World-class crime writer Val McDermid has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. In The Retribution, clinical psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan face a terrifying reality: Serial killer Jacko Vance has escaped imprisonment - and appears hell-bent on revenge against those who put him behind bars.
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“Be very afraid as you meet a truly inventive serial killer. Val McDermid’s 25th novel is stunningly good.” (Times(UK)
While I am a fan, particularly of the dr.hill/carol jordan series, I was dismayed with the rehashed plot line from a previous book (wire in the blood) and a completely uninteresting secondary plot that seemed as filler more than anything else. In the last few Tony Hill and Carol Jordan novels the author seemed to finally allow them to acheive some peace. They are wonderful characters. Here instead the characters act inconsistent with their growth. The novel turns on a "mistake" neither character would make. Thus, the premise of the book fails as soon as this "mistake" happens. Scenes are disjointed and the book ends quite suddenly with no surprises.
The serial killer from book #2 in the series — “Wire in the Blood” — escapes from prison and exacts vengeance on the main characters. Kind of a gimmicky, TV-like ending — I would've preferred the showdown between the killer and his final victim to be told in real-time rather than in hindsight and in more detail — but overall it’s a typically good Carol Jordan/Tony Hill book. Bechdel test: pass.
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 the ending was not the best. I highly recommend this series for extended reading.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
The Retribution is the 7th book in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series, and to my mind is one of the best. Other reviewers have lamented the "rehashed plot," bringing back Jacko Vance, a truly diabolical killer from "Wire in the Blood," the second book in the series. If you have not yet read "Wire In the Blood," I suggest you do so before reading this book. It's not that you can't follow the plot or enjoy The Retribution without knowing Wire In the Blood. It's just that you will more fully experience the horror, tension and suspense if you have already read the first book with Jacko Vance as villain.
As can be expected, Jacko's revenge on the people "responsible" for ruining his life by putting him in jail or for other perceived wrongs is cruel and often indirect, inflicted on the people closest to the people at whom his revenge is aimed. As a result of that indirect revenge, and the means used to accomplish it, I found this book to be intense, full of suspense, often frightening, and very emotional.
The vengeance wreaked by Vance creates situations which damage the Hill/Jordan relationship even further than before, and other suffer needlessly. Some people have found the ending quite sad. However, given the fact that another book in this series is scheduled to come out this fall, I believe that the ending is not nearly as permanent as it seems.
I look forward to reading more of this series.
Sure, its a bit gory in places, fairly predictable and totally unbelievable - especially the "escape" from prison - which was totally ridiculous.
Yes , just as good
No, thank goodness
A follow on thriller which really was a bit sensational and unbelievable.
I am a fan of Val McDermid, and especially the Tony Hill, Carol Jordan works. This is one of her best, continuing the story of Tony, Carol and her team in Bradford.
Tony makes one of the worst mistakes of his life!
Wonderful mastery of the characters.
Not your average serial killer, take a friend to see it with you.
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Jacko Vance is the most evil creature! As a serial torturer and killer of young women he went undetected for years. Once in prison, he enjoys planning his revenge for the people responsible for his capture and conviction. Murder, disfigurement, and emotional pain are all dished out to his targets. He is truly diabolical.
In another episode with complicated personal and professional relationships, a new serial killer, and the mayhem accompanying Jacko's escape from prison, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan juggle it all. I think this is the best so far in the series.
Having read some of the prior episodes would add depth to much of the emotional pain in The Retribution, but I think it can stand alone as a worthwhile read.
I can't say much more without creating a big spoiler, but I was really sad when the story ended.
Gerard Doyle, as always, does an excellent job of narrating.
I love Val McDermid's books. This one is fine, but not as good as most of the rest of the series. The frustrated relationship between the protagonists is getting a bit frustrating. The way this ended, I'm not certain if the series is continuing. Regardless of whether it's another in this series or another stand-alone novel, I can't wait to read the next thing McDermid writes.
The audio is great because the narrator draws the listener in to the plot!
There is no other writer that can compare to Val McDermid.
He is gritty. Gerard Doyle is able to use many accents and inflections.
YES!!! I immediately wanted the next book.
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The narrator was excellent
Not really, I prefer to sip rather than quaff books, but that is a personal preference.
I liked the plot, enjoyed going back to revisit an earlier episode and found the majority of the book enjoyable. It is a measure of how engrossing the characters are when you start thinking that they need shaking and some strong advice next time you see them, until you remember this is fiction. I did, however find the ending somewhat truncated and unsatisfcatory. No point in revealing it but it was a bit predictable. Still very enjoyable on the whole though.
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