Trick of the Dark
When Charlie Flint is sent a mysterious package of cuttings about a brutal murder, it instantly grabs her attention. The murder occurred in the grounds of her old Oxford college - a groom battered to death just hours after his wedding. As his bride and wedding guests sipped champagne, his alleged killers were slipping his bloodstained body into the river.
Charlie doesn't kn...more
When I say that out loud, people look at me out if the corners of their eyes, as if I've transgressed some fundamental taboo. But it's the truth. I'm not hiding some complicated grief reaction.
My mother disappeared when I was sixteen. The guards had walked away from the prison leaving the door unlocked. And I emerged blinking into the sunlight."
I wanted to keep this book for a while and read it when I ...more
This story depends on coincidences which I found myself willing to accept. I love McDermid's plo ...more
A man is killed on his wedding day, seemingly bludgeoned and drowned by his two business partners. Later the victims prospec ...more
This is a dense book, if I can use that term. Four hundred pages of a tightly written plot, even though at times it may not seem like it.
Charlie Flint is a clinical psychiatrist, specializing in psychological profiling, who has been suspended from practice pending an investigation of her testimony at a recent trial. She gets sucked into a murder investigation at the behest of a former college tutor. The question is whether or not a person (J ...more
I feel bad I didn't finish this but there are just too many books out there to waste time with one that is just not quite my t ...more
Published by Little Brown, September 2010. ISBN: 978-1-4087-0201-7
Charlotte (Charlie) Flint, forensic psychiatrist is in turmoil, firstly she is currently suspended awaiting a hearing by the GMC which will decide whether she can be reinstated, and secondly because she is in love, normally a happy situation, but when you have a partner of seven years, whom you still love, not so good.
She receives through the post a bundle of photocopied sheets that refer to a mu ...more
An uneven mishmash, this couldn't decide whether it was going to evolve into a ridiculously implausible romance, or a so-so crime novel. In the end, it did neither. I just felt like giving Charlie Flint, protagonist, and purportedly Oxford grad, a slap in the head for her crazy infatuation with the enigmatic Lisa.
Jay, around whom the novel really centres, is a far more intriguing characte ...more
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It seemed to be a more gay activist/support theme, than of the 'noire' genre for which Val is so well known and respected.
I wondered several times throughout if she had employed a ghost writer because this book is so very different from her usual style.
I found it very slow and hard to get into. There were so many characters introduced quickly that I found myself a bit c ...more
I'm being generous. This book doesn't start for 200 pages. I felt I achieved something just by finishing it and I really wanted to be taken somewhere but this felt contrived. The was a lot of internalised angst and a lot of exposition. It felt like a book that had to be written by a due date and was pushed out to order. A pity, this could have been a tighter, shorter story. The policeman character felt placed because the writer had a plot problem. I didn't buy the 40 somethings behaving like te ...more
It dawned on me, about half way through the book, that this book is all about women. The protagonists are all women. A few are beautiful and young and many are not. The characters work. They run. They cook. They meet friends for drinks. They climb mountains. They drive and ride trains. The central characte ...more
The book ended up as an enjoyable experience. I think, I would look through other books by the same author in the futur ...more
What gets me is for a seasoned thriller reader such as myself your mind starts to consider all the possible outcomes, especially when it comes to the classic question of "whodunnit?" There is a certain level of satisfaction you get when ...more
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 Cart ...more