“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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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I’m very proud to welcome bestselling medical thriller author Kathryn Fox to BookBanter in Episode 17 where we talk about her latest book Bloodborn, which is about a girl whose sister is killed, while she is raped and left for dead.  It is the gruesome and heart-rending story of a girl wanting to forget about what happened to her, but needing to face her demons to put her perpetrators behind bars.  But with the help of forensic pathologist Anya Crichton, she may get her wish to come true.

Fox also talks about the “Give a Victim a Voice” campaign she is part of with other bestselling authors Kathy Reichs, Linda Fairstein, and Robin Burcell.  In addition to being popular authors, each of these women has worked with cases of sexual assault and domestic violence.  Fox is very candid in sharing some of her shocking and at times unbelievable stories which become part of what she calls “reality fiction,” as she inserts these real life occurrences into her novels.  She also discusses what the average reader can do to educate themselves and others about domestic violence awareness.

It was a pleasure to talk with Kathryn Fox and share her thoughts and ideas on such an important subject that has tended to be pushed to the wayside in our society which abhors facing facts that are ugly and unseemly.

My hope is that through this episode of BookBanter, I will first help educate listeners on domestic violence awareness — I certainly learned a lot in talking with Kathryn — and encourage the BookBanter readers and listeners to gets others to listen to this interview and help spread the word and knowledge about Domestic Violence Awareness.

As Kathryn says in the interview, we want sexual assault and domestic violence awareness to become as focused, important, and as center stage as the other cause being respected this month: Breast Cancer Awareness.

If you would like to purchase any of Kathryn Fox’s books, please click on the book covers below:

Blood Born Skin and BoneWithout Consent Malicious Intent

The interview with Kathryn Fox is followed by my review with the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger’s latest book, Her Fearful Symmetry, which can be purchased here:

Her Fearful Symmetry

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Until then, keep reading!

Alex C. Telander.