Guilt and grief have driven a wedge between long time crime-fighting partners psychologist Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan. But just because they're not talking doesn't mean the killing stops.
Someone is killing women. Women who bear a disturbing resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only possible answer.
©2013 Val McDermid (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"A genuine page turner" (Independent on Sunday)
From the opening chapter you know this is classic, quality crime writing at it's best and a very welcome return for Carol and Tony. This had me gripped from the start, by the plot, the superb characterisation and the relationship between Carol and Tony. There is some unpalatable violence towards women, however it is not gratuitous and is acceptable within the gripping plotline. This book reminds me just how well Val McDermid writes and that she is in a different league to most other crime writers. For those of who find the relationship between Tony and Carol so compelling this is a very satisfying listen.
I always enjoy Saul Reichlin's narration but did find some of the characters voices a little irritating- this, however is a minor fault as his rich, dark voice is well suited to the story.
Bunny waitress full time, knitter and avid reader.
I just finished listening to Cross And Burn and what a fabulous story! When they say that it keeps you on the edge of the seat it is quite true, I found myself many times seating at the very end of my chair in anticipation! For those who have read all the Jordan&Hill books, it is another step in their "relationship" after what happened in The Retribution, and it gives also a look at what is happening with Jordan's team members. Val McDermid can definitely write a good crime book and this was excellent. As far as the narrator is concerned, it is my first book read by Saul Reichlin and I am pleasantly surprised. I didn't really care much for DCI Fieldings' interpretation (strange scottish accent!) but all in all he did a good job.
I'd always listen to a book by Val McDermid. She tells a really good story and the magic between Carol and Tony is still there. I hope she won't give up on them.
Her characters become real people in your mind. The story was well put together, and very subtly she made different people seem suspicious. I did not sympathise with the killer, but McDermid still made me a bit sorry for him. Her bad guys are always human.
I wait with bated breath for her next novel.
Can't say one without the other. Carol and Tony. Magic.
I will try to avoid listening to Saul Reichlin, to me it was torture. Had the book not been so good I would have given up.
Why did the boy have to sound like Frank Spencer from Some Mother's do 'ave 'em? Even Fielding sounded like that sometimes, whining. If a narrator can't do a Scottish accent he should not try to do it. His characterisation failed miserably.
Yes, I want to hear more about Carol and Tony. The way Val McDermid describes their working together is enthralling.
I've listened to each book in the series in order, hoping for a little less violence, hopeless hapless killings and maybe a furtherance of the Tony and Carol relationship. It isn't happening, and I dread listening to all the violence in order to reach happier dialogue. So, sadly, I think I'll move on to Jussi! However, I have to say that Mr Reichlin has done a splendid job with this author, and to all those critics out there, just you try to do upwards of a dozen different voices without sounding a little off at times. Give the man a break, good job Saul. Thank you!
Mum of three. Lover of mysteries and thrillers, shoes, genealogy and walking.
Excellent book. I have listened to all of the Tony Hill/ Carol Jordan books in order, and I think that they are actually getting better and better. This one was fabulous. The right amount of suspense and emotional involvement in the plot. The narration was good, if not great, Saul's Scottish accent for Alex Fielding bears more than a passing likeness to Mrs Doubtfire. I prefer when he doesn't attempt regional UK accents as they seem to be mostly painful and annoying. That aside. I loved this book.
The only reason I finished this was because it was a great plot. Set in the North of England with strong women characters it was read by someone whose accent wandered all over the world but came nowhere near a Northern accent. If he had not tried to do an accent it would have been better. The flow of the narrative as he read it was to my ear unnatural and when he tried to do women it was just a disaster.
It is quite a long book but I never did get over the annoyance each time I listened.
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