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The Blood Whisperer

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  48 reviews
The uncanny abilities of London crime-scene specialist Kelly Jacks to coax evidence from the most unpromising of crime scenes once earned her the nickname of The Blood Whisperer.

Then six years ago all that changed. Kelly woke next to the butchered body of a man, the knife in her hands and no memory of what happened. She trusted the evidence would prove her innocent. It di
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Published August 31st 2013 by Zace Ltd
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Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
But she was not in prison any longer. She was back in civilisation and supposed to behave accordingly. It just seemed that there had been no transition between in and out and when she was under threat the lines blurred altogether.

Okay, let me tell you about this book. I was reading it, la la la, and it was going okay. "This is going okay," I said to myself. "This is a three-star read." Then I kept reading and at about a little over halfway through the book, I was like, "Wow. Some cool twists are
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Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have to clarify something from the outset! I started reading the Charlie Fox series from Book 1 not that long ago. I am currently up to book 4, yet my Mum and Sister are both now finished with book 10. This poses a number of problems for me; especially since they have started to “talk in code” because my mum is a nightmare for spoilers! So when I realised that I could beat them to it with a new standalone I was ecstatic. However, being a fan of the Fox series, there is always the question of w ...more
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Kelly Jacks was a "blood whisperer ... someone who seemed to be able to coax evidence out of the most unpromising of scenes" a crime scene investigator until she was sent to prison, supposedly for killing an informant. Now, she is a clean-up specialist, who is troubled by the suicide of a wealthy socialite. Her inquiries are not appreciated so her boss is badly beaten, and then her partner killed, putting Kelly on the run. Sharp is once again at her best, with a bad-ass heroine, who battles agai ...more
J.F. Penn
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers, crime
Kelly Jacks wakes to the smell of blood and finds she is holding a knife, with no memory of what happened.

Years later, when Kelly has served time for a crime she believes she is innocent of, she is working as a crime scene cleaner when a suspicious death makes her question the official version of events. But her probing leads to swift retribution and an escalation of violence that soon means she's on the run for another murder she has been framed for. Zoe Sharp certainly knows how to keep her c
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Blood Whisperer by Zoë Sharp has restored my love for the thriller/mystery genre, and reminded me what it is about the genre that I love so much.

This is a standalone novel featuring Kelly Jacks. It tells the story of how Kelly ended up on the other side of the spectrum, as a clean-up specialist rather than a crime scene specialist.

Kelly is a really strong character, and I certainly would not mess with her. She has some serious skills which she picked up when she was serving time in prison fo
Seeley James
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book for my new Book of the Week feature. See the whole review on my site

Blood Whisperer is an exciting, entertaining, and engrossing story that will keep you guessing from start to finish. The new character, Kelly Jacks, is a terrific leading lady!

Your new heroine has a different skill set from your run-of-the-mill heroines. She's not a killer or a secret agent or a fighter, she's a disgraced crime scene investigator. A science-techie who did some hard time. She's distinct, unique,
Marina Sofia
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a rollercoaster of a ride - and what a hardcore heroine in Kelly Jacks! This is the way to handle a thriller full of incident: it never felt like one gratuitous plot twist after another (as it sometimes can feel in edge-of-your-seat thrillers), and the characters are well drawn, none of them quite what they seem. A pleasure to read!
Pat aka Tygyr
I found this book in a bundle named - Adrenaline Rush: 7 High Octane Thrillers.
Kelly Jacks had been a forensic specialist for the police until she woke up bloodied with a knife in her hands, a dead sliced body not far from her and no memory of anything. When released from prison she gets a job with McCarron Specialist Cleaning Services. They usually clean up after bloody deaths. She works with a young black man named Tyrone who has a crush on her. Their current case - rich lady, fully clothed in
Gloria Feit
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kelly Jacks is the eponymous protagonist in what promises to be a new series by Zoe Sharp. I wondered to myself, ‘blood whisperer’? Is that anything like a ‘horse whisperer?’ Well, yes, it is, actually. Kelly is, as the author puts it, “someone who seemed to be able to coax evidence out of the most unpromising of scenes.” Now 40 years old, the former CSI now works for McCarron Specialist Cleaning Services, the services in question being performed at crime scenes after they are released by the po ...more
Jane Fenn
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an enjoyable and compelling read. Kelly is a former CSI blood pattern expert who has served time in prison when she blacked out and woke up next to a dead body with the foresnsic evidence convincting her. That in itself marks this story out as novel and unique. Now part of a specialist crime scene clean-up crew, she raises concern about a particular scene and the simple interpretation made by the police. Very powerful people send very strong messages that she should stop asking difficult qu ...more
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Blood Whisperer is a stand alone mystery/thriller by Zoe Sharp that will keep you guessing and thrilled until the end! I bought this because I love Zoe's Charlie Fox series and am thrilled that I did.

Kelly Jacks is such a strong character, physically and mentally. Her career started as a CSI until she found herself framed and serving a prison sentence for manslaughter. When released, she goes to work for her old CSI boss as a crime scene cleaner. When she and her partner are sent to clean a
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It's a long time since a book has kept me awake and reading til nearly 3am, but I couldn't stop til the end. Kelly Jacks is a great character, as strong as Charlie Fox, but in completely different ways, although with the same vulnerability from past events and fierce moral code. I liked the surrounding characters and hope we will meet them again although I was shocked at what happened to one of my favourites. There were a couple of threads left still tangled again, unless I was too sleepy to get ...more
Mark Henwick
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just finished The Blood Whisperer by Zoë Sharp and loved it. It is a brilliant, complex story delivered at ever-increasing pace.

With a prison term for a murder she didn't commit not long behind her and a talent for reconstructing crime scenes that she can't switch off, Kelly Jacks's guarded personality is wonderfully brought to life. When it seems that her worst nightmares are repeating themselves, who can she trust? The police who put her in jail? The husband who didn’t love his murdered wife?
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my new personal favorite book.

Kelly Jacks works as a cleaning specialist. She and her partner are one team of several who clean crime scenes after the police are finished with their investigations. But Kelly also has a eye for details. Even without special equipment she can sense and identify peculiar details the investigators may have missed. Because of the special ability her boss calls her "the blood whisperer." This is a good quality unless someone has something to hide.
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Similar plot and character complexities to the Charlie Fox series, but took a little longer to get involved. Interesting character who I would like to read about again. I'd recommend to Charlie Fox fans, and Jack Reacher fans as well. Bet he can't climb buildings like she can.... ...more
Excellent first book in a new series. For a rather long book, it was still a fast read (probably because it wasn't easy to put down). Likeable, intelligent, determined & very capable protagonist. Looking forward to more in this series. I rate this one 4.9 stars. ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very good stand alone by Zoe.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Zoe Sharp is one of my favourite authors and this book did not disappoint
Pavana Keerthi
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
amazing. brilliant. gritty. I am looking forward for the next book
Dolly Sandor
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good stand alone thriller. If you like Sharp's books you will enjoy this one. ...more
Jacqui Yeomans
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book - brilliantly written as always!
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
A mystery wrapped up with a good heroine.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kelly Jacks is a CSI investigator and one of the best, they call her the blood whisperer because she can actually tell about what happened to a victim according to the blood splatters. But, her who life is turned around when she is framed for a murder..She served 5 years in prison and is now out and trying to start her life over..She cleans up crime scenes for a living now.

In her latest job to clean a house where a women committed suicide you finds a blood splatter and she can tell that the wome
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Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
6 years ago Kelly used to be a forensic scientist and was framed for murder and did time for it. She had been found at a crime scene with blood on her hands and no memory of having done anything wrong. After serving her time she works in a specialist cleaning crew for crime scenes.
She finds the forensics at a suicide point toward a different story and after she reports it to her boss things change. Her boss is assaulted, her partner in the cleaning crew is murdered in a similar way to the murder
Vicki Deakin
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense, crime
OK but not worth telling other people about
Kaltrina Dervishi is a prostitute on the run from Serbian gang leader Fisnik Abazi. The police want her to give evidence against him: Abazi wants her dead. Only her lawyer, Keira Lynch, can keep that from happening.

What Keira doesn't realise is that this is a case with global repercussions and it's not long before the CIA come calling. If Kaltrina talks and Abazi is imprisoned, then certain information will come to light - information that men will go t
Clare Rhoden
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I read this book on two plane trips as I had run out of my own reading matter - this one was packed in my OH's material. It is classic, classy, and very very well written. Well-paced and easy to follow despite interruptions and confusing time zones in my own life, LOL! Plus it all made perfect sense by the end, so that's a bonus - I don't like it when loose ends are let lie, or there is too easy an out. Thouch I wouldn't choose this for myself, I did enjoy it for the purpose. Plus, I might even ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, mystery, thrillers, adult
Great standalone mystery/thriller from the author of the Charlie Fox series. The main character is fresh out of prison from serving a murder sentence that she didn't deserve--someone set her up. She was a "blood whisperer," a crime scene tech who asked too many questions when the detectives wanted the cases to be easily solved. Now she's on the run when another murder is framed on her. Fast action and a great mystery! I didn't guess all of the ending, so that's a good thing! ...more
Sally Bowers
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zoè Sharp

I have read ten of the Charlie fox series which in my opinion are all five stars ,and I stumbled onto the blood whisperer. I never thought it could be as good as Zoe's other books but it is just brilliant . Kelly Jacks is such a strong determined character and I loved this book . I could not put it down definitely more crime thriller than horror , not horror in my opinion . Just a fantastic read . Thank you xx
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Blood Whisperer was interesting. The plan was complicated as one character mentioned. I do wish that a death that occurred early in the book hadn’t happened.
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Well rounded characters that didn't feel cliched. Twisty without being entirely unbelievable and good enough to suspend disbelief when necessary. ...more
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Zoë Sharp spent most of her formative years living aboard a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. She opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve and wrote her first novel at fifteen. She became a freelance photojournalist in 1988 and started writing her Charlie Fox crime thriller series after receiving death-threats in the course of her work.

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