Up until now, the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one's different - this one's on the loose. Four men have been found mutilated and tortured. As fear grips the city, the police turn to clinical psychologist Tony Hill for a profile of the killer. But soon Tony becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills, where he has to use every ounce of his professional nerve to survive.
©1995 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"Terrifying but stylish and compassionate! Truly, horribly good." (Mail on Sunday)
"Gripping, intelligent stuff." (The Times)
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"Fab story ruined by narrator."
Love this author and indeed the whole Tony Hill series. It's such a shame that this is ruined by the narrator.
Wrong narrator, not a lot of feeling in his voice or range come to that. Ruined it for me I'm afraid.
This is the first in a major series so no need to go back just yet. Maybe in a few years.
The evolving relationship of the main characters and the senior police issues were handled quite well.
The main characters in this book are in the 20-50 age range yet everyone sounded like they were in their 70's. I found it hard to picture the characters as I should as the voices did not portray this very well the differentiation was minimal at times.
It is a bit too long for that but the last few hours did fly by.
This is a good story with good characters, I wasn't a huge fan of the ending though.
I enjoyed the story very much but found some of the narrator's accents a bit odd!
This cracking story was completely ruined by the narrator. His reading of narrative is wooden, his accents are completely unconvincing, and his reading of dialogue us absolutely terrible - particularly female characters. I have hundreds of audiobooks and this is the only one I have abandoned due to the narration.
"Gory but good"
I have read this series in an odd order so thought I should read the first book in the series! I enjoyed it as it sets out how they all came to work together. I usually enjoy Saul Reichlin's narration but his Gordie accent in this one is shocking!
Thoroughly enjoyed it, especially after watching the tv series, many years ago. Will read another
"Outstanding, spine-chilling psychological thriller"
Carol - because she, not Tony, was the most complex.
I haven't listened to any other Saul performances, but he was great. I felt he grew into the book like the reader.
My first Val McDermid book - but it wont be my last.
"Engaging, but nothing new"
Some aspects felt a little clichéd, and occasionally appeared the desire to shock trumped the desire to tell a story. But if you watch Silent Witness, this could be up your street
"Gripped from start to finish"
I chose this book mainly because of the fact I enjoyed how Saul read the girl with the Dragon tattoo series. Once again he brought each of the characters to life on my daily commute to work and I often found myself reluctant to get out of the car until the end of a chapter.
The story itself deals with looking into both the view of the psychopath who believes that the killing they do is justified and the ways in which the police work to try and catch them before they kill again. There is quite bit going on throughout the story, but the way Saul changes his voice for each character helps to keep the listener on track.
Really struggled with this despite usually loving VM's books. Just couldn't stick with the highly descriptive chapters written from the perpetrator's view point, but this may have been in part due to the 'voice' the reader gave him.
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