Without Consent

Fiction - Thriller - General
330 Pages
Reviewed on 04/03/2013
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Author Biography

Award-winning author, Bev Irwin, lives in London, Ontario, with two cats and a mischievous puppy named Shayla. One cat hid in her car when she moved from the farm and the other was dropped off by her daughter. Her three children have flown the coop, but her granddaughter, Jasmine, is a frequent visitor.

As a registered nurse, she likes to add a touch of medical to her romance and mystery novels. She writes YA, children's, and poetry. She prefers spending time in her garden, writing, and reading to being in the kitchen.

Her debut novel, WHEN HEARTS COLLIDE, a contemporary romance, came out in December of 2011 with Soul Mate Publishing under the pen name of Kendra James. Her YA paranormal, GHOSTLY JUSTICE, was released in print and ebook by Black Opal Books on April 14th, 2012. MISSING CLAYTON, a suspense novel, was released July 28th. A youth adventure, IN HIS FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS, was released Oct 27th and her medical/police thriller, WITHOUT CONSENT, was released with Black Opal Books Jan 2013.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rebecca McLeod for Readers' Favorite

In a sleepy Canadian town, the heat is taking its toll on the residents and so is a serial killer that the media dubs “The Kidney Slasher”. He likes young, healthy brunettes with blue eyes, but the seeming randomness of his kills leaves the entire town on the edge of hysteria, wondering who will be next. Through the eyes of Dr. Claire Valincourt, an ER physician, and detective Gerry Rosko of the local PD, we follow the frantic search to discover the identity of the killer. The urban legend nightmare of brutal back-alley surgery has just become fact in "Without Consent".

I knew I was reading a good thriller when I found myself wincing sympathetically with the grisly details and trying to hunch over to hide my own kidneys. Bev Irwin’s superb research and descriptive skills will have you hooked; every kidney, cup of coffee, and ER crisis is limned in living detail. I really enjoyed how even the minor characters in this book were memorable, from a roguish Scottish coroner telling off-color death jokes, to gun-wielding old ladies and small-time crooks, with not a single two-dimensional character among them. The plot balanced an excellent sense of momentum and urgency with the police’s non-linear efforts to find The Kidney Slasher; there are just enough red herrings to make the ending uncertain and leave you wondering whether good will triumph or whether another victim will lose a kidney — and his or her life.