Relatively new to the fiction scene, Kathryn Fox is somewhat of a rarity. Transcending into the realm of writing, Fox is able to take her experience as a physician and apply her knowledge in the context of a murder investigation in her upcoming novel “Skin and Bone,” due out in June.
The novel delves right into a crime scene, giving readers no time to take notes. Instead, lead protagonist, detective Kate Farrer, gives readers the insight into her world, one that after being abducted and tortured, she now attempts to overcome by choosing to remain a victim or attempt “to become a survivor.”
The scenes are not only realistic because of the vivid imagery but also because of the terminology Fox focuses on regarding her specialization in forensic medicine. Fox does not complicate the language but instead creates a strikingly fine readability while still managing to enhance the plot.
With her witty, real and beautiful prose, Fox has the ability to entrance her readers into finishing the novel in one sitting.
Characters like Kate and her newly adopted partner Oliver Parke create a lively balance of quick thinking and rationale.
Though Kate is at first hesitant about her new partner, she learns to grow and learn from him as both characters commit themselves to solving a case of a young woman’s murder.
The suspense begins to accelerate when Kate finds that the victim recently gave birth to a child.
When diapers and bottles are found on scene, but no child, Kate’s heart begins to beat faster than ever.
Knowing full well that she was once the victim and must now survive, Kate works to save a missing child by using her own intuition and Oliver’s paternal senses.
The murder scene proves to be arson. Petrol is found strewn across the home and done well, so well that the specialists believe the person who committed the crime must have known more than the average person.
What Kate and Oliver find, however, is that the case hits a little too close to home. Their actions in solving the case are pushing them forward into what first began as a tangled web of jealousy and revenge.
By the conclusion of the novel, Kate becomes a survivor through solving the case and a life connecting to two others. By connecting with a fellow victim, Kate cycles and presents her motto “to continue to be, a survivor,” therefore continuing the theme of empowerment which is quite evident in the novel.