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Trick of the Dark Audiobook

Trick of the Dark

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Publisher's Summary

The brand new thriller from the award-winning crimewriter. 'Death is a hollow drum whose beat has measured out my adult life.' So writes Jay Macallan Stewart in her latest volume of memoirs. But nobody has ever asked whether that has been by accident or design. Nobody, that is, until Jay turns her sights on newly-wed and freshly-widowed Magda Newsam. For Magda's mother Corinna is an Oxford don who knows enough of Jay's history to be very afraid indeed...

WARNING: For Adults Only - Explicit language.

©2010 Val McDermid (P)2011 WF Howes Ltd

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    Tei Banbury, Oxon, United Kingdom 21/04/2011
    Tei Banbury, Oxon, United Kingdom 21/04/2011 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Disappointing"

    I was very disappointed by the novel and the choice of narrative voices. It's been some time since I read a McDermid and this felt like it could have been a first attempt at novel writing rather than that of an experienced writer. It was v simplistic and to be honest rather poorly edited. Given both the narrative voices were supposed to be of youngish women, I can't understand why the producer chose voices that sounded as if they belonged to over 50 women. All in all not good.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Sale, cheshire, United Kingdom 16/04/2011
    John Sale, cheshire, United Kingdom 16/04/2011
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    "Just So Disappointing"

    McDermid is one of my favourite crime writers who usually constructs a powerful and absorbing plot combined with credible characters. Sadly in this book she fails on the first and possibly on both counts.

    This is largely a lesbian love story with what might turn out to be a good crime story hiding somewhere in the background.

    I gave up after about three hours and that's the first time I've done that for years and the first time with one of her books ever.

    As I said, a great disappointment.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Longridge, Lancashire, United Kingdom 09/03/2011
    Peter Longridge, Lancashire, United Kingdom 09/03/2011 Member Since 2008
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    "Felt let down"

    Generally speaking I am a fan of Val McDermid and generally she appears to be believable on background. However, on this occasion she appears not to have given as much commitment to this as she normally does. The central character appears to be some sort of cross between a psychologist and psychiatrist which in my experience very rarely happens, I have never experienced it myself and I have 30 years experience in psychiatry. The story seems to revolve around her competence to practise and awaiting the verdict from the GMC which probably wouldn't happen because it would not come under the remit of the GMC, even if she was a psychiatrist which she wouldn't be unless she had first been trained as a medical doctor. She is a good storyteller but I did feel there is a responsibility to get the background something like believable. Sorry Val not your best.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David DaventryUnited Kingdom 19/02/2011
    David DaventryUnited Kingdom 19/02/2011
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    "Will be back to this one"

    Beautifully crafted characters, and wonderfully read, I'll be listening to this again in short order as I enjoyed it so much. The twists and turns of the plot and the sympathetic portrayals of complex people (aren't we all) create a gripping story. Val is a new discovery for me. I'll be reading more.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn 11/07/2011
    Lynn 11/07/2011 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Disappointing"

    Having loved the Tony Hill series this was such a disappointment. The characters are irritating, the plot weak and the narration awful. This feels like a book written to sell on the back of the author's previous success.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Geraldine 28/02/2011
    Geraldine 28/02/2011 Member Since 2013
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    "poorly researched"

    An exciting plot but based on false premises about forensic psychiatry.'A beach book' it will sell well but the links to reality are tenuous.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Flutter Bye UK 22/01/2017
    Flutter Bye UK 22/01/2017
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    "Strong location and intricate plotting"
    Would you listen to Trick of the Dark again? Why?

    No. Rarely relisten to any audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trick of the Dark?

    There are a few.


    What about Juanita McMahon and Gerri Halligar ’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to and great delivery by both narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this murder mystery, which is satisfyingly complex with a couple of unexpected twists I didn't see coming. Good characters and a real sense of location.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline hindhead, United Kingdom 10/08/2011
    Caroline hindhead, United Kingdom 10/08/2011 Member Since 2008
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    "boring"

    I found this book very boring and very disappointing. The author seems to be more interested in promoting her homosexual feeling than producing an interesting plot. I gave up after plough through three quarters of the first half and wondering if there really was a story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Alcabideche, Portugal 19/04/2011
    Peter Alcabideche, Portugal 19/04/2011 Member Since 2012
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    "Indeed a trick"

    I am still scratching my head wondering how & why I purchased this strange book. I am fairly new to 'Audible' and maybe I was tricked into it because it certainly is not the sort of literature which I would normally choose. However, I paid for it so I listened to it from start to finish.
    The publishers describe it as a 'thriller' but I found little or nothing thrilling about it - but doubtless had the publishers been more honest & described it as a homosexual fantasy I would have given it the wide berth which it deserves.
    I have seen other reviews complementing the storyline. Frankly, I found it dull and enitely predictable. I accurately deduced the villain's true identity very early on in the piece which thus added little to the enjoyment.
    The constant theme of lesbianism which runs through the story was more nauseating than tittilating & was certainly unendearing.
    As for the reading, I have no doubt that the 2 readers found it arduous but the attempt at a Scottish accent was almost farcical.

    I shall NOT be looking for any more of this genre in future:

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bookworm 06/03/2017
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    "Ignore all the homophobic reviews- fab book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- I have listened to all the other Val McDermid audiobooks but nearly didn't listen to this due to the reviews- but I'm really glad I did. They are all massive homophobes. I really enjoyed this; just as good as her other books


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maria because she's a dentist


    What about Juanita McMahon and Gerri Halligar ’s performance did you like?

    Both great narrators


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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