Don't miss the series that inspired the major ITV drama, Karen Pirie, starring Lauren Lyle - Still Life is the sixth Karen Pirie thriller
Read Val McDermid's masterful new novel, 1989, now and pre-order the eagerly awaited New Karen Pirie Thriller, publishing October 2023
'No one can tell a story like she can' Daily Express
'The queen of psychological thrillers' Irish Independent
'The bodies never stay buried forever . . .'
On a freezing winter morning, fishermen pull a body from the sea. It is quickly discovered that the dead man was the prime suspect in a decade-old investigation, when a prominent civil servant disappeared without trace. DCI Karen Pirie was the last detective to review the file and is drawn into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets.
But Karen is already grappling with another case, one with even more questions and fewer answers. A skeleton has been discovered in an abandoned campervan and all clues point to a killer who never faced justice - a killer who is still out there.
In her search for the truth, Karen uncovers a network of lies that has gone unchallenged for years. But lies and secrets can turn deadly when someone is determined to keep them hidden for good . . .
Praise for Val McDermid:
'Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . Unforgettable' Guardian
'Compulsively readable' Irish Times
'As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get' Sunday Express
'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail
'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review
Two stories in one
I enjoyed Still Life and I live Karen Pirie even if I don’t agree with her politics. McDiarmid creates a three dimensional character who’s appealing and authentic. Sometimes felt the two tales were too much for one book and we didn’t get close as readers to any of the protagonists in the campervan story. The Auld murder was satisfyingly detailed though I did wonder at the chances of the couple being unrecognized for ten years. Still my disbelief remained firmly suspended and lots of scenes- the Mint’s rescue and Auld’s interrogation were gripping.