Professor Fiona Cameron is a psychologist who uses computer technology to track serial offenders. She vowed never to work for the Met again after they went against her advice and screwed up an investigation as a result.
But when her lover, thriller writer Kit Martin, tells her a fellow crime novelist has been murdered, Fiona can’t help taking an interest. With the killer striking again, Fiona is caught in a race against time.
©2002 Val McDermid (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Dark, clever and timely." (Scotland on Sunday)
"She is the real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers; no-one can plot or tell a story like she can. The hairs on my neck literally stood up." (Express)
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Although I found the story quite engaging, the narrator's voice is dull, and expressionless with too frequent oddities of pronunciation. Really frustrating to listen to. I also found that the sound quality was very variable and would suddenly become muffled, mid-listen. Very disappointing.
"Waste of a credit"
Not sure if it is the predictable story, poor narration or appalling audio quality - but audible your having it back.
A fairly uninspired storyline from a usually enjoyable author, also the sound quality is variable, but the worst aspect was the truly dreadful narration.
"Moderately enjoyable but poor narration"
I don't think this is one of Val McDermid's best books. I found it gripping enough to listen all the way through, but the ending wasn't very satisfying and the characters not particularly endearing. The heroine is the sort of know-it-all who gets right up my nose.
Having said that, though, I think the characters may have come across better if the narration hadn't been so excruciatingly awful; the two main male protagonists sounded like Lily Savage and Dot Cotton and a female detective was made to sound (goodness knows why) like RoboCop. This certainly detracted from my enjoyment of the novel.
The sound quality was also variable, becoming muffled in places.
Overall, I'd say this was a moderately enjoyable book, but it was impaired by poor narration.
I really enjoyed this story although I feel that this could have been two books. The part set in Toledo could have been a book of its own and didn't really lend anything to the main story. Having said that, it is a very good story with a gripping climax.
"Oh dear... Awful on so many levels."
I love this author and have read many of her wonderful books, my favourite being 'A Place of Execution'. This book isn't a patch on. Any of her others, and it's hard to believe that it has been written by the same person. It has the most ridiculously silly plot and has an intensely unlikable and arrogant heroine. I skipped through huge chunks because it was over explained and dull. However it was the narration that I found the worst thing about this book. The accents used were abysmal ( the American accent was frankly frightening!) and the accent used for Kit Martin made him sound like a drag queen. The quality is the audio was also dreadful, with variations in volume and clarity throughout. Whoever recorded and published this audiobook should be ashamed. If you are considering buying this book, don't! Val has many other brilliant books, choose something else instead.
"A great thriller and exceedingly well narrated"
Val McDermid fans won't be disappointed and if you've not read or listened to any of her books before it's a great place to start. And extremely well read be Vari Sylvester - the most important part of an audio book as a bad narrator will make a great story unlistenable.
"Promised more than it delivers"
A worthwhile listen for the most part but it began to become hard work about 2/3 through and ultimately tailed off to a predictable ending.
"Occasionally pretty bad sound variations!"
Storyline great, not so the sound quality - more like home produced cassette recording! Otherwise great!
Sound quality is terrible, has this woman recorded herself over the telephone? Shockingly bad accents!
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