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Nothing stings like betrayal. Kelly Jacks had a lover’s bond with evidence. The driest, most anti-septic crime scene would spread open for her, yielding its secrets. No wonder the cops called her the Blood Whisperer. And then it all went bad. Framed for an ugly murder, Kelly knew the evidence would clear her… and then it didn’t. After years in prison, Kelly is finally free. Free to take the only job she can get: Cleaning up the crime scenes she used to investigate. Free to trust anyone she finds trustworthy, which would be no one. And free, once again, to wake up next to a dead body and clutching a weapon. Remembering nothing. And certain of only two things: Evidence doesn’t love her anymore, and someone really wants her behind bars.
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About the Author
Zoë Sharp is a British crime writer best known for the "Charlie Fox" thriller series, which she started writing after receiving death threats in the course of her work as a photojournalist. She lives in the English Lake District.
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The Blood Whisperer based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Kelly Jacks is the eponymous protagonist in what promises to be a new series by Zoe Sharp. I wondered to myself, ‘blood whisperer’? Is that anything like a ‘horse whisperer?’ Well, yes, it is, actually. Kelly is, as the author puts it, “someone who seemed to be able to coax evidence out of the most unpromising of schemes.” Now 40 years old, the former CSI now works for McCarron Specialist Cleaning Services, the services in question being performed at crime scenes after they are released by the police. She’s gone from being the first on the scene for nearly 10 years as a CSI, to being the last. The crime scene Kelly is working as the book opens is one where a woman’s body has been found in her bathtub, an apparent suicide. But Kelly has her doubts. And those doubts open up a world of threats, hurt and violence as others try to stop her from pursuing them. After the wonderful Charlie Fox series, including ten novels, a short story collection and a novella, the author has managed to create another strong female lead with an intriguing background: Kelly started her new job upon her release from five years of incarceration after having been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, still proclaiming her innocence. Ms. Sharp has produced a complex plot which includes Russian gangsters and the top tiers of English horse-racing, with steadily increasing suspense and a sense of calamity to come as the book races to its conclusion, neither the protagonists nor the reader knowing how it will end, but bracing for the worst: they’ve already seen the brutality of which their foes are capable and suspect that something far wore is still to come. There is an unexpected twist near the end, and another one I certainly never saw coming after that! This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel. I particularly loved the author’s descriptions of, among other things, the English weather, e.g., “The rain had peered out into indifference leaving behind dirty grey clouds like a sulk.” As with all Ms. Sharp’s earlier books, this one too is recommended.
Highly recommend this book - it is brilliant The Blood Whisperer by Zoë Sharp has restored my love for the thriller/mystery genre, and reminded me what it is about the genre that I love so much. This is a standalone novel featuring Kelly Jacks. It tells the story of how Kelly ended up on the other side of the spectrum, as a clean-up specialist rather than a crime scene specialist. Kelly is a really strong character, and I certainly wouldn’t mess with her. She has some serious skills which she picked up when she was serving time in prison for murder, and she is not scared to use them when necessary. She is on a mission - she is determined to clear her name of the latest charges against her, and will not stop until she gets the answers. Things don’t always go according to plan though, and she finds herself in some difficult situations. It is a great story, with lots of twists and turns I never saw coming, and yet when they burst onto the page I was both amazed and impressed. As is usual with Zoë Sharp, the writing is brilliant, the plot masterful and the characters all well thought out and executed, which is a huge plus for me – I like to feel a connection to the characters portrayed. I am unashamedly a ‘people watcher’, I like to know what makes people tick, and Zoë Sharp nails this perfectly – her characters come alive on the page, from the main character to the random guy in the office, they are all people with a history, they are people you would either like to get to know, or would avoid at all costs. It is always such a pleasure to read a book by this author.