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Insidious Intent

(Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #10)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  5,080 ratings  ·  564 reviews
In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: Someone is crashing the festivities and luring the women away--only to leave the victims' bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations.

Psychologist Tony Hill and former police detective Carol Jordan are called upon to investigate--but this may be the
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Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published August 24th 2017 by Little Brown
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I guess if you are familiar with the characters it would help and there are certainly references to events in previous books but overall it didn't impair my enjoyment of the story.(less)

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Melissa
I'll write a proper review at some point, but man, I'm baffled by the 5* reviews this book is getting. It rolls along well for the most part - a regular installment in the ongoing adventures of Carol and Tony, with a decently meaty side part for Paula. And then the whole thing swerves off track at breakneck speed, becomes entirely ludicrous, and kills the series entirely. If you consider yourself a fan of the Carol and Tony series, you'll probably be a happier person if you don't read this book.
Matt
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Returning with another high-intensity novel in the Hill and Jordan series, Val McDermid shows why she has been given so much praise for her mystery writing. When a vehicle is found engulfed in flames along the side of the road, questions mount. It is only when fire crews extinguish the blaze that they discover a charred body, later identified as Kathryn McCormick. Forensic examination discovers that Kathryn was likely strangled before being placed in the vehicle and the fire was used to destroy ...more
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
20Nov 2017

I fell in love with Tony and Carol form the very first book. I loved the dynamic McDermid build into these characters.

McDermid writes all her books so it can be read as stand-alone novels, but I honestly feel that if you weren't with Carol and Tony form the start, you wouldn't appreciate this turn of events as much.

There isn't much more I can say that might not spoil previous books. Because this book kind of ties everything together.

I can't wait for a new edition to this series!




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Rachel Hall
3.5 stars

After the storming return of DCI Carol Jordan and clinical psychologist, Dr Tony Hill, in the sensational Splinter the Silence which set about establishing a Regional Murder Investigation Team, despite a successful apprehension, Val McDermid left readers floundering with a heck of a lot of balls up in the air. The long awaited result is Insidious Intent and McDermid has nailed the title for another slick and satisfying instalment which craftily gets under readers skins. Before you know
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Carolyn
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DCI Carol Jordan is heading up an elite murder squad, ReMIT, consisting of highly capable investigators. This is a compulsive, intense page-turner. Its pace, forensic details, and investigative procedures should keep readers intrigued.

The plot revolves around a shrewdly capable serial killer, who uses his knowledge of forensics and the internet to hide any trace of his identity. I found his motive rather far fetched. He crashes wedding receptions and selects a single woman as his victim. He
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Christine
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a massive wait, we finally have a new Hill and Jordan story. Thank you, Val McDermid! Insidious Intent is the tenth in this northern crime series, following on from Splinter The Silence (2015).

This is not a series, you can just randomly pick up. We see real character and long term plot development. You learn to love them. Carol Jordan has been through the mill. She turned to drink to cope with the Job and with life. She lost her brother and sister in law to a killer. Her borderline will
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Stimpy Price
Sep 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Liz Barnsley
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its that time of year again when theres a new Val McDermid book out in the world and last Thursday saw me actually rousing myself from my book cave and heading down to my local independent bookshop, where I waited impatiently for them to open so I could lay my hands on a copy. Which I did. Then I read it almost immediately because well, its Val McDermid. Even more than that it features Carol Jordan and Tony Hill two characters that are so real to me now that I wouldnt be at all surprised to ...more
Brenda
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carol Jordan, what the fuck is wrong with you?! You make me want to scream! (Calm down, Brenda, you know this is totally typical of her. Yeah, but still, what the fuck is wrong with her?!)

Tony Hill, what the fuck is wrong with you?! You make me want to scream! (Calm down, Brenda, you know this is totally typical of him. Yeah, but still, what the fuck is wrong with him?!)

Val McDermid, Im honoring your request, but what the fuck have you done?!

The criminal investigation into the Wedding Killer is
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Le_na
Sep 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ian
Dec 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can't believe all the 5 star reviews for this latest instalment in the Hill/Jordan series. It plods along for the most part and when it does get going near the end is totally unbelievable. I've found Ms McDermid's work very variable in quality but this series has always delivered until now. Ms McDermid actually adds a postscript at the end begging readers not to give away the shock ending but what is supposedly an OMG moment was, for me, more of a WTF.
Gisela Hafezparast
Great shame. Another example that it is not a good idea to restart a once great detective team. Hill and Jordan's believable story was told probably 2 books ago and in this last one the story line of hill and Jordan was totally unbelievable. Great shame as the crime could have been explored much better with some of the string "minor" detectives if the team. No need to resurrect especially jordan in my humble opinion.
Can't believe that the main reason was simple higher sales through world known
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Linda Strong
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tony Hill, Psychologist, and Carol Jordan, DCI of the newly formed Major Incident Team, return in this British crime series.

The duo is hunting the Wedding Killer, a man who crashes a wedding, picks out a single woman, wines her, dines her, and then murders her. He's up to 3 victims and the team still have no clues, no motive, no identity of this killer. Jordan's job is on the line and she's worried.

While an excellent addition to the series, this one is more character driven. Still suspenseful,
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Karen Croan
I think this is what is called 'Jumping the Shark' in America (after the famous Happy Days episode where they went one idea too far). I suspect the author has become bored with her characters, & given Carol's regression over the last 2 or 3 books, I'm not surprised. It is however, particularly disappointing that a female writer would turn a good strong female character into such a bore.
Sandy
3.5 stars

DCI Carol Jordan is back as head of newly formed Regional Major Incident Team (ReMIT) stationed in Bradford. Her hand picked crew is composed of familiar returning characters & theyre about to be tested by a clever killer bent on revenge.

Dubbed the Wedding Killer, his meticulous planning leaves few scraps for the team & as the investigation drags on the fate of ReMIT hangs in the balance. But thats not all Carol has to worry about. In the last book, she was caught drunk driving
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Helen
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was a little disappointed with this latest book, the tenth in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. As always the characterisation is well done but I think this time it may have been at the expense of the plot. That's not to say that it was not a good read, and I powered through it, as it is still a compulsive page turner. But I felt, overall, Insidious Intent was a little contrived.
The Cats’ Mother
One of the unintended consequences of my joining NetGalley and becoming addicted to reviewing, is that I have fallen behind on some of my favourite series. Sometimes this is good: Ive saved a fortune by not buying new books, and in this case, it means not having the torture of having to wait another two years to find what happens next. I finally bought this last week, as I have a ARC of the next one due on Tuesday, and this is not a series you can read out of order - and after That Ending, I am ...more
Zoe
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark, meticulous, and menacing!

Insidious Intent is a riveting tale that immerses you into the evidence collection and investigation into the kidnapping and violent homicide of several lonely, vulnerable women and the hunt for a serial killer with a penchant for fire.

The prose is sophisticated and crisp. The characterization is spot on with all the usual gang back including the resilient, determined Carol Jordan whose greatest struggles involve her own guilt, secrets, demons, and addictions. And
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Marina
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Val McDermid is a fabulous writer, one of Scotlands national treasures and has even appeared on one of my favourite TV shows (Pointless).
For the most part, I was gripped by this police procedural. McDermid excels at the minutiae of life the interiors of the victims flats, the hairstyles of the witnesses, the details of social media. Her cast of characters reflect the diversity of British society and I applaud this enough to ignore the occasional slight quotaishness. Her crimefighters are a
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Kate Moore
Unfortunately, I didn't read this to the very end. Not once did I feel interested enough to proceed to the next chapter but, being a free advanced reading copy, I thought I should continue reading to give it a fair review.

To be fair to the author, this is the first novel I've read of Val McDermid's, and the tenth in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. This means that I've come in very late and have skipped all possible backstory.

I found it to be overly-commercial, reflective of every cliche
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RG
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first I've ever read in the series, which is probably a bad place to start. Very enjoyable characters, intriguing plot, and great flowing writing style. You can see why people have fallen in love with the duo of Hill and Jordan. I think the only thing keeping it from 5 is purely some of the back story not making much sense. The main story itself was easy to follow, but the side plots as well the character relationships and past plotlines seemed to make the novel an entire set piece. Would ...more
Wendy Greenberg
With this latest instalment of Tony & Carol, I have put aside all my previous reservations about bringing detectives out of retirement. Clever, pacey, riveting...was unconvinced by the ending, which knocked a star off
Barbara
This was 4.5 but dragged a bit at different points. Tony and Carol are in pursuit of a serial killer who picks up women at weddings. He is very careful not to leave a trace of anything. Carol is still struggling after her last case, and drinking. Tony sticks close to save her from herself. Carol also has a border collie named Flash who is devoted as only a dog can be, and protective as this breed is known to be. Carol has come back after resigning to head up a new unit, and is under more ...more
David Highton
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest Hill and Jordan story finds Jordan's unit under pressure for success in their first big case while Hill supports her in her fight against alcoholism. A murder of a woman whose body is found in a burnt out car in a layby in the Yorkshire Dales sets off a complex case with very few clues, ending with a major twist at the end.
Bruce Hatton
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-crime
Like the other novels in this near-iconic series, this is a fast-paced police procedural written in Val McDermid's distinctive no-nonsense style.
Tony, Carol and the rest of the Regional Murder Enquiry Team are charged with catching a serial killer who finds his female victims at wedding receptions and, a week or so later, disposes of their dead bodies in burning cars at remote lay-bys in the Yorkshire Dales.
This is no conventional whodunnit, as we discover the identity of the killer about
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Mainlinebooker
Let me get this off my chest. Firstly, I usually love everything that Val McDermid writes. She has a way of writing character's motivations that are psychologically sound and accessible to all. However, in this novel I felt she came up short. It was a delight to read but that is all. Until the bitter end, I ho hummed along, happy with my read but not enthralled. I wanted the tense situations to throw me for a loop, to conquer my inner angst and propel me to turn the pages. Unfortunately this was ...more
FIONA Norris
Val McDermid has asked her readers not to review this book in detail, so as not to spoil the ending for the many Tony Hill/Carol Jordan fans out there, so I'll keep this short. Since I have read all nine of the previous novels in this series, I think that it would be safe to say that I am invested in these characters; however, I was a bit disappointed with this addition. It's not that it's a tedious read - I did enjoy it; but it lacked the narrative drive of the previous novels, and if this had ...more
Deborah
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rejoined Tony Hill and Carol Jordan two years ago, when a no-longer-working Carol became embroiled in a drink driving conviction and was manipulated into returning to work as a result. Strings were pulled to get the charges dismissed and that action (not Carols doing) comes back to bite her and her colleagues on the butt this time around.

We quickly learn the cases in question in this outing are the result of a man intent on punishing someone though he seemingly decides to take a few practice
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Julie
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Tony Hill/Carol Jordan thriller. ( really a 3.5 but can't seem to score a half star successfully!) well worth the read, although I'm not sure I like the style of writing so much where the reader knows who the killer is and are just waiting for the 'team' to piece it all together. A twist in the tail and although didn't see it coming knew what was planned couldn't really happen . I certainly wasn't left with a surprised emotion at all I'm begining not to like Carol Jordan much now and ...more
Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
Murdered people dont kill themselves

Val McDermid, dubbed the Queen of Psychological Thrillers, is back with her latest novel featuring two of the more well known characters in crime fiction. Clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan return in Insidious Intent, the tenth book in this series and I have to admit the first in this series for me.

I read and loved Out of Bounds (featuring detective Karen Pirie) by Val McDermid, so I knew from the offset that I was going to be reading a
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