Desecration (Book 1) | J.F. Penn

Desecration (London Psychic Book 1)

J.F. Penn
Kindle Edition | Thriller | 266 pages | Released 18 December 2013

LONDON. When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. An antique ivory figurine found beside the body is the only lead and she enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant psychic, to help her discover the message it holds.

When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie has nothing left to lose and she must race against time to stop the mysterious Lyceum claiming another victim.

As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.

A story of vengeance and passion for justice, a dark mystery with an edge of supernatural thriller. – Amazon


I wanted to read something about a crime that would string me along until it hit me in the gut with a big reveal. I wanted something that wasn’t predictable and would hook me from the first page. I’m pleased to say that Desecration did that.

Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke’s backstory is tragic. Her daughter has lived a life of pain and illness and is in palliative care. At first, I was uncomfortable with this part of the storyline and of Jamie’s choices between her dying daughter and her work. To me, there is no choice, the child is always first. But as the plot unfolded, I came to understand that it was an integral part if the story.

This one is all about death. It examines the questions of what death actually means, and the emptiness of a body once the soul has gone. There are plenty of gruesome concepts in here as well. It’s not for the faint-hearted or the squeamish. There’s mutilation, murder, loads of blood, violence, and it also shows the complacency that familiarity with such things brings to some people.

There’s a murder with a range of suspects to muddy the waters, each with a link to the dark and disturbing world of vivisection. Amongst the confronting subject matter of the main storyline, the story had great pacing and characters that felt quite real. Desecration rolls along to a climax that hooked me, shocked me, and left me exhausted.

J.F.Penn has become one of my favorite authors over the past couple of years. Her catalog is growing and this book is another well-written and well-researched thriller. I can’t wait to read the next books in this series.


It’s quite an addictive story that reminds me of the Cormoran Stark series, but a lot more gruesome. Over recent years I’ve become a fan of J.F. Penn’s books and this one didn’t disappoint. Recommended for readers who love thrillers and aren’t faint-hearted.


The books in J.F. Penn’s London Psychic series are:

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