The Colour of Death by Michael Cordy

November 8, 2011

The Colour of Death by Michael Cordy is a gripping thriller. Set in Portland, Oregon a young woman has discovered a shocking crime scene, broken into a house and rescued the girls held hostage there. She is hailed as a hero but does not remember how she came to be there or even anything about herself. She is a mystery to the police, christened Jane Doe,  and is taken to hospital.  While there she suffers terrifying hallucinations that cause her to be moved to a mental hospital and she comes under the care of forensic psychiatrist, Nathan Fox. Together they must work out who she is.

A series of murders then starts in the city and these unrelated murders seem to be linked somehow to Jane Doe. Together they must find her identity before it is too late!

This is a fascinating book, which is different from a normal thriller as it looks at synaesthesia. This is a fascinating condition where senses are linked and people can sense things together. For example looking at a word you see the letters in colour, saying a word means you can taste it on your tongue. There are many different forms of synaesthesia  and the novel uses it in a rather unique way and fascinating way.  Despite bringing synaesthesia into it, everything is explained clearly and you do not feel out of your depth.

The story ties together brilliantly, details about Jane and Nathan come to light slowly and we get to find out their secrets. Gradually we come to realise how it all relates to the murders and it leads to a gripping ending. You will be turning the pages unable to put the book down until you find out how it all ends. You get really involved in the characters and the descriptions make you feel that you are really there. It is a really good thriller, definitely worth a read.

Other reviews you may be interested in:

Twelve by Jasper Kent

The Accused by Constance Briscoe


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