Book Review: Body Language by A. K. Turner

Cassie Raven believes the dead can talk. We just need to listen . . .

People think being a mortuary technician is a seriously weird job. They can’t understand why I choose to cut up dead bodies for a living. But they don’t know what I know:

The dead want to tell us what happened to them.

I’ve eviscerated thousands of bodies, but never someone I know before – someone who meant a lot to me; someone I loved.

The pathologist says that her death was an accident.

Her body is telling me differently.

This book gripped me from the first page, it was one of those books that I picked up in every spare moment just to read the next little bit.

Cassie was such an engaging character and her determination to find answers and look after the dead in her care made her very likeable. She felt very ‘real’, with a plausible history and a real sense of self.

DS Flyte was also an interesting character and her experiences of joining a new team and feeling like an outsider also rang true. The two of them made a brilliant ‘odd pairing’ and it was interesting to watch their interactions over the course of the book.

The mortuary setting was interesting and the author handled it really well, it never felt gratuitous, instead it was an examination of a part of life that comes to all of us in the end.

An excellent story with characters who were well rounded from the start. I very much hope we will see more of Cassie Raven and DS Flyte in future.

With thanks to Bonnier Books and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for honest review. Body Language is available 26 November 2020.

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