I purchased The Mermaids Singing partially because of the reviews I read on Audible, but probably more because Val McDermid seemed to be the favorite ..Show More »mystery author of Mikael Blomqvist in The Millenium Trilogy (The Girl With .....). Now that I have read all of the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan books to date (a new one is due later this year), I felt it was time to write a review of the first book.
McDermid writes wonderful prose that makes her characters come alive -- all of them, not just the two major characters. I won't try to tell you about the plot, since many other reviews do that. But the development of the plot, along with the minutiae of each character's life and personality, make for excellent reading. McDermid creates a tight, incredibly tense story that keeps you reading, sometimes even when you don't want to.
If you are averse to graphic depictions of violence and perversion, you may want to skip this series. But if that's not a problem, I highly recommend these books. In Tony Hill, McDermid has created a flawed and damaged character who still manages to live in the world and work for the forces of good as a Profiler, expert at his work because of his scarred past. The relationship of Tony and Carol Jordan, police inspector, is so tentative and slow moving that you sometimes could scream, but you keep waiting for it to progress. The pair pursues serial killers in plots that will keep you on the edge of your seat with your jaw clenched.
It is important that you read the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan books in the order in which they were published, since these are not stand alone novels. The characters and their relationships and pasts are developed over the course of the series, and reading out of order makes it more difficult to follow some developments.
A book from the 90's when 'serial killers' were a popular suspense topic. Even though we have a good idea who the baddie may be, McDermid writes ..Show More »her story so well that the reader remains engaged, interested and curious. While this is a part of a series, you do not need to read/ listen to them all. 'Wire in the Blood' became the title of a TV series based on McDermid's novels. In the days of hard copy reading, this story would have had me reading all night till I had finished. Having Michael Tudor Barnes doing the telling so well was a great bonus. For the squeamish, this does have some nasty bits, and rather than being just gory detail, the inclusion does add to the story. The 3 stars for story is from the distance of 2012 looking back, The writing style though as distinct from story would be a 4 or 5 star rating. Mc Dermid writes consistently well.
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..Show More » they all come very close to 5 stars. I highly recommend this series for extended reading.
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)..Show More » 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.