Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fire Damage - Kate Medina

Kindle Edition

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: 24/03/16

Pages: 362

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Given for an honest review via Netgalley

The Blurb

To find a killer, she must unlock a child’s terror…

The first in an exciting new crime series featuring psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn – a brilliantly complex character who struggles with a dark past of her own. Perfect for fans of Nicci French and Val McDermid.

A traumatized little boy

Four years old, terrified, disturbed – Sami is a child in need of help. Now it’s up to psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn to find the cause of his suffering and unlock his darkest memories, before it’s too late.

A psychologist with a secret

Meanwhile Jessie is haunted by an awful truth of her own. She works alongside former patient, Captain Ben Callan, to investigate a violent death – but the ghosts of her past refuse to leave her.

A body washed up on the beach

When a burnt corpse is found on the Sussex coast, Jessie begins to uncover a link between her two cases – and a desperate killer will do anything to keep it buried…

My Thoughts

A year ago I wouldnt have got half way through this book but at 45 and finally having learnt the important life skill of patience I am glad I am a year late reviewing this fantastic book.

The story is full of messed up and traumatised people and probably the most in need of a psychologist is Jessie Flynn herself. Throughout the book we find out about her background and what has made her into the person she is.

Jessie is trying to help 4 year old Sami who appears to be suffering from PTSD after seeing his father, a burns victim in Afghanistan, for the first time after his injury. Jessie is also asked by a former patient and equally as messed up Captain Ben Callan to help with a case he is working on of a soldier dying in suspicious circumstances in Afghanistan. Add to this a washed up decomposed body that was killed by severe blunt trauma to the back of the head being investigated by Bobby "Marilyn" Simmons and we have an exciting slow burning thriller of a book that although seems a bit confusing and complicated really isnt.

The pay off at the end is worth it and really left me wanting to read the next book in the series.

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