Sunday 28 August 2011

Review - The colour Of Death by Michael Cordy

The Colour of DeathThe Colour of Death by Michael Cordy

'I’m part of the Transworld Book Group!’

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the back cover

In a residential neighbourhood of Portland, Oregon, an unknown young woman uncovers a shocking crime by inexplicably sensing the evil within its walls. To the police, she is a mystery. She can't even tell them her own name. They christen her Jane Doe.

Suffering terrifying hallucinations, Jane is assigned to Nathan Fox, a forensic psychiatrist struggling with his own demons. Together they must piece together the jigsaw that is Janes identity.

Then a sequence of brutal killings terrorizes the city and Fox learns that Jane is the only cryptic link bewteen the unrelated victims. To solve the murders, Fox must discard his black and white preconceptions, look beyond the spectrum of normal human experience and confront the dark truth of her past...and his own.

My review

This is my second read from the Transworld book group and what a brilliant choice. The action starts right away in the prologue and by the first chapter I was hooked. Nathan Fox(Dr) and Jane Doe are our main characters and we are introduced to them straight away. For Nathan a doctor who is committed to his patients but wont let anyone get close to him after the horror he experienced as a child and losing his family.

Jane Doe we have to find out about her as she does herself, having no memory of why she saved the girls or even who she is or anything about herself except for a special genetic condition she has that scares her and shows her so much horror.

Between the two of them they work together to discover what is going on with Jane and her extraordinary "hallucinations" and before long they are tangled up in a web of murder and horror. Can Dr Nathan Fox find the key to helping Jane Doe remember who she is and what is has to do with these killings.

I loved this story, for a short while I thought I was going to not understand the condition Jane has as it is a bit complex but Michael Cordy explained it so easily in the book I got to learn about a new condition and understand it with ease. The book goes at a great pace and there is plenty of questions raised throughout the book. I love this with novels however hate that not every question gets answered, not in this case, Right up to the end your kept in suspense and then everything is explained, with an opening for a follow up maybe. Some of the scenes (especially near the end) are quite horrifying and uncomfortable to read (Delaney and Jane Doe scene) but it does not take anything away from the story.

This was my first Michael Cordy book and it won't be my last, I hope they make this into a series! 5/5 for me, a fantastic read, fresh and different and I stayed up all night to get it finished as I couldn't put it down.

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  1. I'm so glad you really enjoyed this one as it is also my second book for the Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge. I'll be starting it later on today :)

  2. I saw another review that got my interest but now I'll have to read it!


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