The Body Reader (Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries #1) by Anne Frasier

The Body Reader audiobook cover art

Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith

I normally update my KU queue at the end of the review, but given that I might have two more audiobook reviews to put up soon, I might just delay the final updated list.

As always, I am more than glad that I have a new promising series to follow. This begins with a lot more harrowing details than I would care to envision, but our ‘victim(s)’ change in one way or the other after, marking them as strong individuals which makes it slightly more bearable. There are three primary narrators. We have one unknown girl, whose importance comes into focus later in the story. The other two are our leading cop pair. Jude escapes after being imprisoned in a basement for a very long time. This scars her in many ways but also gives her a deeper understanding of people around her. She talks her way back into her old job while still hunting for the truth about her kidnapping. The trust between her and her partner is slowly formed making it feel more natural.Uriah is an honest man with a lot of depth and emotion, which makes his a good character to back. The plot itself was not surprising, I assumed very early on that the story would go one way and it did. Despite that setback, it did not deter my listening to the entire book. At no point did I think I would walk away: that was how invested I was for Jude to find a semblance of normalcy or even justice for the other girls we get to know in the narrative.

The narration kept the pace of the story going, although the male and female versions were not as distinct as I am used to (by even the same narrator), my listening experience was still a good one! I look forward to finding out what is in store for Jude in the next books.

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