Guilt and grief have driven a wedge between long time crime-fighting partners psychologist Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan. But just because they're not talking doesn't mean the killing stops.
Someone is killing women. Women who bear a disturbing resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only possible answer.
©2013 Val McDermid (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"A genuine page turner" (Independent on Sunday)
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"Val McDermid at her best"
From the opening chapter you know this is classic, quality crime writing at it's best and a very welcome return for Carol and Tony. This had me gripped from the start, by the plot, the superb characterisation and the relationship between Carol and Tony. There is some unpalatable violence towards women, however it is not gratuitous and is acceptable within the gripping plotline. This book reminds me just how well Val McDermid writes and that she is in a different league to most other crime writers. For those of who find the relationship between Tony and Carol so compelling this is a very satisfying listen.
I always enjoy Saul Reichlin's narration but did find some of the characters voices a little irritating- this, however is a minor fault as his rich, dark voice is well suited to the story.
"great tale shame about the reader"
his inability to give different voices to the characters. It actively distracted me from the story.
"A most gripping story"
I just finished listening to Cross And Burn and what a fabulous story! When they say that it keeps you on the edge of the seat it is quite true, I found myself many times seating at the very end of my chair in anticipation! For those who have read all the Jordan&Hill books, it is another step in their "relationship" after what happened in The Retribution, and it gives also a look at what is happening with Jordan's team members. Val McDermid can definitely write a good crime book and this was excellent. As far as the narrator is concerned, it is my first book read by Saul Reichlin and I am pleasantly surprised. I didn't really care much for DCI Fieldings' interpretation (strange scottish accent!) but all in all he did a good job.
"As usual, a great story."
I'd always listen to a book by Val McDermid. She tells a really good story and the magic between Carol and Tony is still there. I hope she won't give up on them.
Her characters become real people in your mind. The story was well put together, and very subtly she made different people seem suspicious. I did not sympathise with the killer, but McDermid still made me a bit sorry for him. Her bad guys are always human.
I wait with bated breath for her next novel.
Can't say one without the other. Carol and Tony. Magic.
I will try to avoid listening to Saul Reichlin, to me it was torture. Had the book not been so good I would have given up.
Why did the boy have to sound like Frank Spencer from Some Mother's do 'ave 'em? Even Fielding sounded like that sometimes, whining. If a narrator can't do a Scottish accent he should not try to do it. His characterisation failed miserably.
Yes, I want to hear more about Carol and Tony. The way Val McDermid describes their working together is enthralling.
The plot line was adequate.
There could have been fewer feminist gender stereotypes
If there is a shortage of feminist fiction then this book goes a long way to redressing the balance.
This book is absolutely crammed full of gender specific feminist stereotypes that make it a very tedious ‘listen’ for anybody sporting Y chromosomes. Don’t go here unless you like your women intelligent and strong and your men weak and/or stupid. I actually felt like a ‘Peeping Tom’ that had wandered unwittingly into a literary genre where men are very, very unwelcome.
"A cracking read."
Whilst our two heroes are daggers-drawn and not speaking, crime and horrendous murder continues unabated in their city.
Teamwork and a little sly seeking of advice by the crime team comes to the fore and justice may well triumph in the end.
As for the relationship - Ms McDermid keeps us on our toes..............
My first val mcdermid but not my last , great characters, good story line and fab narration , recommended to all crime lovers .
Brilliant storyline which grips you right to the end. I would thoroughly recommend this book which I finished in one day.
"I struggle with Saul Reichlin..."
...and for that reason I don't listen to David Hewson any more either - his Scottish accent in this one is truly laughable and pretty much everything he announces is monotone but the story's good and I'd happily consider others by the same author but with a different narrator...
"Why this narrator?"
A good story if at times a little laboured.
I struggled not to bin the story as a direct result of the mismatch of narrator to story. His intonation and his attempt at female voices for the most part, ruined the story for me. I would not listen to another story read by him, which is a shame as I would love to read another McDermid. Surely she must cringe at the choice of narrator?
Please change the narrator! Choose one that more fits the author and type of writing. I would not willingly listen to him read anything.
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