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The Distant Echo | [Val McDermid]

The Distant Echo

It's four in the morning, at the end of a cold December, and snow is smothering St Andrews. Student Alex Gilbey and his three best friends are staggering home from a party when they stumble upon the dying body of a young woman. Rosie Duff has been raped, stabbed and left for dead. And the only suspects are four young men stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later, Fife police mount a cold case review of the murder.
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It's four in the morning, at the end of a cold December, and snow is smothering St Andrews. Student Alex Gilbey and his three best friends are staggering home from a party when they stumble upon the dying body of a young woman. Rosie Duff has been raped, stabbed and left for dead. And the only suspects are four young men stained with her blood.

Twenty-five years later, Fife police mount a cold case review of the murder. But when one of the original four students dies in a suspicious house fire and another in a bungled burglary, it looks as if somebody is inflicting their own twisted brand of justice. Someone is taking revenge for Rosie Duff.

If Alex Gilbey wants to stay alive, he must find out who it is and who really killed Rosie all those years ago.

©2003 Val McDermid; (P)2003 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    7/16/13
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    "McDermid hidden depths"

    I really enjoyed this story and it was fantastically read by Joe Dunlop. The fact that the story spanned so many years and the raw grief of the family's loss of such a young life held my interest from the start. I had a genuine interest in the characters and how their lives went especially as a result of that night. The story flowed well and interest was maintained and the conclusion was worth the wait in my opinion. I will always pick up a novel by Ms McDermid as a safe bet for a good read with many twists and skips along the way.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    Rochdale, UK
    4/7/13
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    "Shows the versatilty of McDermid"

    I originally owned the unabridged version of this book but am intrigued to hear what was left out. The story itself is exceptional, surrounding the lives of a bunch of young students who happen upon the body of a girl in a snowy street. This haunts their futures but the mystery deepens when it would appear that somebody is set on either retribution, revenge, or deceit. Fantastically unexpected ending!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Lisbellaw, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Ziggy played guitar...."

    Good story with great characters. Excellent take on student relationships. Bought the paper copy as a gift after listening to the book. 'nuff said!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • katy
    Lymington, United Kingdom
    8/6/12
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    "A Superb 5 Star Read"

    A great crime thriller, with Val McDermid's usual twists and turns, beautifully read by Joe Dunlop. Many hours of enjoyment. Thank-you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    10/14/14
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    "McDermid at her best"
    What made the experience of listening to The Distant Echo the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's diction is impeccable. His into nations capture the atmosphere and tension of every plot and sub plot perfectly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Distant Echo?

    Ziggy being dumped in the bottle dungeon.... I thought the plot would take a dramatic turn at that point with his death


    What does Joe Dunlop bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    An atmosphere and intensity drawing the listener into the plot


    Any additional comments?

    I had sussed the killer well before the end but even so, I was still intrigued by the twists and turns deployed to expose him

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    10/12/14
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    "A touching story for a who-dunnit"

    Superb story. Different from many other murder mysteries where the usual format is to experience the story through the eyes of a smart (or smart-arse) detective. Here you experience it from the point-of-view of the witnesses turned suspects (and the police questioning them are not particularly likeable). This is what makes it touching, you feel the impact on their lives and they are very real, fallible and likeable characters.
    When the story jumps forward 25 years you get to catch up with what they have grown into, but also get thrown into a tense, suspenseful present.
    The conclusion is brilliant and almost believable enough.

    Narration - god his delivery was slow. I tried listening to it speeded up on the iPod but that sounded a bit weird. His style made the characters seem a bit half-awake at times, but I did get used to it as the story went on. Accents were OK, although didn't sound especially Fife. He found a good voice for some of the characters. Some of the pronunciation wasn't quite right, in particular St. Monans is pronounced moan, not mon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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