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Insidious Intent

Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 10
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, Book 10
Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
4 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Number one best seller Val McDermid returns with her suspenseful new novel featuring two of the most iconic characters in crime fiction: Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.

In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: someone is luring the women away, only to leave the victims' bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Tony and Carol are called upon to investigate, but this may be the toughest case they've ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner, Elinor, must deal with a cruel cyber blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.

Impeccably plotted and intensely gripping, Insidious Intent reaffirms Val McDermid's place as Britain's best loved crime writer. This is the anticipated tenth instalment in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.

©2017 Val McDermid (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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"McDermid remains unrivalled." ( The Observer)

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Furious at ending. Gypped.

I know the author has requested no spoilers in reviews as I also have the book and I won’t provide spoilers but I think the ending is pathetic. I think, considering the journey that we have taken with Tony & Carol, this ending is pathetic. It’s a cop out, it’s hurried as if the author hit her word limit & had to quickly tidy things up. Over all I am not at all happy with the ending.

The story was great up to the last chapter & epilogue.

For those like myself who have invested our time & enjoyment for this series, the ending is a slap in the face.

Shame Val. Shame.

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Such potential. Discarded in an implausible end.

I was riveted initially. Love Val McDermid"s use of language and her very full portrayal of characters. That's part of the art, isn't it? We get to know and care about the characters.
Then at the final hour we're asked to believe the unbelievable. No spoiler alert but while the whole novel impelled me to want success for the REMIT team, I was left instead with an incredible proposition about the lead detective. And an even more disappointing and equally unbelievable set of actions by Tony Hill. Come on Val. Your readers deserve more.

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Disappointing

Having read and enjoyed books written by Val McDermid and being a fan of Wire in the Blood I was looking forward to this book. I was so disappointed!
The book is set in the north of England and I imagined some of the characters being northerners as they were in the television series. The narrator was awful, totally wrong for this book. As the main characters are female it would have been more effective having a female narrator.
I thought the actual storyline was pretty boring.
As a northener myself I will not be listening to Saul Reichlin reading Tony Hill and Carol Jordan books again it is too painful!

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  • Deb
  • 27-09-2017

Good Story

This was a great book but the narrator made a hash job of the accents and female voices. This was a big distraction from the plot.

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Awesome

It has been worth the wait for this 10th book in the Carol Jordan and Tony Hill series.
Val McDermid is Supreme. This audio book is written by my favourite author and read by my favourite narrator, I have thoroughly enjoyed the roller coaster ride of this book and the series. I hope it isn't the end of the line for Carol, Tony or any of the RMIT team.

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total rubbish, zero rating

the narration was absolute garbish and the plot, storyline sounded as if it was written by a 3yo child.

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Heartwrenching!

I've read this series for so long that the characters feel real and I guess that's the sign of a great writer. I'm not sure if it was the authors intention but I constantly seem to be angry at the Carol Jordan character. Love it and looking forward to the next one. would hate this series to end.

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Reminds me of A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens

There are a few positives from the very unhappy ending of this book. These include:
Carol resisted giving in to her alcohol addiction despite her woes.
Maybe Tony and Carol can finally work out their relationship problems and
Maybe there is a way that they can continue to be an effective, but different crime busting team as well as a couple.
I hope that this series is not going to end here. Please do not disappoint your fans Val.

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The ending spoiled this book

So much angst and navel gazing can be very tiring and by the end of this book I was ready to kill both Tony Hill and Carol Jordan myself. The ending was ridiculous and so unnecessary in line with the events which would have resolved the murders. The murder plot itself was clever and the book would have stood quite well without the self-indulgent dramatics from the lead characters. Very disappointing.

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Awful narration! Such a pity

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I really tried hard to listen to this audiobook as the story was good but the narration made it impossible to enjoy. The elderly male narrator failed to capture the essence of a tale set in Northern England. The incongruence made this book frustrating and disappointing.

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  • Carla C. Galeano Ferreyra
  • 16-01-2018

WTF?!?! Is all I can say...

Not really annoyed with the ending... crazy and needless as it sounds... but I’m disappointed with the way Carol’s story was told. She was unstable, neurotic, fearful and that’s fine but most of all she was so full of herself that she thought the ending was the only way to get the guy... she was sure noone else in the world would be able to catch him and if she was out of the force it would mean he would keep killing... that was not the Carol I’ve been reading about for years. What happened at the end was the natural reaction of Tony and more predictable than the writer intended it to be...

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  • Claire E.
  • 20-12-2017

McDermid at her best

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Crime fiction at its best.

What did you like best about this story?

Brilliant return of great characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yep - time allowing would have :)

Any additional comments?

Possibly racist voice recording - polite request for better for Stacey Chen next time.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 26-08-2017

Disappointed by this

I am a huge fan of this series and am seriously wondering whether this was actually written by Val McDermid or if it is actually a huge joke. All I got from this story was woe and misery from Carol who does very little in this story except bemoan how she is responsible for SO MANY deaths and how she cannot let that happen again.
I must not forget the brief interlude with Torin and his own woes, that was also rather ludicrous in that we are shown rather crudely, just how easily Carol's 'crack' team will break the rules to further their own ends (not that I disapprove, far from it, I'm all for getting the job done, but it's far from believable) .
As for the ending, well, it was all very abrupt, rather stupid and definitely unnecessary (as Paula's presence could have totally changed the outcome) .
Overall I was dissatisfied and unhappy with this book.
I may be biased by my dislike of Saul Reichlin's narration but I would not recommend this book to anyone, it is not Val's best.

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  • Dr. J. Crawford
  • 22-12-2017

Very Silly

Fairly run of the mill Val McDermid plot featuring the much vaunted detective Carol Jordan and the increasingly pathetic Tony Hill. Jordan is supposedly an ace detective but seems to spend most of the time wallowing in self pity while her crew do the brain work. Tony profiles the baddy but although most of what he comes up with turns out to be correct he actually contributes very little to solving the crime. The plot is standard serial killer stuff. The ending is ludicrous and may signal the end of the series. Maybe not.
As ever the book is read by the unbelievably bad Saul Reichlin who has serially murdered the earlier books and has excelled himself here. As ever me makes Tony sound like a frail ninety year old. He doesn’t do accents and all the characters sound like parodies of Alan Benett or escapees from a Hovis ad.

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  • Sue
  • 01-09-2017

Not Up To The Usual McDermid Standard

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending - I feel it wasn't very believable.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration was rather dull. The narrator made most people sound like they were in their 60's and his scouse accent was absolutely appalling.

Was Insidious Intent worth the listening time?

The first three quarters of the book definitely were, the last quarter not so.

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  • Judith
  • 29-08-2017

Not one of the best

What would have made Insidious Intent better?

A more intricate and faster paced plot as is more usual in this series. Less repetition of just how many deaths Carol feels responsible for and sharper dialogue between her and Tony. Less meaningless plot lines which felt as if they were there to make up the word count.

Has Insidious Intent put you off other books in this genre?

No.

How could the performance have been better?

I think it's a personal preference for or not for this narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Insidious Intent?

Everything from the point at which Carol makes her terrible decision and out of character decision. I don't want to give it away to people who haven't listened to this yet.

Any additional comments?

I was left feeling dissatisfied and disappointed.

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  • Derek
  • 29-08-2017

McDermid Jumps the Shark

Sad to say this book is totally disappointing.
Carol Jordan’s constant angst and moral self flagellation is really tedious, all the ‘blood on my hands’ wailing, for crying out loud get a grip! It started to get irritating in previous books, but really peaks here leading to a totally amateurish climax. Thought better of McDermid to be honest.
In terms of the story, the premise is okay, and it starts well but gets more and more stupid as it progresses. So many areas you have to suspend disbelief, for the record, you can’t pick a mortice lock with a standard lock pick set, a bit of actual research would have told that to the author, she could have even used her own youtube reference to get that nugget, perhaps small detail but maybe an indication that the series and writer has perhaps gone as far she can.
Reichlin’s voices leave something to be desired, his teenagers sound like old men.
The side story with Paula could have had legs just stretched credibility to unbelievable proportions, but less so than the conclusion.
If you are a fan of the series, my advice is quit with ‘Splinter the Silence’.

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  • Mrs
  • 01-09-2017

Not impressed

This is the first book I have listened to in this series and it will be the last. Flat, predictable characters, far fetched plot and dreadful narration. Sorry but it's a real disappointment.

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  • J D
  • 12-11-2018

Not up to her usual standard

This was a waste of a credit. The narrator is dreadful and the story is not much better, what a letdown.

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  • S. Hunt
  • 24-10-2017

hmmmm

Having listened to the entire sequence, this is the only one I wish I hadn't

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  • GARRY BELSON
  • 28-08-2017

bad end

good story not ended properly ended to soon and not told how it all ended

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  • Bernie - Chorley
  • 27-08-2017

Brilliant!

Val McDermid never disappoints. An excellent continuation of the Carol Jordan and Tony Hill series. I have read all the previous books and this is the first time I have listened to a Val McDermid. Very disappointing narration. Everyone sounded like an elderly person. All the accents were the same and very little distinction between characters. I was waiting for the narrator to say "Mr Kipling Makes Exceedingly Good Cakes"! It was that type of elderly gentlemans voice.
The story, however, was good with a great twist at the end. Fans of Carol and Tony books won't be disappointed, but perhaps it would be better to read rather than listen. I will not be listening to this narrator again.

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