We were approached by Ringwood Publishing in Glasgow asking if we would review a new novel by Carol Margaret Davison, Bodysnatcher.
We took up this kind offer, as it was based on the Burke and Hare murders and may appeal to our members.
Here’s what Jo Chapman, one of our Council Members, made of it:
“This book is really a thrilling read. It is so vivid I would love to see its movie adaptation, should one be made. It’s chilling to think that people can do such horrible things as Burke and Hare did in 1827/8 Edinburgh. Carol Margaret Davison brilliantly blends historical facts and creative fiction, creating a captivating story that explores the twisted motives of these notorious killers.
“Davison reveals the characters’ backgrounds and personalities, showing how they became so corrupt and cruel. She makes us see the world through their eyes and lends a further dimension to what led these men and their accomplices to such heinous crimes that haunt Edinburgh to this day. I leaned into having sympathy for these devils at times even when the author is weaving in pure horror which is a testament to her writing.
“This brilliant book turns Burke and Hare’s crimes into a haunting tale that stays with you long after you finish reading. She balances historical accuracy and gripping storytelling, capturing the atmosphere of the time and the extremes of human evil. Highly recommended and make sure you have plenty of time to read it, it’s hard to put down!”
Author Carol Margaret Davison is a professor of English Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Windsor in Canada.
Bodysnatcher is published by Ringwood Publishing and costs £12.99.
You may be interested in OEC President Ted Duvall’s article about The Arthur’s Seat Coffins, part of the historical background to Bodysnatcher.