Young girls are disappearing around the country, and there is nothing to connect them to one another. Dr Tony Hill sets his team an exercise: they are given the details and asked to discover links between the cases. Only one officer comes up with a theory that is ridiculed...until one of their own is murdered.
For Tony Hill the murder becomes a matter for personal revenge, and, joined by colleague Carol Jordan, he embarks on a game where hunter and hunted can all too easily be reversed.
©1997 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"A deliciously gruesome serial killer thriller. Ms McDermid finds new ways to shock and revolt us." (New York Times)
"Val McDermid is an accomplished storyteller, and this scary, fast-moving tale is engrossing." (Daily Telegraph)
"What would the police force do without Tony Hill"
What drew me to listening to an audio of Wire in the Blood was my love of the TV series starring Robson Green. I recently read one of Val Dermid’s books, which made me want to download more in the series. I hated the narrator and it took me some time to focus on the story, Saul Reichlin voice is too old and perhaps a little like he is doing a stage play; his female voices are meek and irritating. The story line in the beginning is a little too detailed however builds so you don't want to stop listening, however both in this book and the one I read it in somewhat fizzles out. However on saying that worth a listen and I will be listening to more in the series, unfortunately they appear to all be narrated by Saul Reichlin.
Narrator's character accents were awful, everyone seemed to be Scottish and all females sounded the same. Difficult to tell the different characters apart.
"Cracking story, somewhat wasted by poor narrator."
I enjoyed this story but the narrator was pretty awful. His attempts at accents are pitiful and really he shouldn't bother trying, just tell it straight. Also all the female characters came across as breathless and girly, more like Mills and boon than a murder story.
"Good book, not keen on the narrator."
I liked this book and the series, but the narration puts me off. All the women sound silly and breathy, I always imagined Carol as a strong intelligent woman and the narrator manages to make her sound a bit daft. He also turns Tony Hill into Obe Wan Kinobe, which just makes me laugh. I'll stick with the series as I enjoyed the books, but I wish someone else was reading it!
Although I had seen this story on TV I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.
"Wire in the Blood"
Gripping novel. Impossible to stop listening. I've been an audible member for years and this is in the top five of my audible downloads. Thankfully, with my iPhone and headphones I can still listen while working at mind-numbing chores around the house or listen while driving so little things like paid work and sleep don't slow me down too much!
"Good story but poor narrator"
Saul Reichlin isn't my favourite narrator, and I think I would have enjoyed this book much more if it had been narrated by another person. His poor attempts that accents make me cringe, and , for me, this detracts from my enjoyment of the novel. The story is good but I felt it was a little drawn out and it took four or five hours before I really felt it had gripped me, and that I was immersed in the plot.
"gripped till end amazing"
A story that I couldn't wait to get back to as fast as possible exhausted
very good story well-written and read.
a must read for anyone enjoying crime.or serial killer books
"I gave this a chance but just didn't like it"
I don't think that I can go around again. The characters were so thin and some really unrealistic behaviour. There was no tension in the story and it was probably 4-6 hours longer than it should have been. Saul Reichlin is my least favourite narrator, everyone sounds like a grumpy old man, the female voices are terrible and the cadence clunky. It is difficult to pick up the end of a chapter and change of scene.
I am going to go back through the Virgil Flowers series. John Sandford is my favourite crie author, if i need a hit of UK work I will stick to Ian Rankin and Peter May.
I will actively avoid them.
The first novel in the series was ok but this was just terrible sorry.
Just because they put it on tv doesn't mean it is good :-)
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