Book review: Whispers of the Dead (David Hunter #3) by Simon Beckett

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As a huge fan of mystery and thrillers, I bought this book recently on a book fair . I’ve never heard of this author before, but after this one, I’m gonna get some more of his books. The story itself kept me awake almost entire night, it was gripping and creepy and unpredictable till the very last page. 

Have you seen the tv show “The Body Farm”? I did couple of years ago and previously had no idea that those places really exist. A body farm is a research facility where human decomposition is studied in a variety of settings in order to use the results for solving crimes, like timing and circumstances of death. I’m mentioning this because the story at the beginning reminded me of this tv show. But as the story continued, it was very different from it, it became a hell-of-a-thriller itself. 

D-r David Hunter is British anthropologist visiting his friend and mentor working on the famous Body Farm in US. But in the meantime, a murder happens under very unusual circumstances. Male body is found naked in a chalet, tortured. D-r Hunter’s mentor works on the case and asks him to assist. Another body appears and it becomes obvious that it is serial killer we’re talking about, and the chase of cat and mouse begins. But who’s the cat, and who plays the role of the mouse? 

In the very same time we follow the story from the killer’s point of view. From early days of his childhood to the very last killing, he tries to find the meaning of life, the point of survival. He is a scientist, he does his research doing trials and errors. In his mind , he has not done anything wrong.

The story is fast-pacing thriller full of scenes too hard to imagine in real life. Not un-real, just very disturbing for a normal person with normal gut. Working on a Body Farm is for scientific purposes and it is done with already dead bodies, but doing it with people who are still alive is beyond all limits. It’s a creepy story but also mysterious, full of turn-overs on almost every page. I enjoyed this one, and if you ask me for recommendation, I would say “Absolutely yes”. 

My opinion: 4.5 / 5.

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