London. When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. An antique ivory figurine found beside the body is the only lead and she enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant clairvoyant, to help her discover the message it holds.
When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie has nothing left to lose and she must race against time to stop the mysterious Lyceum claiming another victim.
As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.
A story of vengeance and passion for justice, a dark mystery with an edge of supernatural thriller.
©2013, 2014 Joanna Penn (P)2014 Joanna Penn
Desecration is an intelligent, fast-paced thriller, but the author goes much deeper than familiar genre tropes to produce thrills and chills. The book deals with the bizarre subculture of body modification and delves into the world of corpse art. I have no idea if corpse art is a real thing, but Penn has me convinced it is. Despite its subject matter, Desecration is never needlessly graphic. Certainly, it is ghoulish and macabre at times, but Penn treats death with respect rather than merely as a device to evoke fear and heighten tension.
Detective Jamie Brooke is assigned to a murder that took place at the Royal College of Surgeons. The assignment comes as she is standing at the bedside of her terminally ill daughter. Death itself is an ever-present character in Desecration. Jamie Brooke is one of the most fully developed, multi-dimensional detective characters I have ever read.
The narration and the writing blend seamlessly to produce a fully immersive experience that is both thriller and mystery.
It is number 2 on my list of top audiobooks.
Blake Daniel was fantastic. A tortured man with a beautiful soul, running away from his calling in life. I laughed out loud at his dry sense of humour and cannot wait to see him appear in more of J. F. Penn's fantastic novels.
Rosalind Ashford brought the characters to life through accent and pulling me into the story. Her way of connecting with the characters was fascinating and I could hear the raw emotion in her voice as she read chapter 14. That was one of the best chapters in the book!
I laughed at Blake Daniel's dry sense of humour and I cried, sobbed actually while sitting on the train home from work as I listened to chapter 14. I don't want to give what happens away but this was such a profound and deeply moving part of J. F. Penn's work. Lastly, I blanched quite a bit at the desecration and felt angry with the nasty inhumane characters. I wanted to help Jamie get out of danger and see her bring them to justice for the horrific crimes they committed.
I absolutely loved this audiobook and found that I literally could not stop listening. I was pulled into Jamie's world and as confronting as some of the events were in the story, I loved her and her gritty determination.This would have been a fantastic read, but the audiobook brings this story to life in a vivid way.
Desecration is a story set in London during the present day. DS Jaime Brook is on the case of a murdered woman who had great bodily damage done to her. As this is going on, Brook is also dealing with the illness of a family member. We see Brook as she is trying to keep these two lives separate. In the course of investigation, Brook is drawn into a world that is on the edge.
Rosalind Ashford gives a wonderful performance. She gives each character is own voice and it is her narration, along with the author's words, that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I would highly recommend this book to my friends who want a well paced murder mystery with a twist. I look forward to listening to more books in this series along with other books Ms. Ashford narrates.
English supernatural thriller.
When Jamie's supernatural partner relates the story of his father's cruelty. The telling is vivid and nuanced and sets up a very interesting character.
I have not but I did find her voice to be very pleasureful. Rosalind's voice is ethereal. Her reading of the material is great and it seems like she conveyed the feelings the author was going for.
No, but I downed the books in two sittings. It picks up at chapter eight mightily and goes pretty fast from there on.
I am not Sarah. I am her husband Steve who signed into the wrong account when downloading and had to use her account for the review.
Reading/Listening is FUNdamental!
This was such a great listen right from the start. The female protagonist, Jamie is a very likeable, compassionate person and is easy to identify with through her love for her
terminally ill daughter Polly. I think the subject is broached about donating her body for study in the field of genetics but she deems it out of the question and wants to honor her daughter's wishes. The murder investigation of the heiress Jenna is overshadowed by her family's pharmaceutical company and everywhere she turns is a 'dead' end. They find a clue in the form of an ivory anatomical Venus which sends them down a macabre path into the art of body modification and modeling. This was a well thought out story with great twists. It was somewhat dark which I loved and it was eye-opening into the underground meddling in genetics and vivisection. I'm now a fan of J.F. Penn.
Rosalind Ashford did a fantastic job narrating this audiobook. Her voice was perfect with the right inflections and a good steady pace. She made the story enjoyable. I almost listened to the whole audiobook in one sitting. I would recomend this to my friends.
I received this audiobook foc in exchange for an unbiased review.
Listening to this tale made my travel time pass quickly. It moved well and I couldn't wait to get to the next scene. I found the subject matter unique. I can't wait for the next mystery for Jamie to solve.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
I really enjoyed this book. It is a thriller with a twist. I would recommended it to anybody who enjoys police procedurals. The characters are very well developed and original. The action takes place in modern day London. There is plenty of dark, morbid elements that are essential to the plot so make sure you have a good stomach.
This book is very much representative of its genre. It is a well put together police procedural, with a detective who has personal problems. It moves at a good clip and has a satisfying conclusion so in that way it is like plenty of books I have read. The originality is in the context within which the action takes place; there is even a bit of the paranormal thrown in.
This was a great performance by Ms. Ashford. I believe she was able to add to the richness of the characters.
Yes, I would have liked to listen to this book all in one sitting. Actually I finished it pretty quickly.
Indie author P.L. Smith
Gruesome. Disturbing. Riveting.
I was not a fan of thrillers. Honestly I had never even read one. So I didn't really know what to expect. However, I had been a follower of the author and her podcast and was curious to check out her work. My opinion? It was good! Gruesome and revolting at times but good. If you can't handle hearing about decaying flesh and deformed cadavers floating in specimen jars... well then you might want to pass. But if you think you can handle that and are one that enjoys an almost procedural style story filled with mystery, murder, and a touch of romance then definitely check this out. You'll be revolted and yet you won't want to stop! Kudos to J.F. Penn for weaving an excellent tale!
Yes, an amazing story about a level of inhumanity that very seldom comes to light
Desecration cannot be compared to any other book, it is completely unique in my experience
My favorite was Lady Neville, Rosalind Ashford made her sound extremely evil.
The extreme reaction that I had was loathing for people who could do this to children
Well written and professionally narrated. This book is very entertaining and gets under your skin. A must read for every sentient being
I got the book because I was keen to try some other genres and it was perfect and amazing.
love the story
love the narration
love the brilliant and elaborate descriptions
love the mystery
love all the things
"A enjoyably dark yet deeply disturbing read."
Yes, anyone with an interest in human nature, or at least the darker side as well as murder mysteries will thoroughly enjoy this book.
Blake. he brings a different viewpoint on solving crimes due to his unusual skills....
Rosalind did a fantastic job of narration throughout the story, the underlying emotions of the characters comes across really well. The setting also feels interactive when narrated by someone who is "there".
The first scene of the hospice.
A enjoyably dark yet deeply disturbing murder mystery. This is the first of the genre I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The tension builds up throughout the story whilst at the same time delving deeper into dark a gritty world of inhuman nature. I highly recommend Desecration to anyone with a passion for disturbing murder mysteries. The story unfolds perfectly bringing the morals of human nature into question. At the same time giving glimpses into the minds of those who commit acts of depravity or immorality and the underlying reasons behind their actions. I was shocked at times throughout the story and that kept me intrigued to find out how dark the novel goes...
"Unerving and brilliant."
Came to Desecration after enjoying action and adventure of Pentecost. What I found was far darker story, but one that if anything is even stronger, characters more complex (befitting the tone and subject matter). I'm already looking forward to the next in the series.
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