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The brand new thriller from the award-winning crimewriter. 'Death is a hollow drum whose beat has measured out my adult life.' So writes Jay Macallan Stewart in her latest volume of memoirs. But nobody has ever asked whether that has been by accident or design. Nobody, that is, until Jay turns her sights on newly-wed and freshly-widowed Magda Newsam. For Magda's mother Corinna is an Oxford don who knows enough of Jay's history to be very afraid indeed...
©2010 Val McDermid (P)2011 WF Howes Ltd
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By Tei on 04-21-11

Very Disappointing

I was very disappointed by the novel and the choice of narrative voices. It's been some time since I read a McDermid and this felt like it could have been a first attempt at novel writing rather than that of an experienced writer. It was v simplistic and to be honest rather poorly edited. Given both the narrative voices were supposed to be of youngish women, I can't understand why the producer chose voices that sounded as if they belonged to over 50 women. All in all not good.

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By John on 04-16-11

Just So Disappointing

McDermid is one of my favourite crime writers who usually constructs a powerful and absorbing plot combined with credible characters. Sadly in this book she fails on the first and possibly on both counts.

This is largely a lesbian love story with what might turn out to be a good crime story hiding somewhere in the background.

I gave up after about three hours and that's the first time I've done that for years and the first time with one of her books ever.

As I said, a great disappointment.

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By Julie on 08-02-16

Great Story, Well Told, Well Read!

The narrator was fabulous, telling a complex, twisting & turning story. Well enjoyed! Val McDermid just gets better!

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