Book Review: Precious Blood by Jonathan Hayes
April 12, 2011 11 Comments
This book is the first book in a series about forensic pathologist Dr. Edward Jenner. The second book, A Hard Death, is out this week and I got an ARC from the publishers for review. However, I decided to start at the beginning so I got Precious Blood from the library.
I’ll be reading A Hard Death this week so look out for my review!
Precious Blood: What it is about
Dr. Edward Jenner has been out of the running for a while. After the September 2001 attacks (where he dealt with many victims) he has had a hard time keeping himself together. When he is privately hired by the father of a murdered girl, he comes across his former colleague Whittaker, whose wife left him for Jenner (and since left Jenner, too). There is no love lost between the two, and Jenner can’t expect a lot of co-operation from Whittaker.
The murder of the girl was horrific but Jenner manages to find clues that Whittaker has overlooked. He starts his own investigation with help of some police officers and other professionals that he used to work with.
The room mate of the murdered girl was threatened by the killer to suffer a similar fate if he gets her. She runs off and ends up at Jenner’s house, having been given the address by her uncle, who knows Jenner. They decide that she should stay with him for a few days until the coast is clear.
New bodies are found, and there are more clues about who the killer could be. However, Ana, the room mate, gets restless and takes some trips outside. This is not a good idea.
Precious Blood: What I thought
A good read and pretty thrilling in the end! I found the story believable and interesting, although some elements were old-hat. Such as Jenner, an outsider, investigating the case against all the obstructions that come his way. With the police and former colleagues telling him to stay off the case, or else!
It’s been done before and maybe this is how it’s generally done. I’m not a thriller reader per sé, I just read the odd thriller when I feel like it. So, it may be part of the genre to have outsiders find what the official investigators can’t seem to uncover. Wasn’t it the same with Maisie Dobbs, actually?
Anyway, this didn’t stop me from enjoying the novel. I was happy that there were not too many details on the exact injuries of the murdered women. There was just enough to shudder but not enough to make me nauseous, which is just how I like it.
I liked it that we get a view into the mind of the killer. But not enough to be able to find out exactly who he is! I kept comparing the information that Jenner had about the possible killer with the information I had about the killer to see if it matched up. This was a fun way to determine whether Jenner was on the right track.
The end of the book was very exciting because there was a time element, where another murder would be committed at a certain time.Jenner was aware of this and was trying his best to find the victim before it was too late. The victim meanwhile found an inventive way to evade her killer and the final confrontation was really exciting.
I got this book: from the library
I read this in: Dutch, the original language is English
Number of pages: 335 (Dutch edition)
First published: 2007