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Cross and Burn | [Val McDermid]

Cross and Burn

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"A genuine page turner" (Independent on Sunday)

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  • Maureen B.
    1/1/15
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    "Narration spoiled a good book for me."

    I only continued listening to this book because I wanted to know how it would end. The narrators characterisation did not in my opinion match the writers description of the characters. I found it really difficult to associate the voice with D I Fielding in my mind I saw a strong woman determined to prove to those around her that she was as able as any man to run a team, but the voice was that of a weak weasel like woman.

    Sorry, to be negative - the story was good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gill
    12/24/14
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    Story
    "Terrible narration"
    Would you listen to Cross and Burn again? Why?

    I couldn't listen again. Great story but worst narration - the voices were TERRIBLE


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paula


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The worst narration I have listened to. The retelling of the story was average but the voices for characters were almost unbearable to listen to. Almost stopped listening


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great story but in this instance I wish I'd read the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    12/13/14
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    Story
    "Not bad but felt like a filler"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book but not as much as the rest of the series. Whilst I enjoyed the development of the character Paula, I felt the book lacked focus on the two main characters Tony and Carol. Understandable I guess though, given how the last book left Carol and Tony but the book 'felt like a filler' - a stopgap to bridge the last book and the next.
    However, it won't stop me waiting eagerly for the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BDM
    Germany
    10/23/14
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    "Good Book but Narration a problem"

    The book itself was good, the narrator has a great normal voice but accents were atrocious. Seriously he cannot do a northern accent to save his life, especially the boy sounded mentally deficient, It really made be cringe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • patricia Mason
    6/25/14
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    "excellent"
    If you could sum up Cross and Burn in three words, what would they be?

    cant wait for next book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cross and Burn?

    holds your interest


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the whole book


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

    could if I had the time


    Any additional comments?

    excellent book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    5/20/14
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    "A sequel to The Retribution"
    If you could sum up Cross and Burn in three words, what would they be?

    Predictable


    Would you recommend Cross and Burn to your friends? Why or why not?

    Of course, Val McDermid is a terrific writer. However it would be recommended to read The Retribution first and perhaps a couple of others in the series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I am not sure why Saul Reichlin decided to read the book so slowly. Perhaps if the pace had been stepped up a bit, the main characters would not have come across so maudlin and pre-occupied with their life. Whilst the subject matter left little room for any light heartedness the plodding nature of the narration seemed to drag you down


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

    I had little emotional reaction to this book, only to to hope that Val McDermid will finally unite Tony and Carol and then to proceed to write the cracking crime thrillers she is famous for.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth listening to if you have followed this series. Not my favourite from this author who is high on my list of top crime writers. However Cross and Burn felt more like a sequel and perhaps its purpose is to open up new story lines and revitalise rather tired characters. I look forward to the next instalment in this series with the hope that perhaps Michael Tudor Barnes will return to narrate it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glenys
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    4/27/14
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    "Excellent listen"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cross and Burn?

    brilliant description


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

    no


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

    excellent story and good listen


    Any additional comments?

    Another great Val Mcdernid book look forward to the next .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    4/5/14
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    "Cross And Burn"

    I did not know that there was a series in these books and did in fact do this one first, I was not disappointed its a gripping crime story with Carol the detective and Tony the psychologist it does in fact go back to why these two have called it a day on their relationship, has Carol has a very grisly background and obviously Tony was involved in that, after this book i have added more of this author in my wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Perth, United Kingdom
    2/18/14
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    "Entertaining and good story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cross and Burn to be better than the print version?

    Really enjoyed the story, characters as previous books and setting, narrative and plot all move at her usual pace. Her books always hit the mark.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the characters and the plot


    Which character – as performed by Saul Reichlin – was your favourite?

    Tony hill


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lola
    Ashbourne, United Kingdom
    1/5/14
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    "Awful"
    What disappointed you about Cross and Burn?

    The reader and style is so slow I had to turn it up to 1.25 to listen- ponderous!!- and story line so boringly unoriginal- I had many attempts but couldn't finish this. Truly a waste of money for me.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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