Post Script: Insidious Intent – Val McDermid

Insidious Intent

Insidious Intent

Val McDermid

Hachette Australia

Little, Brown

ISBN: 9781408709337

 

Description:

In Insidious Intent, Tony and Carol are on the hunt for a serial killer who victimizes women at weddings without a date–and forces the duo to confront their most haunting moral dilemma so far.

 

In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: Someone is crashing the festivities and luring the women away–only to leave the victims’ bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Tony and Carol are called upon to investigate–but this may be the toughest case they’ve ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner Elinor must deal with a cruel cyber-blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.

 

 

My View:

This a very, very surprising read! There are the usual main characters that you have come to know and love, the horrendous crimes you expect to find in a Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series but what you won’t expect is the ending. I could not believe my eyes when I read the last few chapters! Incredible! What an impact!!! And then there is a personal note form Val McDermid.

 

 

letter

YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!

 

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Post Script: Splinter The Silence – Val McDermid

Splinter the Silence Val McDermid Cover

Splinter the Silence

Val McDermid

Little, Brown

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9781408706909

 

Description:

‘That day, waiting had been almost unbearable. He wanted something more spectacular, something that couldn’t be ignored. These deaths needed to make a mark . . .’

 

Psychological profiler Tony Hill is trained to see patterns, to decode the mysteries of human behaviour, and when he comes across a series of suicides among women tormented by vicious online predators, he begins to wonder if there is more to these tragedies than meets the eye. Similar circumstances, different deaths. Could it be murder? But what kind of serial killer wants his crimes to stay hidden?

 

Former DCI Carol Jordan has her own demons to confront, but with lives at stake, Tony and Carol begin the hunt for the most dangerous and terrifying kind of killer – someone who has nothing to fear and nothing to lose . . .

 

My View:

To begin perhaps we should have a little look at Hachette Australia’s website https://www.hachette.com.au/books/detail.page?isbn=9781408706909 at the biographical notes for Val McDermid;

 

“Biographical Notes

Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.”

 

After reading the book (the 9th in the Carol Jordon & Tony Hill series) and then reading the Val McDermid’s bio – what is there left to say that hasn’t already been said? This award winning author writes her characters with ease and realism, the plot is complex yet not complicated, the pages turn over almost of their own volition, so keen are they to share their secrets with you. Brilliant.

 

And did I mention the intro? What a great hook – being privy to the murderous thoughts and plans of the villain of the piece – of course you want to read more, know more! Go ahead- but plan nothing else for the rest of the day – this book will demand your earnest attention. Fan? Me? YEP!

 

 

Post Script: Cross and Burn – Val McDermid

Cross and Burn

Val McDermid

Grove/Atlantic

Atlantic Monthly Press

ISBN: 9780802122049

 

Description:

McDermid is as smooth a practitioner of crime fiction as anyone out there. . . . She’s the best we’ve got.”—New York Times Book Review

Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid’s work speaks for itself: her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, won numerous accolades, and attracted a devoted following of readers around the globe. Her latest, Cross and Burn, picks up where The Retribution left off: following the best crime-fighting team in the UK—clinical psychologist Tony Hill and police detective Carol Jordan—who when we last saw them were barely speaking, and whose relationship will now be challenged even further.

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 an unsettling resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only possible answer. Cornered by events, Tony and Carol are forced to fight for themselves and each other as never before.

An edge-of-your-seat page-turner from one of the best crime writers we have, Cross and Burn is a chilling, unforgettable read.

My View:

HEALTH WARNING: TO BE READ DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY.

 

Exciting, pulse racing tension packed pages of pure brilliance! This is a wonderful work of crime fiction that continues on from the explosive novel, The Retribution, however any fan of the TV series Wire in the Blood, of Val McDermid or of crime fiction in general will not have any problem reading this as a standalone.

It is a great police procedural, and a classic page turner, and the tension evoked is so real it can be measured – on a scale of 1 to 10 – this is a 10! For me this should have been a quick one night read, the first page was fraught with knowledge that no good was going to be happening, that something evil was about to explode on  the pages, doom was approaching , and fast  and by about page one hundred and twenty my pulse was racing and my imagination was in overdrive. I had to put this down, immediately. I couldn’t read any further. It took me several days to be able to pick up this book again and then only in daylight.

This is a story that will jolt all women, mothers, daughters, and sisters…female friends… into thinking closely about their personal security. How easily did this evil, sadistic villain mange to stalk and capture the objects of his desire; too easily. (I know this is fiction but it could easily be fact) I think, on one level, we are  far too complacent about our personal security and space, I think the majority of us think like McDermid’s character , Tony Hill, that if you are innocent and good  all will be ok, if you do no harm no harm will come to you, in truth the world doesn’t work that way, I doubt it ever did. Not enough people share the path of goodness and good intentions, or as the old missive suggests, share the view that we should treat others how you wish to be treated our self, which allows those with other less desirable intentions to escape our notice.  Take heed and notice what is happening around you. And enjoy this, the scariest read of the year.