The Washington Post calls CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award winner Val McDermid “one of the bright lights of the mystery field.”
In her Trick of the Dark, forensic psychiatrist Charlotte Flint is in desperate need of a distraction after her testimony in a high-profile case comes under fire, threatening her career. Enter Dr. Corinna Newsam, an old professor of Charlotte’s who is convinced her son-in-law was murdered by her daughter’s new lover.
©2012 Val McDermid (P)2012 Recorded Books. LLC
Dr. Charlotte Flint, (Charlie) was a forensic psychiatrist whose expert testimony in a case was unpopular leading to a verdict of not guilty for a man who then went on to murder four women. Charlie was suspended from psychiatry, on administrative leave from the faculty, and had little to do with her time. Then a former professor, Dr. Corinna Newsam, asked for her involvement to determine who murdered her daughter’s husband on their wedding day. She was certain she knew who had done it, and thought it was her daughter’s lover. She further believed that this same woman was a serial killer and had done away with anyone who got in her way. Charlie started investigating. Her partner, Maria, was very supportive, and a policeman friend of Charlie’s was helpful, but she connected with a psychologist who was very attractive, and very flirtatious. She also kept trying to discourage Charlie from investigating further. Charlie went through various layers involving Jay, the daughter’s lover, involving four different cases, and as she went along, she was faced with a surprise which almost ended her life. A very good book, one of the best I’ve read so far this year, even though I did figure out who killed who before the end. It’s one of McDermid’s very best.
I love the descriptions and the exploration of the characters. I love the way, I felt like I really knew and understood the characters from the main character's perspective. The settings and all events equally were visually written well which made this book so interesting, not to mention the plot and main events in the story
The main character was a lesbian, but that was not what the story was about. It was a murder mystery, much like Tony novels
She is an excellent reader that allows you to feel the emotions of the characters.
Yes, but alas, couldn't due to my responsibilities. Had I been retired, I would have listened to the end or till I finally fell asleep which was hard considering the story.
I liked that the main character was a "normal" lesbian character, not your normally stereotyped, defamed ones. This story is one that main stream, non homophobic readers would really enjoy.
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I love Val McDermid's psychological thrillers. However, it was really hard to like the protagonist of the story. The story itself was far fetched and toward the end it was completely unbelievable. The narrator is wonderful though.
I have no real feelings about this book. I have always loved McDermid mystery books and would have purchased this anyway, based on past experience. It was somewhat boring and disappointing this time, as I always look forward to her newest work. Based on this experience , I will think twice about purchasing her next title.
The characters in this book were not at all sympathetic to me. It seems artificial in that there are no main male characters. It is heavily weighted with lesbian characters and not well balanced with other viewpoints or storylines. Past books had much better plots.
Can't remember any favorite.
Would not recommend this whole heartedly.
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