Of Body and Bone

An Edge-of-Your-Seat Paranormal Thriller (Detectives Daniels and Remalla Book 3)

Fiction - Suspense
345 Pages
Reviewed on 07/14/2021
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

You can’t help but be impressed when you visit Judy T. Bishop’s author page on Amazon. Add to her writer “Wow” factor the huge number of 5-star reviews she has on each book and you know this is an author worth getting to know. Bishop enjoys providing “a touch of the supernatural with a side of the paranormal” for her readers and they will certainly get both in Of Body and Bone. That close duo of Daniels and Remalla, who have starred in her various series, get their courage and beliefs tested when they come up against a formidable foe, Rudy, whose extreme and weird ability to immobilize or kill people makes him difficult to capture…if they even can. He is driven by his grief over losing his young son, but don’t feel sorry for him: his subsequent actions of kidnapping young boys to teach them how they too can use powers like his is anything but endearing. Rudy puts the dynamic duo through the wringer as they try to locate the latest kidnapped boy. Do they succeed and if so, at what cost?

Bishop keeps you in suspense in Of Body and Bone and even in the last few pages, she throws a curveball at Remalla that neither he nor readers saw coming. At a guess, that unexpected twist will kick off the next book in this psychological thriller series. I truly enjoy reading Judy T. Bishop’s novels: she uses dialogue rather than descriptions to create tension and keep the plot pace moving quickly. That reliance on dialogue also accounts for how realistic her characters are i.e. one easily senses the sinister or good behind what is and isn’t being said. Oh, incidentally, the next time your house lights suddenly go out, if you sense a strange buzzing nearby, be wary of what or whom you can’t see. It might just be Rudy!

Susan Sewell

An unorthodox killer threatens a team of detectives and their important case in the chilling suspense novel, Of Body and Bone: An Edge-of-Your-Seat Paranormal Thriller (Detectives Daniels and Remalla: Book 3) by Judy T Bishop. When eleven-year-old Josh Lambert is abducted, Detective Gordon Daniels and Detective Aaron Remalla are called in to investigate. During their investigation, they uncover the unsettling fact that the kidnapper, Rudy, has an unprecedented power they have never encountered before and disturbing personal connections to their last harrowing case. With Allison behind bars awaiting trial, they are concerned that Rudy's appearance could mean he is out to sabotage their case. Remalla is the primary witness, and due to the physical and emotional damage Allison and Victor put him through, Daniels is determined to help him maintain his balance so that he can testify. However, Rudy and his colleagues are trifling with Remalla's mental well-being, and Daniels and Captain Lozano are concerned. Can Daniels and Remalla capture Rudy before he goes too far? Or will they have to put their lives and careers on the line?

Of Body and Bone by Judy T Bishop is a riveting suspense novel that incorporates supernatural elements. With a suspenseful plot filled with thrilling twists, the story had me sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what came next. Once I picked it up, I was glued to the book until I reached the final page. It is the third book in the series and does fairly well as a standalone, but the characters of Victor and Allison are a bit enigmatic. It is a brilliant series, and I can't recommend it highly enough! This scintillating novel will entertain and delight everyone who enjoys suspense, mystery, and action laced with the paranormal.

Stephanie Chapman

Of Body And Bone by J.T. Bishop is part of The Family Or Foe Series. Detective Remalla is back from leave and is eager to resume normal duty with his partner, Detective Daniels. The detectives consider each other as family, and Remalla spends some of his evenings with Daniels and his family. Unfortunately, Detective Daniels has noticed that his partner looks tired and seems to have flashbacks from his assault by Allison. When the detectives go to investigate a death, they discover that the deceased victim has an eleven-year-old son who is now missing. What is even stranger is that prior to the investigation, Detective Daniels had encountered the missing boy and his abductor at a gas station earlier that day. As the police force attempts to follow up on leads for finding the missing boy, a phone call from Rudy comes. Rudy has renamed the child Sam and advises the detectives that nobody will ever catch him and that he has to teach Sam about his gift. During the investigation, Remalla keeps getting letters that state The Light Will Join The Dark, and this psychologically affects him.

J.T. Bishop has done an excellent job of making Of Body And Bone a perfect addition to the series. I have read the previous books in the series and that is helpful in understanding what is happening to Detective Remalla. While he tries to act like a man in the presence of others, he really hasn't recovered from the death of his fiancée and the fact that he was almost sacrificed three months ago. I find the camaraderie of the two detectives to be admirable, and they depend completely on each other to solve cases. I could easily connect with Remalla's emotional conflict as I have experienced PTSD. Likewise, I can only imagine how difficult it is being a homicide detective facing the possibility of death every day. The ending of this edition was perfect, leading into the next book. I enjoy books with a lot of suspense, and Bishop delivers. The most outstanding feature I found in the Family or Foes series is that every book holds my interest. The fluid transition between the books is flawless, and there is no excessive filler. The epic climax is continually building, and I cannot wait to read Of Mind And Madness.