Friday 5 September 2008

Forensic Thriller

Finished September 4
The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett
I've read the sequel to this already and thoroughly enjoyed it, so went back to catch this one. David Hunter moved from London to rural Norfolk three years before to escape his life after his wife and daughter were killed by a drunk driver. Hunter was a forensic anthropologist, but has taken on a job as a simple country doctor.
When a woman's body is discovered in the woods near where he lives, he struggles to not get involved, but under police pressure agrees to help with the enquiry. Life in the village changes as the inhabitants look at each other with suspicion and old resentments are awakened.
When someone David cares about goes missing and the police suspect the same murderer, David becomes involved with a passion, trying hard to work out the information he comes across in order to discover the killer's identity.
This is an interesting portrayal of village life and the feelings about outsiders, as well as about trust, human behaviour, and love.

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