Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Blogival 2017: Review 'Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents' by Lee Cockburn

I’m excited to participate in the Blogival 2017.  This August, there will be all kinds of fun posts for a massive virtual celebration of Clink Street Publishing. Reviews, Interviews, Guest Posts.. Make sure to follow this fun tour this summer! 

Today I’m sharing with you my review of 'Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents' by Lee Cockburn .

About 'Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents':

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34326406-porcelainDetective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant. 

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
February 21st, 2017
Crime, Thriller
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:

At times I love a good crime novel. Not every day, but I like to alternate genres. So when I read the book description of ‘Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents’ I was intrigued and really wanted to read this book for the Blogival event.  

In ‘Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents’ we meet Taylor Nicks, a Detective Sergeant who has been through a lot lately. But not only her personal life is hard at the moment. Businessman who seem to be involved with pedophilia are being tortured around the city. And now Taylor, together with Detective Constable Marcus Black has to find the one who is doing the torturing.  

‘Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents’ is definitely unlike any of the other books I read. It’s very descriptive in a very brutal way. And I found it hard to read to be honest. This book is filled with murder, a lot of violence, sex and it was just a little bit to disturbing for me. The  chapters were short and we would go from a scene in the past, to the present, to the main characters point of view and back to another person’s point of view. I had a hard time keeping up. 

The main character Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks was tough and hardworking. And apparently very beautiful, since that was something that was said often throughout the book. I just didn’t like Taylor. I couldn’t connect with her, and her infidelity was something I couldn’t understand at all.

I think this book has a lot of potential. But for me it was just too graphic and brutal to be really enjoyed by me. The scenes with the child abuse, just made me nauseous,  and I work at a Traumatology department, so I’m used to horrible stuff. But if you’re a fan of very graphic crime novels this book is for you.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.

For more information about Lee Cockburn, please visit her on Twitter.

This event is organized by Authoright.



  1. Sounds way too violent and graphic for me. I like mysteries/thrillers, but I tend to stay on the tamer side of the genre.

    1. I agree. I love mysteries and thrillers but this one was just to brutal.

  2. I haven't seen this book before. I'm sorry it wasn't for you though.

    Jenea's Book Obsession

    1. It definitely wasn't my kind of read. But I guess I can't get lucky all the time ;)

  3. I read and enjoyed this book, and also Lee's previous book Devils Demise which was just as dark. For my blogival post, I have a guest interview from Lee who explains why she writes about such dark things. Good fair review though. Hope you are enjoying Blogival.

    1. Thanks Amanda. It just wasn't my kind of book. But I'm happy you enjoyed it! I'll check out your post ;)


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