Body Language by A.K. Turner #blogtour @Tr4cyF3nt0n @AnyaLipska @ZaffreBooks

For fans of Tess Gerritsen and Kathy Reichs comes a gripping debut thriller introducing Camden’s most exciting new forensic investigator.

Cassie Raven believes the dead can talk. We just need to listen . . .

People think being a mortuary technician is a seriously weird job. They can’t understand why I choose to cut up dead bodies for a living. But they don’t know what I know:

The dead want to tell us what happened to them.

I’ve eviscerated thousands of bodies, but never someone I know before – someone who meant a lot to me; someone I loved.

The pathologist says that her death was an accident.

Her body is telling me differently

I absolutely loved this crime thriller with a twist! The character of Cassie Raven is a great creation and one that I’m desperate to follow further so I’m hoping that Body Language is only an introduction to this fascinating mortuary technician!

Cassie has a link with the dead bodies that she cuts up that very few others do. She is able to listen to what they have to say on a level that goes beyond the pathology of their body. So when she ends up working on the body of someone from her past, she connects in a way that draws her deeper into the investigation into her death…

I found Cassie so intriguing and it was her character detailing that kept me engrossed and completely engaged with this storyline. Her relationship with her grandmother and her exgirlfriend layered together with her job painted a picture of a sensitive but determined woman who gave everything of herself to connect with those no longer alive to give much back. But that connection is what makes Cassie so special.

This investigation also brings DS Flyte into Cassie’s life. She also has an intriguing backstory and is another character that I would like to find out more about. We are used to the police officers in crime fiction being flawed but I felt an originality about her character that enhanced her vulnerability and I liked that!

This is a gripping crime thriller with a compelling case at its heart and I couldn’t put it down. I’m keeping everything crossed that it’s the first in a series as it’s one I know I would find appealing to follow. Highly recommended!

A.K. Turner‘s first foray into crime fiction was a detective thriller trilogy, written under the pen name Anya Lipska, following the adventures of Janusz Kiszka, a fixer to London’s Polish community. All three books won critical acclaim and were twice optioned as a possible TV series. In her other life as a TV producer and writer, A.K. makes documentaries and drama-docs on subjects as diverse as the Mutiny on the Bounty, the sex lives of Neanderthals, and Monty Don’s Italian Gardens.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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