Rating 4 out of 5 stars
“Body Count provides an insight into the life of a unique FBI profiler, Sophie Anderson. When a girl is found brutally murdered in DC, Australian FBI profiler Sophie Anderson suspects that the killing spree has just begun. With her fellow agents she delves into the mind of the killer, trying to predict his next move. When another victim turns up, Sophie knows that she’s ‘seen’ the girl before, raped and murdered – in her dreams. Struggling to separate fact from fiction, reality from nightmare, Sophie becomes more and more ensnared in the killer’s mind as the body count rises. Then the murders become personal and Sophie is caught up in a cat-and-mouse game that may cost her the man she loves – and her life”.
I found this to be a really interesting book. The only real thing I could fault it on was that I was stupid enough to read this during the work week when I had to put it down to go to work/sleep. Body Count is an easy fast paced read that was exciting and engaging. If you like your crime/mystery with lots of blood and gore or things going bang every five seconds this is not for you. While there are enough dollops of each this book is more about profiling the killers and investigation.
The psychic angle was interesting as Sophie was not yet comfortable in her skin as a psychic which most psychic Detectives are. The images for her are terrifying and hard to deal with. She is also learning how to control her ability but with little success. I like this element to the book. Another thing I really enjoyed was that I didn’t guess the killer at all!
I have seen criticism elsewhere that this was “to Australian”. I have to say I didn’t really notice any particular Australian sayings or words other then what would be in character. But perhaps as I am Australian I wouldn’t notice, it all seemed perfectly fine to me.
This is the first of what I believe are three books with a fourth on its way. I have the second book in my TBR pile which will skip to the top once i have finished my Library books pile which is slowly diminishing (then there are the TBRs that will be read first before the second book). So many books so little time.