There's a lot on Jenna Blake's plate. In addition to studying like crazy for her classes at Somerset University and trying to have some semblance of a social life, she's up to her elbows (sometimes literally) in her work as a forensic pathology assistant. It's a job that suits her active, sharp mind, but it's also has put her in harm's way more than once.
And it's about to do so again. When a series of murders appear to be committed by people who have recently died, the forensics team and detectives on the case must figure out who's really to blame, and how those people really died, if they died at all. This isn't science fiction; this is science. Instead of being about zombies, this story dives into modern science, taking out-there theories and studying them until they find something realistic, something plausible, something all too human.
If you are looking for page-turners, look no further! Grab all ten novels in Christopher Golden's Body of Evidence series. Meets the Eye is the fourth book in the line; Body Bags is the first. I highly recommend this series. Each volume has a self-contained well-crafted murder mystery, while the character arcs build throughout the series, making all those around Jenna - her family, her friends, her co-workers - not only matter to her, but matter to readers as well.
My favorite lines from the book include:
Puzzles had always intrigued her, and she was enthralled by the idea of solving the puzzles that each autopsy presented, all while bringing peace of mind to the relatives of the deceased.
Either way, there was a hope and -- yeah, a kind of faith -- in his own words that gave her comfort, and made her fondness for him grow even greater.
Official book flap summary:
"There's no such thing as zombies. I know that. But I also know what I saw with my own eyes..."
Freshman year is supposed to be filled with new experiences, but Jenna Blake's not sure she's ready for all of the changes her life has gone through recently. She's lost one close friend to a tragic crime, and two others are now becoming romantically involved. Jenna is further unsettled when a baffling new case presents itself at the medical examiner's office, where she works as an assistant.
The Boston area is experiencing a crime wave which includes both major theft and murder. The problem is, each of the criminals is someone that Somerset Medical Center has declared legally dead -- and who has been buried.
Jenna has to piece together an explanation for these "zombie crimes." She knows that there's more going on here than meets the eye. The dead can't really rise from their graves -- or can they? One thing's for sure...she doesn't want to find out the hard way.
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