Monday, February 19, 2018

In the Absence of a Body Review

In the Absence of a Body (A Frankie Wilson Story, Book 2)
By: K Britt-Badman


Frankie's left reeling by the shocking news of Verity Froom's apparent suicide. A stark threat, daubed in paint on her front door, confirms Frankie's belief that Verity's death was not a suicide—but murder. Before she can voice her suspicions, she finds herself fighting for her life.

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of Verity's killer, a high-speed police chase ensues. The police confirm that the killer has drowned but they can't find the body.

Frankie isn't convinced that the killer's dead. In fact, she's certain that the killer is still alive and continuing to stalk her a year on, but no one believes her. Frankie continues to live in fear for her life. Is Frankie right? Will the killer strike again? 

I was so excited when I was contacted by the author and asked to review this book for her. I loved the first installment and was excited to read the sequel to it. Especially as it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, I needed to know what happened to Frankie! So thank you, K Britt-Badman, for the opportunity to read and review your book before it's release date.

If you read the first Frankie Wilson Story and liked it as much as I did then you already have high hopes for this book, and if you haven't read the first one, what the heck are you waiting for?? Read it already! I am pleased to report that this book is much like the first one, and you will not be disappointed. In the Absence of a Body began right where In the Strictest Confidence left off, which I was grateful for, I wanted to know immediately what happened with Frankie after the way the first book ended. The first couple of chapters had me on the edge of my seat as the author wrapped up the dramatic events of the first book. I was glad that she didn't drag it on throughout the whole book, making this a continuation of the first. It makes In the Absence of a Body a novel in it's own right, instead of having this book ride on the coat tails of the first book, lending it a glory that it doesn't wholly deserve. 

One of my most favorite facets of Frankie is her profession. I found some of the most interesting parts of this book to be during Frankie's counselling sessions. Her clients are always interesting and their stories and problems are fascinating. The writing of these sessions by the author is beyond impressive, not only does she give each character a complex personality but she also writes about them in such a way that I find myself contemplating each character more than I normally would; questioning the depths of their problems, their actions in response to their feelings, the way they might affect Frankie outside of her office, how dangerous they may be. That's right, I became a little paranoid while reading this book, so I understood where Frankie was coming from. There were a number of times while reading this that I was creeped out and I am still unable to ascertain if that is because the story was creepy at those points or if it was just really great writing. 

Another facet of Frankie that I enjoy is that her character is definitely relate-able making her seem more realistic. I love the fact that she juggles the struggles of being a single parent, the financial hardship of being the sole provider for her household, trying to increase her client-base, and trying to have some semblance of a personal life. Her problems are very much true to life problems, especially the parenting ones. It's refreshing to read about a woman who knows she is not a perfect mother, and doesn't concern herself with trying to achieve that title. She makes mistakes, she tries her best to prioritize her kids first and spend as much time with them as she can. She does her best to stay on top of them and be aware of what's happening in their lives, but we get to see her struggle with that as sometimes life gets in the way and things get pushed back to be dealt with later. I love that her overall message is that she is the does her best to be a good parent, and her kids are happy, loved and well adjusted and that's the best that any parent can ask for.

The villain in this novel was a bit of a surprise, although the author gave us an indication of who it was towards the end of the book. The dramatic events and villain were all multifaceted, keeping the reader on their toes with trying to solve the mystery as to who was stalking Frankie throughout the whole book. The culmination was great and I was a little relieved that there was no cliffhanger at the end of the book. I am hoping that there will be a third installment in the Frankie Wilson Story as I cannot get enough of K Britt-Badman's writing.

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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