Young girls are disappearing around the country, and there is nothing to connect them to one another. Dr Tony Hill sets his team an exercise: they are given the details and asked to discover links between the cases. Only one officer comes up with a theory that is ridiculed...until one of their own is murdered.
For Tony Hill the murder becomes a matter for personal revenge, and, joined by colleague Carol Jordan, he embarks on a game where hunter and hunted can all too easily be reversed.
©1997 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"A deliciously gruesome serial killer thriller. Ms McDermid finds new ways to shock and revolt us." (New York Times)
"Val McDermid is an accomplished storyteller, and this scary, fast-moving tale is engrossing." (Daily Telegraph)
Gripping novel. Impossible to stop listening. I've been an audible member for years and this is in the top five of my audible downloads. Thankfully, with my iPhone and headphones I can still listen while working at mind-numbing chores around the house or listen while driving so little things like paid work and sleep don't slow me down too much!
A compelling page turner, masterful in its use of language. But there is a logical flaw in one key aspect of the plot which I can't mention here in case of spoilers.
Usually Saul Reichlin is an excellent narrator, well paced yet urgent when required. At home in the RP world of the usual thriller, he is adrift in the sea of regional accents required in this case which is a shame.
I enjoyed this story but the narrator was pretty awful. His attempts at accents are pitiful and really he shouldn't bother trying, just tell it straight. Also all the female characters came across as breathless and girly, more like Mills and boon than a murder story.
Mum of three. Lover of mysteries and thrillers, shoes, genealogy and walking.
Saul Reichlin isn't my favourite narrator, and I think I would have enjoyed this book much more if it had been narrated by another person. His poor attempts that accents make me cringe, and , for me, this detracts from my enjoyment of the novel. The story is good but I felt it was a little drawn out and it took four or five hours before I really felt it had gripped me, and that I was immersed in the plot.
I liked this book and the series, but the narration puts me off. All the women sound silly and breathy, I always imagined Carol as a strong intelligent woman and the narrator manages to make her sound a bit daft. He also turns Tony Hill into Obe Wan Kinobe, which just makes me laugh. I'll stick with the series as I enjoyed the books, but I wish someone else was reading it!
Well written and narrated. A few loose ends but presumably followed up In a later book. Some graphically described violence not for the squeamish . Strong storylines throughout .
Dr Tony Hill now has his own team of trainee profilers!
One of them has a theory about real case studies that they are looking at, after a ridiculing - she sets off in her own!
This is now personal & Carol Jordan is called back in to help him.
I will listen to Saul Reichlin all day!
My only criticism of the series so far, is that the chapters are so long if someone interrupts & you have to rewind!
"What would the police force do without Tony Hill"
What drew me to listening to an audio of Wire in the Blood was my love of the TV series starring Robson Green. I recently read one of Val Dermid’s books, which made me want to download more in the series. I hated the narrator and it took me some time to focus on the story, Saul Reichlin voice is too old and perhaps a little like he is doing a stage play; his female voices are meek and irritating. The story line in the beginning is a little too detailed however builds so you don't want to stop listening, however both in this book and the one I read it in somewhat fizzles out. However on saying that worth a listen and I will be listening to more in the series, unfortunately they appear to all be narrated by Saul Reichlin.
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