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When a three-year old girl is reported missing, DCI Andy Gilchrist is assigned the case. But Gilchrist soon suspects that the child's mother - Andrea Davis - may be responsible for her daughter's disappearance or, worse, her murder.

The case becomes politically sensitive when Gilchrist learns that Andrea is the daughter of Dougal Davis, a former MSP who was forced to resign from Scottish Parliament after being accused of physically abusing his third wife. Now a powerful businessman, Davis demands Gilchrist's removal from the case when his investigation seems to be stalling. But then the case turns on its head when Gilchrist learns that a paedophile, recently released from prison, now lives in the same area as the missing child.

The paedophile is interrogated, but hours later his body is found floating in the harbour with evidence of blunt force trauma to the head, and Gilchrist launches a murder investigation. As pressure relentlessly mounts on Gilchrist, he begins to unravel a dark family secret, a secret he believes will solve the fate of the missing child.

©2016 Frank Muir (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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  • Simon
  • 03-04-16

A Change of Tempo and Tone

Like many I’ve really enjoyed this series. The combination of action, fine characters, grisly yet multi-layered plots and excellent narration have been a powerful and winning combination. This time things have changed a little. Compared to The Meating Room and others that preceded it this is a much more considered and less frenetic episode. I still enjoyed it and the narration is, of course still excellent. The plot has the usual twists and turns and Gilchrist’s stress levels are indeed raised because of the case, his family and his relationship with Cooper. Gilchrist also has an interesting tussle with an old enemy within the force and Jessie continues to be a star in her own inimitable way.

It is undoubtedly a change of pace though. Don’t get me wrong it’s a way off becoming Midsomer Murders and there are some tough subjects at the core of this. I do wonder though if Muir struggled a bit with the child theme and reigned in his usual exuberance a bit as a result. Everything naturally becomes more sensitive once young children are at the core of a plot.

I’d still recommend this, I still enjoyed it but it is worth noting that it does run to a different tempo and tone in some ways to the other books. I think these things and the darkening relationship that Gilchrist has with Cooper mean that while still a worthy book it won’t go down as a favourite of mine in this series.

I'll still be buying the next one though!

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  • The Dogs Mum
  • 11-18-16

Took a while...

Took a while to get into this book - it was my first T F Muir and I wasn't sure whether I should have read the other 5 first, but once I got into it I was glued to my earphones listening at every opportunity.
I shall be going back to start with Book 1.

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  • Caz
  • 08-01-16

Great performance and lots of suspense

Being Scottish, it was nice to listen to a Scottish narrator & for the story to describe various locations in Scotland. I thought the story had lots of suspense and twists and turns & loved every bit of it. I will definitely be looking out for more books by the author & performances by the narrator, as his was great in this. I loved his ability to sound like an English or Scottish man or woman. I never guessed the outcome of the story, which I loved.

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  • JPH
  • 01-24-18

Complex and convoluted plot"

Very complex and convoluted plot involving the abduction of a little girl, and the historic incest/child abuse within the family. I stuck with it but I got more and more frustrated as once again all of the female characters are abrasive, obstructive, annoying, and downright horrible.

Gilchrist' s nemesis Tosh turns up once again trying to get the better of him.

Gilchrist' s son also gets dragged into a sub-plot involving the murder of a convicted paedophile and drug dealer that has moved into the area and which could be connected to the abduction of the little girl.

I strongly dislike Cooper, Gilchrist' s love interest as she relentlessly pursued him and as soon as she got him gives him such a hard time. She is very high maintenance why anyone would put up with her is beyond me.

David Monteath's narration is very good.

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  • CeJ
  • 08-19-16

Change from the previous books

Fantastic read although less tense than the previous books in the series, note the title change of direction. A good mixture of intrigue and the mind of a criminal.

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  • Barbara
  • 08-15-16

Blood Torment by T. f. Muir

I really liked this story the characters good and the reading made even more enjoyable I recommend this story it was interesting that there was two stories with main character life it made it bind together and more real as well it drew more into the story and made it more real

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  • Sigrin
  • 08-07-16

Scottish dull crime


I know this is the first inspector Gilchrist book I have listened to, but I found him and his cronies a little dull.
I appreciate I should listen to some other books in the series but having read/listened to other one off books from different crime series authors, I will stick to my opinion.

It was a good story, with lots of good twist but just uninspiring principal characters.which will not have me returning for more in this series.

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  • elisabeth
  • 07-13-16

Consistent

T F Muir never fails to hold his readers/ listeners .Would recommend all his books

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-20-18

Blood torment


A good read. This book keeps you interested way into the book, definitely worth a read.

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  • Mags
  • 10-13-17

I'm hooked

Great story teller and narrator. I'm hooked on Muir !! Can't wait to get the next