Private investigator Jasmine Shar has been hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who has vanished without trace. What begins as a simple search awakens a malevolence that has lain dormant for three decades. As Jasmine uncovers a hidden history of sex, drugs, ritualism, and murder, she realises she may need a little help from the dark side herself if she's going to get to the truth.
©2012 Chris Brookmyre (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
It's a Scottish story, read in a Scottish accent and it felt very contemporary.
I haven't listened to anything similar that wasn't written by Chris Brookmyre. This book's the middle story of three about the same characters.
She really brought the characters to life - the two main ones are female so it really helped that a woman narrated those, rather than a man doing a high voice!
It didn't make me emotional but the ending played through my mind for a few days afterwards.
I love the way Chris Brookmyre sets crime stories against an urban Scottish background. Highly recommended.
When I am not listening to books I am knitting, drawing cats and/or doing Chinese calligraphy or doing some of the above at the same time.
With a limited number of suspects it seemed incredible that I could not suspect, even for a moment, the right one. It kept me glued and intrigued. I was suitably misdirected and entertained so can throughly recommend the book - story, performance et al.
After where the bodies are buried I was dubious about this character but its all come good in the one, great narration, great twists & turns, all in a must listen,
Chris Brookmyre does a nice job of following up on Where the Bodies are Buried, giving enough of a reminder for listeners (like me) who can't recall all of the details without retreading too much ground. Overall the plot of When the Devil Drives was a little convoluted in comparison to Where the Buried. While neither book was exactly harsh realism, this feels a little more Agatha Christie and a bit less Ian Rankin. Personally, I rather enjoyed that aspect of it though.
Jasmine Sharp and Glen Fallon continue to make for entertaining company and while the conclusion was in some respects predictable, it nevertheless felt well-crafted.
The narrator is fabulous.
So hard to choose. The heroine is very well drawn and very sympathetic but the female detective and male hero are also key.
I read all the series as this was so good. The narration is consistently excellent.
Silence of the Bams.
The Glaswegian narration adds so much to the experience. I could never imagine that voice in my head, brilliant.
Love this author's ability to shock! The book is gritty without being gratuitous and the twisty turny plots and slowly revealed truths are fantastically driven along by characters that grab your attention. Loved it!
I don't know whether it was meant to be a stereotypical "dour Scot" reading, but she got my stereotypical thumbs up for achieving it! At first, didn't like it but then it grew on me.
The story kept me gripped throughout. It was worth the listen, right up to the inevitable last twist.
Another twist & turn story. brilliant! .narrators voice is irritating though. jasmine's voice is delivered in monotone seeming as if she's on the verge of breakdown throughout.she sounds pathetic really. accents are very poor. BUT apart gym narrator it's great!
"Not a classic Brookmyre, but a solid one"
Probably not. It gave it all on the first run.
It's intellectually challenging, you know the paths will cross, and he manipulates your expectations in a way that makes it surprising almost all the time.
Many - she is a wonderful performer and I can recall most of her characters in this book.
"Better than ever."
Yes. Devilishly clever plot, great characters, wonderfully read.
The multi-layered texture with which Brookmyre takes one under the skin of contemporary Scotland. The way it weaves different strands together to make a not-too-neat whole.
Probably the one where Jasmine takes the last train home. The shooting scene at the Lodge was also in contention.
The ending. And the torching of Jasmine's car.
Brookmyre seems to have found a second breath if not an entirely new voice - thankfully. The anarchy, black humour and surprising insights are all there, and in Jasmine Sharp and the other companion characters he has created a pond in which I suspect he'll play for some time.
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