I received this book for free from Hoopla in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid
Length: 14 hours and 11 minutes
Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks Pages: 364
Narrator: Graham Roberts
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Val McDermid stunned readers and critics alike with the publication of her brilliant thriller, A PLACE OF EXECUTION, which was a finalist for the prestigious Edgar Award. Now, in THE MERMAIDS SINGING, she continues her trademark ingenuity for suspense, and introduces criminal profiler Tony Hill, who has spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But now he's become one of the hunted...
YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME...This was the summer he discovered what he wanted—at a gruesome museum of criminology far off the beaten track of more timid tourists. Visions of torture inspired his fantasies like a muse. It would prove so terribly fulfilling.
BUT THE NEXT TIME WOULD BE BETTER...The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim.
AND PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted. But as Hill confronts his own hidden demons, he must also come face-to-face with an evil so profound he may not have the courage—or the power—to stop it...
This is my version of all those from the TBR, or backlog list, etc. I don’t know who first started doing them but I wanted to put my own spin of it. One of my favorite television shows is Dead Files and I was thinking about it the day I got that AHA moment and Books From the Dead Piles was born. 🙂
This will be a review post about a book that has been sitting on my bookshelf or ebook and collecting dust and maybe even growing vines…lol. They are haunting me from the shelves or the inside of my ereader saying read me….READ ME! So I am trying to listen to them. It’s high time I review books from my own shelves for a change. So each month I will try and have one or two of these.
The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid
I have wanted to read this series by McDermid ever since I seen Wired in the Blood a series that was on Netflix (not sure if it’s still there) but it was about Tony Hill and Carol Jordan which are the duo in this series. Why is it we get books we really want to read and then just leave them sitting on the shelf?
This is a strange little read but then it is about a serial profiler who gets into the minds of the killers he is trying to catch. This is his first time getting to work with the police and Tony is excited about using his skills to catch a killer. Handy Andy as Tony has dubbed the killer the papers have called the Queer Killer is a very messed up individual. He also likes to play cat and mouse with the police, especially Tony Hill. He even kills a cop just to grab their attention. He does horrible things about it and at the end of each chapter we get a glimpse into the killer through what looks to be a journal of some sort.
My only real problem with this is I had no idea how the title to this book fit the story till I found out who the killer was and so I kept wondering about it. I think it should have been more like Siren Singing since they are the nasty buggers though I guess Mermaids are pretty mean too.
Tony Hill is a unique individual who is a little bit strange, he has a physical problem that prevents him from getting too close to woman. Though he likes Carol Jordan it just really doesn’t want to go there with her and would prefer to stay friends but it’s more he doesn’t want to have to confess his problem. He gets himself in a bit of trouble at the end and I soon started remembering this episode from the series.
Carol Jordan is a detective who is tough but she also has a soft spot and really feels drawn to Tony. She enjoys working with him and learning about what he does with profiling and is actually pretty good at it herself. They work well together.
I am really glad that I finally dusted this one off the shelf (even though I actually listened to the audio while following along in the book), I can now put it on my READ shelf. YAY! It was interesting and I am curious about checking out more in the series, I actually have another one on my shelf collecting dust. 😉 If you like books about serial killers and profilers then you might enjoy this one.
Graham Roberts did a really good job of narrating this one. It was my first time listening to him but I soon got wrapped up in his voice, though he didn’t do a lot of different voices but that never bothers me.
Audio rating: 4