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Close to the Bone | [Stuart MacBride]

Close to the Bone

Detective Inspector Logan McRae is finally getting back on his feet after the events of the last few years. Putting things behind him. Getting better.… But it was never going to last. A body turns up on the outskirts of Aberdeen: burned from the neck up, hands chained behind the back. More murders follow - all gruesome, and with only one obvious connection. The similarities between the real-life killings and the plot of a best-selling novel about witchcraft seem more than coincidental, but the more Logan digs the more dangerous and blurred the line between fact and fiction becomes.
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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one best-selling author of Shatter the Bones and Birthdays for the Dead, a new crime thriller featuring DS Logan McRae. Detective Inspector Logan McRae is finally getting back on his feet after the events of the last few years. Putting things behind him. Getting better.… But it was never going to last. A body turns up on the outskirts of Aberdeen: burned from the neck up, hands chained behind the back.

More murders follow - all gruesome, and with only one obvious connection. The similarities between the real-life killings and the plot of a best-selling novel about witchcraft seem more than coincidental, but the more Logan digs the more dangerous and blurred the line between fact and fiction becomes. It’s a small step from police officer to victim. And somebody’s got to take it, or everyone will die.

©2013 Stuart MacBride (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field." (Independent)

"MacBride is a damned fine writer - no one does dark and gritty like him." (Peter James)

"Admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven - or should that be hell?" (Express)

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  • peter
    12/2/14
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    "Great story, twists and turns and great sarcasm"
    If you could sum up Close to the Bone in three words, what would they be?

    Sarcastic, exciting, gripping


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the isn't play between the characters, and the banter back and forth. I also think the descriptions of Aberdeen are quite funny.


    Have you listened to any of Steve Worsley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Steve Worlsey is always great. The only reason I put 4 stars rather than 5 is because I have had Stuart mac ride books read by the author and he brings a little more out of the characters (seeing as he invented them), which I suppose is unfair to Steve...


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh in several occasions, to funny looks from other people on the bus


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    11/24/14
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    "Enjoyable listen and very good narration"

    This is another in the MacBride Logan McRae books I have listened to and they must be read in order otherwise you will lose the story lines. This one continues on from the last and I am sad that this seems to be the last one available.

    Am annoyed some of the books are only available as abridged which I think would lose a bit of the story? Shame as they are the early ones so I'll be keeping my eyes open in the hope they are available - personally I have enjoyed the narration and the sense of being there so to say so not sure if I will buy the paperbacks.

    All in all a great series but can be gorey at times!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BlueQuill
    Scotland
    7/6/14
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    "Complex and compelling"
    Would you listen to Close to the Bone again? Why?

    Absolutely. It's a great story, with lots going on and an intriguing subject. There are some unexpected twists and turns along the way along with some laugh out loud moments.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Close to the Bone?

    When Logan and Rennie meet the equivalent of the 'Stygian witches'. The byplay between the sisters is pretty hilarious, made even more so by their strong teuchter accents.


    What about Steve Worsley’s performance did you like?

    He understands the characters very well and does all the accents to perfection, conveying the gravity of a serious situation yet able to add the right amount of levity where required.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When it is pointed out by the nurse that 'This is the coma ward', Logan has to face the reality of Samantha's condition.


    Any additional comments?

    Living in Aberdeen and knowing all the locations added another dimension to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    Frensham, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Rivetting"
    Where does Close to the Bone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way he ends his book, although he tells you the ending, he leaves you in suspense as to whether his ending is the correct one or is it a loose ends tied up but not actually the real answer, It leaves you wondering....


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The end where you have to decide on the answer


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was an emotional book as terrible things happened to the victims and it makes you wonder what has happened to make the crimal act in this way.


    Any additional comments?

    I am now reading all his books in the order they were written, I cant stop reading them,

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • isobel
    United Kingdom
    8/19/13
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    "Not for the fainthearted"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Stuart McBride does gruesome gritty crime really well


    What did you like best about this story?

    Logan McKray, is developing well as a character


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I don't think enjoy is quite the thing with these books, maybe some scenes are described 'too well!'


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this over a couple of weeks


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to a lot of McBrides audiobooks, so I must be a fan, but my husband finds them too violent and bloody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S
    LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    5/10/13
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    "Difficult probably just me"

    Given the 5 star rating of this book I expected more had to return it couldn't follow
    The characters I felt there was not enough introduction of who they are .
    But then maybe I am spoilt bu the writings of Mo Hayder and Michael Rowbotham ....hard to beat

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ROBJOHN
    3/31/13
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    "Close to the Bone"

    I gave up with this book. I found the police characters and their methods of operation very unrealistic. The story had potential but overall it didn't work for me.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Ashford Kent, United Kingdom
    5/12/13
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    "Not for me"

    just not getting on with the narrator. Listened to about 2hrs and I cant tell you anything about it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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