“Bloodborn” by Kathryn Fox (Harper, 2009)


Dr. Anya Crichton, the brilliant forensic pathologist from Without Consent and Malicious Intent returns with her most chilling case yet.  Two young girls have been brutally attacked: one is left dead, the other raped and abused, barely surviving.  Crichton is pulled into the case, and the reader soon learns that the doctor will stop at nothing, due to her care for anyone abused and victimized, but also drawing in some history involving herself in an abusive situation.  Crichton must work with the young girl, making sure she fully recovers to testify against her attackers, the ones who murdered her sister.  Now the girl must face a courtroom and the dreaded Harbourn brothers.  This is a family that is used to breaking the law and getting away with it; they’ve been doing it for years, know their ways around the law and how to string the courtroom along, and expect to do the same with this case.  But Crichton isn’t going to let them get their way.

Author Kathryn Fox, who is a medical practitioner with a special interest in forensic medicine, knows how to keep a reader hooked from start to finish.  Anya Crichton is similar to Patricia Cornwell’s Kaye Scarpetta, but because of her background, there is more depth to her character, as readers see she is a pathologist for a reason: to stop whoever it was that abused her, and to prevent others from getting away with their crimes.  Fox employs a gritty, descriptive writing style, not holding back on garish, bloody details.  At the same time Crichton is a very human character, caring for others, with friends and emotions, as well as an extracurricular habit of playing drums.

Bloodborn is a medical thriller that will satisfy any fan of Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reichs, as well as addicted viewers of TV shows like C.S.I or BonesBloodborn is a great place to start in discovering the impressive Dr. Anya Crichton, and after readers can move onto Fox’s other books featuring Crichton in her debut with Malicious Intent and Without Consent, as well as Skin and Bone.

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Originally written on September 30th, 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.

For an interview with Kathryn Fox check out BookBanter Episode 17.


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