tale was done.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amina

    Warning: The title is misleading, there is no body reading in this book.. Jude is a homicide detective who got kidnapped and kept in small basement cell for three years with only her persecuter for contact, something that did enhance her senses and her ability to read people, dead or alive (you won't see much of that). One day, during a city blackout, she manages to escape.. Her life isn't the same anymore.. She makes it back to the homicide department and starts working on a case tha Warning: The title is misleading, there is no body reading in this book.. Jude is a homicide detective who got kidnapped and kept in small basement cell for three years with only her persecuter for contact, something that did enhance her senses and her ability to read people, dead or alive (you won't see much of that). One day, during a city blackout, she manages to escape.. Her life isn't the same anymore.. She makes it back to the homicide department and starts working on a case that will lead to some kind of serial killing that would bring some bad shit out.. Things I liked: - The plot - The twists - Uriah - The cat - The end Things I didn't like: - This book is about 300 pages that could have been reduced to 200 or less. - Too much useless details that had absolutely nothing to do with the cases. - It was more of a Jude's pseudo-diary than a thriller. - It gets dull from time to time (too often) - It wasn't exactely what I had in mind when I picked up the book. It was not as bad as the "things I didn't like" makes it seem, but if you're looking for a really thrilling thriller, do not pick that book :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I am afraid I may be in the minority here but The Body Reader by Anne Frasier did absolutely nothing for me it started okay & got my interest, but I found the plot a bit hard to believe she is held captive raped tortured doesn't know who she is, turns up at the Boston P.D where she used to work dishevelled broken bones etc then further on she has her full memory back then starts her job as nothing has happened. Meh it was just a read nothing to get excited about sorry guys. I am afraid I may be in the minority here but The Body Reader by Anne Frasier did absolutely nothing for me it started okay & got my interest, but I found the plot a bit hard to believe she is held captive raped tortured doesn't know who she is, turns up at the Boston P.D where she used to work dishevelled broken bones etc then further on she has her full memory back then starts her job as nothing has happened. Meh it was just a read nothing to get excited about sorry guys. It just didn't live up to my expectations.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Krystin Rachel

    The only thing I didn't really like about this book was the title because it makes me think of this: I don't know why I have that mental association, but it's too late to move passed it. I can't stop thinking about it. The Body Reader. See, now you have it too! So, with that out of the way, I have to say I really liked this. It's dark. It's interesting. There are so many layers to the story, to the mystery. It's never what you think it is. I've neve The only thing I didn't really like about this book was the title because it makes me think of this: I don't know why I have that mental association, but it's too late to move passed it. I can't stop thinking about it. The Body Reader. See, now you have it too! So, with that out of the way, I have to say I really liked this. It's dark. It's interesting. There are so many layers to the story, to the mystery. It's never what you think it is. I've never read anything by Anne Frasier before, though I do have a few of her books on my TBR shelf. I will definitely be moving those books closer to the top of the list. Det. Jude Fontaine makes a daring escape after 3 years in captivity. She's not herself anymore. She's been subjected to unknown tortures and horrors. She sees everything in the world with new eyes, including herself. Clawing her way back to some semblance of mental health, Jude goes back to work as a Homicide detective, while trying to find new ways to just be alive. (Sleeping on the roof, for instance.) Everything about Jude is switched off after her return. She has no sense of humour, she is flat and unemotional. She doesn't know how to exist anymore. And this starting point requires the other to have some A+ character development. It's got to be believable, yet on pace with the rest of the book so you don't feel bogged down with "personal issues". I think Frasier really pulled that off. (This needs to be a series.) Her partnership with Det. Ashby, as well as Jude's undeniable strength and character development, are what really made this novel for me. I was engaged with the mystery, but not as much as I was with their interactions, and Jude's interaction with life itself. It was captivating and gripping (and I wish this was a series!) At times, the plot felt a bit disconnected as I couldn't see how the crimes were connected. It felt like it jumped around a bit too much, with the only thing tying it together being Jude's issues. Are we investigating Jude's abduction, or the dead girl? Or the head in the helmet? Like what's the deal with her father and brother? The link between all of these could have been a little bit more visible; bread crumbs should have been a bit more obvious, as not to lose the reader along the way. In the end all threads were tied together, and I was left with a feeling of closure and satisfaction for where Jude's character was left in her growth. (But still, again, make it a series) 4/5 would bang. NetGalley suggestion to Publisher will be: "Make this a series." book source: Thomas & Mercer, via NetGalley, in exchange for a review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣

    Umm, an engaging read. Q: “There are three things I’ve seen once in my life,” Uriah said, squinting against the sunlight. “Thick fog that stopped at my knees and swirled in circles when I kicked it, a rainbow that ended in a street right in front of me, and a rabbit dance. You ever heard of a rabbit dance?” “No.” “It happens in the middle of the night. Hundreds of rabbits rendezvous in a clearing, and they kind of dance in the moonlight. I can’t describe it, but it’s bizarre Umm, an engaging read. Q: “There are three things I’ve seen once in my life,” Uriah said, squinting against the sunlight. “Thick fog that stopped at my knees and swirled in circles when I kicked it, a rainbow that ended in a street right in front of me, and a rabbit dance. You ever heard of a rabbit dance?” “No.” “It happens in the middle of the night. Hundreds of rabbits rendezvous in a clearing, and they kind of dance in the moonlight. I can’t describe it, but it’s bizarre in a good way. With all of those events, I didn’t realize I was seeing something amazing for the first and last time. And I’m saying that those things, those random, crazy surprises that have nothing to do with life decisions or your past or your future, might be worth sticking around for.” (c)

  7. 4 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    I really enjoyed this one. I spent the day reading it and didn't want to put it down. This story starts out strong with Jude making an escape after 3 years of being held captive to a sadistic criminal. I was immediately pulled into the story and the strong female character of Jude. After 3 years of captivity she is not your typical heroine, but she shows strength and grit as she returns to a semblance of normal life. In her before captivity life she was a detective in the h I really enjoyed this one. I spent the day reading it and didn't want to put it down. This story starts out strong with Jude making an escape after 3 years of being held captive to a sadistic criminal. I was immediately pulled into the story and the strong female character of Jude. After 3 years of captivity she is not your typical heroine, but she shows strength and grit as she returns to a semblance of normal life. In her before captivity life she was a detective in the homicide department of a police department. After a few months of rehab and a mental health check she is brought back in the department. Her partner, Uriah, isn't too thrilled with the match and is unsure if she should be back as a detective, specifically in homicide. However, their partnership is one of the best aspects of this book. This is not a romance novel. This is two people, each with a past trauma affecting them, trying to form a professional relationship with the other person. Uriah is one of the best parts of the book. I really liked his character and although his back story was sad, it was a strong story that created who he is today. The name of the book "The Body Reader" implies more body reading ability than what really happens in the book. I wasn't excited by this aspect of the book, glad it was limited and that the book really focused on the characters and the murder mystery plot. Character development was really good as was the mystery plot. This was my first book by Anne Frasier and I really liked it. I also really liked the characters of Jude and Uriah and would love to read more books with them in it. Thanks to Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for a honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Body Reader by Anne Frasier is quite a tense book! From the very beginning it had me on edge and it didn't let up until the end! Wow, talk about suspense! I will definitely have to follow if this becomes a series....loved it. Narration was perfect too!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    This is a story that grabs your attention from the get-go. Jude Fontaine used to be an easy going homicide detective. That was before she was abducted & endured 3 years of abuse at the hands of a madman. So when she finally escapes & gets her old job back, it should be all good, right? Well….. This fast paced police procedural is not for the squeamish. We follow Jude & her partner Uriah Ashby as they investigate the fallout from depravity run amok. It’s a tough job on This is a story that grabs your attention from the get-go. Jude Fontaine used to be an easy going homicide detective. That was before she was abducted & endured 3 years of abuse at the hands of a madman. So when she finally escapes & gets her old job back, it should be all good, right? Well….. This fast paced police procedural is not for the squeamish. We follow Jude & her partner Uriah Ashby as they investigate the fallout from depravity run amok. It’s a tough job on a good day & neither has had one of those in a long time. As a result of her ordeal, Jude has become detached & lacking in social skills. Uriah is her emotional opposite. He’s still reeling from the loss of his wife & struggles to keep a lid on everything he feels. As the story progresses, both will uncover family secrets that force them to question just how well they knew those closest to them. Though events that occur are horrific in nature the author doesn’t dwell on gruesome details & allows the reader’s imagination to fill in the blanks. Some of the bad guys will trigger your spidey senses immediately while others may take you by surprise when all is revealed. It makes for a satisfying police procedural but it’s the relationship between the MC’s that guarantees you become invested in the the story. If this is the start of a new series I’d definitely like to catch up with these 2 in the next book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Efflorescence

    Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review. For me, this book was not outstanding, but still a great read. I have trouble to understand why so many people loved this book so much, don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed reading this, it was suspenseful, a bit spooky and really entertaining, but maybe I'm not so much into thrillers and crime books in general to really see the difference compared to other books of that genre. Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review. For me, this book was not outstanding, but still a great read. I have trouble to understand why so many people loved this book so much, don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed reading this, it was suspenseful, a bit spooky and really entertaining, but maybe I'm not so much into thrillers and crime books in general to really see the difference compared to other books of that genre. I saw many reviews, where the readers complained about the misleading title "The Body Reader", because body reading is not really a part of this book. So I looked up the german title of the translation and it said "Ich bin nicht tot", meaning in english "I am not dead". Maybe they should have taken this title instead. Not because I have a problem with it, I didn't find the title misleading or not suitable, but maybe there wouldn't be so many people complaining about it then. I still liked it and if I find the time, I'd like to read something else by Frasier.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shandra

    Actual rating: 2.5 I-Wanted-More stars. Ahhh the premise is sooooo good. But alas, I was left wanting more. I feel like this was a starter kit for what could've been a fantastic novel. There were too many things not hashed out well enough. Too many things that had they been elaborated on, would've made much more sense.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    The Body Reader follows our main character, Jude, as she escapes from a cell where she's been held captive for the last 3+ years. Prior to being abducted, she was a detective on her local police force, and after a few months of rehab, she returns to work. Her new partner Uriah isn't thrilled. He doesn't trust that she's ready to be back working on murder cases after such a short time being back in "the real world". Despite his protests, they are partnered, and begin working a case regarding a st The Body Reader follows our main character, Jude, as she escapes from a cell where she's been held captive for the last 3+ years. Prior to being abducted, she was a detective on her local police force, and after a few months of rehab, she returns to work. Her new partner Uriah isn't thrilled. He doesn't trust that she's ready to be back working on murder cases after such a short time being back in "the real world". Despite his protests, they are partnered, and begin working a case regarding a string of murdered girls. Having been held captive for so long, Jude has perfected the art of "reading" facial expressions and body movements, and uses this to her advantage while working these cases. As she continues to investigate, the danger around her grows. I did enjoy this book, but not as much as I was hoping I would. I was hoping for more "body reading" going into it, given the title and description, and I found that aspect of it lacking. I do think it set the base foundation and understanding for the reader, so that if the author chose to write sequels with the same characters, it would be set up nicely. I'd love reading more about what Jude can learn and understand from people (and even victims) using that particular skill of hers. Otherwise, I felt like Jude and Uriah both were well developed characters, which I loved. I liked that the book jumped between Jude narrating the present and the past while she was held captive. I loved the twists the book took, and I thought the ending was great! I will say that I didn't feel a whole lot of tension as I was reading the book - that "oh my gosh, what's going to happen" feeling was lacking for me, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you're looking for that heart pounding suspense, you won't find it here. If you're looking for a more gradual build with great character development and a surprising ending, this is the book for you! I'd definitely read more by this author, and would love a sequel with the same characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    4.5 stars I liked this even more the second time despite remembering how it ended. Jude was kidnapped and held captive in horrid conditions for 3 years. When she finally escapes she isn't what anyone expected. Clearly she wasn't normal. She was emotionally repressed with good reason. The most alarming thing about her was how independent and capable she was. I liked being inside her head. Her behavior was weird but it made sense. Uriah was a great partner for Jude. They both 4.5 stars I liked this even more the second time despite remembering how it ended. Jude was kidnapped and held captive in horrid conditions for 3 years. When she finally escapes she isn't what anyone expected. Clearly she wasn't normal. She was emotionally repressed with good reason. The most alarming thing about her was how independent and capable she was. I liked being inside her head. Her behavior was weird but it made sense. Uriah was a great partner for Jude. They both had their issues although they were completely different. They complemented each other nicely. Uriah's depression and determination to keep going clicked with me. I loved these two characters and their relationship. The best thing about it was that there wasn't even a hint of romance. The mystery was great! It went in a direction that I had not expected. Multiple story lines tied together in unexpected ways. It's not often that mysteries surprise me. It was a twisted story. The characters' backgrounds really added to the already dark tone of the murder mystery. Somehow it managed to be dark without being overly graphic. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me this in exchange for an honest review!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    This is plain thriller/crime mystery! There’s no romance here! But I liked it so very, very much! The story is very interesting and I felt for both Jude and Uriah! Maybe a little bit more for Jude! ;) She was obviously traumatized, but she was extremely aware of her status. That’s the best things here. Even if nobody believe that she’s able to work she still manage to convince them! She’s totally cold, and deeply aware of that. She knows that she ought to overcom This is plain thriller/crime mystery! There’s no romance here! But I liked it so very, very much! The story is very interesting and I felt for both Jude and Uriah! Maybe a little bit more for Jude! ;) She was obviously traumatized, but she was extremely aware of her status. That’s the best things here. Even if nobody believe that she’s able to work she still manage to convince them! She’s totally cold, and deeply aware of that. She knows that she ought to overcome her trauma (and what a trauma that is!!!), but she’s doing it in her own way. Great! Add to all that the problem with her family and you get the picture of her life! WOW! When you discover the why it’s heartbreaking! And truly horrible!!! (view spoiler)[To think that her own family is implicated with everything, even her abduction and torture is something that made me shudder! (hide spoiler)] What was also interesting is the ability to read people that she acquired during the imprisonment. She’s become extremely aware of everything around her too. Wonderfully described and very intriguing! A great book! Very recommended if you like thrillers!

  15. 4 out of 5

    CL

    Anne Frasier has become one of my favorite authors after reading this book. Love this character and I cannot wait to read more stories about her. Det Jude Fontaine has been kept captive for 3 years with no contact except the brutal man who has abused and tortured her. Luck and chance allows her to escape but the life that was all that kept her going through her ordeal is no more. Her boyfriend has moved on, her job is no longer and to top it all off she has become the focus of the media after re Anne Frasier has become one of my favorite authors after reading this book. Love this character and I cannot wait to read more stories about her. Det Jude Fontaine has been kept captive for 3 years with no contact except the brutal man who has abused and tortured her. Luck and chance allows her to escape but the life that was all that kept her going through her ordeal is no more. Her boyfriend has moved on, her job is no longer and to top it all off she has become the focus of the media after reappearance and her miraculous survival. She gets her job back and now spends her nights trying to find the house where she was kept captive. When she is asked to investigate the disappearance of another girl she uncovers more details that may link several other disappearances. Is her disappearance tied into the same person? As she tries to get her life back she finds that she is no longer influenced by who she was and that she can sense other people's emotions because of her lack of emotion which she had suppressed in order to survive her torture. Great read I could not put it down. I would like to thank the Publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this ARC.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Snow

    Plot: Detective Jude Fontaine was held prisoner by a sadistic captor for 3 years. She was kept in an underground cell by a man who had taken everything from her until all she had left was him. Jude knew every line on his face, every scar on his skin, every meaning behind every movement and what would follow. She learned how to read her captor and it kept her alive. With Jude’s experience of hell, she learned something: Words lie but body language does not. Everything Jude e Plot: Detective Jude Fontaine was held prisoner by a sadistic captor for 3 years. She was kept in an underground cell by a man who had taken everything from her until all she had left was him. Jude knew every line on his face, every scar on his skin, every meaning behind every movement and what would follow. She learned how to read her captor and it kept her alive. With Jude’s experience of hell, she learned something: Words lie but body language does not. Everything Jude experiences around her are now heightened. Her ears pick up the slightest shifts and her nose competes with that of a dog. Everybody's body is saying something, even when they are quiet even when they are dead. Jude resumes her position at Homicide with a new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, who is uncertain of her sanity. But the town has a serial killer and the police need manpower. And no one knows evil quite like Jude does. My experience: Where are my words? Where are my words indeed… I seem to be unable to write coherently after finishing the last chapter. Wow! What a journey. What a radical road trip. It was such an adrenaline rush. From the first page, my heart was in my throat and I had no idea how I was going to get through the book. It felt like I was on a motorcycle that was speeding down a highway while also being on the wrong side of the road. And instead of being terrified at the danger and the shocking speed the book was going, I was on an adrenaline rush and I was craving more, shouting at the bike to move even faster. There were so many moments where I had to put the book down and just give my mind a bit of time to comprehend what I had just read. It was as thrilling as I expect thrillers to be. It disturbed me on just the right scale. The plot was complicated enough that you couldn’t immediately guess what was going to happen but not so complicated that you became lost which tends to happen with me and thrillers. Read the rest of my review here

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jacquelyn Simon

    2.5/5 stars Unfortunately I was disappointed by this book. 😭 I had such high hopes! My issue with the writing in this book was that it wasn’t detailed enough for me. While reading, I felt like there was a distance between the reader and the MC. I was hoping this book would dive deep into the mind of a woman going through trauma, but using the skill of body reading to help solve cases. That’s pretty much what the book guaranteed... but instead, Jude (the MC) didn’t “read” bodies very ofte 2.5/5 stars Unfortunately I was disappointed by this book. 😭 I had such high hopes! My issue with the writing in this book was that it wasn’t detailed enough for me. While reading, I felt like there was a distance between the reader and the MC. I was hoping this book would dive deep into the mind of a woman going through trauma, but using the skill of body reading to help solve cases. That’s pretty much what the book guaranteed... but instead, Jude (the MC) didn’t “read” bodies very often and even when she did it was unimpressive. I felt the storyline would’ve been a lot stronger if the reader was taken on a journey inside Jude’s mind and clearly explained how the bodies told a story. I wanted intricate details like on the show Lie to Me or like Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock. I wanted BAU profiling level detail on the body language. I didn’t get any of that. On top of the entire synopsis and the title turning out to be a let down, I found that the ending wasn’t satisfying. Eh, I’m kinda over this story. I may or may not continue this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    Good premise goes sideways into introspective inaction.

  19. 4 out of 5

    D.B. Reynolds

    A psychologically troubling and gruesome story, with an unlikely conspiracy that the author ties up in a bow. But the book is nonetheless an excellent suspense tale with very likable main characters.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    3.5 stars. Judes mother was accidentally shot by her brother when she was a child, or though the story goes? As soon as she can she departs the family home, immediately becomes estranged from her father and brother and dives into a job with the police department. Years later when her life is going well with a boyfriend and a great detective job with the police department, she is abducted and held for three years in the dark. While she only has contact with one human being she learns how to read 3.5 stars. Judes mother was accidentally shot by her brother when she was a child, or though the story goes? As soon as she can she departs the family home, immediately becomes estranged from her father and brother and dives into a job with the police department. Years later when her life is going well with a boyfriend and a great detective job with the police department, she is abducted and held for three years in the dark. While she only has contact with one human being she learns how to read every nuance and action of her abductor. When she finally escapes, what she has learned helps her to read people. Corruption, secrets and incarceration are all part of a conspiracy to let a serial killer get away with murder. If parts of this book weren't so hard to believe I would have given it 4 stars because the main story was good and the characters were interesting.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yellagirlgc

    I received a copy from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review. Jude Fontaine is a homicide detective who was abducted and tortured for three years. When the opportunity to escape was presented she took it. Her entire life was changed in the basement she was held in. After her escape she returns to homicide and while trying to find out what happened to her and who did it she investigates the murder of a teenaged girl. Jude is a very strong woman and I was immediately drawn into her I received a copy from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review. Jude Fontaine is a homicide detective who was abducted and tortured for three years. When the opportunity to escape was presented she took it. Her entire life was changed in the basement she was held in. After her escape she returns to homicide and while trying to find out what happened to her and who did it she investigates the murder of a teenaged girl. Jude is a very strong woman and I was immediately drawn into her story. Her partner Uriah has his own deeply personal issues going on but the two work well together. I will recommend this to friends and family.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yzabel Ginsberg

    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.] For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept under lock, in the dark, abused and malnourished, at the hands of her unknown abductor. With no contact with any other human being than that man, her survival reflexes made her learn to "read" him, in order to stay alive. After she seizes an opportunity to escape, she realises she has retained this ability to "read" other people, booth the living and the dead: e [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.] For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept under lock, in the dark, abused and malnourished, at the hands of her unknown abductor. With no contact with any other human being than that man, her survival reflexes made her learn to "read" him, in order to stay alive. After she seizes an opportunity to escape, she realises she has retained this ability to "read" other people, booth the living and the dead: even a frozen corpse will still "talk" to her, in its expression, the way its fists are closed, and so on. As she's trying to go back to her former career as a cop, Jude understands she can use this newfound skill to make things right. Excellent idea, but one that I thought wasn't exploited enough throughout the story: we are made to see June "read" her new partner first, then "read" a corpse, yet nothing much happens in that regard after that, and it's like the body-reading concept got lost along the way, along a more "traditional" thriller story. This was rather too bad, as I would have enjoyed seeing more of Jude's ability, things that would truly set her apart from "just yet another very talented cop". Another problem I had with the story was the moments when Jude tried to figure out how to go back to a normal life, or even if she could: a new flat, maybe getting back with her boyfriend, her tense relationship with her family... All interesting things, but presented in too descriptive a way, rendered too flat: I didn't "feel" her predicament, I simply read about it, and it just wasn't the same. I felt more connected to Uriah, who had his own emotional struggles to contend with, but here too the whole thing was more descriptive, not vibrant enough. Finally, the ending was too neatly wrapped, too quickly, without the kind of intensity I'd expect from the last chapters of a thriller. I could also sense the places where the story was trying to mislead me, yet at the same time the lack of involvement (or, should I rather say, the sideline involvement) of some characters gave a few things away. I did like, though, how Jude, even though toughened and emotionally withdrawn, went about getting back control of her life by doing something useful, like picking up cold cases, and how the author didn't fall into the typical trappings of adding some romantic twist in there. Sure, there's the boyfriend, but this side plot is never presented as an end in itself, never touted as "Jude's salvation in the arms of a man", or whatever similar tripe. In the same vein, Jude and Uriah give off a definite "work partners and perhaps friends someday" vibe, not a "and perhaps lovers someday" one. 2 stars: I quite liked some of the themes here, but this remains an "OK" book and nothing more, because it fell flat for me, and because its ideas weren't developed enough compared to what the blurb had made me expect.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Verushka

    What is this about?: Jude and her return to normal life, whatever that is, after years in captivity. Slowly, Frasier unfurls Jude's past, while setting her on the path for her future, post captivity. What else is this about?: Jude is set on trying to find out why she was picked and kept hostage, and realises that ties into a case of missing girls she had only just begun to investigate. Her "body reader" talent is less a part of this than the title would lead you to believe. First, I had high h/>What What is this about?: Jude and her return to normal life, whatever that is, after years in captivity. Slowly, Frasier unfurls Jude's past, while setting her on the path for her future, post captivity. What else is this about?: Jude is set on trying to find out why she was picked and kept hostage, and realises that ties into a case of missing girls she had only just begun to investigate. Her "body reader" talent is less a part of this than the title would lead you to believe. First, I had high hopes for this -- the thought of someone taking a character kept in captivity and exploring how she'd changed, beyond the obvious, was compelling. And it made perfect sense that this change would be about a cop's perceptions and her awareness. But. But. The book falls short -- in truth, it never really gets started on this aspect of Jude's character. And, as I began to read this book, I began to wonder: what exactly is the difference between Jude's new talent before being held captive and after? Isn't a cop supposed to notice smells and body language as it is? But, let me get to the story: Jude escapes her captivity and returns to her life as a cop -- along with a new partner. Everything about her is switched off, flat -- and by the nature of what she's gone through, that makes sense. She's trying to figure out how to react to things and people anew and it's not going to be easy. The problem is, this flatness is a constant through the narrative until literally the last page, which makes for a boring thriller. I needed progression, I needed something more than an aborted attempt to move back to her ex's house and try again. Don't get me wrong, there are other times she tries to be normal and there's a hint of the struggle she's going through, but mostly she's just flat. It's Uriah, her partner, that interested me more, than had most of the emotional oomph in this that appealed to me. He's trying to put his life back together after he lost his wife, and he's not doing it well. He's hiding it well from everyone, but he's struggling to keep himself together and help Jude, even if she may not want it. They're an odd couple, but they work because of Uriah. I suppose there's an emotional connection tried for in including Jude's family in this too, but it too falls flat. For one, because the only emotion she can muster for them is hatred. This would be a fine thriller, I suppose, if it was packaged as something unique with a title like The Body Reader. It's as if the title was an attempt to make a fairly straightforward and normal thriller into something unique for the slimmest of reasons shown in the plot.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    “Once you gave up and accepted your fate, existence became tolerable because every day wasn’t a reset of a nightmare that wouldn’t end. This was an interesting beginning to a series. We are introduced to Jude as she rescues herself - after having been abducted and held for 3 years. The world moved on, her loved ones moved on - even her fellow co-workers, homicide detectives, moved on. Jude is bound and determined, now that she's back, to get back to life. She wants her job back and her purpo “Once you gave up and accepted your fate, existence became tolerable because every day wasn’t a reset of a nightmare that wouldn’t end. This was an interesting beginning to a series. We are introduced to Jude as she rescues herself - after having been abducted and held for 3 years. The world moved on, her loved ones moved on - even her fellow co-workers, homicide detectives, moved on. Jude is bound and determined, now that she's back, to get back to life. She wants her job back and her purpose in life. A murder soon lands that pushes Jude to sort through her own suffering and imprisonment as she tries to tie missing and murders girls together to try t understand who is taking them, holding them, and why. I liked the story - it was compelling and well written. I'm not sure what I think of Jude - but I'm willing to read the next one to see where she goes from here.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Books on Stereo

    Another by-the-numbers crime procedural featuring dull/lifeless characters and an uninspired plot. Skip!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kenya Wright

    Dark and creepy just how I like it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    The Body Reader by Anne Frasier delivers a standalone suspense thriller that pulls you in from the very first pages. Frasier introduces us to Detective Jude Fontaine on the night she escapes captivity from an underground cell that held her for three years. The tale that unfolds was riveting as she and her new partner Homicide Detective Uriah Ashby work a case involving missing woman. The Body Reader offered several threads beginning with the impact the past three years have had on Jud The Body Reader by Anne Frasier delivers a standalone suspense thriller that pulls you in from the very first pages. Frasier introduces us to Detective Jude Fontaine on the night she escapes captivity from an underground cell that held her for three years. The tale that unfolds was riveting as she and her new partner Homicide Detective Uriah Ashby work a case involving missing woman. The Body Reader offered several threads beginning with the impact the past three years have had on Jude. It has changed her personal life and the way she views cases, particularly bodies. This thread does not have any paranormal aspects but focuses on her "heightened senses." The second thread involves missing girls, possible suicides, and cases Jude had previously been working. Young woman are going missing, others are committing suicide, and there a number of unsolved cases. . Fontaine’s ability to read bodies alerts her that a recent suicide involves foul play. An old photograph discovered in her personal effects and a thumb drive soon have Jude suspecting a serial killer. The author provided a tightly written mystery that felt genuine. I admired how effortlessly Frasier weaved all the threads together. Other threads dealt with Jude’s childhood, and her family as we watching the developing friendship with her new partner. What developed from these threads was an engaging well-rounded tale that I devoured in just two sittings. If it were not for sleep, I probably would have read it in one. Frasier did a wonderful job of fleshing out the characters and creating an authentic partnership between Detectives Ashby and Fontaine. They work well together and I enjoyed seeing them progress from strangers to full-fledge partners. There is no romantic element in the Body Reader but the relationship between Fontaine and Ashby allowed readers to experience an emotional connection. My complaints are minor and none deterred from my reading experience. I would have liked to learning more about her captivity and her capture. A prequel would be nice. Also I am kind of bummed we won't get any other cases featuring Detectives Fontaine and Ashby. Yes I know I was delighted this was a standalone, and now I am bitching because I want more. What can I say? Bwahaha. Free download thanks to Amazon Prime This review was originally posted on Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    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 he 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 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 What did I think: five stars OMG this is the first book I ever read by Anne Frasier and I'm so glad that I decide to pick it, I loved everything about it, loved the twist and turns , and how it kept me pulled into the story, as well as trying to guess about Jude's mental state, and the ending OMG I didn't see that coming at all, you have to read it for your self. With that said I would love to say thinks to Netgalley who give me a chance at read what turned out to be a great book in a change for my honest opinion which this is 100%

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Detective Jude Fontaine learned the hard way how to read facial expressions and body language. She was abducted and then held in an underground cell with no windows, no sound, no interaction with anyone except the monster that kidnapped her. She’s been beaten and tortured and raped … and she’s learned how to survive. She manages to escape, killing her abductor. Despite everyone’s doubts about her mental state, she eventually returns to her job in Homicide. Her new partner, Detective U Detective Jude Fontaine learned the hard way how to read facial expressions and body language. She was abducted and then held in an underground cell with no windows, no sound, no interaction with anyone except the monster that kidnapped her. She’s been beaten and tortured and raped … and she’s learned how to survive. She manages to escape, killing her abductor. Despite everyone’s doubts about her mental state, she eventually returns to her job in Homicide. Her new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, doesn’t trust anything she says or does and he has his own issues that he doesn’t want her dwelling on. There is a serial killer on the loose. Several young women have gone missing, with their bodies turning up at a later date. A couple of them are homicides disguised as suicides. Fontaine and Ashby will have to learn to work together to prevent another murder. The story line is a good one, although there were a few places that I felt were a bit disjointed. It was still a good read, having characters that arouse the reader’s curiosity. The suspense at times is palpable … how did Jude get a victim’s head in her motorcycle helmet? There are many layers to Jude … her dysfunctional relationship with her father (who is a well-known politician) and her brother. There were a couple of surprising twists and turns that had ‘me’ doubting ‘her’ sanity. All in all, a good read. Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hollie

    Wow. This was a really intense read from beginning to end. It was disturbing, but so very addicting. It had a good balance of suspense. The character depth was well done and the plot was executed flawlessly. No romance in this one though. I was pleased that it offered as a kindleunlimited. A beautiful cover as well. This was my first time to read this writers work, and needless to say I was impressed. I look forward to seeing what else she's written.

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