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A dead girl lies on a blood-soaked mattress, her limbs spread in a parody of ecstasy. The scene matches a series of murders which ended with the conviction of Derek Tyler. But Tyler's been locked up in a mental institution for two years, barely speaking a word. Criminal psychologist Dr Tony Hill thinks this is not a copycat murder but something much stranger. Hill heads towards a terrifying face-off with one of the most perverse killers he has ever encountered….
©2002 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"No one compares to McDermid when it comes to the deviant side of human nature." ( Guardian)
"One of McDermid's finest, which is saying a lot." ( The Times)
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By S. Christie on 08-17-16

Enjoyed this one

I enjoyed this fourth book in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, more than the previous three. I think I am getting used to the narrator, and his poor attempts at regional accents bothered me less than previously. This book has plenty of twists and turns and really keeps you guessing right up until the end. A little far fetched in places but I got past that and managed to ignore the silliest aspects which ( to me) stretched believability almost a little too far in places. Great read though. Looking forward to the fifth instalment

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By Donna Payne on 06-28-16

Disappointing on a number of Levels

I found this story weak and the narration did not work for me with Mr Reichlin failing to provide reasonable accents. It would have been preferable to have true northern and north east accents but better to have none than this half way house.

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By Sergiu Pobereznic (author) on 09-14-15

Won't dissapoint

I have heard the name Val McDermid for many years now and I just took the leap for the first time. I am glad that I did.
For the crime and psychological thriller genre, this is good writing.
Terse and fast paced as expected. The characters are well drawn, and the story easy to follow about someone's thrill for tormenting others as the title suggests.
The way it is told, it feels as though you are part of the solving process rather than watching someone do the solving. That was most interesting for me.
At times it was quite perverse and chilling, which is to be expected, but I felt that some sections didn't take the full opportunity to create suspense. Hence the 4 stars.
But this was an otherwise good novel that won't disappoint.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)

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By clare on 03-17-17

great progression

this story ties up the bomb shell ending of the last book, while forging new ground. can not wait to see (hear) where it goes next

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