I like to follow series. This is probably the most consistent in quality story to story. Thus far not a dud in the lot. I gave this one a 4 but for me they all come very close to 5 stars. I highly recommend this series for extended reading.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Traffic slows at accidents. Slime fascinates children. Freak shows make money. Which is how, 'Mermaids Singing' seized my attention. Creepy… Tony Hill, like many of today's successful fictional detectives is disturbed… Both by terrors around him, and his own internal-disgustions. Hill trods through and morphsinto the aberrant part of the field: "Aberrant Psychology." It makes him an aberrant psychologist by profession and personality. Creepy.
The dialogues McDermid writes, and which Graham Roberts reads, are slimy. Frequently I wanted to turn them off. Creepy. But I slowed rather than sped away from the disturbing deviant muck. Creepy.
I'm a little embarrassed that I listened to the end of "Mermaids Singing." Creepy… My excuse is the exceptional writing, not, I hope, with a primal magnetic attraction to… to… things so slimy-dark and … creepy.
BTW, Graham Roberts struggles in this book with the nature of the voices that Val McDermid demands as well as the parts required. Perhaps another actor wouldn't? Or perhaps no one actor can really stretch quite as far as McDermid demands. I'll be interested to read how other reviewers describe their reactions.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
Tony is not very likable, the story was very predictable. Previous reviews about the graphic nature were in my opinion correct. However, it was at least engrossing in a way.
I am getting tired of every new police procedural and/or detective novel being about a serial killer, move on to something else.
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You just get caught up in the twists and turns of the plot and the characters
I read the book many years ago and now I get to liten to itwhen driving on a long comute. It has not lost the ability to draw me in and it was nice to be able to listen to the start of the series again.
Although I appreciate Val McDermid's talent, it's not my cup of tea. Always excellent writing and clever storytelling, but very, very dark. Graphic scenes, deeply disturbing sociopaths. Each time read one of her books, I can't stop because they are compelling, but I do regret it when I'm done, because they are grim and it sticks with you. If you like that sort of story, then she's amazing. However, I want to sleep at night.
This was the first book of Val Mcdermid's that I had read. I thought it was fascinating. The narrator was too over the top for my taste but I got accustomed to him half way through.
Too many torture details throughout; explicit sex description. An almost predictable plot, thus a disappointment. Great reader making voices distinct, however.