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Homicide detective Kate Farrer took a four-month leave from the force when the stress of the job threatened to crush her. Now she's back, at a crime scene as brutal as any she's ever witnessed. The charred corpse of a young woman, burned beyond recognition, smolders on a bed near a bag full of baby items. An autopsy reveals that the victim had recently given birth. Yet noHomicide detective Kate Farrer took a four-month leave from the force when the stress of the job threatened to crush her. Now she's back, at a crime scene as brutal as any she's ever witnessed. The charred corpse of a young woman, burned beyond recognition, smolders on a bed near a bag full of baby items. An autopsy reveals that the victim had recently given birth. Yet no child has been found.Teaming up with a new partner, Oliver Parke, Kate struggles to hold her own demons at bay—while also pursuing leads in the seemingly unrelated affair of a missing teenager who was keeping secrets that may have cost her her life. But as disturbing clues begin linking their two investigations—and another unspeakably cruel murder secures the knot—Kate and Oliver realize with horror that a desperate killer's next victim might be the most innocent one of all....

Title : Skin and Bone
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ISBN : 9780061353338
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Skin and Bone Reviews

  • ☼♄Jülie 
    2019-02-12 22:43

    Skin and Bone by Kathryn Fox#3 in the Anya Crichton series.Read from July 13 to 15, 2014I was wondering if this book had been erroneously recorded as being a part of the Anya Crichton series, because she is not in it at all and isn't even referred to except for a bit at the start noting her connection to Kate Farrer. Although it does go into Kate's abduction and her being held captive in the previous [Anya Crichton] novel, and also mentions her relationship to Anya and her young son, so... After reading some of the reviews, I now understand that K. Fox appears to be switching between the two main characters which allows her to give us a fuller insight into their distinctive roles and personality traits, which turned out to work quite well as it introduces the different and unique fields of expertise of each character without complicating or cluttering every story.In this way, as we progress through the series we should have a better understanding of each characters' individual role and input, without the need to clutter the stories with in depth explanations each least that is how I understand it, and that works well for me.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one and was held in suspense until the end. The beauty of reading these so long after the first publication is that I can see how K. Fox has improved in her story telling since her first and second books in this series and look forward to continuing with the rest of the series and then others.4★s

  • Carolyn
    2019-01-26 19:38

    Kate Farrar is back at work as a detective in the police force following her harrowing experience in the first book in this series, Malicious Intent. Her first case involves a house fire where the body of an unknown woman is found. A bag containing baby paraphernalia suggests that the woman may have had a baby but there is no sign of one at the house.The novel contains several parallel investigations with Kate and her new partner Oliver also looking for a missing girl and investigating a personal trainer who is selling drugs as a sideline. Oliver is also not all he seems to be and Kate wonders if she can trust him. There are many twists and turns in the novel but all the story lines eventually resolve in a satisfactory manner. Although this is the third novel in the Anya Crichton series, Anya is away on leave for the duration of the novel and the focus is instead on her friend Kate. This is a much more assured novel than the earlier two by the author Kathryn Fox who seems to have found her stride.

  • Steve
    2019-02-06 19:35

    3.5 stars. I felt a little jilted that a book in the Anya Crichton series didn't contain any Anya, but once I managed to page back in the main character's involvement in a previous book, I felt better about it. The story started very slowly, and seemed to almost drag, until the action exploded with a bang. I was so sure I had worked out the mastermind behind everything, that I got a shock at the final reveal. Now that I think about it, one small storyline remained unresolved, and there wasn't so much an ending as the book stopped.

  • Julie
    2019-01-23 20:37

    Another gripping tale from the remarkable Kathryn Fox. This one focuses on Detective Kate Farrer who was abducted in the previous book. It concentrates on her return to work after a leave of absence to recover from her ordeal. A burned body, a missing baby and corruption in the force makes for an edge of your seat story.

  • Kathleen Dixon
    2019-02-03 19:47

    The protagonist of this 3rd novel by Kathryn Fox was one of the characters in the first novel. As the first and second were about Anya Crichton, I expected her to reappear in the 2nd or 3rd chapter of this, but finally realised that Fox had switched. I quite like that. Kate Farrar (this novel's protagonist) was mentioned in the second novel (Without Consent), and Anya was mentioned in this - both very plausibly. And as they were friends in the first (Malicious Intent: A Novel), it seems likely that they'll join together again in the future. Or perhaps there'll be 2 series going on, as it were, with each playing a bit-part in the other's.I thought this one particularly well done. Kate has returned after some months' sick leave (read Malicious Intent for the reason), and is stsill suffering flashbacks and panic attacks. However, both the police need her back working, and she herself needs to be back trying to make a difference to the owrld - or at least, her little part of it.Kate has a new partner - an interesting guy, with hidden depths - and there are the usual personalities to deal with at work. The first job they are on is a suspicious fire and a dead body, but then they're taken off it to serach for a missing girl. What seems initially to be quite a straightforward, though nuisance, case, becomes a lot more complicated.Lots of goings-on to keep the reader involved. Excellent.

  • Kathryn
    2019-01-21 18:37

    I forgot to post this review at the time I wrote it...This was a different Kathryn Fox as it didn’t involve Anya Crichton apart from a brief reference. I missed Anya. I really enjoyed this book (although I did keep mixing Detective Kate Farrer up with Detective Ella Marconi from Katherine Howell’s series), but I did miss Anya.

  • Jennifer Jowsey
    2019-02-04 15:23

    yawn. this was pretty dull, no suspense, kind of muddled writing (like it tried to point you one way, then another, but in a clumsy way and trying too hard). dull characters (did i miss a book before this? there were references to the main character's prior trauma, but nothing in detail), run of the mill mystery, tried for a twist at the end but was just kind of 'huh.' wouldn't seek out another book by this author. would have given it 1.5 if i could give half stars; i've read worse, so it was a little better than one.

  • Paula Clark
    2019-02-05 16:29

    I was a little disappointed at the beginning to find that Anya wasn't the main character focus of this book. As the story progressed I found I was enjoying getting behind the character of Kate more and more and it was great to see her character elaborated on, and followed-up from the previous books in the series.An enjoyable mystery/crime read, although I found quite a few things predictable, others had a few twists and turns. I didn't pick the final twist myself until shortly before it was revealed.

  • inkandteacups
    2019-02-02 17:39

    Maybe I’ve seen too many crime shows, and written a bit myself, but this book wasn’t as amazing as I wanted it to be.The detailing of some of the scientific procedures and storyline were good, if predictable. But the ending was too neatly tied up with a bow to be realistic.As for the wording, some of the phrases were very awkward. It was like someone with an American English writing experience was trying to fit some British English words for added effect. Also, some of the dialogue was too awkward to begin with. No one says “as such” when they’re talking about something.All in all, I feel a bit angry that I wasted my time reading this.

  • Plum-crazy
    2019-02-08 17:41

    A really good read!! The only fault I have with it is that it was obvious to me from the start who the dead girl was but Kate couldn't seem to see it! That aside it was a gripping read that kept me thoroughly engrossed & entertained up to the end - will be on the lookout for more in this series or indeed anything else by this author.

  • Hager
    2019-02-11 19:38

    The book is well written and the plot made sense and the events were in logical order however when all the clues were tying together I thought it will be much more than that.. I thought it will More intense and more grand Anyways a good novel

  • Angela Verdenius
    2019-01-27 22:24

    I did NOT see that ending coming! Completely knocked my socks off (if I was wearing socks...which I wasn't...but whatever). I did suspect Oliver of being someone he wasn't, and I was right there, but the rest of it? Complete surprise. Top mystery!

  • Emjlkas
    2019-02-10 22:40

    This is my first Kathryn Fox book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Although at times it was a little predictable, there were also some good twists and turns at the end. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from this author and series.

  • Nancy
    2019-02-08 22:43

    I think it is likely that this story is not quite as good as her previous stories 'Malicious Intent' and 'Without Consent' but, on the basis of this, I would like to look those out.

  • Fiona
    2019-01-25 22:25

    Enjoyed and liked the summary format at the end

  • Anna Colb
    2019-02-06 22:21

    I liked it but in the end i was somewhat frustrated with Kate because she couldn't see the obvious Jesus connection and Oliver's Fraud connections

  • Kayleigh Knights
    2019-02-06 14:20

    Lots of twists and turns.

  • Maddy
    2019-01-23 18:43

    PROTAGONIST: Kzte FarrarSETTING: Couldn't tell, think it's AustraliaSERIES: #3 - minor character in the first 2RATING: 3.0Although lots of people like to bash the police and paint them as authority figures gone amok, their level of professionalism is actually quite amazing when you stop to think about it. Consider the kinds of things that they deal with every day—abusive people, horrible deaths, threats to their lives, a career that doesn't lead to forming good personal relationships. Homicide detective Kate Farrar is struggling to return to normalcy after having been abducted and locked away for days by a psychopath. She took a leave of absence from the job, and now she's returning to duty. Is she really ready to come back, or will the impact of what happened to her burden her with fears that she can't overcome?She's put to the test almost immediately. She's paired with a new partner, Oliver Parke, and they are assigned the case of a woman who is burned beyond recognition. Evidence at the crime scene indicates that there may have been a baby in the picture, but there is no body that proves that. The situation stirs up Kate's emotions, and she is determined to find the baby before it is too late. Unfortunately, there is very little to go on. Soon thereafter, Kate and Oliver are given a new case involving the missing daughter of a locally powerful family. Much to her chagrin, the first case is handed over to another team. Kate is miffed, as she feels that the second case doesn't have much merit. As the investigation continues, however, she and Oliver uncover evidence that links the two crimes. This is a device that I don't much care for in my reading; it seems highly unlikely to me that two detectives handling two cases would find that they overlap.There are little clues that Kate isn't doing as well as she should be in putting the past behind her. She is unable to be in an enclosed space and finds other hints in her behavior that she still has work to do. At first quite dubious about her new partner, she soon finds that she likes him, much to her surprise. He seems a dedicated family man who has a deep understanding of human psychology. He is very adaptable and skilled at changing his approach based on how he reads a situation. Unfortunately, there is an indication that he may be on the take; and that is enough to make Kate doubt that the partnership will work out.It was pretty obvious that Kate would face the ultimate test of her fears and that the outcome of that would be predictable. I found the investigation to be a bit sloppy; Kate seems determined to convict a sleazy body builder for all of the crimes in the book. It would have been more credible if she had taken other suspects into consideration. The revelation of the killer was over the top. In fact, most of the characters were one-dimensional, with the exception of Oliver. One of the villains in the book is motivated to action by the karma philosophy of the TV show, My Name is Earl – huh???There are a lot of twists to the narrative, including another fire which almost takes Kate's life, possible child abuse, date rape and more, a bit too busy for my tastes. Based on the book blurbs, I was expecting a focus on forensics a la early Patricia Cornwell, but that comparison wasn't justified. On the whole, Skin and Bone was an average book, and I didn't find anything special to recommend it.

  • Ingrid Verschelling
    2019-02-09 18:25

    Tot op het bot is het eerste boek van de Australische Kathryn Fox dat in Nederlandse vertaling verschijnt. Het is het derde boek dat ze geschreven heeft. Ze is arts, met bijzondere belangstelling voor forensisch onderzoek. Ze woont in Sydney.Brigadier Kate Farrer is negenentwintig en vrijgezel. Ze is nog steeds single, omdat ze na het overlijden van haar vriend negen jaar geleden nog niemand is tegengekomen, waar het mee klikt. Na een traumatische gijzeling komt ze na drie maanden verplicht verlof weer terug op haar werk. Ze krijgt als partner een jonge agent Oliver Parke toegewezen. Hij is vader van een aantal kinderen met nog één op komst. Er is een brand geweest en er wordt een vrouw gevonden, verbrand. In de kamer vinden ze een luiertas, maar er is geen baby gevonden. Uit de autopsie blijkt, dat het slachtoffer kort geleden bevallen is. De baby is echter spoorloos. Ze weten ook niet of de baby nog in leven is. Het is moeilijk om uit te vinden wie de vrouw is. Dan worden ze van de zaak afgehaald om aan een andere zaak te werken: een welgesteld iemand met contacten bij de politie mist zijn stiefdochter Candice. Kate baalt enorm, omdat ze de baby wil vinden. Terwijl ze druk bezig zijn om de zaak te onderzoeken, valt er opnieuw een slachtoffer. Ondertussen is er op het politiebureau een corruptie- onderzoek bezig. Ze heeft een enveloppe in haar bureau gevonden met geld erin. Agent Parke stelt voor het geld te houden. Het voor Kate moeilijk om haar partner te vertrouwen. Wie probeert haar erin te luizen?De zuster van Candice, Lesley heeft een vriend gehad, een personal coach. Hij wil nog steeds contact met Lesley, ondanks dat zij het uit heeft gemaakt. Hij stalkt haar en zij gaat ergens anders studeren om uit de buurt te zijn. De familie denkt, dat hij iets met Candice heeft gedaan om Lesley weer naar huis te lokken. Hij wordt gezien als hoofdverdachte, aangezien er ook foto ’s worden gevonden van een naakte Candice. Bovendien is hij een vriend van het laatste slachtoffer. Hebben de zaken met elkaar te maken?Tot op het bot is een spannende thriller. De schrijfstijl wordt op het boek omschreven als vergelijkbaar met Patricia Cornwell en Kathy Reichs. Kathy Reichs schrijft over Temperance Brennan, die forensisch antropologe is. Op TV wordt hier een serie over uitgezonden, genaamd Bones. Nu ben ik wel een beetje uitgekeken op deze serie en ik vind de details soms behoorlijk gruwelijk, dus ik schrok hier wel van. Was het boek wel iets voor mij? Toch wel. Ik vind het helemaal niet zoals Bones. Ik vond het verhaal spannend met onverwachte wendingen. Vanaf het begin van het boek zit je in het verhaal. Tot op het bot is een prettige kennismaking met een nieuwe schrijfster: voor mij vier sterren waard!

  • Sharon Gallup
    2019-02-10 20:38

    i found this book filled with loads of twists and turns. just when i thought i knew who did it, a twist came andthen i had to rethink, thought i had it again and nope that even then. the end was completely not what i expected.she had added mystery, murder, police etc and combinedit amazingly.

  • Darcy
    2019-02-18 17:28

    This book is set in the previous world of the authors other books and has many common characters, but is focused on Kate, who we met in the first book. I really liked Kate and the first time around she really went through the wringer. This time around she is trying to see if she can come back to the job that so defines her life. Back at work after a 12 week leave she is partnered with a new guy. They get called out to a fire where a body is discovered. While investigating this crime they are pulled off in favor of another crime, a missing child, whose parents have enough political clout to demand attention. Kate has a hard time leaving the other crime behind as there was a discovery that is haunting her. Looking for the missing girl sends Kate and her partner all over discovering all sorts of other crimes including rape and drugs, and looking at those that are closest to the girl. With clues in all directions they end up getting lucky and find a piece of evidence that ties both cases together. As they continue finding more and more ties to both cases they are closing in on the killer, who turns out to be not who you expect. While there are somethings you can see coming a mile ahead, there are other twists and turns that take you by surprise.

  • Vivien
    2019-02-04 15:18

    Kathryn Fox has certainly written another exciting detective story in 2007, which contains much more police / detective work than the other Kathryn Fox book, which I have read recently - Cold Grave. Detective Kate Farrer returns to work from extended sick leave following a work related trauma to work with new homicide partner Oliver Parke.Twists and turns and amazing story lines collide throughout the book including 2 house fires resulting in 2 distinct deaths of Candice Penfold, burnt after previously being killed and frozen and Brett Sprender, a young man, who became a paraplegic at an island retreat. The deaths end up being connected and require persistent and skilled detective work by Kate and Oliver supported by their boss Russo, as they manoeuvre their way through multiple mental health and criminal episodes to reach a most unusual conclusion with baby Toby, Lesley and Robert - wow what a surprise!Most entertaining and enjoyable adventure - thanks Kathryn.

  • Sunnie
    2019-02-02 14:30

    SKIN AND BONE has all the elements of a good crime novel. Well-developed characters: a suitably absorbing plot with intertwining threads and enough clues to allow the reader to solve the mystery.Kathryn Fox’s first two novels (Malicious Intent and Without Consent) featured Dr. Anya Crichton. Farrer was the investigating detective in Malicious Intent. In featuring Farrer as the protagonist in SKIN AND BONE, author has given herself scope to create two separate series. This also firmly establishes Fox in Australia’s growing pool of talented crime writers.If you enjoyed Fox’s first two books, then you won’t be disappointed in SKIN AND BONE. I read Without Consent early in 2007 and thoroughly enjoyed it. If anything, I think SKIN AND BONE is even better. If you are new to Fox’s work, then SKIN AND BONE won’t suffer from the reader not being familiar with her earlier book

  • Nicole Benney
    2019-01-21 18:22

    I enjoyed this book. But I have issues with it being seen a part of the 'Anya Crichton' series, when it literally mentions her name once within the entire novel. When I chose to read the series, it was because I wanted to see the story from the view of the forensic pathologist, not her best friend detective. That said, it was a good detective novel, though arguably a bit predictable. I found it really hard to fathom that a link between the missing person and the Jane Doe was not made sooner. Maybe that's just me, but I thought it was glaringly obvious.Even though I enjoyed the sub-plot of Parks being undercover, again, once Farrer confronted him about it, I felt that it was quite plain he would be undercover. I really enjoyed the plot, and I found that it was easy to relate to the characters. I would like to read more about Farrer, just maybe as part of her own set of novels...

  • Chris Demer
    2019-02-20 14:40

    A young woman is found dead after a house fire, possibly a murder victim.Kate Ferrer and her new partner are assigned to the case and just as they seem to be making headway, they are reassigned to a missing persons case. The daughter of a wealthy local man seems to have disappeared and the brass wants the press to be kept out of the investigation.Although she is disappointed and believes her boss may not think her capable of continuing with the murder investigation, she and her partner start looking for clues. Are the cases intertwined? If so, how? Things get very complicated with accusations of incest, rape and more. The killer? Turns out to be a surprise!Excellent crime mystery! Highly recommended for lovers of Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reichs.

  • Andrew
    2019-01-29 21:30

    This would be a great book to read on an airplane.A nice brisk police procedural set in Australia. (I knew we'd gone overseas once they started talking about nappies and car boots) It moves along nicely and always keeps you interested in the plot. A fast read that would be great entertainment where intense concentration or overly complex concepts might get in the way.Keeping this in the 'good' column and not the 'great' column for me was its lack of much of an overarching theme or compelling idea to the book. It reads a bit more like an episode maybe, rather than a whole concept.But a pretty darn good episode.Three-and-a-half stars.

  • Barbara ★
    2019-01-31 14:47

    Meet Kate Farrer, a homicide detective with a new partner. And meet her partner, Oliver Parke, a newly made detective - this being only his third case. The body of a woman who had recently given birth - burned beyond recognition - has been found in building demolished by arson. They team up to solve this murder as well as a suspicious missing teen.Enter a shady fitness instructor, a swingers' hangout, a wealthy family, a quadriplegic, date rape drugs, corrupt cops and internal affairs agents.This is a terrific mystery with many twists and an unforeseen conclusion. Kathryn Fox is definitely going on my favorite authors list.

  • Ann
    2019-01-20 20:36

    An enjoyable, easy holiday read for the mystery lover. The pace of the narrative is well maintained and the characters are well drawn if stereotypical. I particularly enjoyed reading of murders and arson attacks set in my local area...I'm strange that way! It felt strange to read of the characters driving down and visiting my local shops and streets that I walk through.I borrowed this novel from the library but I will certainly purchase her other titles...doing my bit to support local writers.

  • Terri Wino
    2019-02-18 20:24

    This is the third book I've read by Kathryn Fox, and though the first two were good, I have to say I liked this one even more. I was glad to see that Kate was the focus of this book. I won't say more about that because I don't want to spoil the previous two books for anyone reading this review. Anyway, this author does a great job of juggling more than one mystery in a book. Her characters aren't over the top; they seem "real." I was guessing until the end what exactly the outcome would be. One of the better books I've read lately, and I will continue with this series.

  • Nickie
    2019-02-06 21:37

    This novel is not about Anya Crichton as the earlier ones were but about her friend Kate Farrar, a detective who returns to work after months on sick leave (read Malicious Intent for the reason). Kate has a new partner Oliver who seems to good to be true and as you read the novel she questions trust issues. They have a few cases on, one is a suspicious house fire where a women's body is found and the other about a wealthy missing girl. There are lots of twists and turns which keep you guessing till the end.