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The Mermaids Singing | [Val McDermid]

The Mermaids Singing

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Calliope 10-09-13
    Calliope 10-09-13
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    "Ewww, ick! Couldn't finish it - too creepy"

    I'll admit I didn't listen to much of this book - the sexual serial killer who is the narrator was just too creepy and ugly for me to listen to for very long. If this wasn't a part of a 3-for-2 special, I'd return it as un-listenable for me. I'd heard very good things about this author and was trying to test out one of her books, and perhaps it wouldn't have been so bad if I was reading it rather than listening to it - with the tone of voice and inflections that brought it to life. I might try out another of her novels, another time, but this was was too much for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 05-09-13
    Greg 05-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Series"

    I like to follow series. This is probably the most consistent in quality story to story. Thus far not a dud in the lot. I gave this one a 4 but for me they all come very close to 5 stars. I highly recommend this series for extended reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Lakeland, FL, United States 11-17-13
    Debbie Lakeland, FL, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "This is not for me."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Torturing humans is bad, but when it came to dogs...even barking dogs...I couldn't listen any further.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Val McDermid again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Graham Roberts?

    Yes


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Naples, FL, United States 05-11-12
    Phil Naples, FL, United States 05-11-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Nice to be able to go back to the begining"
    What made the experience of listening to The Mermaids Singing the most enjoyable?

    You just get caught up in the twists and turns of the plot and the characters


    Which character – as performed by Graham Roberts – was your favorite?

    Tony


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Korie K 02-23-15
    Korie K 02-23-15

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    "Not bad for the first of the series"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lorin 02-13-15
    lorin 02-13-15 Member Since 2011

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    "What a twist!"

    Great book and narration could not stop listening. Can't wait to listen to his second book in the Carol Jordan & Tony Hill series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Birmingham, AL, United States 01-24-15
    Amazon Customer Birmingham, AL, United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2012

    Love all mysteries!

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    "not my cup of tea"

    did not enjoy at all. story,plot,reader, hard to follow details. I am disappointed in this book.

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    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 12-06-14
    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 12-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Animal Torture in this Book"
    Would you try another book from Val McDermid and/or Graham Roberts?

    I will not read anything by Val McDermid


    What could Val McDermid have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not have tortured the dog. Yes, i know this is a serial killer book, and I didn't even listen to all of it. It went too far with the dog torture - and I didn't even listen to that. It started, I returned the book..


    What didn’t you like about Graham Roberts’s performance?

    Reading a book with animal torture - there should be limits even for a buck.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read it. Don't buy it. Don't support this author. The animal torture could have been alluded to - bad but this.... No. Don't support him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hospicejackie. 11-20-14
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    "The mermaid singing."
    Would you listen to The Mermaids Singing again? Why?

    This was such a freaky sick book for people who have a sick sense of what good horror writing is.the main character enjoys describing in detail each and every homosexual killing.I read this book in two days that's how much I enjoyed this book


    What other book might you compare The Mermaids Singing to and why?

    This book stands alone for me . I will definitely read ms Val again .I must confess I missed the reason for the title can anyone explain?


    Which character – as performed by Graham Roberts – was your favorite?

    I believe that Graham Roberts did an excellent job with the different dialects I was originally from the south of England and I did not perfect a ear for the northern lilts.Now I live in the USA so it all sounds a very strong accent.I believe he did the killers voice the best.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel sick at some of the extreme torture especially to the police officer.i just saw the series on Tv and it did not have the same impact as the book on tape.


    Any additional comments?

    firstlty I think Ms McDermids writing is so different to the other writers she has so much imagination and her use of the English language is unique and totally her own.She is able to describe a death scene and you feel you are part of the team able to give the next answer to the Inspectors questions.Can you tell I like this author?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AtaraMac CENTRALIA, WA, United States 08-21-14
    AtaraMac CENTRALIA, WA, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2014

    MacNamara

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    "Too violent."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Listening to this makes me wonder about McDermid. This is the most graphic sexual violence I've ever heard and I couldn't finish the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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