On a freezing morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in a cemetery. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood.
Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....
©2003 Val McDermid (P)2004 Recorded Books Inc
"A classic.… McDermid pulls out all the stops. Impeccable." (Guardian)
"A few more sly, old-fashioned whodunits like this and she’ll join the sturdy ranks of the queens of crime, on course to become Dame Val or Baroness McDermid." (Sunday Times)
"Val McDermid never fails."
Great writing with a very surprising ending. Audio was very good - nice voice - but some of the accents were a bit odd! Overall very enjoyable.
"A solid listen."
I really enjoyed this book. The narrator has a lovely tone and it works well with the story. Lots of twists to keep you interested.
Good book with engaging characters. Plenty of twists in the plot. Found some of the narration a bit banal and exaggerated for some of the characters. On the whole enjoyable. Not my favourite narrator.
"Wonderful novel which is so well narrated"
Loved this novel, like most I have read by this very talented author. This one was superbly narrated by Tom Cotcher. I loved the fact that the book, set in Fife where I grew up, was narrated by a Scot. Seemed to make the story all the more believable for me. Loved at the suspense and mystery that this novel creates and, surprisingly, I didn't see the final twist coming which improved this novels enjoyment for me. I have downloaded many of Val McDermid's novels, and almost all I have very much enjoyed. A recommended read.
I was excited to start this book, which has such glowing reviews, and is set in one of my favourite towns, but from the very start it was a huge disappointment, because it was all so very implausible. From the astounding good fortune that this entire bunch of likely lads should each land a place to study at St Andrews, to the ridiculously contrived flat share with a couple of Hooray Henrys who swan about in a Landrover (and apparently leave the car and the keys completely accessible when they go home for Christmas...how careless). Way too much outlandish circumstance added for the purpose of the plot, and caricatures rather than characters, and nobody really likeable. The relationships are shallow. The plot is flimsy. The narrator too added nothing for me. Although it is always good to have a Scottish narrator for Scottish accents, he made everyone sound like a boozy, cigarette smoking, middle aged man, apart from the English toffs, to whom he gave a stereotyped posh English accent that really grated.
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