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Publisher's Summary

Up until now, the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one's different - this one's on the loose. Four men have been found mutilated and tortured. As fear grips the city, the police turn to clinical psychologist Tony Hill for a profile of the killer. But soon Tony becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills, where he has to use every ounce of his professional nerve to survive.
©1995 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Terrifying but stylish and compassionate! Truly, horribly good." ( Mail on Sunday)
"Gripping, intelligent stuff." ( The Times)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Alex on 08-16-17

Unnecessarily graphic, poor narration, not a fave

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

it was ok - i got engrossed although I took a few breaks listening. I was quite annoyed with the unnecessary graphic description of sexual and physical torture. I am not squeamish but I found it did not add to the storyline at all. In fact, come to think of it, except for the graphic descriptions there wasn't much of a storyline to hold the interest.I much prefer other Val McDermid books I listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mermaids Singing?

can't say

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Saul Reichlin?

I like male narrators, but in this case I much prefer Cathleen McCarron. At the start I wasn't sure if I could stand the narrator but got somewhat used to him. He reads as if he is wading through syrup - so slow and so boring and sounding so old.

Could you see Mermaids Singing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I certainly wouldn't want to watch it!

Any additional comments?

Not a great start to the series - too graphic, too sexually explicit, boring narrator

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4 out of 5 stars
By S. Christie on 08-09-16

Good ( if a little too gory) book but terrible narration

Enjoyed this book, although I found the explicit sex scenes and graphic descriptions of torture a bit distasteful. The plot is good and the tension built dramatically , and pleasingly, throughout the book. The thing that spoiled this book for me, however, was the narrator. He didn't seem to have a grip of any regional accent, his Geordie accent sounded Welsh, and his Scottish accent was frankly appalling! His awful attempts ruined the story for me, and I found listening quite painful at times.

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4 out of 5 stars
By V. Thomson on 10-06-15

Fab story ruined by narrator.

What did you like most about Mermaids Singing?

Love this author and indeed the whole Tony Hill series. It's such a shame that this is ruined by the narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

Wrong narrator, not a lot of feeling in his voice or range come to that. Ruined it for me I'm afraid.

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17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Su on 01-08-18

Too disturbing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I cannot recommend it - the detective work, the interaction between the police and the profiler were really interesting - but the graphic descriptions of the torture were so awful that we had to stop listening. If we could have the police and detective work without the torture it would have been an excellent book.

Has Mermaids Singing put you off other books in this genre?

We listened to another book by Val McDermid some time ago and enjoyed it. This one was just too awful that we had to stop, so sadly we won't buy another of her books

Have you listened to any of Saul Reichlin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Have not listened to him before but he did read this book well

Did Mermaids Singing inspire you to do anything?

Yes - it inspired me to write a review as we disliked the book so much. A warning to others

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By clare on 02-19-17

now I am hooked

I was after a story with a female lead that was not a wet blanket, now I think i am in love with a new series !!!!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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