In the Peak District village of Scarsdale, 13-year-old girls didn’t just run away. So when Alison Carter vanished in the winter of '63, everyone knew it was a murder.
Catherine Heathcote remembers the case well - a child herself when Alison vanished. Now a journalist, she persuades DI George Bennett to speak of the hunt for Alison. But when a fresh lead emerges, Bennett tries to stop the story - plunging Catherine into a world of buried secrets and revelations.
©2001 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
The author is a legend and this is more evidence of their greatness. The narrator has done a spectacular job of bringing the story to life ....and the story, well, I think you should give it a listen.
I would try another book by Val McDermid as the story jogged along quite well, although I had worked out the twist really early on. However, I found the narration a bit hurried.
the story being set in 2 time frames was good, particularly as the earliest time frame brought back many memories of my youth. the least interesting was that the reveal was pretty obvious very early on.
The narration sounded to hurried.
"Another great book from Val"
I haven't read the book but cannot fault my enjoyment of the audio reading. As with all of this author's books you are quickly gripped by the story and whisked away. The characters are well written and have great 'human' flaws. I would recommend to any reader of this genre as it is a cracking story and well worth trying a Val McDermid book.
"enjoyed lots of it a bit & bits of it a lot!"
'bear with the first 1/3 or so of this one..I found it slow & one-dimensional & uninteresting. After that though, McDermid gets into gear & things do become interesting! I'd recommend.
PS- from very early the 'whodunnit' in this story is obvious but that's ok - it's intriguing to sit back & listen to McDermid's plot.
"Good book overall"
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Excellent narration and some great twists. Especially liked the way it combined real events into the story.
Have never listened to anything by this author before but I will now.
I loved the details- I could see and feel the dales as I was listening
"A great book"
I really enjoyed this - a great twist to bring it forward in time. The characters were excellent and I felt great empathy with them.
"excellent ... just what I expect from Val McDermid"
an excellent plot with indepth characters...my only disappointment was I guessed what was happening early on in the story...but it was good to be proved right too! Perhaps I should turn detective! The narration was spot on - Definitely worth the listen...you won't be disappointed
"Great first read !"
In the distant future I'd read it again.
Very good narration, good voice.
It was a griping book, couldn't stop listening to it !
This is the first Val Mcdermid book I've bought, although I have seen all of the Tony Hill dramas on TV. It was an excellent story, I will be buying more of her books in the near future, can't wait to get another one !
Very well crafted and sensitively performed! Could not put it down and would listen to another book by author! Also enjoyed the reading very much, moving at a good pace but not hurried or without empathy!
All round excellent!
"Another Val McDermid masterpiece"
Fantastic story. Couldn't put it down. Think Val McDermid is a genius. Thanks to her.
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