McDermid takes this not exactly virginal supposition and literally turns it on its head. Although I'm a bigger fan of McDermid's Karen Pirie series, this is the best so far of the Tony Hill ones. Reporting on the event is journalist Zoe Meadows, who files her copy from a food van run by her friends Sam and Lisa. Top criminal psychologist Dr Tony Hill is prepared to think the unthinkable - this is not a copycat murder but something much stranger. She is surprised to find that Tony has followed her there. I get the feeling that this book tries to mask the silliness of its plot by showering the page with as much unpleasantness as possible.
This book deals with charisma and celebrity as well as sexual deviance and although the writing is still somewhat awkward, it's generally a more compelling novel than the Mermaids Singing. I know Tony Hill is supposed to be an expert in the pschology of sexual homicide, but in this case the violent methods deployed are nothing to do with the case or criminal. I've now read seven of McDermid's books. Top criminal psychologist Dr Tony Hill is prepared to think the unthinkable - this is not a copycat murder but something much stranger. Eleven of the world's best female thriller writers from Diana. First of all, in the other books McDermid is writing about the North of England, which she clearly knows like the back of her hand.
I would have preferred a little more fleshing out where the villian's psyche was concerned, but that's not enough for me to take a star off this rating. That being said, this is not a really satisfactory conclusion of these issues coming up as the story goes on. So she decided to write a couple more books in the series. Don't even think about reading the back cover synopsis I never do. Hill visits the original murderer to attempt to find a starting point for his work. It is a well constructed book, divided into four clear parts.
Time to call in Dr. Their first task is to tackle a cold case of two missing boys whose disappearance has plagued the McDermid advances the Hill and Jordan series with this wonderfully crafted fourth book. When Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are introduced in The Mermaids Singing, they are lone wolves. It is hard to see how McDermid's writing could improve and yet she manages it over and over again. Probably not but perhaps it is time to take a break? The killer hasn't spoken for two years but Hill succeeds in getting him to say a few words and they are chilling. And I'm not going to throw in a spoiler but the answer to Whodunit? Meanwhile, Carol has assigned D.
I'm not exactly sorry that I picked this one up but I am glad it is over at the same time. This is first class suspense. The other is the murder of some of the working girls on the street. If I have one negative thing to say, it's that it felt to me that McDermid was rushed in ending the story. Though, these novels cannot be read out of order.
In addition to dealing with those after effects, Carol and Tony have two unrelated major crimes to solve in this book. Two years earlier, strong forensic evidence put serial killer Derek Tyler behind bars in a mental hospital. At times it was quite perverse and chilling, which is to be expected, but I felt that some sections didn't take the full opportunity to create suspense. A dead girl lies on a blood-soaked mattress, her limbs spread in a parody of ecstasy. They have serious difficulties in forging personal relationships which makes their relationship all the more poignant. But Tyler's been locked up in a mental institution for two years, barely speaking a word except to say that 'the Voice' told him to do it.
In order to get where she wants to go, she has to have Carol Jordan do something completely out of character and, frankly, she doesn't do a good job of convincing us of the reason. She is now a full-time writer and lives in South Manchester. Carol having being raped in the previous book is still tormented from that experience. McDermid knows how to keep a reader turning the pages. The fourth book is the best, the third the worst, but it's worth reading them in order for the character development although you could easily skip the third. In addition to dealing with those after effects, Carol and Tony have two unrelated major crimes to solve in this book. To everyone's amazement, including mine, I was accepted to read English at St Hilda's College, Oxford - at 17, one of the youngest undergraduates they'd ever taken on, and the first from a Scottish state school.
The bad news is that Carol is put in charge of a new investigative squad whose members haven't gelled yet and who can't necessarily be trusted to act as a team vs. A page-turner filled with great development and interesting characters that draw the reader in from the preface onwards. Tony Hill that there isn't-but that would make the murders literally impossible. In the background there is the investigation into the abduction of two young boys which is being revisited because new evidence has emerged. I've been on a real horror kick lately. Hill, but while the third book didn't entirely work, the aftereffects of that novel's events on Carol Jordan are all too real and bring the characters' relationship to a new level.