As I read Danielle Girard’s forensic thriller Exhume, I feared for Annabelle. Seven years after leaving her abusive ex, she’s buried her past and settled into her life as a medical examiner in San Francisco. But then she’s confronted by the sickening familiarity of this dead body. The woman on her table doesn’t just look like Annabelle; the victim’s life mirrors the life Annabelle was sure she left behind.
Following in the footsteps of Kathy Reichs’s Temperance “Bones” Brennan and Tess Gerritsen’s Maura Isles, Annabelle is a well-drawn character who is driven by a passion for her work and justice for the victims she encounters. I gasped more than once when reading this book—a testament to Danielle Girard’s ability to deliver a story that surprised me and create characters about whom I cared deeply.
A taut and suspenseful thriller that kept me turning pages until the very end, Exhume uncovers the pains and triumphs of obsession, love, and life.
- Jessica Tribble, Editor