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When the Devil Drives | [Chris Brookmyre]

When the Devil Drives

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.
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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

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    Amazon Customer Dundee, United Kingdom 29/01/2014
    Amazon Customer Dundee, United Kingdom 29/01/2014 Member Since 2008
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    What made the experience of listening to When the Devil Drives the most enjoyable?

    It's a Scottish story, read in a Scottish accent and it felt very contemporary.


    What other book might you compare When the Devil Drives to, and why?

    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.


    What does Sarah Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It didn't make me emotional but the ending played through my mind for a few days afterwards.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way Chris Brookmyre sets crime stories against an urban Scottish background. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rogayah 18/08/2013
    Rogayah 18/08/2013
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    "Gripping"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abigail 09/04/2013
    Abigail 09/04/2013
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    "Clever twisty plots"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Aberdeen, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Ray Aberdeen, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Jasmine sharp is back"

    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,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom 12/09/2012
    Karen Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom 12/09/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Really Boring"

    What a drag this book was, it also didn't help that the narrator sounded like she was sucking a sweet the whole time she was reading, most annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 28/06/2012
    Sarah 28/06/2012
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    "Boring"

    Hate to say it, but it was, and I usually love Brookmyre's stuff. Jasmine is back, being tasked with finding a missing actress.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Singapore, Singapore 03/12/2014
    Simon Singapore, Singapore 03/12/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "Solid follow-up to Where the Bodies are Buried"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom 23/09/2012
    Jennifer Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom 23/09/2012 Listener Since 2009

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    "Chris Brookmyre can do no wrong"

    I love Chris Brookmyre's books and this is no exception. Also enjoyed Sarah Barron's narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Alexandra
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    "Not a classic Brookmyre, but a solid one"
    Would you listen to When the Devil Drives again? Why?

    Probably not. It gave it all on the first run.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Barron – was your favorite?

    Many - she is a wonderful performer and I can recall most of her characters in this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon
    PRINCE ALBERT, South Africa
    26/08/12
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    "Better than ever."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Devilishly clever plot, great characters, wonderfully read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the one where Jasmine takes the last train home. The shooting scene at the Lodge was also in contention.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending. And the torching of Jasmine's car.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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