Val McDermid stunned readers and critics alike with the publication of her brilliant thriller A Place Of Execution, which won the Anthony, McCavity, and the Los Angeles Times awards. Now in The Wire In The Blood, she continues her trademark ingenuity for suspense as criminal profiler Tony Hill must find a killer like none other he's ever encountered before...
Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. Authorities are convinced they're runaways with just the bad luck of the draw to connect them. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find...
He's handsome and talented, rich and famous -- a notorious charmer with the power to seduce. And the will to destroy. No one can believe what he's capable of. No one can imagine what he's already done. And no one can fathom what he's about to do next. Until one of Hill's students is murdered -- the first move in a sick and violent game for three players. Now, of all the killers Hill and Jordan have hunted, none has been so ruthless, so terrifyingly clever, and so brilliantly elusive as the killer who's hunting them...
A thriller that isn't.
A mystery that has no mystery! I love the TV series and was looking forward to reading this book but was disappointed. It is a decent read but has no mystery, you know who "dunit" right from almost the very beginning. Also, the book fails to provide the same suspense and tension the TV show does for this story. The TV show has mystery and suspense when the book, sadly, doesn't.
The tension between Dr Hill and Carol Jordan is not as strong either. In fact, their relationship reads as being more professional and less intimate as the TV show makes it out. I feel that that reduces a lot of the intenseness of their relationship and makes it much less pleasing.
Val McDermid is a good storyteller and this book is not terrible, it just isn't what I had hoped it would be. Most times the movies or TV shows don't do books justice but in this case the TV show bettered the book. Again, it is a good read but if you are looking for a story like "Wire in the Blood" the show then be warned, this isn't it.