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.
The Universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
I hated this book. I've listened to 3 other books by this author and really liked them. This was the first of a series. I will not read any of the others in the series.
Not one of these.
I could not tell one character from another. The voice sounded like a madman for all of the characters.
Fascinatingly imperfect protagonists.
The characters are all so very *human* ... the reader is left to wonder whether the next page will mean triumph or failure for the players involved (as there are plenty of opportunities for both)!
Any scene where Tom "Popeye" Cross gets shut down! I HATE that guy!
I laughed AND cried! And very few books have the powerful kind of magic required to get an emotional response from me. This is definitely one of those few
I was very skeptical about this one after reading some of the more negative reviews. Frankly, I believe anyone who finds this title too graphic must be merely too sensitive for the genre.This wasn't ripe with unnecessary gore, as some reviews seem to suggest. The historical accounts of ancient torture methods are fascinating in the context of the story; the author's research is extensive and impressive. While the story DOES depict pain and punishment, the actual narrative of the carnage is limited. Anyone who loves the tale of a psychological profiler (like an episode of "Criminal Minds") will not be bothered by this presentation.
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.