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The Distant Echo

Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
Series: Karen Pirie, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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On a freezing morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in a cemetery. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood.

Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....

©2003 Val McDermid (P)2004 Recorded Books Inc

Critic Reviews

"A classic.… McDermid pulls out all the stops. Impeccable." ( Guardian)
"A few more sly, old-fashioned whodunits like this and she’ll join the sturdy ranks of the queens of crime, on course to become Dame Val or Baroness McDermid." ( Sunday Times)

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  • Mimosa
  • 01-11-19

Keeps you guessing ...

Really enjoyed the tension in this story. A number of threads - a number of possibilities. But all come together in the end with an unexpected finish.

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  • Carol
  • 11-10-18

Riveting

Whilst a great storyline, I worked out the murderer halfway through. Tom Cotchers Scots accent was a bit hard to follow at times. Worth a listen though. I will read more by Mr McDermid

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  • Tatiana Brusyanina
  • 02-28-17

Was OK

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The book was OK, not boring, but not catchy as well.Felt a bit too long when describing main heroes lives, when you'd expect twists and turns and some detective deduction work...
It's not bad, read it.

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  • Mary Thomas
  • 01-28-17

Stunning Story

Wonderful story covering twenty five years you become very involved in the involving lives of the characters. The story is complemented by the rich voice of Tom Cotcher.

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  • george groessler
  • 09-07-15

Dull

Dull colourless and boring. The plot was dragged out and the narrator didn't seem to like it either.

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