The Mermaids Singing (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #1)
This was the summer he discovered what he wantedat a gruesome museum of criminology far off the beaten track of more timid tourists. Visions of torture inspired his fantasies like a muse. It would prove so terribly fulfilling.
The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned...more
Many sensitive types should not read this novel.
First, there is lots of explicit torture. On the other hand, it's not gratuitous, in my opinion. However, it keeps on coming. As someone who reads a GREAT deal, of course I've come across historical and explicit descriptions of torture before. The Spanish Inquisition truly used incredibly awful devices of torture in real life, and the bad guy in this book, a serial killer of young men, builds such devices to use in his murders, having studie ...more
Men are being murdered in the fictional city of Bradfield, England, and their mutilated bodies are being dumped in the Temple Fields area where the gay bars are located. After the third body is found, Assistant Chi ...more
McDermid has a strong grasp of human psychology and her characters are realistic, down-to-earth and with all the gritty, dirty bits that make up a human life. Each and every character seems to breathe from the page, whether they're in the book for two ...more
Numa única frase... HORRIVELMENTE BRILHANTE!!
(view spoiler)[I even dreamed that someone was ringing the doorbell: when I opened the door there was an old woman who wanted to kill me. I woke up screaming! (hide spoiler)]
Despite the fact that this was an uncomfortable and at times disquieting read, I really liked it.
Slightly politically incorrect, probably due to the fact that it has been published many years ago
‘Not all ga ...more
1 - Nunca tinha lido nenhum livro da escritora escocesa Val McDermid (n. 1955);
2 – “O Canto das Sereias” foi publicado originalmente em 1995;
3 – É um thriller com uma construção narrativa muito interessante, alternando os capítulos entre as principais personagens, conferindo a evolução da investigação criminal, com as descrições dos pensamentos e estados de espírito do assassino, a sua mentalidade e o seu planeamento, com recurso a uma excelente caracterização dos intervenientes, des ...more
Val McDermid deve ter pensado o oposto desta citação do seu livro, seguindo assim o caminho do seu talento natural, a escrita. Mas terá ela esse talento? Já há muito tempo que tinha curiosidade em conhecer a autora, tão aclamada no género policial. Infelizmente, o seu primeiro livro da série de Tony Hill e Carol Jordan revelou-se uma desilusão tã ...more
Oh.! So this is how Tony Hill met Carol Jordan..! Having read the sequels in the series before reading the first ones,I was quite impressed by the chemistry the duo shared,and it seems a pleasant thing to read about their first meeting after a long while. There was a time when all I was interested in was psychological thrillers.. My days were divided between Patricia Cornwell and Keith Ablow and Val McDermid and Mo Hayder.. Day in and day out with serial killers.. Lots of coffee and chips.. Gett ...more
I enjoyed this book immensely however, be warned that the murders are quite violent and the author d ...more
The serial killer sub-genre has certainly been watered down over the years, so I usually take a grain of salt before trying a new one, half-expecting the same old cliches. Almost always I can find some bit of dialogue or a lucky break in a case that makes me roll my eyes but I could find nothing like that in this tale.
This is an entirely believable story, with entirely believable characters ...more
I have quite a strong stomach. It's not that impressive or anything, but I'm not incredibly easily shocked. This book, however, was more than I could bear. I like books and TV that take a look at the darker side of life, but the torture scenes were unneccessary and extremely gratuitous (sp?). It seemed like McDermid wrote it to shock. The killer lacked nuances and did not interest me in the slightest; s/he may as well have had a mustache to twiddle. There was no depth to thei ...more
Yawn. And that's pretty impressive, considering books featuring a maladjusted trouble-magnet who does criminal profiling are a huge weakness of mine. But I don't think my emotional needle so much as quivered, except for occasional flickers of annoyed disgust at the vi ...more
L'io narrante, quello scritto in corsivo, è ricco di particolari e decisamente per stomaci forti.
Il resto, in terza persona, narra la vicenda, le indagini, le azioni degli altri.
Personaggi ben delineati e caratterizzati, situazioni descritte con dovizia di particolari.
In me ha suscitato empatia: spesso - infatti - ho avuto la sensazione di muovermi al fianco dei personaggi o di essere dentro le loro teste a seguirne i pensieri, a viverne le sensazioni.
Ben co ...more
The result is an exciting read, one that keeps you awake, both because of the stark horror of the killer's desire, but also because you cannot put the book down. E ...more
Huh, I now remember why I gave up on this series. I must be in a minority here because I know these books are held up as masterpieces of the genre, but I don't like them. I don't like pornographic violence (torture porn). I love gore; horror; crime; deviant psychology; and all the other elements of great serial killing novels, but I don't like r ...more
It's very well written, tight, tense, balanced and certainly had the pages turning for me. The bodies of four young men are found brutally tortured and mutilated. The clinical psychologist brought in to profile the killer is h ...more
É um livro com uma construção narrativa muito interessante. Um livro tenso e emocionante, com detalhes requintados de um sadismo atroz.
“O Canto das Sereias” não é um livro confortável para ler.
É um bom livro policial, apesar de não ser excelente...
The novel is a gritty thriller about a serial killer torturing and murdering men before dumping their bodies in the gay district of a northern town. Institutional homop ...more
A dangerous and calculating killer has Bradfield pol ...more
the premise of the story is good, someone is murdering and torturing young men and dumping their bodies in area frequented by gay men. The local police force won't/don't want to use the serial killer words. Till their head decides to bring Hill. Then it snowballs when the fourth body is copper.
One of the coppers leading the investigation is very old-fashioned in his ...more
Overall I liked this book. It is rather good police thriller, especially it being a first work in this series. However, there were some annoying problems. First of all, it's very unevenly paced. The story starts very slowly and drags for the first three quarters almost without any development but then wraps up ...more
In Bradfield the bodies of four men have been discovered…with the police reluctant to link them Dr Tony Hill is already certain that a serial killer is operating in the area. When forward thinking ACC John Bradfield enlists Tony’s help to profile the killer, he is teamed up with Carol Jordan and so begins their story…
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