Here is my #BookReview for The Embalmer by @AlisonBelsham @hachetteuk

  • Title – The Embalmer
  • Author – Alison Belsham
  • Pages – 416
  • Publisher – Hachette UK
  • Publication Date – 10.11.20

Has the ancient Egyptian cult of immortality resurfaced in Brighton?

When a freshly – mummified body is discovered at the Brighton museum of natural history, Detective Francis Sullivan is at a loss to identify the desiccated woman. But as Egyptian burial jars of the body parts with cryptic messages attached start appearing, he realises he has a serial killer on his hands.

Revenge, obsession and an ancient religion form a potent mix, unleashing a wave of terror throughout the city. Caught in a race against time while battling his own demons, Francis must fight to uncover the true identity of the embalmer before it’s too late.

Well, we had another killer on the loose in Brighton and this time I really thought I cracked it, but obviously I was wrong.

The embalmer follows Sullivan and his team on the hunt for not one but two killers, the embalmer who is leaving messages directly for him and Paul Mullins, the twin brother of Marni Mullins’ ex husband. Sullivan who is not to be involved in the Mullins case finds it hard to stay away whilst also trying to run the investigation for the embalmer.

This book had me feeling a lot of different emotions, the main one being me on the edge of my seat, but also a lot of sorrow, a lot of which was for Marni, she went through a lot in this book and I could feel her pain and grief through each turn of the page. I felt such a huge connection to her that it hurt.

Anger, all directed towards the evil Mullins twin who I killed ten times over in my head, not counting the times from the previous books and then finally, Sadness. I wasn’t the biggest Thierry fan but I found myself welling up at his funeral. It felt like I was there in the same room, he didn’t deserve to die but it was ultimately the pain of reading how Marni, his mum and Alex felt that set me off with the tears.

And now I have come to the end, I’ve got to say I feel a little lost, for the past week these characters have been a big part of my days and now we have had to part ways and I’m not quite sure how I’m supposed to feel about that, but I just hope it is not for too long and I will find myself with a new DI Sullivan thriller in my hands. ☺️

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