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Desecration is an intelligent, fast-paced thriller, but the author goes much deeper than familiar genre tropes to produce thrills and chills. The book deals with the bizarre subculture of body modification and delves into the world of corpse art. I have no idea if corpse art is a real thing, but Penn has me convinced it is. Despite its subject matter, Desecration is never needlessly graphic. Certainly, it is ghoulish and macabre at times, but Penn treats death with respect rather than merely as a device to evoke fear and heighten tension.
Detective Jamie Brooke is assigned to a murder that took place at the Royal College of Surgeons. The assignment comes as she is standing at the bedside of her terminally ill daughter. Death itself is an ever-present character in Desecration. Jamie Brooke is one of the most fully developed, multi-dimensional detective characters I have ever read.
The narration and the writing blend seamlessly to produce a fully immersive experience that is both thriller and mystery.
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Where does Desecration rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It is number 2 on my list of top audiobooks.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Blake Daniel was fantastic. A tortured man with a beautiful soul, running away from his calling in life. I laughed out loud at his dry sense of humour and cannot wait to see him appear in more of J. F. Penn's fantastic novels.
What does Rosalind Ashford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Rosalind Ashford brought the characters to life through accent and pulling me into the story. Her way of connecting with the characters was fascinating and I could hear the raw emotion in her voice as she read chapter 14. That was one of the best chapters in the book!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed at Blake Daniel's dry sense of humour and I cried, sobbed actually while sitting on the train home from work as I listened to chapter 14. I don't want to give what happens away but this was such a profound and deeply moving part of J. F. Penn's work. Lastly, I blanched quite a bit at the desecration and felt angry with the nasty inhumane characters. I wanted to help Jamie get out of danger and see her bring them to justice for the horrific crimes they committed.
Any additional comments?
I absolutely loved this audiobook and found that I literally could not stop listening. I was pulled into Jamie's world and as confronting as some of the events were in the story, I loved her and her gritty determination.This would have been a fantastic read, but the audiobook brings this story to life in a vivid way.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is a truly terrible book.
It has been the subject of a publicity campaign, but that doesn't make it good. It relies on cheap sensationalist gore, necrophilia and blatant heart string tugging (dead daughter anyone?) to cover for a ludicrous story line and a lack of character development.
On top of this the narration is terrible, delivered in an unimaginative style with the occasional appearance of an Irish accent that ranks amongst the worse I've heard,
Do yourself a favour - don't buy this book.
Difficult subject matter that gets more so as the story progresses but well written and enjoyable. Not a fan of the narrator but have bought book 2.