THRILLER Jenny’s quest for justice makes for an intriguing read. VANESSA BAGDY
Title: The Redeemed
Author: M.R. Hall
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Price: Rs. 299
The third book in the Coroner series is, like the earlier books, a psychological thriller with the plot centred on Jenny Cooper, also known as the coroner.
Web of deceit
The story opens with the death of Alan Jacob, a senior staff nurse at a children’s ward. Just when Jenny sis about to declare it was a suicide, Father Lucas Starr enters.A Jesuit priest, Father Starr helps Jenny with just enough information for the plot to move forward but does not reveal his source.
Jenny realises that Alan Jacob was murdered and his death is connected to Eva Donaldson’s. Donaldson was a former adult movie star, who with the support of a powerful organisation called the Mission Church of God, launched a crusade against pornography. Adding to the puzzle is the death of Eva’s student Fred. With time running out Jenny has to unravel all these deaths and find the missing link.
The whole book races towards that one dramatic moment. Though this book is the third in the Coroner series, it doesn’t have any connection with the earlier books. Jenny’s haunting past is not revealed till the last pages, thus making it an intriguing read.
Vanessa is a B.E. C.Sc student at College of Engineering-Guindy, Anna University.
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