Forensic physician, Dr Anya Crichton, is looking forward to uninterrupted time with her 6 year old son, Ben, aboard a luxury cruise ship. Unfortunately for Anya, right from the very get go she finds herself embroiled in a case that may just shed light on what really happens on the open sea.
The body of a teenage girl is found shoved in a cupboard, dripping wet. With no obvious cause of death and the nearest port still days away, Anya volunteers her expertise.
Stumbling across a sordid pattern of sexual assault, disappearances and drug use, Anya soon finds herself drawn into the underbelly of life aboard the ship. With a crew too afraid to talk and management determined to hide its sinister secrets, just who can Anya trust?
Shadowed by the head of security whose loyalties soon come into question and with more victims than answers, one thing soon becomes clear- there is a killer aboard. This could be the one place on earth you’re almost guaranteed to get away with rape and murder.
Kathryn Fox has again delivered a who-dunnit that will hold you captive until the very last sentence. Back dropped against luxury and excess, this is a case full of twist and turns and revelations you will never see coming. In fact, I became so immersed in the case, the outside world ceased to exist. I devoured the novel in less than 24 hours.
Fox has found a balance between the more horrifying aspects of the crime and the forensics tools used to bring the perp to justice, without leaving you feeling bogged down in medical mumbo jumbo. There is something undeniably “human” about Anya and she certainly quickly becomes the person you want firmly on your side should disaster befall you. The supporting cast are also well assembled and all add to the mystique and bring a deeply emotional topic to life. This is more than just your typical crime drama; this shines the spotlight on some of the best and worst sides of the human condition.
If you haven’t as yet entered the Fox’s imagination, seriously what are you waiting for? This and her previous five novels in the series also work well as standalones, but I do warn you – once you meet Anya, you will be hooked. Fox certainly more than holds her own in the competitive world of crime writing and will appeal to fans of Reichs and Cornwell alike.
Cold Grave- Kathryn Fox
Released 1st July 2012