"Desecration is focused on a surgically precise murder, which is perfectly appropriate, because this story eviscerates its readers. It had me hunched over the screen in horror and sitting back in tears, within the first two chapters. By the end of the book I was a mess, but what a ride!
This is a meticulously researched and emotionally gripping story created by an author at the height of her powers."5 star Amazon review
"I was not sure what to expect from this book by its title but, was I floored when I started reading it!
Desecration deals with the dark aspects of human psyche and has the readers wondering about the mental and emotional make-up of such people ... Joanna has made the character of Jamie so down to earth and one in which the reader can believe."5 star Amazon review
"This book is not for the squeamish or faint of heart ... It freaked me out and I loved it! The heroine Jamie Brooks takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions ... I hope J.F. Penn keeps writing forever. Her books are a treat for readers."5 star Amazon review
★★★★★Jane V B
"Desecration will have you begging for more books with Jamie and Blake ... An excellent read, not only for crime readers but also for those fascinated with death, the supernatural, and the macabre. There are body snatchings, secret societies, teratology [genetic monsters], body modification, psychic readings, and more."5 star Amazon review
A serial killer stalks London
When rebellious detective Jamie Brooke is assigned to a murder at an anatomy museum, she enlists the help of Blake Daniel, a museum researcher with the supernatural ability to read the history of objects.
Together they must find the killer in a race against time, even as they battle their own personal struggles.
A crime thriller trilogy with a supernatural edge.
A dark thriller full of the evil side of medical history and the modern-day nutcases who still want to cut into the living, un-anaesthetised flesh to find the secrets of the body.
Body snatching, grave-robbing, abduction, and experimenting on people on the fringes of society is just the tip of the iceberg. Looking into corpses turned into art for various purposes, the legality of doing so, and where the ethical and moral lines should be between furthering scientific inquiry and feeding macabre curiosity, is explored in this novel.
Jamie starts out just doing her job: and then it gets personal when it involves her daughter. Great characterisation and motive.
With all the blood, gore, and gross body parts in jars, what actually bothered me was the animal abuse… Go figure.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its medical history, macabre secret society, bit of the paranormal, loads of heartache, and the kick-ass female detective who survives it all and vows to live.