Without Consent Paperback
by Kathryn Fox
Part of the Anya Crichton series
Dr Anya Crichton, pathologist and forensic physician, is back on another chilling case that will stretch her forensic talents to the limit.
This time, Anya is on the trail of a violent serial rapist.
Suspicion immediately falls on the deviant Geoffrey Willard, recently released from prison after serving a full term for the brutal rape and murder of a fourteen year old girl.
As Anya delves deeper into a myriad of forensic evidence, she begins to suspect that Willard is innocent.
When two of the victims are later stabbed to death, a blood-smeared shirt holds the key to the truth.
Only the killer knows that Anya has made a mistake. One that could prove fatal...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 22/03/2007
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780340895863
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Review by bsquaredinoz
Events in this book start when a man is released from prison after serving a 20-year sentence for the rape and murder of a 14-year old girl. Coincidentally (or is it?) a new series of brutal rapes begins and forensic doctor Anya Crichton helps police to investigate the crimes.<br/><br/>This book reads like one of the early Patricia Cornwell stories. You know the ones before she completely lost the plot and started bringing her characters back from the dead and other such nonsense. It's fast-paced and full of suspense and tantalising pathways that allow you to think you’ve worked out whodunit only to find out after a chapter or two that you’re not as smart as you thought you were. Not only did I fail to predict the ending but when it did happen I slapped my forehead Homer Simpson style and thought ‘I should have seen that, the clues were all there’. For me that is the most satisfying way to finish this kind of book.<br/><br/>Unlike Cornwell's protagonist Fox’s Crichton is a wholly believable character who is not super human and doesn’t always have things go her way. Part of the reason the characters are so credible is the well researched back story information on important elements like the sexual assault clinic and the treatment of rape victims by the justice system. And while the forensic information seems to be good (how would I know really) the details don’t overwhelm the story as can happen in the lesser examples of this genre.<br/><br/>All in all a great read and I am looking forward to Skin and Bone which is already in my TBR pile.<br/>