Published on 27th August 2015 by Little, Brown Book Group
‘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 . . .
At last, we get the welcome return of Val McDermid’s Jordan and Hill. At its ninth instalment, McDermid gives us a serial killer story with a very contemporary spin.
The story returns us to Bradfield. Carol is no longer a cop and is in a bad place, mentally. She is estranged from everyone and is drinking far too much. Tony tries his best to intervene and to force Carol to confront her problems. Tony spots something, using his intuition and profiling skills. He enlists Carol and her former team, including the wonderful Stacey and Paula to help out. Is there a murderer targetting high profile women in the media?
I could not LOVE this series more. Once again, Val McDermid reintroduces the gang and we see how they have all coped apart. Just as I was willing them back together, to work side by side, McDermid weaves some magic and makes the seemingly impossible, possible. It is lovely having Carol and Tony together in the same place, talking and brain storming. And my admiration for Stacey and Paula, the two women in Carol’s team just grows all the time. Stacey really stood out for me in this book. This is the kind of beautiful characterisation you get from McDermid, where the minor characters seem as real as the leads.
The plot was perfect and a reminder of how social media can be used for evil, as well as good. Well executed, we see how vulnerable people are when they speak out and get trolled online. I do hate the expression ‘troll’. The internet seems to make online bullying far too easy.
This is a series that just gets better, as time goes on. I really do not know how Val McDermid does it. I spent the whole of the book in absolute awe of the twists and turns. I loved how she has incorporated Twitter and social media into the story. The whole team of Carol and her friends just seems so familiar and welcome.
Top crime perfectly executed! I am sure all of Val McDermid’s fans will just love her even more.
A big massive thanks to the publishers for my review copy!