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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)

What Members Say

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    C. Cook 04-19-14
    C. Cook 04-19-14
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    "So good even though you know what's coming"

    McDermid is terrific! The psychology doesn't get overbearing; it adds to the quality of the story. Characters are well defined. An all around good listen!

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Love the characters"

    This was well-written. Being inside the killer's head was handled well and was interesting to read. Tony is a brilliant character who was portrayed really well in the TV series, but I love him even more in the book. I really didn't like the narrator.

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    Linda Card RAMONA, CA, US 03-30-14
    Linda Card RAMONA, CA, US 03-30-14 Member Since 2012

    Booklover

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    "Excellent read"
    If you could sum up The Mermaids Singing in three words, what would they be?

    I loved the strong character development, multiple plots interwoven and the building suspense of this whodunit. I have listened to 2 Val McDermid books, both Tony Hill & Carole Jordan characters. I'm going to go looking for another by Val McDermid.


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

    I also read the other Val McDermit (2nd in the Tony Hill series) Blood on the Wire.


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

    I liked the Carol Jordan character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Angelica came to Tony's house I knew something was up.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hooked on Val McDermid books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Cedar Grove, TN United States 03-29-14
    Deborah Cedar Grove, TN United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Couldn't finish"

    Oh when will this end? I tried, but after many hours just had to end my own torture of listening to this book. The killer is definitely a sicko, but the story just rambled on and on. I couldn't figure out who was who and dreaded trying to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PERSONAL IRVINE, CA, United States 03-21-14
    PERSONAL IRVINE, CA, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "not for the feint of heart"
    If you could sum up The Mermaids Singing in three words, what would they be?

    oh my god


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tony Hill of course. I love his mind and that he can't help but solve the problems and does so even to the detriment of his own life. I guess I like that passion and expertise. I always want Tony & Carol to find a way to be together though.


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

    I cried. My mouth hung open a few times. I didn't want to stop listening and would keep it on while at work -- had to stop that because I would react aloud to things. Emotional story!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very intense and graphic story. You have been warned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janels 03-11-14
    Janels 03-11-14
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    "Little shop of tortures"

    The entire book is composed of graphically detailed modern day application of medieval torture instruments. It is a story of a sicko needing the most gruesome forms of torture in history to become sexually aroused. The author seems to have become consumed by the methods of the Inquisition and other heinous forms of desiccating a human. Yes, there is the search for the "gay murderer" by a sexually confused profiler; but it is less about the "mystery", and much, much, much more about the detailed descriptions of torture. Not a great substitute for character development and a good mystery. I am unlikely to wade through this author's work again.

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    Theresa 03-09-14
    Theresa 03-09-14
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    "Kinda Creepy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not a waste of time, but I won't listen again.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    That's difficult to say because I guessed the murderer. I had just seen an " Inspector Morse" and it had a very similar twist.


    What does Graham Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What I simply couldn't buy was that a fairly stable female character could learn what she did about the main character and not have serious reservations about him.


    Did The Mermaids Singing inspire you to do anything?

    nope


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    Thomas APTOS, CA, United States 03-08-14
    Thomas APTOS, CA, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2012

    Want books to keep me on the edge of my seat. I commute a lot and love being engaged in a mystery thriller.

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    "Excellent profiling story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The characters are really well developed


    Have you listened to any of Graham Roberts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent narration


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No over several days while driving


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Booklover 02-17-14
    Booklover 02-17-14 Member Since 2011

    wrytermom

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    "Yuck"

    I read the paper version of another Val McDermid novel years ago, A Distant Echo, which was quite suspenseful and well-written. This novel, however, is full of awful serial-killer sadism which is quite unpleasant to listen to in an audiobook. I'm quite tired of the serial killer genre.

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    L. K. Tennessee 11-30-13
    L. K. Tennessee 11-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Thriller"
    If you could sum up The Mermaids Singing in three words, what would they be?

    Classy, intelligent, thriller.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story was suspenseful - a real page turner.


    Have you listened to any of Graham Roberts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was the perfect choice for narrator.


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

    Looking forward to reading other novels in the series. Val Macdermid is an excellent writer.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased the next book in the series, the Wire in the Blood and it is great too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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