#Bookreview – The Intern: A Dark Thriller by Jenifer Ruff

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What Amazon says

Don’t even think about messing with Brooke.

Two young American tourists are brutally murdered in Cancun. A private investigator in Connecticut is desperate to uncover the truth about a missing coed. At the heart of both matters is Brooke Walton, a young medical student. When her summer internship in a Medical Examiner’s Office exposes a disturbing mystery and her ruthless brilliance, authorities take a closer look. Can Brooke save her own beautiful skin with someone watching her every move? Will one more murder solve her urgent problems, or dig her an even deeper grave?

“From the delightfully creative mind of Jenifer Ruff, The Intern delivers chills, suspense, and an ending that was completely unpredictable.”– -Allison Maruska, author of The Fourth Descendant
“Brooke Walton is a top-of-her-class medical student and destined for success as a surgeon. But, the bodies . . . they keep piling up. A nail biter and a compelling psychological portrait.” – Reita Pendry, author of China White
“This book grabbed me from the first page and held on tight to the end. Impossible to put down, both terrifying and fiendishly amusing, this is a winner.” – Amazon Reviewer
“I liked the first two books in this series a lot. But I LOVED this one! I couldn’t stop reading and when I had to, I couldn’t wait to pick it back up again. I stayed up past my bedtime, but it was so worth it.!!”- Amazon Reviewer

From Amazon bestselling author Jenifer Ruff–a dark suspense thriller featuring a fascinating, twisted protagonist. Brooke Walton will make you wonder just how well you know your friends, neighbors, and classmates. Fans of James Patterson, Karin Slaughter, Hannibal Lecter, the Dexter series, and Gone Girl will be hooked.

My review

The Intern is book 3 in the Brooke Walton series, but can easily be read as a stand alone book.

This book starts off with Brooke participating in a rather horrific event in Cancun, Mexico. As always, Brooke feels perfectly justified in her response to the attempted attack on her, but she does make a rather unfortunate mistake this time around which has an impact on future events in the story.

Brooke is as focused and perfectionist as ever and has managed to get a great job as an intern at the local medical examiners office. She is hoping to have opportunities to participate in autopsies and learn more about the functioning of the human body as well as find out about the effects of diseases and unnatural death. Brooke quickly discovers two things at the medical examiners office. The first is that the doctor in charge, Dr Gold, does not seem to like her and relegates her initially to data entry and the second is that someone has been making some serious mistakes and entering certain bodies as having being autopsied when they have not. Brooke feels she must bring these errors to the attention of Dr Gold and, by doing so, sets in motion a series of events that results in her being out of control of her own life for the first time ever.

This book was a bit different from the first two books in the series and redirected the path of Brooke’s life to a certain extent. This needed to happen if the series was to continue and it added a lot of new thrills, excitement and some interesting new insights into Brooke’s fascinating physiology. As always, despite Brooke being a serial killer, I found my self routing for her and hoping for a good outcome to the story as far as she was concerned. The outcome certainly takes a must unexpected turn, but this added greatly to the story and the series as a whole. I will definitely be reading Book 4 when it comes out.

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17 thoughts on “#Bookreview – The Intern: A Dark Thriller by Jenifer Ruff

  1. Hi Robbie. This is a great review, nicely done. The book sounds exciting.
    The real life aspect is the truly frightening thing about stories like these. I’ve known (very well) people who are deeply disturbed and violent. One in particular would often see something either violent or degrading or both in a movie on in a book, and thinking it was cool (or being turned on by it) would do that, act it out on a real person. The acceptance of society was the only thing that kept him (somewhat) in check. I can’t help wondering what effect stories that cause us to root for a serial killer have on that kind of disturbed mind.
    Sometimes I wonder how (and if we should) we can balance the right to freedom of speech, artistic expression, entertainment with social responsibility. Just pondering.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week. Hugs on the wing.

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      1. Yes, I like them too. (I just deleted a long comment. I don’t want to hijack your post with my blah-de-blah. I should do my pondering at my own blog.) I just want to make a distinction between stories that could give a sick mind ideas (that could be said of anything), and those that make sadists and/or murderers into heroes. I’m not judging. I’m just saying that personally, I find it troubling. Anyhow, you did quite well with the review. I always enjoy learning your take on things. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Hugs.


  2. Terrific review…I am a fan of “nordic noir” – detective fiction from Sweden and Denmark…the only issue is when the Detective’s relationships with people change throughout the series, so you can just drop in…that said, nice to see that you can drop in to this one!

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