Tony and Carol don’t know when Jacko will strike, or where. All they know is that Jacko will cause them to feel fear like they’ve never known.
First Line: Escapology was like magic.
Random Quote: Which incontrovertibly made Terry the man who knew too much. For him to reveal what he had done, to lay out the knowledge he possessed would the end of everything. That was something Vance couldn't allow to happen.
Review: Val McDermid is the mother of the British serial killer novel. These are not American serial killers with the typical plot, Mr. Big Handsome and Damaged Sherriff/Police Officer driving around in fast cars to save the heroine at the last minute with everyone scarred, but deeper for their experience. Not even close.
Val McDermid can write and has a bountiful imagination. She writes fully fleshed characters, including evildoers who do evil that you wouldn't imagine in your wildest nightmares. Her stand-alones are excellent, as are her series, my favorite of which are the Tony and Carol Jordan books. Beginning with The Mermaids Singing, there are seven in the series. My favorite is The Wire in the Blood (which is also a pretty good British TV series), but they're all excellent.
These books will shock you to your core, will keep you up reading late, and might give you nightmares.
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As a sidenote for anyone interested in reading LGBT books, Ms. McDermid is an out lesbian and treats things like sexual preference as normal within the working environment. Shocking, no? It just makes me love her more.
Publication Information: Atlantic Monthly Press, January 3, 2012
FTC Disclosure: Advance for review from Amazon Vine