Title – Tainted Bodies
Author – Sarah Robinson
Series – The Photographer Trilogy, #1
He takes a picture of every woman he kills. A little memento of his favorite moments.
She takes nothing from anyone.
Kate Jackson listlessly floats through life with no purpose or direction, only pain and memories. A woman with a haunted past and a desolate future, the only thing she has to cling to is the close relationship with her sister, Annie. Until she meets the charming lawyer, Derrick Kane.
Just when she thinks she might have found the key to learning how to live again, maybe even how to love, The Photographer rips it all away from her with one click of his camera.
Determined to find a way to survive, Kate must choose between pursuing justice, or hiding her problems like she has done her entire life.
Little did Kate know that death could be the only thing to bring her back to life.
Or that this is just the beginning…
I absolutely loved this book! It was so different than what I’ve been reading lately. Normally, I’m quite hesitant to touch suspense/crime novels because they can be so hit or miss for me. However, I am beyond happy that I read this one because Sarah hit the nail on the head! It was so eloquently written and I was hooked right from that prologue!
The characters were so realistic. I often felt like I was watching a friend’s life unfold, rather than reading about characters in a book. Kate was so honest in her feelings and emotions. She is such a strong, resilient character who has endured more than any one person should in his/her life. Somehow though, she keeps trekking through her life and it’s truly admirable. She may keep things bottled up, but that just made her that much more genuine because really, who bares all their demons? I especially loved the bond she had with her sister. It’s a subplot to the book, but I could relate to that so strongly being that I’m incredibly close to my sister. I like when books aren’t all about one thing, but instead give us several themes and Sarah does this with the strong sisterhood thread.
As for Derrick, our leading man, he was such a complex character. Since I knew Tainted Bodies was in the suspense genre, I was SO skeptical of him. Then Sarah made me start to really like him because of his sweetness and honesty. Did I always like what he had to say? Of course not, and I hated that he kept his secrets, but THAT is what him more human. That is what brought this character to life for me. I wanted to kick him after the hospital scene, but there was also this mysterious aura around him so I knew he had his reasons. Derrick is written in just a way that you want to not like him at times, but you just can’t help it!
There was one scene where there is talk of a dissociative state and I got a little confused. I felt like the thought behind it really worked, but sometimes it just got hard to tell who was speaking in a way. There were also a few grammatical errors, but nothing glaring that detracted from the wonderful plot of this book. It will leave you guessing and trying to figure out who did what! It definitely created a complex in me where I felt like I couldn’t trust any character, but in the best way possible! This is one of those books that is extremely difficult to put down where you have to keep reading just to figure out how it ends. There is difficult subject matter, though not in extreme graphic detail, so that is a warning for reader’s to heed. Also, Tainted Bodies does end in a cliffhanger, so be prepared to really want the second book!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Trilogy!
Tainted Pictures (The Photographer Trilogy #2)
Untainted (The Photographer Trilogy #3)