Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com
Although this book is touted as a Young Adult read, it's great for anyone who has an interest in shows such as CSI, BONES, FORENSIC FILES, or anything to do with death investigation. I found it thoroughly entertaining, informative, and interesting, and have already ordered the other books in the series--of which there are many.
Jenna Blake is a typical eighteen-year-old, leaving her mother's home and setting off for her freshman year at college. Her mother, a surgeon, and her almost-estranged father, a professor at the same University she's attending, both have their own ideas about what Jenna should do with her life. Jenna, who would like to do something in the medical field, has two great fears--passing out at the sight of blood, and causing a patient's death. Her father, a lawyer who teaches instead of practices, thinks he has the perfect solution in getting her a job as a pathology assistant to the Medical Examiner. Somerset University has it's own Medical Center and Hospital right on the grounds, and Jenna's willing to give the job a try. The fact that her interview takes place during an autopsy is both disturbing and fascinating.
And then weird things start happening on campus. One of her professors, who also happens to be one of her father's dearest friends, goes crazy in class, kills a student, and drops dead. Jenna feels she has no choice but to attend his autopsy, and soon finds herself embroiled in finding out what killed him. When the M.E., FBI, a doctor from the Center for Disease Control, and two local Somerset detectives discover that a "supergerm" involving an insect like a botfly from Costa Rica is involved, everyone gets scared. But it's only Jenna who fears that there's more to this simple explanation than meets the eye. There's a conspiracy underway, and she sets out to discover what it is--to both the detriment of herself and her father.
Once I started reading BODY BAGS, I couldn't put the book down! I wanted to know what happened next, and who the bad guy was. I have to say the ending was a complete surprise to me, which is also indicative of a good read. You won't go wrong with the first in the BODY OF EVIDENCE Series, and if you're like me, you'll be chomping at the bit to get your hands on the next book.
The only thing that disappointed me about the ending of this book was that Mr. Golden failed to give us an answer to how the bad guy was infecting people with the bug. Although we did find out WHY, we don't know HOW, and I really wanted to know! Nevertheless, this is a great read.
I started reading this because Rick Hautala helped write some of the later books in this series and I love his books. This book disappointed me, so I did not read the rest of this series. It was okay enough that I was able to read the whole book, but not great.
I think as far as a young adult story goes this was pretty decent. And since i enjoyed this story so much i have the other parts of the series' on order. I am a mortuary science and forensic science major, and i found this book pretty accurate as far as some of the depictions of the autopsies and terms that they used. The character development I felt was lacking just a tad but i really did enjoy this book and plan on reading ALL of the sequels.
I think some people forget that this is a YA book and that its not necessarily pulitzer prize winning material it still holds its own among young adult and horror/suspense novels out there :P
I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I believe people are a little too harsh and expect a perfect novel, give this book a chance i enjoyed it!