Death isn't always the end.
From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, J.F.Penn, comes this emotionally charged thriller about the dark side of human nature.
LONDON—When the body of a murdered young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. An antique ivory figurine found beside the body her only lead, she enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant psychic, to help her discover the message it holds.
The investigation leads them to a sinister secret society known as the Lyceum, who revel in human vivisection and murder.
When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie has nothing left to lose and she must race against time to stop the mysterious Lyceum before it claims yet another victim.
As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and genetically engineered monsters, they must fight to maintain their sanity, and their lives.
A story of vengeance and justice, a dark mystery with an edge of the supernatural, Desecration will keep you turning pages.
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Desecration is set in London in current time. It features Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke. A murder takes place at The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and Jamie is called in to investigate. Jamie is dealing with a very tragic family situation, and filling her hours with work is a distraction that she needs to keep herself sane. J. F. Penn has a writing style that describes in great detail the murder and the crime scene of the Museum. The museum has quite a collection of bodies and body parts on display which can be unsettling for the faint of heart. J.F. Penn has obviously gone to a great deal of time in researching the locations for her books. I know she has been living in London for the past 4 years, and will soon be moving to another exotic location. As Jamie Brooke investigates the murder she comes across a Pharmaceutical company with questionable ethics. They seem to be doing controversial experiments. The company is owned by rich people with power and influence over local government and Scotland Yard. Jamie consults with Blake Daniel who gives her astonishing insight into the crime. Blake provides Jamie with clues and information she just can’t ignore. The book had a dramatic turn when Jamie’s own family is victimized by the Lyceum (a secret society of people who consider themselves to have the ultimate power of life and death). Jamie will do anything to protect someone she loves. Desecration was a good book to read and was suspenseful. I was able to get past the mental image of body parts in jars which were on display in the museum. There is no foul language and no sex scenes. There is murder and violence. J.F. Penn has an easy to read writing style, which provides great description and captures your attention. I look forward to the rest of the series to see what happens to Jamie and Blake next. I try not to give away any spoilers in my review, and feel that it’s the job of the author to describe and build up their characters. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First thoughts of the cover of Desecration by J.F. Penn? That woman has a gun, that’s a graveyard, and that’s an angel statue on a grave…this cannot go well for somebody. The main character is a detective in London named Jamie. She has a young daughter named Polly that is dying of Type two Motor Neuron Disease. This causes Jamie to be more risky with both her life and profession. In a way she’s trying to punish herself for her daughter slowly dying horribly. It’s heartbreaking. The Narrator is Rosalind Ashford. Her accent is lovely. It will tend to relax you. In my case, a bit to much. I had to keep backtracking because of this. The author is J.F. Penn. This book is seven hours and fifty-seven minutes long. For the first 2/3 of this book it was a quirky detective novel. The last 1/3 it went off the rails. That last one third of it being loco is actually a good thing. It helped spice up the book to keep me better interested in the story. The book centers around Detective Jamie trying to find the killer for a socialite that shuns her family and what they stand for. It brings into light some odd factors of corpses being turned into art pieces, body modifications such as tattoos and piercing, missing corpses, and mysterious group called the Lyceum. I would recommend this to be an eighteen and up book because of some very violent bloody scenes. This book left me wondering about how hinged people are normally. Can people walk around wearing a mask of normalcy and be crazy enough to believe that it is necessary to murder people for science or the ‘greater good’? Are there enough crazy people to follow someone into those delusions and commit crimes for them and with them? Is this the bases for the reasonings of why random cults pop up? I do not know, but I hope not. Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
I’d previously read J.F. Penn’s Pentecost, the first book in her Arkane thriller series, and was struck by how both this book and that one combined history and obscure (at least to me) areas of knowledge with the action happening in contemporary times. Although each book is very different, they both kept me off balance and constantly guessing where the story was going to go. That’s one of the main things I look for in a thriller. It’s hard to get excited if you know what’s coming. I got drawn into the struggles of the protagonist, Jamie. Not only in solving this case, but her personal life. Thriller readers should find Desecration well worth their time. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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