Body and Soul by John Harvey. A review.

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Release Date: 19th April 2018


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From the master of British Crime Writing comes Frank Elder’s last case.

‘The heavy manacles around the girl’s wrists, perhaps not surprisingly, looked very much like the ones that had been found on the studio floor. For a moment, she had a vision of the chain to which they were attached being swung through the air, taking on force and speed before striking home.Then swung again.’

When his estranged daughter Katherine appears on his doorstep, ex-Detective Frank Elder knows that something is wrong.

Katherine has long been troubled, and Elder has always felt powerless to help her.

But now Katherine has begun to self-destruct.

The breakdown of her affair with a controversial artist has sent her into a tailspin which culminates in murder.

And as Elder struggles to protect his daughter and prove her innocence, the terrors of the past threaten them both once more …


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Rating: 4.5 stars

This book and review contain possible triggers with sexual assault and self harm being part of the story.

The writing experience of John Harvey is evident in the well penned tense, dark journey of a father out to protect his troubled daughter.

This is a well crafted, nicely paced and exciting thriller that had me invested from very early on. (after a slightly slow beginning the story gains a far more enjoyable pace!)

I have not read any of the previous books in the Frank Elder series and there were points that I felt it would have been advantageous to have read others in the series but overall it did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying this story.

Franks daughter, Katherine, has had a tough journey that includes a rape when she was a teenager and a history of self harm. Understandably she is a complex character and a complex yet well explained plot is woven around his need to  prove her innocent of committing the murder of the artist that she was modelling for and seeing romantically by investigating the crime. He also needs to protect his daughter from the man who raped her when she was in her teens and has now escaped from incarceration, proving to still be a very real threat.

I won’t give details of the ending but will say that it doesn’t disappoint.

I would like to thank John Harvey, Cornerstone, Penguin Random House Publishers and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Body and Soul.


6 thoughts on “Body and Soul by John Harvey. A review.

  1. Great review, I never heard about this series until now and it looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and very intriguing. I am really intrigued to check it out one day, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

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