The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted. But as Hill confronts his own hidden demons, he must also come face-to-face with an evil so profound he may not have the courage - or the power - to stop it....
©1995 Val McDermid (P)1996 ISIS Publishing Ltd.
"Complex...powerful...psychologically terrifying...impossible to put down." (Publishers Weekly)
"Exciting, rapid-fire...a satisfying descent into the territory of a twisted mind." (Booklist )
"Compelling and shocking…." (Minette Walters)
Torturing humans is bad, but when it came to dogs...even barking dogs...I couldn't listen any further.
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.
Traffic slows at accidents. Slime fascinates children. Freak shows make money. Which is how, 'Mermaids Singing' seized my attention. Creepy… Tony Hill, like many of today's successful fictional detectives is disturbed… Both by terrors around him, and his own internal-disgustions. Hill trods through and morphsinto the aberrant part of the field: "Aberrant Psychology." It makes him an aberrant psychologist by profession and personality. Creepy.
The dialogues McDermid writes, and which Graham Roberts reads, are slimy. Frequently I wanted to turn them off. Creepy. But I slowed rather than sped away from the disturbing deviant muck. Creepy.
I'm a little embarrassed that I listened to the end of "Mermaids Singing." Creepy… My excuse is the exceptional writing, not, I hope, with a primal magnetic attraction to… to… things so slimy-dark and … creepy.
BTW, Graham Roberts struggles in this book with the nature of the voices that Val McDermid demands as well as the parts required. Perhaps another actor wouldn't? Or perhaps no one actor can really stretch quite as far as McDermid demands. I'll be interested to read how other reviewers describe their reactions.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
Tony is not very likable, the story was very predictable. Previous reviews about the graphic nature were in my opinion correct. However, it was at least engrossing in a way.
I am getting tired of every new police procedural and/or detective novel being about a serial killer, move on to something else.
Tell us about yourself!
You just get caught up in the twists and turns of the plot and the characters
I read the book many years ago and now I get to liten to itwhen driving on a long comute. It has not lost the ability to draw me in and it was nice to be able to listen to the start of the series again.
This was the first book of Val Mcdermid's that I had read. I thought it was fascinating. The narrator was too over the top for my taste but I got accustomed to him half way through.
Too many torture details throughout; explicit sex description. An almost predictable plot, thus a disappointment. Great reader making voices distinct, however.
An excellent look at the minds of the characters and that knowledge (not a gun) is the key to the mystery's solution, but I'll have to listen, again since I missed how/where the title came from.
Hearing Roberts read gives McDermid's characters more form in my imagination.
I love mysteries and this one was outstanding. A great beginning to the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series to which I am looking forward to reading more of the books.
The plot wasn't a complete surprise to me because I had watched the television series based on these books, Wire in the Blood starring Robson Greene. I purchased the book based on fond memories of the quality of the TV series. I only wish that I had read the book first.
No. Excellent narration. His use of regional accents is a nice touch.
Yes... and I did complete it in one very long day!
Tony Hill is introduced in this book and then several others follow. I didn't know this at the time. I might read more later of this series but I wasn't blown away enough to crave the next installment.
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