So, I settled back in my chair for a nice, restful evening of reading D.H. Dublin's second book in his CSU series, Blood Poison, but before I knew what hit me, I was sitting on the edge of my seat, gripping the book tightly in both hands, practically holding my breath, and I'd barely made it through the first page! Nope, I definitely was NOT going to be able to go to bed before finishing this one!
Even more so than with the first book in this series, Body Trace, D.H. Dublin drags the reader right into the story and the tension doesn't let up until the last page is turned. This time around, Madison Cross, who has been settling in rather nicely as the newest member of the CSU, gets left baby-sitting the dead body of an apparent heart attack victim while the rest of the team gets called out on something that promises to be the result of something far more sinister.
While Madison stays behind to meet the coroner's van, which has run into mechanical difficulties, the dead man's elderly, disabled father shows up at the house, unaware of what awaits. Madison, upset at having to break the bad news herself, loses her objectivity and gets much more involved than she should, even while she is working hard to identify a recently discovered Jane Doe.
There are several subplots that add interest and keep tensions high, including a group of hoodlums that harass Madison every night on her way home. We also get a lot more insight into Madison and her family, the relationship between Madison and her aunt and uncle, and a lot more about the very important, if absent, Kevin Cross - Madison's father.
Once again, as in Body Trace, the ending of the book is especially satisfying - and leaves this reader wanting more! I'm glad I've already pre-ordered the next book in the series, Freezer Burn!