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Book Title: Whispers of the Dead|
The author of the book: Simon Beckett
Edition: Bantam Press
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Reader ratings: 4.7
Date of issue: January 2010
ISBN 13: 9780593055274
Format files: PDF
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Whispers of the Dead is the third book in the David Hunter series and gives us a bit more background and history to Dr David Hunter as he returns to the Body Farm in Tennessee where he’d trained early on in his career. The Body Farm actually exists. I’d heard of it previously when Stephen Fry had visited there in one of his programmes. The author, Simon Beckett, has also been there. It’s what gave him the idea for the series.
This story is pretty gruesome and I was quite glad that smell-o-vision hasn’t made its way to books, the description alone was enough to make me feel slightly queasy! This book isn’t for anyone with a weak stomach as you can almost imagine being there as you read on.
I’d worked out… no, guessed… who the murderer was early on, but I couldn’t be sure (I could find no particular reason as to why I’d guessed at that person, but I think I was going for one of the most unsuspecting people). Then I was pretty sure that it wasn’t who I thought it was… but then I know how Simon Beckett is. Just when you think something is all wrapped up he throws in a curve ball and everything changes.
As with all crime thrillers, there’s the expected (and the unexpected) twists and turns. One particular twist made me audibly gasp in shock. Simon Beckett really is that good.
This book truly is gripping. Take a look at the back cover of my copy and you’ll see the crease marks from where I’ve been gripping it tightly while reading it! I read most of the book in a day. Every time I thought I’d put it down at the end of a chapter, I fell the need to read on, to find out what happens.
Whispers of the Dead is another great addition to the David Hunter series. If you’ve read and enjoyed the first two books, then you’ll definitely enjoy this one. If you haven’t read any of them then why not?! I have read the books in order (which I think is the best way), but I do think each book would also work as standalone novel. However, Simon Beckett’s David Hunter series really is a top notch crime and forensic thriller, and I’d highly recommend not just this book but the whole series!
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Read information about the authorAfter an MA in English, Simon Beckett spent several years as a property repairer before a stint teaching in Spain. Back in the UK, he played percussion in several bands. He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for The Times, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and other major British publications. In 2002, as part of an article on the National Forensic Academy, he visited the Body Farm in Tennessee. This last commission was the inspiration behind the internationally bestselling The Chemistry of Death, which was shortlisted for the CWA's Duncan Lawrie Dagger and has been translated into 21 languages. Simon Beckett is married and lives in Sheffield. The author of six novels, his second David Hunter thriller, Written in Bone, is published as a Bantam paperback in April 2008.
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