International best-selling crime writer Val McDermid is one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business, whose acutely suspenseful, seamlessly plotted novels have riveted millions of readers worldwide. In her latest, The Skeleton Road, she delivers a gripping standalone novel about a cold case that links to the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.
In the center of historic Edinburgh, builders are preparing to convert a disused Victorian Gothic building into luxury flats. They are understandably surprised to find skeletal remains hidden in a high pinnacle that hasn't been touched by maintenance for years. But who do the bones belong to, and how did they get there? Could the eccentric British pastime of free climbing the outside of buildings play a role? Enter cold case detective Karen Pirie, who gets to work trying to establish the corpse's identity. And when it turns out the bones may be from as far away as the former Yugoslavia, Karen will need to dig deeper than she ever imagined into the tragic history of the Balkans: to war crimes and their consequences, and ultimately to the notion of what justice is and who serves it. The Skeleton Road is an edge-of-your-seat, unforgettable read from one of our finest crime writers.
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The background subject was unique.
Several, but spoilers
Fair enough. I usually enjoy the speech patterns from "across the pond" but this was a little thick for me.
Too much analysis may punch gaps in the logic, but I enjoyed the story. I found the background of Yugoslavia fresh. Val McD always gives a good ride.
crazy rottie mom
It's always a pleasure to have a Val McDermid book at hand and even more of a treat when Davina Porter narrates.
With Lotsa Love from gaz regn
I tried to listen to this book twice, but just couldn't get through it. It seems out-of-style compared to all the other fabulous books I've listened to by this author, and I found there was no central character that I was rooting for, and the storyline was different (and boring as far as I'm concerned) from any of her previous work.
Overall I liked the book. Seemed to have a slow start. It took me several chapters to get used to the narrator's style and a few more to buy in to the story. It did pick up and I did enjoy the characters and the build up of events. However, it became a little predictable. The parts of the story I wanted more of were glossed over for things that I had figured out in earlier chapters.
Yes. I still enjoyed the read.
I gave it a 3.5. I wouldn't say it was a waste of time.Yes
Yes. There were parts of the book I liked including the backstory about the war in The Balkans. I also liked the murder investigation.
Davina Porter is one of the best.
There were parts such as the ending which I disliked. Even if revenge is sweet I just couldn't buy the motivations for someone to become a killer; hypocrisy just doesn't cut it unless you are Dante. There are 3 ongoing narratives, one is the main characters' past during the Balkan War, another is a present day murder investigation, and the last is an investigation by a war crimes tribunal trying to find out who their mole is. The tribunal investigation is a weak part of the story. Even though they obviously have a mole they can't even be bothered by it until several of their suspects are murdered by a vigilante. The whole vigilante story line is rather weak and it is not difficult to figure out who this murderer is though the reasons are stupid (they might not get convicted). My main problem is that the motivations of people are unrealistic. 3.5 (less)
Yes I would recommend to a friend. Karen Pirie's investigating techniques are down to earth and technologically advanced. The reader learns the background of the Balkan's in a through a relationship, which made that information more personal and meaningful. I am new to reading Val McDermid but plan to read more and Davina Porter's narration is beautiful.
One of the most memorable moments of The Skeleton Road is hearing the storing of the massacre in Micha's hometown. It is a moment I will never forget.
Absolutely loved Davina Porter's performance.
Yes if had time.
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