Twenty-three years later, a young woman is asking the police to trace her missing father. Miner Mick Prentice vanished, never to be seen again. Soon, DI Karen Pirie and DS Phil Parharta find themselves investigating a forgotten disappearance.
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©2008 Val McDermid; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
I'd sometimes shied away from Val McDermid's books, despite my admiration from her excellent writing, as I found her viscerally explicit descriptions of violent and cruel acts off-putting. This book is quite different for, although it does involve deaths these are peripheral to the two intricate and cleverly intertwined stories that kept me rapt for many hours eager to find out how the stories ended. A splendid book with a good narrator.
This was a fast moving plot with no boring and unecessary facts. The clever plot starts with the search for a man who went missing 20 years previously during the time of the miners strikes. Also at that time in a nearby location was the death of a well-heeled woman after a kidnapping turned sour and the disappearance of her son, then a baby.The story takes you to beautiful Italy with it's laid back "hippy style" communes and also into the lives of a powerful familiy who believe they are beyond the law.The relationship between the reporters and Police was revealing and so accurate.My only gripe is the ending which was left a little unfinished.
Undoubtably the best character was DI Pirie. Fiesty yet likeable with grit and determination, a person not to be cowed by her supervisors nor class division. A good cop who gets the job done.
A good performance by Eilidh Fraser whose lilting tones fitted the story so well.
Loved the plot twists and turns and the colourful characters. My first Val McDermid book. Gonna get more!
Lovely and appropriate to have it read in a Scottish accent, but she couldn't really vary it at all - posh Scottish, strong Fife and English sounded pretty much the same. For a short cringeworthy section she tried to do a strong Italian accent. I felt her pain.
There were basic pronunciation mistakes, especially with the Italian words, that could have been easily researched.
Barring that, she told the story well and it must be a bit of a marathon reading for an audiobook, so respect anyway.
I enjoy reading but never find the time to pick up a book so Audible has been a great find! Addicted to good detective crime books!
I stuck with this book as really not sure about the narrator - guess I've been spoilt by Sean Barrett and Steven Pacey who are excellent. Good story with the background running alongside, came together well towards the end but very disappointed with the unfinished ending - a lot of guessing left with the story on both sides.
All in all ok, but not sure I would recommend as a great read compared to some of the many books I have listened to. Don't want to put anyone off but a 3 star from me.
A typically enthralling story from Val Mcdermid set in her home area and read in a dialect understandable to most .....however Eilidh Fraser was in sore need of pronunciation advice. Once I could ignore ( eg the mangle-ing of the striking Scot's miners leader's name) but by the 5th or 6th occasion it was really becoming annoying and not even with particularly unusual words. I feel sorry for the reader but especially sad that such a popular author has her work let down in this way. And it is a great story!
Yes. The plot is plausible, and the characters are interesting.
The descriptions of the hardships suffered by striking miners, and the conflicting loyalties they faced.
A bit staccato. She put pauses, every few words, which I found, irritating after, a while.
Light and dark in Scotland and Italy.
I suffer from MS which can make eyesight dodgy sometimes, so audio books are perfect for me
Really enjoyed this book - Val McDermot really writes a great strory - I would throughly recommend this one along many of her others.
Certainly put me off books read by this narrator
Someone else could have narrated it
Disappointment, I lost the will to continue 15 minutes into chapter 2
This performance put me off the whole series
Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
I struggled to get into this book, rewinding whole chunks to see whether I could determine any kind of hook, but sadly I wasn't able to. Maybe the timelines which bounced between the late 1970s, the 1984 Miners' Strike and modern day made it more disjointed? I finally gave up at 3hr 30min and asked Audible for a refund.
I found this to be quite convoluted and tedious, it picked up in the last chapter or so, but generally I just didn't care enough about the characters to make this work. For it was a far cry from the Carol Jordan, Tony Hill series.
It was however very well narrated by Eilidh Frazier, without whom I would have given up a few chapters in.
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