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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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!
"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.
cant wait for next book
holds your interest
the whole book
could if I had the time
"A sequel to The Retribution"
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.
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
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.
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.
excellent story and good listen
Another great Val Mcdernid book look forward to the next .
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