The CSI Effect
She handed me the picture in her hand. "I want you to look very closely at this picture, and tell me everything that you see. Everything, no matter how small it may seem."
I looked at the picture carefully. It was a crime scene photo that much I could tell. The shot was of a small bedroom, the scene captured from the doorway. The bed was in the middle of the room, with a large window directly behind it, and two small night tables on either side.
The bed was covered in blood, the pillows thrown haphazardly on floor. One side table had a lamp on it, shining brightly but the other was empty. I stared closer and I could see the faint outline of dust surrounding a circular space that was clean.
"Well uh, there seems to be blo-a red substance covering the bed...The pillows are all over the floor, but they have none of that red substance on it. The night table on the left is missing the lamp," I looked at the picture again to make sure I didn't miss anything.
"There's something on the floor at the bottom of the picture...a handle of some sort, maybe form a knife? I don't know there is only half of it in the picture."
She looked at me with a glint in her eye. "Interesting," she said again, "very interesting."
Natalie Jones has always been interested in forensics; when she was a young girl, she would dream about solving crimes and becoming a detective. In her final year of school she finally got the opportunity: she qualifies for a position to start shadowing the workers of her local crime lab. This is a perfect way to get the experience she needs before she heads off to university.
But during her time at the lab, someone very close to her is murdered and her life is turned upside down. Now she has to deal with the investigation uncovering things she never knew were true about the victim, while trying to find the person responsible for this horrendous crime.