The Skeleton Road

The Skeleton Road

eBook - 2014
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A thrilling new novel from one of the world's most celebrated crime writers proves that the past can never stay buried' Val McDermid is the queen of psychological suspense and the #1 bestselling author of The Retribution, Cross and Burn and The Vanishing Point, among many others. Her newest masterpiece of suspense begins in Edinburgh with the discovery of a skeleton. Investigators are shocked to find this is not the result of a recent crime but in fact a death that has remained hidden and unknown for several decades. The stakes rise when unexpected connections to the Croatian military 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. Praise for Val McDermid "She's the best we've got." 'New York Times "Val McDermid has become our leading pathologist of everyday evil. . . . The subtle orchestration of terror is masterful." 'The Guardian "One of the world's leading mystery writers . . . Thomas Harris crossed with Agatha Christie, if you will... a great read." 'Observer.
Publisher: London :, Little, Brown,, 2014
ISBN: 9781443431323
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jun 01, 2016

I wish I knew more about the history of the Balkan conflicts...that really would have enriched my experience reading this novel, but I enjoy reading Val McDermid so I guess that's really a secondary point. I am not a great reader of crime/mysery fiction, but I like Val McDermid because with her, you always get good solid characters, and a logical process of investigation and resolution. This may not have been her best, or most stand-out book, but I am happy with it. Satisfying and well-executed.

Feb 04, 2016

This was one of the most depressing novels I have ever read! There were numerous times I almost gave up on it. One of the reasons I kept reading was to find out more about the history of the conflicts in the Balkans (of which I was sadly ignorant). To be honest, I would have been better off reading a non-fiction book to find out that information. I thought this novel portrays only the worst of humankind. Depressing, depressing, and depressing.

The actual murder investigation was entirely predictable. I knew with certainty who the murderer was very early in the story. I only needed to find out the "why". I will acknowledge that Val McDermid writes well technically - perhaps one day I will try another of her stories to give them a second chance.

Mar 02, 2015

Not your typical McDermid offering which may disappoint some. Writing more low key and character-driven. Good to see a favourite author evolving. Definitely not same old. Interesting..........

Feb 24, 2015

I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as I've enjoyed her novels about Tony Hill the psychologist. This had an interesting plot, but for me it wasn't a real page-turner.

Jan 25, 2015

The Skeleton Road is an impressive read. I learned a great deal along the way with all the ins and outs between detecting,spooks, diplomacy and academia from Scotland to Eastern Europe via Oxford and back.Fascinating.

Dec 16, 2014

May want to review A darker domain-first Pirie novel by McDermid


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May 17, 2016

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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