Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com
The third book in the BODY OF EVIDENCE Series, SOUL SURVIVOR, proves that sequels can be as good, if not better, than the original!
Jenna Blake is fighting to regain her balance at Somerset University. In only a few weeks, her world has been turned upside down: her best friend, Melody, was murdered; her father, a Professor, started dating; her half-brother, Pierce, was accused of murder; and her two good friends, roommate Yoshiko and Melody's brother, Hunter, have started going out. Her job with the M.E.'s office has been going well, but she still doesn't feel as if life is in perfect balance. She's feeling depressed, a little sorry for herself, and out of sorts.
Then weird murders start happening in Somerset and the neighboring town with overtones of ancient Hindu and mythological sacrifices. Dr. Slikowski asks Jenna to accompany him to murder scene, where he's been asked for his opinion, and Jenna is thrilled to be in the inner circle. Thrilled, that is, until the cops on the case make her out to be an imcompetent kid, someone to baby-sit the M.E., who's confined to a wheelchair. Dr. Slick puts them in their place, but Jenna is left with the feeling that as long as she's only eighteen, no one will take her seriously in this profession she's chosen to make her own.
As the murders progress, Jenna starts doing her own research into the rituals that the killings seem to be based on, and comes up with some of her own conclusions: the murderer is probably a woman, she's probably dying, and she's probably trying to take over another human body.
As Jenna works with Dr. Slikowski, M.E. employee Dyson, and Somerset detectives Audrey Gaines and Danny Mariano to figure out who is behind the murders, Jenna is once again put into a position where she's in danger. Add to that the fact that her crush on Detective Mariano is growing stronger while at the same time her feelings for fellow college student Damon are mixing themselves up, and Jenna's personal life is as tumultuous as her professional one.
SOUL SURVIVOR is another winner in Christopher Golden's Body of Evidence Series. I can't wait to see what happens next in Jenna's life, especially if she's going to leave the M.E.'s office, as the ending of this book implies.
A real winner!
hello its me again, giving my review of the latest body of evidence book ive read. I dont like to read them all at once because i dont want the series to END! lol so i will read books in between this series.
This one, 'soul survivor' was a faster read than most, and of course with a great who-donit! I especially like how Golden will write in first person from the killers point of view, i love that! And the person i thought it was always turns out to be a different person in the end, he makes great plot twists.
I really love this series. Being a Denier myself, I feel Golden is very accurate, i wish he would go a little more in-depth as far as autopsy practices but i know it is only YA and to not gross people out too much. But i love the fact that he gives us a character (jenna) that doesnt see this line of work as 'gross' or unbearable she loves it, develops a passion for it! and thats very refreshing.
I give the 3rd installment of this series a 4 out of 5! read it!
ps: i wish this installment would have talked more about Peirce, Jenna's brother. After the chaos in the 2nd book, youd think they would talk a little more about him.