The Devil's Feather

  • by Minette Walters
  • Narrated by Josephine Bailey
  • 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In each of her previous 10 critically acclaimed and hugely popular novels, Minette Walters has explored the dark terrain of the human psyche to give us thrillers of exceptional psychological complexity and suspense. Now, in The Devil's Feather, she gives us her most unexpected and electrifying novel yet. In 2002, five women are discovered barbarously murdered in Sierra Leone. Reuters Africa correspondent Connie Burns suspects a British mercenary: a man who seems to turn up in every war-torn corner of Africa, whose reputation for violence and brutality is well-founded and widely known. Connie's suspicions that he's using the chaos of war to act out sadistic, misogynistic fantasies fall on deaf ears -- but she's determined to expose him and his secret.
The consequences are devastating.
Connie encounters the man again in Baghdad, but almost immediately she's taken hostage. Released after three desperate days, terrified and traumatized by the experience -- fearing that she will never again be the person she once was -- Connie retreats to England. She is bent on protecting herself by withholding information about her abduction. But secluded in a remote rented house, where the jealously guarded history of her landlady's family seems to mirror her own fears, she knows that it is only a matter of time before her nightmares become real.
With its sinuous plot, its acutely drawn characters, and its blistering suspense, The Devil's Feather keeps us riveted from first to last.


What the Critics Say

"Masterful." (Kirkus)
"Agatha Christie with the gloves off." (Publishers Weekly)
"Walters successfully keeps the suspense high." (Library Journal)
"Walters really knows how to write convincing, ever-escalating psychological suspense." (Booklist)
"The story is so involving...that you hardly realize how skillfully Walters has worked her unifying theme into three intersecting plot lines." (The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Just Stunning!

This is a first rate, riveting psychological thriller. The writing is clear and evocative, the READER is absolutely wonderful with a delicate sly nuanced style perfect for this book. I love the main characters, the protaganist is believable and remarkable at the same time. If you like Nevada Barr or Lisa Scottoline you'll love this -- although this is somewhat better writing. If you like Ruth Rendell you'll love this -- although nobody writes better psychology or thrillers than she does.
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- Yennta

A big disappointment

I'm sorry to be the first one to write a review, because I've just given the book up after suffering through several hours. It's not that it's a bad book, it's just that the promotional material was misleading; I definitely didn't get what I thought I was paying for. The critic's review upon which I based my purchase consisted of many paragraphs about murders in Sierra Leone, the protagonist as a news corrrespondent who is abducted by terrorists in Iraq and then released... exactly my cup of tea. But what I got was -- a cup of cold tea! I got all of the above in only about a half-hour, then hours of insufferable English countryside and boring-compulsive small-village characters. I asked myself, "If I hang on for a little while longer, maybe it'll get interesting again." I decided it was too painful. Those listeners who love the suffocating English theme might well enjoy it. I obviously did not. The narrator was good, though! Too bad.
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- Melinda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-20-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio