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The Torment Of Others (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #4)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  5,297 Ratings  ·  272 Reviews
Clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan face the toughest challenge of their careers when they are confronted with a seemingly impossible series of murders.
Paperback, 466 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by HarperTorch (first published 2004)
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Following her traumatic experience in Berlin, Carol Jordan is still recovering and trying to find her way back to some sense of normalcy. When a second young boy disappears in Bradfield, the chief constable is given license to create a special crime unit and reaches out to Carol to head it. Profiler Tony Hill was instrumental in recommending her and convincing her to take it on.

I'm so glad to be back in this series. Carol's journey back to her career and emotional stability was handled skillful
aPriL does feral sometimes
"Just because you hear voices, it doesn't mean you're mad. You don't have to be well smart to know that. And even though you did all that stuff that made the jury look sick to their stomachs, at least you're clever enough to know that doesn't make you a nutter." -Derek Tyler, currently an inmate of Bradfield Moor Secure Hospital after his conviction for multiple murders and a diagnosis of insanity.

Carol Jordon, Bradford Detective Chief Inspector, needs to prove she is up to the job after being r
Sep 04, 2007 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Val McDermid's novels featuring psychologist-profiler Tony Hill are always excruciatingly gory portrayals of serial killers, sadists, and tormentors of small children, and this one manages to include all three. Adding to the pain is the presence of McDermid's detective, Carol Jordan, who has survived an undercover operation gone terribly wrong, only to find herself subjecting another officer to the same risk.

Elevating this above the run-of-the-mill exploitation thriller, however, is McDermid's k
Dec 04, 2016 Wend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-series
Brilliant book, I wasn't a fan of The Last Temptation, hope it was a blip. Will be reading the next in the series.
Apr 11, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McDermid advances the Hill and Jordan series with this wonderfully crafted fourth book. When both Dr. Hill and DCI Jordan take new jobs back in their own stomping grounds, both end up with full plates before the week is out. Dr. Hill has taken a job at the local mental hospital, while DCI Jordan is tasked with creating a 'Major Case' squad to deal with some of the most heinous crimes in the region. Their first task is to tackle a cold case of two missing boys whose disappearance has plagued the ...more
Dec 03, 2007 Laughinglioness rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a select few
This story was very well crafted and I couldn't put it down...

But it is, by its very nature, extremely freaky. The descriptions of the crimes that take place are far too graphic for most I suspect. And the nature of the crimes (sexual homicide) are far outside what most folks would want to read about.

However, I fell in love with McDermid's writing style with The Grave Tattoo so it was a foregone conclusion that I would read another. I'm not exactly sorry that I picked this one up but I am glad i
Gemma Dickinson
Jul 02, 2017 Gemma Dickinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dipped into some crime and wasn't disappointed. Gritty, loved that there was two investigations running at the same time. Clever twists and turns, a dive into the complexities of the mind. Loved it.
Feb 15, 2010 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a real horror kick lately. I guess I've never shaken
that desire to be scared ever since the occasionally grim (or should I
say Grimm?) Magic Realm of Fairy Tales was read to me by my Mom,
oh, about 45 years ago.
This helps to explain why, on my excursions to my favorite used book
stores, the list I'm armed with is still half-full of horror novels. The
rest are assorted science fiction, fantasy, fiction, mystery, etc, etc.
The last time I stepped out of the (totally awesome) Book Gallery
Nov 26, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Dr. Tony Hill and D.I. Carol Jordan are once again teamed up to tackle several bad guys in the fourth book from author Val McDermid's excellent series. With "The Torment Of Others", both Hill and Jordan are forced to confront their worst fears, and nightmares. Not surprisingly Hill and Jordan still refuse to address the heat that they continually generate every time they pair up for a murder case. Carol having being raped in the previous book is still tormented from that experience. As always Hi ...more
Aug 07, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
DCI Carol Jordan is again leading an orphan unit in Bradfield, a serious crime unit, elite major incident squad on permanent standby for the tough ones. Her boss, John Brandon understands that her last assignment was botched by corrupt law enforcement, who were quite willing to sacrifice Carol for a win, and they almost did. Fortunately, Carol survived, barely, and is ready to work again. The team that has been assembled for her are mostly familiar, Inspector Don Merrick, her number 2, Detective ...more
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Dec 11, 2011 Tyrone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get through this. I started it and then hit a block, which happens from time to time, and I've had to resort to listening audio books until I was in the mood to read a physical book again. This is no fault of Val Mcdermid who has really hit her stride with this instalment of the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan story.

Considering the cataclysmic events at the end of the last novel i wondered how this series could resume but with a minimal amount of contrivance she is able to get h
Oct 12, 2009 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Val McDermid because I was watching Wire in the Blood on Netflix streaming on demand. So anyone who says that the television and internet rot people's brains and cause them to stop reading, I call bulls**t. Anyway, I didn't have particularly high expectations of the book, of course it had to be good enough that they made an entire television series out of it, but then again, they've made movies out of Disney rides, right (no, I am not knocking PotC, but come on, the Haunted Man ...more
Amanda Patterson
Nov 11, 2010 Amanda Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Val McDermid has become our leading pathologist of everyday evil.” Guardian
I agree. Val McDermid is one of the best authors of the police procedural / thriller. Psychologist (Profiler) Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan have to solve a horrifying series of murders. Carol is back in Bradfield after the horror of being raped in Berlin. She is surprised to find that Tony has followed her there. He has taken up a post in the local mental hospital.
A local prostitute is murdered in a ritual of nightma
Mike Gabor
Jun 29, 2013 Mike Gabor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery
Woman are being murdered in a most horrific fashion. The cases resemble killings from the past commited by a man named Derek Tyler. However, Tyler is presently locked securely away in a mental hospital. Is this a case of a copy cat killer or is something else going on? Also, two young boys have vanished and the police cannot seem to find a clue. Two very difficult cases that DCI Carol Jordan and her team must try to solve

This is a very good book with a lot going on in it. We again get a good pic
Mar 22, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't understand the 4 star rating here. I had high hopes, as I know that McDermid is kind of a grand dame of the Scottish mystery/thriller genre and I do think I'll try one more. But this was just not very good, at least not for someone who hasn't already developed an affection for these characters (Carol Jordan cop, and Tony Hill, psychologist/profile) and/or knows their back-story. It was pretty wildly gruesome, which is fine, but it is asking a lot of one's readers to tolerate so you'd bet ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carol Jordan hasn't been back to work since her rape while undercover. I don't thing she was really planning on it till she was offered a premo job in charge of a major crime team. All the team members would be Inspectors she new with one exception from vice.

The team gets 2 tough cases, one was the murder of 2 young boys that went nowhere when a member of the team worked it previously. The other is the murder of some of the working girls on the street.

I really liked the way each team member has
Feb 11, 2017 Ronja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good solid work as usual, even though the endings are all very similar to each other. Could be a bit more variation there.
May 19, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am so happy to have discovered Val McDermid! Her clean, uncluttered writing style makes all the characters and action jump off the page at you and keeps you deeply ensconsed in the action. Her plotting is masterful. The ever changing group dynamic is terrific in shifting your alliances and raising the stakes. No one is safe here. And even when the killer is revealed 40 pages before the end, the story doesn't stop until the last paragaph. Great detective fiction, whodunnit, suspense, cop drama en ...more
Apr 24, 2016 Carol/Bonadie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jordan and Hill are drawn into two investigations, the hunt for a serial killer (surprise) abducting and mutilating hookers, and two cold cases of the death of young boys. The investigations are thrilling as usually, and following the developments in the lives of DCI Carol Jordan and psychologist and profiler Tony Hill are what keeps me plowing through this series. It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to read a series back-to-back but I am this one.
Aug 10, 2009 Margie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margie by: Dawn
Shelves: mystery, series
My second stab (so to speak) at Val McDermid.

Well-written and engaging, but once again I knew who the killer was with several hundred pages left to go. I much prefer to be in suspense (especially if that seems to be the author's intent - I don't think McDermid meant for it to be so obvious). The sexual violence, while not as explicit/gory as it could have been, was still quite repellent, and left me feeling . . . icky.
Angie crosby
Jul 28, 2008 Angie crosby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alex, thriller
Detective novel part of a series of novels about a character Tony Hill, A Psychologist and profiler and a police officer (Constable as it takes place in England). Good interesting book. I will be reading more by this author in the future. Kept my interst, kept me guessing. Didn't figure out who done it until close to the end.
Peggy Crawford
A bit more gruesome than I usually read, but the main charcters were interesting and the writing was good. this is the second book by this author that I've read. The other was not in this series, and not as gruesome. I my actually try another.
Dec 28, 2008 Laurajean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: British mystery fans who don't mind a bit of gore
I'm thinking this is the most recent of the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series, and I enjoyed it very much. Honestly didn't see the identity of the perp coming this time. Highly enjoy the relationship between Tony & Carol and I hope it really evolves in the next book.
Another "unputdownable" book from Val McDermid. I always feel like reading the next one in the series immediately, but then they'll end :)
Dec 31, 2008 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Read this one a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I like Val McDermid's writing. Her characters are richly drawn and her plots engagingly complex and quite satisfying.
Feb 14, 2009 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carol Jordan goes undercover. It's, of course, dangerous and makes the book even more a page-turner than usually. One of my faves by McDermid.
Dec 31, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Grusome with some embarrassingly obvious stereotypical characters but when Carol and Tony get together they generate sparks and great good fun.
Jun 30, 2007 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SIG
Shelves: mysterythriller
Although still very good, this fourth novel in the Hill/Jordan series seemed a bit formulaic.
May 10, 2015 Viktoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2015
good cime novel with great characters! i couldn't put the book down the last 100 pages or so.
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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 Cart
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