Review: Tainted Bodies by Sarah Robinson

Posted April 17, 2014 by admin in Adrienne's Reviews, Reviews / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review:  Tainted Bodies by Sarah RobinsonTainted Bodies by Sarah Robinson
on January 4, 2014
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 333
Format: eBook
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Kate Jackson is listlessly floating through her life having no idea what or who she wants to be and burdened by the pains of her past. That is until she meets Derrick Kane. 

A whirlwind romance leads Kate to believe that Derrick is the answer to all her questions and the patch to heal all her wounds.

Derrick and Kate’s love is quickly tested as a shocking crime forces Kate to have to figure out how to take care of herself and leads her into a mystery that only Kate has the key to solve.

Can she catch an extremely dangerous criminal and keep the love between Derrick and her alive? Find out the conclusion of this thrilling crime drama and contemporary romance in the following two books of The Photographer Trilogy.

***Please note that this is the first book in a trilogy and therefore does contain a cliffhanger.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that due to dark subject matter, this book is meant for 18+.

Adrienne's Review

Tainted Bodies by Sarah Robinson was interesting and not in a good way.

There were so many inconsistencies that I had a hard time figuring out what was really going on.   I had to keep going back to make sure I remembered things correctly.  It was repetitive as well.  When an author makes the same statements over and over again, it begins to feel like they think we’re dumb.  I’ll be honest here, the writing is very amateur.  The story itself, AFTER the attack on Kate, could have been something.  But I kept feeling like Derrick was used as a filler.  Like the author knew what the plot was going to be but she needed some added angst so she threw in a boyfriend.

Let’s talk about Derrick.  His character had one of the first inconsistencies I noticed, when his eye color went from “dark brown eyes” to “light hazel eyes”.  He was smooth, I’ll give him that, he’s a lawyer, he’s good looking but that’s where it ends.  He declares his love within the first month yet refuses to call her his girlfriend.  When Kate finally has the nerve to discuss their “status” he confirms that he’s in love but also tells her that he’s only just recently been monogamous.  And Kate doesn’t address it!  Wait WHAT?  I abhor a weak female protagonist.  She’s got a degree in psychology but she claims the job market sucks so she’s working in a furniture store making more money than she would in her field. She refuses to confront anything that might cause drama.  I just didn’t connect with her at all.


After Kate’s attacked, Derrick actually runs in the opposite direction.  He’s angry with Kate!!  I came so close to stopping right then and there.  This man is a lawyer but when he finds out his girlfriend has been brutally raped and beaten, he gets mad at her because he finally decided to commit to her and she LET herself get raped??  WTF WTF WTF

Of course Kate refuses to talk to the police about her attack.  And I could have been okay with it.  We read this story line all the time it’s not really anything new.  However, when Kate has this internal conversation with herself about her idol, Ellen DeGeneres, that’s when I almost threw my kindle.  All because she wants to emulate her idol, she decides to go to the police.  WTF WTF WTF

I was so done at this point, with all the inconsistencies, the repetitiveness, and the characters that made no senses, I knew it would be hard to give this more than 2 stars. I’m not going to list the inconsistencies but they’re enough that if you’re paying attention you’ll pick them up immediately.  In the end it only leaves the reader confused.

*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*


About Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degree in psychology while working as a mental health therapist with poor and homeless populations with severe mental illnesses as well as an advocate for a national cancer research foundation.

Writing has been her hobby since high school and she has been published several times from poetry to short stories. Her latest information and publications can be found on her website at

Sand & Clay was her first full length novel and will have a sequel coming out in late 2014 or early 2015.

Her second book is called Tainted Bodies and is the first part of The Photographer Trilogy. The remaining books of The Photographer Trilogy are set to follow in 2014. Basically if you like the television show Law & Order: SVU, then you will love this series!

Her writing often concentrates on the complexity of love and emotions and the struggles of finding your destined path through life as well as overcoming life’s tragedies and misfortunes. She combines psychological complexities and human emotions to create very real characters experiencing life in a very real way.

Much of her inspirations come from the amazing love she shares with her new husband, Justin, and the emotions around falling head over heels in love with your soulmate. She and her new husband are also big animal rescue enthusiasts and have 14 pets as well as volunteering with multiple animal shelters and rescues. Her celebrity idol is Ellen Degeneres, she even named one of her dogs after her (Elly)!

You can find more information on her Facebook fan site!


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