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Meet Tony Hill's most twisted adversary - a killer with a shopping list of victims, driven by the most perverted of desires. The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it's not long before Tony realises it's just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign that's targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people. Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most testing investigation yet.

©2009 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"So gripping that it puts your life on hold." ( The Times)
"Everything a great detective novel should be: pacy, gripping, clever and stylish and, most of all, a fantastic read." ( Sunday Express)

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  • mollyeyre
  • 05-04-17

Very poor writing - lots of bad language

I found the actual story OK, but realised that my interest was waning when I started to look to see how much more of the story I still had to listen to - only to see I was less than a third of the way through.

I usually love Saul Reichlin's narrations, but in this story he sounded very stilted and very slow - as if talking to a three year old, articulating his words very purposefully.

I was unimpressed by the CONSTANT reminders that various characters were lesbian - how this added to the tale I do not know - frankly I don't care about anyone's sexual preferences - I cannot think it makes any difference to the way that they carry out their work. I just find it unnecessarily intrusive!

This book reminded me why I stopped reading books by Val McDermid

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  • A. Macgregor
  • 06-01-16

A little predictable but good overall

I did get that annoying feeling I knew the answers quicker than the detective team on this one but overall a good, compelling story.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 04-26-18

Fabulous

Absolutely loved it. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are a match made in heaven. Perfect

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  • Anon
  • 12-18-17

disappointed

sadly the narrator just didn't manage to engage me sufficiently. I think it is very idiosyncratic...Bill Nighy could read the telephone directory and I'd find it fascinating!

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  • AnnW
  • 08-05-17

I have to listen to the rest of the series now!

thoroughly enjoyed it, great characters, different from any others. It left me wanting to listen the next one which is exactly what I am going to do!

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  • Derek
  • 06-15-17

What an author!!!!!!!

I love Val Mc D. She is a wonderful writer of wonderful stories and I'll follow her to the ends of the earth. From beginning to end she keeps us held and we know her characters as if they live next door. Stunningly good, thanks Val.

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  • FrannyC
  • 04-10-17

The most annoying narration I have heard

I nearly returned this book because the narration was so incredibly plodding. Every word was picked out in a jarring staccato akin to a toddler learning to read. And the accents were even worse; never in my life have I heard such a bad Liverpudlian accent!!

Having said all of that, the only reason that I endured the narration was because the storyline showed promise. Having got to the end, I'm quite pleased that I did. I will listen to the next in the series as long as it has a different narrator...

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  • Frances G
  • 02-04-17

Gripping stuff ...

I love all of this series, and Fever of the Bone is no exception ... it had me second guessing for a while, but a clever and satisfying ending.

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  • S. Christie
  • 08-30-16

Brilliant!

Brilliant book. Thrilling, tense page turner which I listened to in almost one sitting. The mixture of storylines and personal back stories left me feeling more satisfied with this book than others in the Tony Hill/ Carol Jordan series. Saul Riechlin's narration is most definitely improving and I enjoyed his performance throughout. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Dana
  • 01-21-16

So frustrating

This book was a real struggle for me, and has well and truly put me off buying any more in the series. Tony has turned into a whinge-y sap, and Carol, a completely unlikeable drunk who hates Tony for reasons that make NO SENSE WHATSOEVER.