Death isn’t always the end.
LONDON. When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. An antique ivory figurine found beside the body is the only lead and she enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant clairvoyant, to help her discover the message it holds.
When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie finds her own life entwining with the morbid fascinations of the anatomists, and she must race against time to stop them claiming another victim.
As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.
“One of the most original mystery/thrillers that I’ve read in a long while. Its topic of life and death, soul and body is harrowing and poignant, shocking and profound.” David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art and author of over 40 novels
“A riveting exploration of the dark side of the human heart” New York Times Bestselling Author CJ Lyons
“In a book which takes the reader on a journey to hell and back, J.F. Penn demonstrates her huge talent for conveying the depths of human depravity.” Amazon UK #1 Bestseller, Rachel Abbott
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“DESECRATION, from opening to climax to ending, is superbly written, well researched and each character is presented in a totally human light. It is the kind of thriller that depends on the intelligence of the reader rather than purple prose –a gamble that only a skilled writer would undertake.” Indie Reader, 5 star review.
“JF Penn is a tremendous writer with a talent to tell a story that will never leave you. If you’re looking for a riveting read about a gruesome sub-culture that lurks in the shadows, Desecration is for you. As a retired homicide detective and forensic coroner with a critical eye for accuracy… I loved it!” Garry Rodgers, Amazon review
“If thrillers were fine cuts of meat, Joanna Penn would be Jamie Oliver. I don’t bestow such a compliment lightly. It’s difficult enough to write a plausible, well researched, plot-driven thriller that keeps the reader turning pages. It’s quite another to infuse the same book with an intimate emotional intensity that invites tears of empathy. While Desecration hits all the important touchstones of genre fiction, the writing itself is characteristic of more “literary” works.” P.S. Grieve review.