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From a New York Times bestselling author comes the chilling follow-up to the Thriller Award winner The Body Reader. Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slayings that has become her From a New York Times bestselling author comes the chilling follow-up to the Thriller Award winner The Body Reader. Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slayings that has become her latest obsession at Homicide.At first, Jude and her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, can see no pattern to the seemingly random methods, the crime scenes, or the victims—until they’re approached by a brilliantly compulsive math professor. He believes that the madman’s next move is not incalculable; in fact, it’s all part of a sequential and ingenious numerical riddle. His theory is adding up. The body count is rising.But when the latest victim is found in Jude’s apartment, the puzzle comes with a personal twist that’s going to test the breaking point of her already-fragile state of mind. For all she knows, her number may be up.


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From a New York Times bestselling author comes the chilling follow-up to the Thriller Award winner The Body Reader. Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slayings that has become her From a New York Times bestselling author comes the chilling follow-up to the Thriller Award winner The Body Reader. Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slayings that has become her latest obsession at Homicide.At first, Jude and her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, can see no pattern to the seemingly random methods, the crime scenes, or the victims—until they’re approached by a brilliantly compulsive math professor. He believes that the madman’s next move is not incalculable; in fact, it’s all part of a sequential and ingenious numerical riddle. His theory is adding up. The body count is rising.But when the latest victim is found in Jude’s apartment, the puzzle comes with a personal twist that’s going to test the breaking point of her already-fragile state of mind. For all she knows, her number may be up.

30 review for The Body Counter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Body Counter Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries, Book 2 By: Anne Frasier Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith A good follow up book but it wasn't as good as book one but still good! A serial killer and it is messing with her slightly unstable mind. I think it went too overboard on our gal's weakness instead of her strengths. I was a bit out off by that. Although I liked the book, I don't think I will read more in the series if she is going to cripple the heroine so much. The narration was excellent!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I haven't read the first book in this series, The Body Reader, but you get enough information in this book to get the gist of that story. Detective Jude Fontaine was kidnapped and held captive for three years. But, she got away and is now working again, although her ordeal is still causing problems like nightmares and a dislike of people touching her. In The Body Counter is she and her partner Uriah Ashby, (Yeah I can't stop thinking Uriah Heep) after a madman that is killing people, at first wha I haven't read the first book in this series, The Body Reader, but you get enough information in this book to get the gist of that story. Detective Jude Fontaine was kidnapped and held captive for three years. But, she got away and is now working again, although her ordeal is still causing problems like nightmares and a dislike of people touching her. In The Body Counter is she and her partner Uriah Ashby, (Yeah I can't stop thinking Uriah Heep) after a madman that is killing people, at first what it seems like a random pattern. Then, a math professor tells them his theory. Which makes a frightening pattern with increasing numbers of murders. The book is good, I found the story interesting and engaging. However, part of me feels that this wounded heroine theme, a female detective with demons in the past (not actually demons, unfortunately, that would have been interesting) is everywhere now. I read a lot of books like this and that means that they have to really feel different, or at least truly grab me for me to really like it. This one just didn't grab me. I didn't feel like I needed to read the first book right away or long for the next book. It's OK, but the book wasn't that thrilling nor truly surprising. Would I recommend it? Yes, because the writing is good and just because I didn't love the book doesn't it mean that it won't pull other readers in. If I get the chance to read the next book would I do it because I did enjoy the story and the partnership between Jude and Uriah. I want to thank Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kira

    The murders were gruesome and increasing at an alarming rate. They were more disgusting and shocking than those in the last book. Some of the people involved were known part way through the book. It was just as important with the sequence of these murders to figure out why as well as who was doing them. Once again Jude and Uriah's relationship was central to the story. The bond they share is interesting. They're incredibly close in their own somewhat distant way. The reason their relationship wor The murders were gruesome and increasing at an alarming rate. They were more disgusting and shocking than those in the last book. Some of the people involved were known part way through the book. It was just as important with the sequence of these murders to figure out why as well as who was doing them. Once again Jude and Uriah's relationship was central to the story. The bond they share is interesting. They're incredibly close in their own somewhat distant way. The reason their relationship works so well is that neither of them wants nor consciously expects anything from the other. If they started placing demands on each other, things would fall apart quickly. In some ways, the overall tone of the book wasn't quite as dark as The Body Reader. Jude was stable but still fragile. Her strength and resilience is remarkable. Little bits of normalcy were beginning to creep back in. I loved her character development. I am very curious to see how Jude changes as the series goes on especially once she learns about the secret that was revealed at the end. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me this in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Malina Skrobosinski

    Well, after waiting two very long years for the next in this series, I have to say, I didn't love this one near as much as I loved the first. In the The Body Reader you were gripped right from the start, however, with The Body Counter, I can't say that I ever found the level of suspense or even the level of emotional empathy of the captivating nature. That is, not until the very end. The very end might have been the saving grace for me. It has left me intrigued enough to want to move forward wit Well, after waiting two very long years for the next in this series, I have to say, I didn't love this one near as much as I loved the first. In the The Body Reader you were gripped right from the start, however, with The Body Counter, I can't say that I ever found the level of suspense or even the level of emotional empathy of the captivating nature. That is, not until the very end. The very end might have been the saving grace for me. It has left me intrigued enough to want to move forward with the series to see how this new character Elliot will advance in the storyline. One thing I can say for Anne Frasier is that she creates very strong characters. Though Jude may not be someone that the reader can easily connect to, it's easy to understand her nature. She's dealing with her tragic past the only way she knows how, and to many, it's not the most conventional, or even healthy way to move on. One thing we get to see here is Jude connecting more, we see her connect to her partner Uriah, with his medical struggles, we see her connect to the stray "roof cat" that has proved to provide her with more comfort than she realized, but most of all, we begin to see her take an interest in Elliot, someone of the opposite sex... a man... only is her trust misplaced? I'm looking forward to the next in the series where we get to learn more about Elliot and see just how things will progress for he and Jude. This is going to be very, very, interesting. I want to thank NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and Anne Frasier for allowing me the opportunity to read this novel in exchange for my review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book

    Fast paced read with so many twists and turns. What struck me as we revisit with Detective Jude Fontaine is how utterly strong she is, and so very damaged. She endured the unthinkable for the better part of 3 years. How she is functioning is beyond me, and she is a brilliant detective. The story development as well as how this author portrays her blows me away. Her partner Detective Uriah Ashby is in his own right damaged too. And my opinion is she is stronger than him. Actually it’s described in Fast paced read with so many twists and turns. What struck me as we revisit with Detective Jude Fontaine is how utterly strong she is, and so very damaged. She endured the unthinkable for the better part of 3 years. How she is functioning is beyond me, and she is a brilliant detective. The story development as well as how this author portrays her blows me away. Her partner Detective Uriah Ashby is in his own right damaged too. And my opinion is she is stronger than him. Actually it’s described in the book that he is more of a beta guy...and I agree AND she is more alpha. And he draws from her strength and ability to shut down and detach at a crime scene. And in this book they were especially gruesome crimes. The story was twisted and unique to me with its premise. And I am very interested in what’s going to happen with characters. And with the twist that was thrown out there in the end. This author has such a strong, unique voice in this genre. She is an auto read for me! If you like dark, twisted mysteries with characters that are damaged and brilliant. This author is a MUST! This series is epic! Dark, gritty and disturbing, LOVE the twists & turns, love the the damaged yet brilliant characters! Can’t wait for more!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    4.5 Stars for this riveting follow up of The Body Reader. In the Body Counter, we are introduced to a new gruesome case with the same awesome detectives and a continuation of their personal stories. This can be read as a standalone but I wouldn't recommend it. The best part of this book has been experiencing Jude's growth process in overcoming the trauma she endured in the first part of The Body Reader and in The Body Counter Uriah's character has become more complex. The crime solving is interes 4.5 Stars for this riveting follow up of The Body Reader. In the Body Counter, we are introduced to a new gruesome case with the same awesome detectives and a continuation of their personal stories. This can be read as a standalone but I wouldn't recommend it. The best part of this book has been experiencing Jude's growth process in overcoming the trauma she endured in the first part of The Body Reader and in The Body Counter Uriah's character has become more complex. The crime solving is interesting and at times shocking but Jude and Uriah are the stars. Their secrets, their personalities, and their relationship have been a slow reveal over the course of the series and to miss any of it it, is to miss out on what has made this series special to me. The author has a clear and direct voice that makes for an easy read and the character's story is one that I've loved watching evolve.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Reen

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for an ARC of The Body Counter by Anne Frasier. Frasier is one of my favourite writers in the thriller/suspense genre and always writes stories with a unique angle. Detective Jude Fontaine learned through experience how to read facial expressions and body language after being abducted and then held captive in an underground cell. She has been mentally and physically tortured, beaten and raped and survived. She escaped and killed her abductor and eventual Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for an ARC of The Body Counter by Anne Frasier. Frasier is one of my favourite writers in the thriller/suspense genre and always writes stories with a unique angle. Detective Jude Fontaine learned through experience how to read facial expressions and body language after being abducted and then held captive in an underground cell. She has been mentally and physically tortured, beaten and raped and survived. She escaped and killed her abductor and eventually returns to work as a homicide detective despite the reservations of many around her. She has a new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, who has a dark past of his own. The two of them investigate a serial killer who targets young women, who go missing and then turn up dead later. Jude has a dysfunctional relationship with her father, a well know politician as well as her brother. She is definitely a damaged woman and the story switches back and forth between a captive Jude and present day Jude, and you wonder if she can hold it together and continue to do her job as well as she does. This story is gritty, fast paced with so much going on that it keeps you totally enthralled. Great job Ms Frasier!

  8. 4 out of 5

    julia ☆ [owls reads]

    #1 The Body Reader: ★★★★★ * 3 stars! * “You’re going to be okay.” The Body Counter isn’t as captivating as the previous novel, but it’s still pretty good! The narrative is really engaging and Jude continues to be a very intriguing character. I do find that the mystery arc this time around is a bit too weird and unrealistic for me? It doesn’t seem to be that well developed, especially when certain elements of it are brought up during the investigation as a big clue, but then are droppe #1 The Body Reader: ★★★★★ * 3 stars! * “You’re going to be okay.” The Body Counter isn’t as captivating as the previous novel, but it’s still pretty good! The narrative is really engaging and Jude continues to be a very intriguing character. I do find that the mystery arc this time around is a bit too weird and unrealistic for me? It doesn’t seem to be that well developed, especially when certain elements of it are brought up during the investigation as a big clue, but then are dropped along the way and never mentioned again. The most compelling aspect of the story is the one tied to Jude’s personal journey. Anne Frasier is a wonderful writer and really captures just how shut off Jude is from everyone and how conflicted she is over what happened to her. Her POV chapters are still some of the most interesting ones in the novel and it’s lovely to see how far she’s come in her recovery. As mentioned above, the main mystery/investigation arc is pretty out there? I’m finding that’s a theme in the series, but this one is a little too unrealistic for me. The pieces take a while to come together and a few are forgotten along the way. Frasier makes it a point to bring in comparisons of real life cult readers to what’s going on here, but that’s never fully realized or addressed in the novel, so it falls flat. I also find it doesn’t really have all that much relevance to the overall story. The plot does set up some pretty intriguing reveals for the next installment, though. I also really like how it deals with the aftermath of the last book in terms of Jude’s father and how the world reacts to what happened to him. It serves as another form of conflict and the chapters that touch on it are really well done. The introduction of a new character related to that is also really exciting! In the end, The Body Counter is a good and fast read, but doesn’t live up to the previous installment. It’s still an interesting take on Jude’s life and the development of other characters and the writing is engrossing and easy to follow. The mystery this time around doesn’t work for me, but it’s still pretty fun. * Series: #2 in the Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries series. POV: Told mostly from Jude and Uriah’s POVs. Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[Gore. (hide spoiler)] Cliffhanger: No. HEA: (view spoiler)[Nope. (hide spoiler)] Up Next: The Body Keeper.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather Fineisen

    Jude Fontaine is back. This second entry in the series features a math theory killer resulting in mass killings. Many twists and turns , while some are more than convenient, make for a page turner. The main players go through some character development and the chemistry between Fontaine and her partner grows. There's a cliff hanger that promises more to come. A quick and easy read in a series worth following. Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley

  10. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    The Body Counter, shares a chilling murder-mystery with twists and turns to keep you guessing.  A serial killer (s) is escalating and the body count is increasing with each kill.  Detective Jude Fontaine along with her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby are investigating the case. There seem to be no connections between the victims and there are no witnesses. The killer or killers are also using random methods to kill the victims. The case has the detectives stumped until a brilliant math professor s The Body Counter, shares a chilling murder-mystery with twists and turns to keep you guessing.  A serial killer (s) is escalating and the body count is increasing with each kill.  Detective Jude Fontaine along with her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby are investigating the case. There seem to be no connections between the victims and there are no witnesses. The killer or killers are also using random methods to kill the victims. The case has the detectives stumped until a brilliant math professor shares his theory with them. He believes the killer (s) are following a math riddle.  The mystery was riveting with colorful suspects, charismatic players and plenty of twists to keep even a seasoned reader guessing. We also spend time with Jude as she becomes re-acclimated to the world around her. Jude is a strong complex and clever character who is equally broken. She cannot shake the memories of her captivity and captor. She deals with it in a style that is completely Jude and I was both appalled and fascinated. I was a tad worried switching from book format to audio. I create voices in my head when reading, however, Emily Smith-Sutton's narration captured Jude. The story itself works well on audio, adding to the suspense and connecting me to the characters. Emily did an impressive job with both male and female characters added dimension and emotions. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  11. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    "People were resilient. They became who they needed to be in order to survive." The second book in the Jude Fontaine series. This is a new crime with new victims and bad guys. It was intriguing to go through another crime with Jude. She is still using those skills she picked up while being held hostage all those years but she's also struggling to find out who she was and trying to see who the person in the middle is somewhere. She still has roof cat and she still has her place and she still has h "People were resilient. They became who they needed to be in order to survive." The second book in the Jude Fontaine series. This is a new crime with new victims and bad guys. It was intriguing to go through another crime with Jude. She is still using those skills she picked up while being held hostage all those years but she's also struggling to find out who she was and trying to see who the person in the middle is somewhere. She still has roof cat and she still has her place and she still has her partner. Their dynamic and learning to work together is even better in this book. The mystery and crime are fast paced and, although super gruesome, easy to get through and want to know where the next step is. I'm so glad I was able to finish this in one sitting - and that I started early. I don't think I would have been able to stop reading no matter the hour! I'll definitely move on to the next one!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Anne Frasier is the pen name of Theresa Weir, widely known for her excellent memoir, The Orchard. Her fiction stands out, in my opinion, for her deep and compassionate understanding of physic pain. This book is the second in a police procedural series set in Minneapolis about 35-year-old Police Detective Jude Fontaine. (The author does a great job in filling readers in on what happened in the earlier book, so this one can easily be read as a standalone.) Jude's police career was interrupted when Anne Frasier is the pen name of Theresa Weir, widely known for her excellent memoir, The Orchard. Her fiction stands out, in my opinion, for her deep and compassionate understanding of physic pain. This book is the second in a police procedural series set in Minneapolis about 35-year-old Police Detective Jude Fontaine. (The author does a great job in filling readers in on what happened in the earlier book, so this one can easily be read as a standalone.) Jude's police career was interrupted when she was kidnapped. She had spent three years prisoner in a small cage, and during that time she was tortured, tased and repeatedly raped before she managed to get out of the cage and kill her captor. Now she has stark white hair and numerous scars making her instantly recognizable to the people of Minneapolis. She became even more well known after - in the last book and shortly after she rejoined the force - she killed her estranged father who not only was the governor, but who was a serial rapist and killer in his spare time, abetted by his son, whom Jude also killed. When she came back on the job, she was partnered with the head of homicide, Detective Uriah Ashby. The partnership is working out, although Jude is slow to trust anyone, and their relationship is fragile, “still in the building-trust stage….” Uriah too has had emotional trauma in his past. His wife committed suicide, and he suffers from repeated and debilitating migraines. Lately there have been a series of killings that show a similar M.O. to one another, but with the number of bodies increasing. A math professor contacts Jude and Uriah and points out that the killer is using the Fibonacci sequence: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13 …. Jude and Uriah somehow have to keep their own demons at bay as they struggle to find this new demon, because the imperative of the Fibonacci sequence means there will be an ever greater number of dead to come. Evaluation: This is an interesting and complex story, and the author’s character development of the two troubled main protagonists is excellent. The murders are gruesome, but the horror is never diminished or normalized. I look forward to the next installment! Rating: 3.5/5

  13. 5 out of 5

    Literati Literature Lovers

    Solid Police Procedural This is book two in the Jude Fontaine mystery. Jude is a police officer who for three years was held captive, raped and tortured. This book is a continuation of Jude’s attempt to reclaim her life; while also navigating the consequences of the events that took place in book one. In this book their are glimpses of the person Jude was in her prior life. The woman who seamlessly navigated social situations, not the scared woman left after years of abuse. The violence Jude suf Solid Police Procedural This is book two in the Jude Fontaine mystery. Jude is a police officer who for three years was held captive, raped and tortured. This book is a continuation of Jude’s attempt to reclaim her life; while also navigating the consequences of the events that took place in book one. In this book their are glimpses of the person Jude was in her prior life. The woman who seamlessly navigated social situations, not the scared woman left after years of abuse. The violence Jude suffered left it’s stain on her soul, but she is a survivor. She and her partner Uriah are on the hunt for a serial killer who likes to display the victims for the most impact. There are a ton of twists and turns and this is a butt stayed in the sit until done type book. Like all of Fraisers’ books this one is about the characters and seeing the relationship between Uriah and Jude blossom, gives me hope for Jude. The book reveal more up about Uriah and his family. I have my fingers crossed that Uriah continues to be Jude’s touchstone. I listened to the audiobook via kindle unlimited and the narrator gave an excellent performance.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laur💫

    This was #2 in the Jude Fontaine series and it falls short in great reads. The story felt a bit disjointed, especially if following on the same premise where she has the ability to read people, especially dead people, to help her solve crimes. Nothing spectacular in that scope and hardly even touched on. (Wasn’t she suppose to be honing and sharpening her skills?) Overall, I felt the main character development was disappointing, and I kept referring to previously read pages to remember who the m This was #2 in the Jude Fontaine series and it falls short in great reads. The story felt a bit disjointed, especially if following on the same premise where she has the ability to read people, especially dead people, to help her solve crimes. Nothing spectacular in that scope and hardly even touched on. (Wasn’t she suppose to be honing and sharpening her skills?) Overall, I felt the main character development was disappointing, and I kept referring to previously read pages to remember who the minor characters were and how they fit in. In one particular part of book, the murders that took place were far more gruesome and violently described. I found it to be unnerving and disturbing, and seriously considered whether or not to continue reading. The evil was there, but true motive throughout the book lacked. That being said, the story and plot started to tank, and for me, there wasn’t much mystery to unravel nor much of a big surprise ending. Not impressed with this one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Izzy

    I don't think the miss Anne Frasier is capable of a negatve review from me. Every book is unique, leaves me on my toes, and leaves me sitting on the edge of my seat. It also wouldn't be one of her books if I don't end up screaming "wait what?!" at the pages! SO GOOD! Do yourself a favor and pick this series up!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This one blew me away! I loved this one even more than the first book! I'm going to immediately buy the third book so I can continue on this amazing journey with Jude Fontaine!! This author is superb and I seriously can't get enough of her incredible storytelling! This would make an amazing movie! If you haven't read an Anne Frasier book you are missing out BIG-TIME!

  17. 5 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    I loved book #1 in this series and this was a great follow up.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Review written: June 4, 2018 Star Rating: ★★★★☆ Heat Rating: N/A An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. In 2016 I read The Body Reader and was so blown way by its emotional intensity, it became the book I recommended that year. Two years later, Frasier gives us The Body Counter. Once again, Jude Fontaine, along with her partner Uriah, is thrust into a deadly game. The Body Counter is like a game of cat and mouse. All the clues are Review written: June 4, 2018 Star Rating: ★★★★☆ Heat Rating: N/A An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. In 2016 I read The Body Reader and was so blown way by its emotional intensity, it became the book I recommended that year. Two years later, Frasier gives us The Body Counter. Once again, Jude Fontaine, along with her partner Uriah, is thrust into a deadly game. The Body Counter is like a game of cat and mouse. All the clues are there, but putting them together is not easy. I missed on my guesses which made me very happy. Unfortunately, The Body Counter does not recreate the emotional intensity of The Body Reader and lacks the immediacy and personal relationship that held the previous book together. In other words, this books is not about Jude, not the way The Body Reader was. In fact, I'd say this book is far more about Uriah. The black box that is Uriah begins to open in The Body Counter. We learn far more about his backstory, the loss of his wife, his parents, even his childhood. As the killings escalate, Jude and readers see his vulnerabilities and the slow forging of deeply emotional connections between him and Jude. (view spoiler)[At one point, he needs Jude with him at a crime scene, barely keeping it together until she is suddenly there letting him lean on her. It is a simple and beautiful moment, one of the few that are deeply emotionally charged. (hide spoiler)] Jude is still struggling to deal with the consequences and fallout from both her captivity and the later events with her father and brother. Where before, those emotions were all over the place, she now has an iron grip on herself (except when she sleeps) and that throws up a veil between her and the reader. She is calm, cool, collected, supporting others' emotional struggles, but she herself is rarely emotional. (view spoiler)[Her realization that she needs Uriah when the hospital tests come out clean is one of the few moments when her emotions are writ large. (hide spoiler)] The one place where Frasier consistently conveys Jude's emotions are how she deals with the house (her captor's house) being put in the market. From her frequent excursions there to her reactions (and Uriah's reactions) to others' attempts to unsettle her, to her finally dealing with it, that house is an important player in The Body Counter. This is a slow burn book. While that is consistent with the beginnings of the murders - they are based on the Fibonacci sequence - it also made it hard for me as a reader to get into the book. It started off pretty slowly. We reached eight in the sequence before things truly changed for me and I became emotionally gripped by the story. At that point, there are enough characters floating around to make some educated guesses as to what is happening. It also meant that characters other than Jude and Uriah were starting to take shape. Unfortunately, just as they were taking shape, they were also disappearing. It was very difficult to get a handle on any sort of villain. That was disappointing to me because I do so love a good villain. When my guesses proved wrong, I was excited. But I still lacked a real connection to either Jude or the villains of the piece. One character that did stand out to me was Elliott and I hope I will learn more there. I usually don't mention anything about the cover art when I review a book. In this case, I feel it deserves a mention. I liked but didn't understand the cover art before I read the book, but having read The Body Counter now, I find it particularly compelling and interesting. The Body Counter may not have packed the emotional punch of The Body Reader , but it was a wonderful book. I'm pretty sure I remember reading that there will be a third book (at least) and I am very eager to read it. This review is ©June 2018 by Monique N. and has been posted to Netgalley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    With the first book in this series I was blown away if you haven’t read or listened to it you really must. The Body Counter is full of mystery around numbers and how the bodies add up and are displayed. Never in a million years would I have worked the meaning of it was. The author brings to life an amazing story of a serial killer who leaves few clues and no rhyme or reason for the killings as well as some wonderful characters on the hunt for a mad man before the bodies start adding up. I really With the first book in this series I was blown away if you haven’t read or listened to it you really must. The Body Counter is full of mystery around numbers and how the bodies add up and are displayed. Never in a million years would I have worked the meaning of it was. The author brings to life an amazing story of a serial killer who leaves few clues and no rhyme or reason for the killings as well as some wonderful characters on the hunt for a mad man before the bodies start adding up. I really loved how the author laid this out, keeping you guessing, the mystery as well as how it twisted leaving you hanging on the edge. A great plot with some great characters, from the first moment that I picked this up I couldn’t put it down and listened to it at one setting. I didn’t feel the connection that I did with Jude in the first book in this series but I still was hooked from the first page. It was very hard to work out who did it but at the same time you work out people involved, there is mystery, danger along with a lot of excitement, thrills, a few chills that had my mouth dropping, a few shocking scenes, as well as an adrenaline rush that will keep you hanging on. It is a story you don’t want to miss and one that will keep you guessing until the end. Emily Sutton-Smith does an outstanding job of narration. She pulls you in giving you wonderful character voices with outstanding emotions never leaving you guessing what each character feels. Her tones are right on the money giving you a power listen full of feeling. Not much has changed from the first time I have listened to her, she does an outstanding job on Jude’s character giving you the flat voice you would come to expect of a woman who has been through so much. This is one narrator that knows how to give you an adrenaline hush keeping you spellbound until the end. Both her male and female voices are a delight really giving each character the tones and emotions you would expect them to have. There are no background noises, no volume changes and no repeating of words, I could not tell when a break was taken it was just one smooth, clear audio that I got lost in. She gives just the right amount of pause so the story sinks in and holds you spellbound. Just as she did with the first book in this series she held me from the first word until the last. Jude is strong she has to be to deal with all she has, but she is weak, she doesn’t like to show emotions of any kind and those she does show are real. She is complex but yet easy to get to know. She is unique in so many ways, she knows who she is but is still finding her way. The house she was kept in still plays a very big role in her life. You feel sorry for her but at the same time she is your hero. There are so many mixed emotions going through your head as you listen to this audio, but I still feel that she is the sanest of us all. The author gives you a well-balanced story of horror, shock, delight, laughs, smiles and sorrow than turns your world upside down doing it all over again. It is well written and thought out leaving me in awe at how her mind works. The story moves around Jude touching on her past, I don’t feel you have to read the first book to know what is going on, but I am unsure why you won’t. It is the most powerful story with a mind-blowing plot just as this one is. Her partner is a sweetheart with issues of his own, there are some very troubling characters that will pull you in and a few that will shock you. I know I set with my mouth hung open more than once. There are no words to tell you just what a very talented author Ms. Frasier is and just how much this series has touched me. What an outstanding move this would make having you glued to your seats replaying it all over in your head again. It isn’t a book you will forget very easy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nora

    Anne Frasier delivers in a stunning sequel to The Body Reader. As a serious lover of books, particularly psychological thrillers, I have learned that there are "books" and then there are "reads". To me, a "read" means being completely sucked into a story that blocks out one's surroundings, and immerses them in the characters' worlds. Anne Frasier does that. You can't take this along as a "beach read" or any other method that involves quick little bits and pieces when you have time. This kind of Anne Frasier delivers in a stunning sequel to The Body Reader. As a serious lover of books, particularly psychological thrillers, I have learned that there are "books" and then there are "reads". To me, a "read" means being completely sucked into a story that blocks out one's surroundings, and immerses them in the characters' worlds. Anne Frasier does that. You can't take this along as a "beach read" or any other method that involves quick little bits and pieces when you have time. This kind of story is a true literary experience. You become a part of Jude Fontaine. When you read the Body Reader, you met a character so damaged, yet so powerful, that you felt like you were living her tragedy and ultimate comeback from being stripped of everything that holds a human together mentally. Frasier developed Jude so deeply in the first book in this series, and picks us up right where she left us in the second. The perpetrators of evil in this book are base, and gore filled in their work, but the true horror of evil is once again illustrated in the damage to the mind. Personally, I think this is one of Frasier's greatest talents, taking the reader through the human condition that's been damaged. I have very rarely read books that capture that so well, and that is what makes this book a "read". I thoroughly suggest that you take your time with this book. If it's been awhile, I would suggest you re-read The Body Reader so you can revisit the horror Jude Fontaine has already endured, before embarking on this journey. Truly, sit back and let Anne Frasier take you on a journey that can't be matched. I have never seen an author develop a character so vividly as Frasier does with the characters in these books. You feel their desperation, their isolation in their fight to survive, their will to live, not physically, but mentally. You feel their compassion that has managed to remain despite the evil they lived through. If you are the kind of reader that seeks the "read", then you cannot go wrong with anything Anne Frasier continues to put out. She is genius in her quest to provide an experience, not just an activity. And that is a true gift.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Herman

    Another good detective story, continues saga of Jude Fontaine this time a serial killing group using a math formula with various other plot twists and turns, well written as usual I’m really enjoying this woman murder detective series. One thing did bother me was her unpredictable go it alone attitude I thought would have created legal nightmares if the case ever went to court. (Seems as if all the suspects die in the end which is probably a good thing for a good defense lawyer would probably te Another good detective story, continues saga of Jude Fontaine this time a serial killing group using a math formula with various other plot twists and turns, well written as usual I’m really enjoying this woman murder detective series. One thing did bother me was her unpredictable go it alone attitude I thought would have created legal nightmares if the case ever went to court. (Seems as if all the suspects die in the end which is probably a good thing for a good defense lawyer would probably tear her apart on the stand) “So you thought she might have been lying regarding her role in the death of her parents but still you invited her to come and stay in your apartment?” “Was this because you killed your own father and brother and thought therefore the two of you might be able to relate to one another?” OBJECTION your honor! Sutained Counselor you will not lead the witness “Of course your honor, Detective Fontaine did not your own partner have you placed in a psychiatric hospital because he thought you were mentally unstable?” (Yup good stories but if any of these suspects ever made it to court a good lawyer would tear her up just like that). No wonder everyone In Minneapolis looks at her funny.

  22. 4 out of 5

    JG

    The Body Counter is the next book that follows Anne Frasier’s popular The Body Reader about a homicide detective who survived a henious crime and is trying to actually live in the real world again. For three years Jude Fontaine was a captive held in a small basement cell and subjected to horrific torture both of the physical and mental kind. When she escapes and manages to solve her own mystery it doesn’t lead to the happily ever after most people would expect. In The Body Reader, we find Jude s The Body Counter is the next book that follows Anne Frasier’s popular The Body Reader about a homicide detective who survived a henious crime and is trying to actually live in the real world again. For three years Jude Fontaine was a captive held in a small basement cell and subjected to horrific torture both of the physical and mental kind. When she escapes and manages to solve her own mystery it doesn’t lead to the happily ever after most people would expect. In The Body Reader, we find Jude still in homicide, still feeling unmoored and detached from emotions when another crime comes calling. This time it seems like a murder spree that has no rhyme or meaning. With her partner Uriah Ashby, who also suffers from his own tormented past, Jude must find out who the murderer is before more are killed. The Body Reader is a fantastic suspense thriller that keeps you on edge, not because of what the villain might do but more on how the protagonist acts when faced with the crime. Jude Fontaine is a complicated, intensely deep and emotionally strong but fragile character and its her journey that makes this series so perfect.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Jude and Uriah are back and trying to find the Fibonacci Killers. Of course, just like in THE BODY READER, we get equal detective mystery and a character study in survival. Jude and Uriah both have their own demons and this shows how they get through the day, do their job and just survive. I suggest reading this series in one go. It will make so much more sense. One story builds on another. And there are so many references to the previous book that you might as well read it first to get a grasp o Jude and Uriah are back and trying to find the Fibonacci Killers. Of course, just like in THE BODY READER, we get equal detective mystery and a character study in survival. Jude and Uriah both have their own demons and this shows how they get through the day, do their job and just survive. I suggest reading this series in one go. It will make so much more sense. One story builds on another. And there are so many references to the previous book that you might as well read it first to get a grasp on who Jude and Uriah are before going further. I feel for Jude who has bought the house where she was kept captive for three years. She finds a strange sense of comfort in the walls that held so much tragedy for her. This mystery is a roller coaster ride and you really need to pay attention to all the clues. At the end, there is a huge revelation which will lead into book three that just tears at your heart. How can one person go through so much and remain sane? I am stunned at how awesome this book series is becoming. I can definitely see it as a movie … a twisted psychological thriller. Stunning. Just stunning. My highest recommendation.

  24. 4 out of 5

    JadeShea

    Jude is still dealing with the stuff that happened in the previous book, and she seems to be well known among the people now. But when a new murder happens, it is all hands on deck, because it seems a serial killer has come out to play. Jude must do everything she can to assist, while also dealing with her own issues and her partners. This book was really good. I enjoyed the characters, and the mystery was awesome. I loved how Jude handled everything, and I'm wondering if there will be a love in Jude is still dealing with the stuff that happened in the previous book, and she seems to be well known among the people now. But when a new murder happens, it is all hands on deck, because it seems a serial killer has come out to play. Jude must do everything she can to assist, while also dealing with her own issues and her partners. This book was really good. I enjoyed the characters, and the mystery was awesome. I loved how Jude handled everything, and I'm wondering if there will be a love interest for her soon, since she seems to be re-learning everything. Other than that this story was really good. It pulls you in and keeps you guessing through out the whole book. I can't wait for more in this series now.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    4.5 I remembered quite a bit about the first novel as I listened to this one, even though I read it quite a bit ago. Jude Fontaine is difficult to forget, the corrupt governor's daughter, up-and-coming detective in the Minneapolis police who had been abducted and held captive in a dark cell for three years. Discovering her father (and brother too, I think) was cruel and corrupt, she had killed him/them in the line of duty. That was book number one. In this book she is pitted against a serial kil 4.5 I remembered quite a bit about the first novel as I listened to this one, even though I read it quite a bit ago. Jude Fontaine is difficult to forget, the corrupt governor's daughter, up-and-coming detective in the Minneapolis police who had been abducted and held captive in a dark cell for three years. Discovering her father (and brother too, I think) was cruel and corrupt, she had killed him/them in the line of duty. That was book number one. In this book she is pitted against a serial killer who is following the Fibonacci sequence in his bloody slaughters. Very bloody.... Fascinating story - one of those truly gritty, horrifying serial killer tomes. Jude Fontaine is fascinating, as is her partner, Uriah Ashby. Looking forward to number three.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    This second book in the Jude Fontaine Mysteries is on the one hand, semi-captivating because of the main characters, detectives Jude Fontaine and Uriah Ashbey, and on the other hand, presenting us with too much senseless killing, which I personally found irritating. Like I said, these books could be great, but they stay too much on the surface, as well with plot-line as with characterization. I need to know why these killers act as violently as they do in this book, otherwise we stay with sensel This second book in the Jude Fontaine Mysteries is on the one hand, semi-captivating because of the main characters, detectives Jude Fontaine and Uriah Ashbey, and on the other hand, presenting us with too much senseless killing, which I personally found irritating. Like I said, these books could be great, but they stay too much on the surface, as well with plot-line as with characterization. I need to know why these killers act as violently as they do in this book, otherwise we stay with senseless deaths and that is simply too depressing. Also, I want these two interesting detectives to have more depth and to share their thoughts. I had hoped these books would be more substantial, based on the ratings they received.

  27. 4 out of 5

    JoScho

    I read The Body Reader two years ago and loved it. I was very excited for this sequel. Jude is a complex character that has been through unspeakable events. This book gives us more insight into her relationship with her partner, Uriah, which I adore. They are investigating a gruesome set or murders that are killing in the Fibonacci sequence. The murders grow in numbers and brutality. This is a quick, engaging read and I look forward to the next one in the series. I do think if you are interested I read The Body Reader two years ago and loved it. I was very excited for this sequel. Jude is a complex character that has been through unspeakable events. This book gives us more insight into her relationship with her partner, Uriah, which I adore. They are investigating a gruesome set or murders that are killing in the Fibonacci sequence. The murders grow in numbers and brutality. This is a quick, engaging read and I look forward to the next one in the series. I do think if you are interested you should start with The Body Reader. Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and Anne Frasier for this Advanced Readers copy in return for my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Second in the series that was released June of 2018. Amazon offered this, and book #1, to Kindle Unlimited members along with the companion audio version. After reading the first book I went immediately into the second and was not disappointed. Love the way the relationship is unfolding between the two main characters, and love the way Anne Frasier adds breadcrumbs to the endings that keep you interested and waiting on the next book. Very good find for a series because I've never been able to rea Second in the series that was released June of 2018. Amazon offered this, and book #1, to Kindle Unlimited members along with the companion audio version. After reading the first book I went immediately into the second and was not disappointed. Love the way the relationship is unfolding between the two main characters, and love the way Anne Frasier adds breadcrumbs to the endings that keep you interested and waiting on the next book. Very good find for a series because I've never been able to read serial killer subject novels. Too horrific and cruel for my taste. These novels are written in a sensitive and insightful way that fascinates me and keeps me wanting more.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Hmm, I didn't like the murder plot in this book much because it's quite vague in reason but I did like the development of Jude's character. The Body Counter was averagely entertaining but I think the highlight was Jude's character development, her relationship with her partner and his problems. We also got a glimpse of old Jude and an introduction to a new interesting character.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Our two broken detectives are back with a dark and twisted tale of a killer using the Fibonacci sequence - the sequence goes 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 and so on.. So as you can imagine the body count – hence the title of the book – is pretty high in this suspenseful thriller. There are lots of twists and turns through out the book – both with the investigation and with the introduction to a new character who should make future books very interesting. Homicide detective Jude Fontaine is still deali Our two broken detectives are back with a dark and twisted tale of a killer using the Fibonacci sequence - the sequence goes 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 and so on.. So as you can imagine the body count – hence the title of the book – is pretty high in this suspenseful thriller. There are lots of twists and turns through out the book – both with the investigation and with the introduction to a new character who should make future books very interesting. Homicide detective Jude Fontaine is still dealing with emotional trauma of past. One on hand she is a tough, motorcycle riding excellent detective – on the other hand she wakes up every night screaming from nightmares. The author chooses a very unorthodox way for Jude to deal with demons in this book but yet you can understand her reasoning. Her partner Uriah Ashby is also still trying to get over the grief and guilt of his wife's suicide. Even as hard as it is for him he is helping the community to start a new program for suicide prevention. He and Jude's bond as friends and partners also grows stronger everyday. These two broken halves fit perfectly together and hold the other up when needed. This author has a great voice in the suspense/thriller genre and I can't wait to see where she is going to take these characters next and what twisted killer she will next have Jude and Uriah tracking down in future books.

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