"Forensic physician Dr. Anya Crichton returns in a spellbinding thriller"
Reviewed by Denise Powers
Posted November 21, 2009
Thriller Medical | Suspense
Australian pathologist and forensic physician Dr. Anya
Crichton is set to testify in the second trial (after a
mistrial) of four brothers accused in a brutal kidnapping
and gang rape of teenage girl. She and a sexual assault
counselor find Giverny Hart hanging when they arrive to pick
her up for court. Was Giverny killed by relatives of the
four accused Harbourn brothers? Or did she kill herself
rather than face another grueling cross-examination by the
defense team? As Anya struggles with the aftermath of
Giverny's death, she's called in to work another horrific
crime--the violent rape and attempted murder of a young
teenager and the rape-murder of her older sister.
Beating the odds, Sophie Goodwin manages to initially
survive an assault that should have killed her. Anya finds
herself drawn deeper into the case as she notes some
parallels with the Giverny Hart rape case. She wonders if
sexual assault survivors will ever get real justice instead
of being figuratively raped by the legal system. Anya
struggles to juggle her consulting work and her part-time
job at the sexual assault center with the little time she
gets to spend with her young son.
Are the Harbourns just misunderstood young people? Is their
mother the warm homemaker she portrays herself to be to the
press or is she an Australian version of Ma Barker? Are some
people born bad or are they made that way? Anya questions
nature versus nurture when confronted with this family of
vicious criminals. When violence hits close to home, Anya
herself may be in danger. Will she figure out who the
culprit is before she's another victim? Will Sophie succumb
to the injuries she sustained or will she manage to live to
I cannot recommend BLOODBORN highly enough. It begins with a
bang and the tension stays high throughout. I do however
warn readers that there are details of violence against
women in this excellent yet graphic book. None of the
descriptions are gratuitous since they are necessary to
understand the depravities of the crimes. Although this is
the third book featuring Anya Crichton, readers need not
have read the previous releases to understand this one. Of
course, those readers will want to snap up the earlier
offerings from the very talented Ms. Fox. A must-read for
Two sisters were attacked in their own
Only one of them survived. And now she must
revisit hell if justice is to be served.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Anya Crichton is incensed over
the brutal crime, and she will do everything in her power to
see that the three men responsible are punished severely.
But the suspects, the Harbourn brothers, are part of a
fanatically devoted family of criminals who are expert at
sidestepping the law. And suddenly, people connected with
the investigation and prosecution are turning up dead.
In the face of an impending legal travesty Anya cannot
let fear distract her. But it may be harder to remain calm
in light of the nightmare the Harbourns' attorney unearths
beneath the floorboards of his own house . . .
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