This hearty sized book is the 8th in a line of Tony Hill crime mysteries and they aren't losing steam yet. Serial killer books make me queasy and in all honesty I prefer not to read them - and this one didn't change that fact. The chapters involving the actual killer gave me the complete "heebes"..... but that's also the sign of good writing.
On the other hand, the characters themselves were full and alive so even if you don't enjoy the frightening chapters, you stick with the book to find out what happens to them and their lives.
That's good writing.
Cross and Burn
Atlantic Monthly Press (October 22, 2013)
Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid’s work speaks for
itself: her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, won numerous
accolades, and attracted a devoted following of readers around the
globe. Her latest, Cross and Burn, picks up where The Retribution
left off: following the best crime-fighting team in the UK—clinical
psychologist Tony Hill and police detective Carol Jordan—who when we
last saw them were barely speaking, and whose relationship will now be
challenged even further.
Guilt and grief have driven a wedge
between long time crime-fighting partners psychologist Tony Hill and
ex-DCI Carol Jordan. But just because they're not talking doesn't mean
the killing stops.
Someone is killing women. Women who bear an
unsettling resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to
point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only
possible answer. Cornered by events, Tony and Carol are forced to fight
for themselves and each other as never before.
An edge-of-your-seat page-turner from one of the best crime writers we have, Cross and Burn is a chilling, unforgettable read.