The Skeleton RoadBook - 2014
A thrilling new stand-alone novel from one of the world's most celebrated crime writers proves that the past can never be hidden...
Val McDermid is the queen of psychological suspense and the #1 best-selling author of The Retribution, Cross and Burn and The Vanishing Point , among many others. Her newest masterpiece of suspense begins in present-day Edinburgh with the discovery of a skeleton in an apparently inaccessible Gothic pinnacle on a derelict school. Cold-case detective Karen Pirie is called in when investigations reveal this is no recent death. The stakes rise when unexpected connections to the Balkan wars are uncovered. When evil has no borders and the past refuses to stay in the past, everyone involved is placed into new and unforeseen danger.
Told with Val McDermid's signature brilliance and panache, The Skeleton Road is sure to have readers on the edge of their seats and glued to the pages long into the night.
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McDermid seems to reserve her best writing for the Tony Hill series of detective profiling books. She's capable of intricate sentences that control the pace of reading, and deeply felt, thrilling plots.
Not so with her other series and one-off books (although a few are excellent).
Skeleton Road could be described as a lazy effort. There is little plot here, and lots and lots of ponderous exposition through unconvincing dialog. The reader is told what to think. There is little narration, character development, or situations that support the themes.
The historic Serbo-Croatian conflict is given short shrift here, treated as a shallow background that's almost unnecessary since the killer could have done it out of jealousy. Too bad because I suspect something deeper could have been written if McDermid had made more of an effort.
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