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On the edge of my seat!,
This review is from: Body of Lies (Eve Duncan) (Mass Market Paperback)This donated book in our library had me on the edge of my seat for the whole weekend! My laundry pile is a testimony to how engrossed I was.
I’m not a murder mystery fan really, but I fancied a change and the blurb on the back intrigued me.
Set in the southern states of the US, the main character Eve, is a female forensic sculptor – she reconstructs skulls and is eventually able to put faces on them to enable identification. She has a tragic history, a reconstructed family and she’s happy doing what she does: “bringing the victims home” is how she describes it.
But “someone” has another plan for her because she’s so good at what she does; in fact she’s one of the best forensic sculptors in the US which explains why they want her to take on a job for them. She refuses because she’s content with her workload and wants to stay at home to do her reconstructions rather than travel, so the ‘someone’ decides to shake up her home-life a little to give her an incentive to take the job away from her family. It worked! From there on in I had an impending sense of doom settle over me as I devoured each page with such rapidity that lunch passed and I hadn’t even noticed – until my family presented me with growling stomachs and ugly hungry grimaces.
I loved all the characters, especially the Liverpudlian Sean Galen, employed to watch over and protect her during the assignment;he’s a great cook and has a wicked sense of humour – where is this man??.
Being unaccustomed to murder mystery, I only realized the subtle sub-plot had taken a distinctly weird turn three quarters of the way through the book and was absolutely obliged to leave the washing-up until I’d finished it.
So here is a list of possible survival tips to accompany this novel:
1) Go to a hotel and read it so you can order from room-service, or..
2) Get the kids booked on sleepovers all weekend and make yourself sandwiches in advance or get pizza delivered.
3) Get all your laundry done before you start to read.
4) Put the cat out with a note for the neighbours to take care of it because you really won’t hear it mewling to come in again.