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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"Cross And Burn???"
I enjoyed this book and would have liked to listen to it all in one sitting.
Saul Reichlin is an excellent reader and I enjoy watching Tony work, on screen, reading his stories and listening to them. This book did not disappoint.
I think that this is a book that many would enjoy. I just wish I had worked through the books, in the right order. So, if you are thinking that you might indulge, read Book 1 first. If you can't do that, this book can still be enjoyed as a stand alone.
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.
"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
I couldn't listen again. Great story but worst narration - the voices were TERRIBLE
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
Great story but in this instance I wish I'd read the book
"Not bad but felt like a filler"
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!
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