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The Distant Echo | [Val McDermid]

The Distant Echo

Four in the morning, mid-December, snow blankets St. Andrews School. Student Alex Gilbery and his three best friends are staggering home from a party when they stumble upon the body of a young woman.
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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling, award-winning author of A Place of Execution delivers her most stunning story yet: an intricate, thought-provoking tale of murder and revenge.

Four in the morning, mid-December, snow blankets St. Andrews School. Student Alex Gilbery and his three best friends are staggering home from a party when they stumble upon the body of a young woman.

Rosie Duff has been raped, stabbed, and left for dead in the ancient Pictish cemetery. The only suspects are the four young students stained with her blood.

Twenty-five years later, police mount a cold-case review. Among the unsolved murders they're examining is that of Rosie Duff. But someone else has his own idea of how justice should be done.

One of the original quartet dies in a suspicious house fire. Soon after, a second is killed in what looks like a burglary gone sour. Alex fears the worst. Someone is taking revenge for Rosie Duff. He has to find out who it is before he becomes the next victim. And it might just save his life if he can uncover who killed Rosie all those years ago.

©2003 Val McDermid; (P)2003 Audio Renaissance

What the Critics Say

"This absorbing psychological novel of revenge shows British author McDermid at the top of her form....Outstanding pacing, character and plot development, plus evocative place descriptions, make this another winner." (Publishers Weekly)
"Masterful mixing of forensic science with brisk plots and in-depth characterization." (Booklist)
"Cunningly plotted." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    "Engrossing plot with excellent narration"

    This was a fun read--the plot kept my attention but the best part was narration, which was excellent--particularly the true-to-character brogue.

    I'd like to see more books by this author and narrator on Audible.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 12-08-05
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 12-08-05 Member Since 2005

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    "Very Good"

    While at first this seems to be your typical murder mystery, it ends up being a very good listen. I'd rate it 4.5 if allowed, so I rounded up.

    The story and the characters are developed very well. The dialogue is good and keeps you interested. I do recommend!

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    ProsaicParadise Laurel, MD United States 03-31-08
    ProsaicParadise Laurel, MD United States 03-31-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Edge-of-your-Seat Thriller"

    I was looking for a mystery novel, and I got more than I bargained for, in the good way! Once I started listening I couldn't stop. McDermid really gets you involved with and caring about the characters concisely and with wit. That seems to be the heart and soul of the book - getting the listener to love the characters.

    The reader is excellent and I plan to seek out more books read by Gerard Doyle.

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-14-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "A Whole Lot of Wrapping Up!"

    This was good… Not great mind you, but no way bad. It's an intriguing puzzle mystery with abrupt twists and each piece fitting neatly at the end. Plus it doesn't drag with Gerard Doyle doing his expected job of vivid character creation through voices filled with … this time … burr-ing Scottish.

    Unfortunately McDermid left himself with ends that weren't just loose but dangling and in a sort of pseudo epilogue the remaining characters do a lot of 'splain'in' to one another to tie things together. And they do, and that's cool. I'll probably listen to another McDermid, especially if he teams with Doyle.

    Should you read it? Damned if I know. Knowing what I know now, I'd probably buy it anyway. Hmm. Yeah, definitely.

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