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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552165085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552165082
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The stunning new high-concept thriller from a master of the genre

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Where five senses meet, a sixth is born...

In a quiet, residential neighbourhood of Portland, Oregon, an unknown young woman uncovers a shocking crime scene by inexplicably sensing the evil within its walls. To the police, she is a mystery. She can't even tell them her own name. They christen her Jane Doe.

Suffering terrifying hallucinations, Jane is assigned to Nathan Fox, a forensic psychiatrist struggling with his own demons. Together they must piece together the jigsaw that is Jane's identity.

Then a sequence of brutal killings terrorizes the city and Fox learns that Jane is the only cryptic link between the unrelated victims. To solve the murders, Fox must discard his black and white preconceptions, look beyond the spectrum of normal human experience and confront the dark truth of her past...and his own.

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I'd never read any work by Michael Cordy before this but the premise of the story sounded fascinating, featuring an unknown woman who seems to be able to sense evil and past crimes, despite having no idea about her own identity or her past life. With a few brutal murders and a 'troubled' psychiatrist thrown in, the story seemed to have the potential to be an unusual and exciting read.

Thankfully, the story didn't disappoint me in any way. I found myself flying through what is quite a thick book, desperate to uncover the truth about the identity of the woman christened 'Jane Doe' by the authorities and the story behind her 'Sixth Sense', here with rather a sinister, slightly morbid twist. The book overall benefits from an unusual plot and strong, likeable characters. I was uncertain where these strange powers might ultimately take the story but quickly became engrossed in the story and the burgeoning relationship between the two main characters.

I'm not a lover of fantasy fiction as a genre, so I was pleased that this doesn't stray away from being a strong thriller, and I was not distracted by the supernatural aspects. The author underpins the story with a robust scientific explanation for Jane's abilities and experiences, helping to keep the storyline entirely plausible and credible. Fortunately, the science isn't overwhelming or distracting from the plot and is totally accessible and even I, as an uninformed layperson, was able to grasp the concepts without being baffled by any unnecessary details or jargon.

This is a story that I thoroughly enjoyed and one that I would recommend to anybody who enjoys a suspense-filled thriller, with an unusual angle.
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Once you've picked it up, you won't put it down till the very last page is read. It is a spellbinding and thrilling story weaved around a number of complex but interesting themes, so well researched that you can almost feel them yourself.
The various themes are all individually strong but pulled together in such a way as to make exciting reading.
I'm glad I picked it up.
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Crime novels and thrillers are not my usual cup of tea but I will certainly look out for the other books by Michael Cordy as I absolutely loved The Colour of Death.

Starting with a mysterious girl sensing devil's work going on behind closed doors, breaking in and saving numerous girls from a Russian sex trafficking gang, the girl, named Jane Doe by the authorities, ends up in the care of a psychiatrist Nathan Fox.

Jane chooses Nathan to look after her as he is the right colour! Whilst finding out that Jane has a very rare form of synaesthesia and helping her to cope with it, things get out of hand in the Old Town part of Portland, Oregon. A killer is on the loose leaving a carnage behind him and somehow linking Jane to the crime scenes.

Jane's father than appears to claim her as his daughter Sorcha. He is a leader of a cult called the Indigo Family and Sorcha chooses to go back with him so she can find out about her past. Nathan though senses that some things don't add up and seeks more information about the cult and than believing that Sorcha is still in danger from the killer decides to find the cult and warn her.

Of course by than Sorcha realizes that not everything is so perfect in the big happy Indigo Family and things go from bad to worse.

This is a great story, full of twists and big characters. This would make a great movie!
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"I'm part of the Transworld Book Group!" and have been invited to review this book.

I found it most entertaining and an excellent, exciting read.
It starts off as a more or less conventional thriller, set in Portland, Oregon. An unknown girl rescues several other girls from Russian white slave traders and is hailed a heroine, but there the mystery starts. She has lost her memory, is unable even to tell the police how she knew the girls were being held in the house she broke into. Given into the care of a half-English psychiatrist, Nathan Fox, he bonds with her and discovers she has the gift of multi-synaesthesia; she not only sees peoples' auras and sees numbers and letters as colours, but is able to tell if people have died violently in a room, even if it happened years ago. They call her Jane Doe, until her father, a cult leader, appears and claims her, calling her Sorcha, and she gradually discovers many sinister facts about her previous life, upbringing and relatives.
Worried about her, Nathan follows her to the cult's headquarters and is drawn into the explosive finale of the novel, where both their lives are at risk.
Very well told and highly readable, this book is hard to put down. I believed in the main characters and cared about them and the cult is believable at the time of reading (even if multi-synaesthesia at this level is a little over the top) and the deluded villain is truly hissable.
The end holds a question mark, and I hope the author may be inclined to take the adventures of Nathan and Jane/Sorcha into another book.
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Why oh why does Michael Cordy not get the recognition and plaudits he truly deserves, as one of the best thriller writers the UK has ever produced?

As a Michael Cordy fan, this is the sort of adrenalin and heart pumping novel that I have come to expect from a man who clearly and meticulously researches whatever science or history underpins and drives his novels and then builds his superb story around these taking the reader on a rollercoaster ride along the way.

This time he has chosen the neurologically based condition `Synesthesia' as a theme within the novel, but as one would expect from Michael Cordy the condition comes with a few extra flavours twists and turns which the central characters in the novel possess in some form or another, albeit with differing abilities.

For example, as well as colour Synesthesia, there is the ability to feel another's physical pain, the ability to touch walls and experience `death echoes' - the imprints or memories left by souls who exited this world by violent means. Who says walls only have ears?

I love all of his novels, but this (in my humble opinion) is possibly his best work since Lucifer (and that's not to discredit `True' and `The Source', which were excellent novels. This is yet again another of his novels which leaves the reader scratching his or her head and wondering `what if'?

I got so caught up in the novel that I was actually quite emotional come the very last chapter, which looks back at a major event in the novel through different eyes, alas mine were stinging!

If you haven't yet experienced a Michael Cordy novel to date - this is a great place to start. You will not be disappointed!
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