The Body Keeper (Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries #3)by Published 04 Jun 2019
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The Thriller Award–winning series continues as Detective Jude Fontaine finds a decades-old connection to missing children that will freeze her blood.
A boy’s frozen body is found trapped in the ice of a Minneapolis lake. The horrifying discovery leads Detective Jude Fontaine and her partner, Uriah Ashby, to more bodies in the ice, all of twelve-year-old boys missing for twenty years.
Then, in one of the worst blizzards the city has ever seen, a four-year-old is abandoned on Jude’s doorstep. The child can’t tell them where he’s from, who his parents are, or how he got there. He doesn’t even know his name.
But in his unspoken language, Jude reads something horrifying—a connection to the dead boys. Now a four-year-old with no name may be the only key to a twenty-year-old, very cold case.
"The Body Keeper (Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries #3)" Reviews
Gee, I enjoyed this thriller, it kept me up long into the night. It's the third installment of Anne Frasier's Detective Jude Fontaine series, though it does read okay as a standalone. It would probably be beneficial to have read the earlier books, but not really necessary.
We have Detective Jude Fontaine, a damaged woman who holds her emotions close. In this novel she's investigating a case of the body of a child found in a frozen lake in midwinter Minnesota, with another boy found soon after. It soon becomes apparent that the boys have been dead for some twenty years. But where have they been? And why are they being found now? More perplexing to Jude is the young child she finds freezing on her doorstep when she comes home one night. Who is this boy? And why has he been abandoned on her doorstep?
Lots of questions that need answering, a complex case for Jude, and it all leads to a smashing finale with a satisfying conclusion. I found The Body Keeper to be a fantastic novel that I recommend to all lovers of crime fiction. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for other books in this series.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
How disappointing this book was, so much so I'll never read another in this series. The number of coincidences throughout the book are so unbelievable it ruins the story; and they begin within the first few pages. Along with that unbelievable storyline, there is the problem of the author adding so much filler to the story it gets very boring. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
I have never read Anne Frasier before, and after reading this, in what appears to be the final part of her Detective Jude Fontaine trilogy, set in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I can understand why the author has such a huge and loyal group of readers. The writing is so good, and so atmospheric, her rich descriptions of the endless snow, bitterly icy winds, and frozen winters experienced the residents made me feel as if I was right there, in the deadly wintery conditions. Jude is a woman with a heartbreaking history of being abducted and tortured, cursed with a father that was nothing short of the worst of horror nightmares, it is unsurprising that she finds it hard to trust and shies away from any human contact. Her strongest relationship is with her cop partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, the two have a relationship that displays their deep understanding of each other, with their ability to communicate with each other that so often needs no words. Jude is gifted with the quality of being an empath, she can tune into the heart of what is going on within a person, and often the dead too.
The frozen body of a child is found beneath the ice of a Minnesota lake, and so the most disturbing of investigations opens for Jude and Uriah that take in events from over 20 years ago as it turns out there are more bodies of young boys, all with similar features of being blond and blue eyed. An older woman abandons a vulnerable 4 year old boy in desperately freezing conditions on Jude's doorstep. The boy appears to have no name other than boy, is filthy, obviously neglected, with marks on his body that hint at terrible abuse, and clearly has no experience of socialising with others at all. Despite all this, he is a cute and remarkably sweet child that pulls on Jude's heart strings. Weather conditions prohibit any quick intervention by Child Protection Services, forcing Jude to connect with the child, and Elliot in her apartment building helps to look after him. In a story of the misery and darkness of child human trafficking, Jude finds Uriah has been keeping secrets from her, and there are connections from the dark deeds of the past and the entry of the young boy in her life, which puts her and him in danger as she tries to ensure his safety.
This introduction to this series can be read reasonably well as a standalone as Frasier provides enough information of previous events and characters. Frasier's complex characterisation of Jude, burdened with a past that would be sufficient to break anyone, is done with remarkable skill, and this extends to other people that inhabit this brilliant piece of disturbing and unsettling crime fiction, such as Uriah and Elliot. I loved reading this so much for so many reasons, such as the atmospheric setting and challenging weather conditions, and for Jude and the others who felt so real to me throughout. The award winning Frasier has certainly made an indelible impression on me with this book, and in the overcrowded crime fiction genre, that is saying something. Many thanks to Thomas and Mercer for an ARC.
I've been a fan of this series since the first book and wanted to read this book the minute it came out. It's a great addition to this series!
A young boys body has been found frozen in a lake by ice skaters that know Jude and then shortly after a young boy is left outside of Jude's apartment building. Jude is pulled into both cases. We get glimpses into people connected to the case and it was really hard to put the book down. Uriah's situation added a nice layer to their character development. I read this one late into the night until it was difficult to keep my eyes open.
I would definitely love to read more in this series.
Thanks to Net Galley for an ARC.
This book was incredibly addictive. The moment I read the blurb, I was immediately intrigued.
I was hesitant at first, though since I hadn't read the first two books in the series. That proved no problem, however, as the author still managed to make me still feel connected to Jude, Uriah and Elliot.
I liked the writing style of the book, which was fairly straightforward yet descriptive. The author does a fantastic job at building suspense, and the story was well crafted and fast paced.
My only concern was that there was no major twist to the story which is usually my favorite part in mystery novels. Still, a very enjoyable read.
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.