There are primarily two types of books I read: gory crime books and sci-fi/fantasy. I like my crime books full of forensic details and smart cops. The crazier the psychopath murderer, the better. So, yeah, Criminal Minds is my favourite TV show by far.
I just finished reading Chemistry In Death by Simon Beckett. It’s about a forensic pathologist who loses his wife and daughter and out of dismay, quits his career and moves to a small town near Norfolk to become the village GP. This book is first in a series about the same protagonist.
Goriness 5 Stars
Smuttiness: 0 Stars
(sadly…I like a bit of smut in books sometimes)
Ease of Figuring Who Dunnit: 1 Star
(Unlike some serial killer type books, this one had a limited pool of who could be doing it. Because it was set in a small village, the villagers knew it must be someone who lived among them.
Believability of Who Dunnit: 3 Stars
(I honestly had no clue, but there was a surprise at the end that made me go, “huh??”)
Overall: 4.5 Stars
I liked the protagonist, there was good texture to the book, and a good emotional range, if you get my meaning.
Conclusion: If you like crime novels that scare the bejeebers out of you, this one is a good one.
Book Review by India Drummond
Reprinted with permission