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Desecration

By: J.F. Penn
Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
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Her daughter is dying...and a killer with a fetish for body parts stalks London.

As Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke copes with the daily pain of watching her daughter suffer through her last days, she is assigned to a macabre murder case. The mutilated body of a young heiress is found within the London Royal College of Surgeons surrounded by medical specimen jars.

An antique Anatomical Venus figurine is discovered beside the body, and Jamie enlists the help of British Museum researcher Blake Daniel to look into its past.

When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie has nothing left to lose, and she must race against time to stop the mysterious Lyceum before they claim 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. 

©2013, 2014 Joanna Penn (P)2014 Joanna Penn

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So much more than a thriller

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.

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wondering about how hinged people are normally

First thoughts of the cover of Desecration by J.F. Penn? That woman has a gun, that’s a graveyard, and that’s an angel statue on a grave…this cannot go well for somebody.

The main character is a detective in London named Jamie. She has a young daughter named Polly that is dying of Type two Motor Neuron Disease. This causes Jamie to be more risky with both her life and profession. In a way she’s trying to punish herself for her daughter slowly dying horribly. It’s heartbreaking.

The Narrator is Rosalind Ashford. Her accent is lovely. It will tend to relax you. In my case, a bit to much. I had to keep backtracking because of this. The author is J.F. Penn. This book is seven hours and fifty-seven minutes long.

For the first 2/3 of this book it was a quirky detective novel. The last 1/3 it went off the rails. That last one third of it being loco is actually a good thing. It helped spice up the book to keep me better interested in the story.

The book centers around Detective Jamie trying to find the killer for a socialite that shuns her family and what they stand for. It brings into light some odd factors of corpses being turned into art pieces, body modifications such as tattoos and piercing, missing corpses, and mysterious group called the Lyceum. I would recommend this to be an eighteen and up book because of some very violent bloody scenes.

This book left me wondering about how hinged people are normally. Can people walk around wearing a mask of normalcy and be crazy enough to believe that it is necessary to murder people for science or the ‘greater good’? Are there enough crazy people to follow someone into those delusions and commit crimes for them and with them? Is this the bases for the reasonings of why random cults pop up? I do not know, but I hope not.

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