Bodies to Die For

Lori Brand

Joe Hempel (Narrator), Chelsea Stephens (Narrator), and Jennifer Aquino (Narrator)

06-11-24

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06-11-24

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Thrillers

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“The most physically—and emotionally—healthy thriller I’ve read in some time.” CrimeReads

A CrimeReads Pick of Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2024
A Real Book Spy Pick of Upcoming Thrillers & Mysteries

Perfect for fans of You Shouldn’t Have Come Here and None of This Is True, Bodies to Die For is a brilliant psychological thriller that will have readers wondering whether the perfect body really is worth dying for ... 

Popular fitness influencer Gemma has transformed herself from a Before into an After, complete with washboard abs, thriving business, and gorgeous husband. But social media can be deceiving. Offline, the cutthroat world of bikini bodybuilding may just eat her alive. That’s if she’s not first devoured by the secret nemesis that lurks beneath her polished surface, waiting to destroy her.

Software engineer Ashley is fat and frustrated. Frustrated with failed diets. With a world that wants her to shrink. With biased doctors, online trolls, and even her own mother. Until Ashley falls in with a mysterious and radical sect of Fat Activists who are fighting back … by any means necessary. She’s never felt so alive, so full of purpose. She’ll do whatever it takes to ride this high, destroy Diet Culture, and win the approval of her charismatic leader.

Gemma and Ashley are on a collision course headed for the Olympia, the bodybuilding competition where futures are made. And lost. But when Gemma’s toughest rival turns up dead, and more fitness girls fall like dominoes, it’s beginning to look like the body image war has gone too far.

With breakneck pace and keen insights, Bodies to Die For takes a hard look at social media, the $70 billion diet industry, and the war on women’s bodies—the wars we wage with each other, and with ourselves.

Praise

“The most physically—and emotionally—healthy thriller I’ve read in some time.” CrimeReads

“Lori Brand’s debut murder thriller Bodies to Die For has it all: deliciously demented kills, side-splitting humor, and razor-sharp satire of the diet and fitness industry.” Laura Picklesimer, author of Kill for Love

“Bodies to Die For is a wild, twisty romp through the world of bodybuilding and murder. Brand does an excellent job of showing how diet culture really is hell—no matter the size of your body. A perfect thriller for any readers looking for Ruth Ware meets the podcast Maintenance Phase.” Halley Sutton, USA Today bestselling author of The Hurricane Blonde

“Bodies to Die For is a brilliant debut. Lori Brand has cleverly penned a timely, page-turning thriller that will leave you questioning the true cost of perfection. A personal favorite this year!”  T. J. Newman, New York Times bestselling author of Falling and Drowning

“Twisty, surprising, and dripping with satire, Lori Brand puts the ‘die’ in diet in this strikingly original murder mystery set in the world of competitive bodybuilding. A fascinating cast of deliciously demented characters will keep you guessing who dunnit, and who’s next. I absolutely devoured it!” Susan Walter, acclaimed writer and director

“Brand takes you deep inside the fitness mania. She gives us a peek behind the Instafabulous curtain on how influencers’ lives are less than perfect, and way less than meets the eye; all in a contest where the stakes are literally life and death.” Alberto Mansur, author of Only the Dead Know Peace

“It’s BLOODY BRILLIANT! Punchy, ballsy, funny, uplifting, and so thrilling that I missed it whenever I put it down. In fact, I read the last quarter in one straight go, scrolling my tablet with my nose because I needed to get the washing up done, but didn’t want to stop! It has the acerbic humour and emotional punch of Physical. I literally cheered out loud at the line: ‘Then she drags her foot back. And kicks Craig in the nuts like it’s the Super Bowl.’ Followed by a massive laugh at ‘I zap him in the balls. As a precaution. I swear.’ It’s a dream of a book and WHAT A DEBUT! Never mind Bodies to Die For, this book is to die for.” Imogen Church, award-winning screenwriter, actress, and novelist

“Brand’s debut thriller doesn’t shy away from calling out the ways women are exploited by social media and the fitness and diet industries while simultaneously delivering an entertaining story filled with surprising twists.” Booklist

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Language English
Release Day Jun 10, 2024
Release Date June 11, 2024
Release Date Machine 1718064000
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Suspense, Crime Thrillers, Psychological
Author Bio
Lori Brand

Lori Brand is a lifting enthusiast, group fitness instructor, yoga teacher, and software quality engineer. In past lives, she’s been a gymnast, dancer, Playboy model, and bodybuilder. Her time in the body wars trenches led to her realization that getting strong, rather than shrinking, is the way out. In an effort to spread the word, she’s had articles published in STRONG fitness magazine, T-Nation, Inside Fitness magazine, D’FYNE Fitness Magazine, and more. Bodies to Die For is her first novel.

Narrator Bio
Joe Hempel

Joe Hempel, best known for his rich narrations, has entertained listeners with over one hundred audiobooks in genres ranging from horror and mystery to science fiction, romance, and personal development.

Chelsea Stephens

Chelsea Stephens is an experienced voice actor with a talent for mystery, sci-fi, and YA novels. She won an AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter. She has a longtime love and appreciation for the performing arts, with experience in onstage acting, singing, and voice-over. Her love for reading books and the pursuit of the story led her to narration. She enjoys unfolding characters and bringing listeners into new worlds.

Overview

A CrimeReads Pick of Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2024
A Real Book Spy Pick of Upcoming Thrillers & Mysteries

Perfect for fans of You Shouldn’t Have Come Here and None of This Is True, Bodies to Die For is a brilliant psychological thriller that will have readers wondering whether the perfect body really is worth dying for ... 

Popular fitness influencer Gemma has transformed herself from a Before into an After, complete with washboard abs, thriving business, and gorgeous husband. But social media can be deceiving. Offline, the cutthroat world of bikini bodybuilding may just eat her alive. That’s if she’s not first devoured by the secret nemesis that lurks beneath her polished surface, waiting to destroy her.

Software engineer Ashley is fat and frustrated. Frustrated with failed diets. With a world that wants her to shrink. With biased doctors, online trolls, and even her own mother. Until Ashley falls in with a mysterious and radical sect of Fat Activists who are fighting back … by any means necessary. She’s never felt so alive, so full of purpose. She’ll do whatever it takes to ride this high, destroy Diet Culture, and win the approval of her charismatic leader.

Gemma and Ashley are on a collision course headed for the Olympia, the bodybuilding competition where futures are made. And lost. But when Gemma’s toughest rival turns up dead, and more fitness girls fall like dominoes, it’s beginning to look like the body image war has gone too far.

With breakneck pace and keen insights, Bodies to Die For takes a hard look at social media, the $70 billion diet industry, and the war on women’s bodies—the wars we wage with each other, and with ourselves.