Book Review #137: Marked for Life

Author: Emelie Schepp

Genre: Mystery & Thriller, General Fiction

Language: English

Series, if any: Jana Berzelius, Book 1

Publisher: Harlequin (US & Canada)

Date of publication: 14 June 2016

No. Of pages: 384


Jana Berzelius has learnt to be the best under the tutleage of one of the best prosecutors, her father. What she hasn’t learnt is how to figure out the meaning behind her nightmares. 

Soon dead bodies start piling up. But one body is of a 9-year old boy with carvings at the back of his neck just like the mark she has on her own body and it becomes imperative to her that it’s time to figure out how her past is connected to all the dead bodies. 


The stark image and the distinctive name definitely attracted my attention, despite the fact that the image didn’t suit me at all. Looking beyond that I liked the way the plot has been conceptualised. However, the whole narration was so confusing that I lost the whole plot. There were too many characters that were introduced and the narrative style didn’t leave space for any improvement or connection with any of the characters. The lead character, on whom the whole series has been built, was too remote to care about. 

My review: To be blunt, I wouldn’t recommend this book at all despite the excellent plot concept. 

My rating: 1 out of 5


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