What began as a straightforward case is about to become a twisted nightmare…
Once a busy hospital, St Jude’s now stands derelict, awaiting demolition.
When a partially mummified corpse is found in the building’s cavernous loft, forensics expert Dr David Hunter is called in to take a look. He can’t say how long the body’s been there, but he is certain it’s that of a young woman. And that she was pregnant.
Then part of the attic floor collapses, revealing another of the hospital’s secrets: a bricked-up chamber with beds inside. And some of them are still occupied.
And it soon becomes clear that St Jude’s hasn’t claimed its last victim . . .
Chilling, visceral and masterfully paced, Simon Beckett’s new crime thriller will leave you gasping.
Thanks to Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours and Transworld Books for my copy of the latest in the David Hunter Series, The Scent of Death by Simon Beckett.
Dr David Hunter, a specialist in Forensics is called to derelict hospital, awaiting destruction, when a mummified body is found on site. When an accident then causes a collapse in the building, more bodies are found.
Simon Beckett writes a compelling thriller, full of forensic details, described well so the reader can understand fully. The hospital itself was beautifully written, echos of haunted buildings from hollywood films filled my mind.
Clever, accomplished writing, Simon Beckett has created a very human character in David Hunter, He is instantly likeable, clearly troubled by past experience whist he is trying to begin a new life.
There are a few stories running at the same time, but as the tension is built toward a very good finale, Simon Beckett pulls them all together with a deft skill.
This is the first ive read in this series and by this author but can happily state that you could pick this up as a standalone, There is a story from previous books running alongside the main story but Simon Beckett blends this in seamlessly and it just felt like i knew what was going on.
A couple of times I thought I knew what was coming but the author took me in another direction, this is outstanding thriller writing. I will be picking up from book 1 soon!
A treat for any fan of crime fiction.
Simon Beckett is the No.1 international bestselling author of the David Hunter series: The Chemistry of Death, Written in Bone, Whispers of the Dead, The Calling of the Grave, The Restless Dead and The Scent of Death. His books have been translated into 29 languages, appeared in the Sunday Times top 10 bestseller lists and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. A former freelance journalist, he has written for The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent on Sunday and Observer. The inspiration for the first David Hunter novel came after a visit to the world-renowned Body Farm in Tennessee introduced him to the work of forensic anthropologists.
Joint-winner (with Arne Dahl) of Europe’s largest crime fiction prize – the Ripper Award 2018/19 – he has also won the Raymond Chandler Society’s Marlowe Award and been short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, CWA Dagger in the Library and Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year awards. He is also the author of several stand-alone novels including Stone Bruises and Where There's Smoke. Simon Beckett lives in Sheffield.
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