The Torment of Others (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 4) Paperback – 24 May 2004
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- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007142897
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007142897
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins (24 May 2004)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
‘One of McDermid's finest, which is saying a lot' The Times
‘An especially taut and inventive thriller. This is McDermid on top form’ Daily Mail
'Serial killers are thankfully rare. It is a tribute to the power of Val McDermid's imagination that she made this one seem so believable' Daily Telegraph
'Complex, combative and nuanced' Express
‘No one compares to McDermid’ Guardian
'Val McDermid is an intelligent, supremely talented novelist and with this latest tale, she is writing at the height of her power. Utterly compelling' Glasgow Herald
About the Author
Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She divides her time between Northumberland and Cheshire.
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Neither of the two cases she has been given to solve are going to be easy. Two young boys have seemingly disappeared into thin air, presumably whisked away by a paedophile who is still at large and very dangerous. And a prostitute has been tortured and murdered by a sexual sadist with a very special MO – but the perp who fits the MO is already in custody and couldn’t possibly have done it.
The problem for Carol – and for McDermid – is which case should take priority. And if there is a weakness in this otherwise superbly plotted novel, that is it.
Psychological profiler, Tony Hill seems to be at a loss with both cases, though he starts to suspect that at least in one of the cases there may be a puppet master pulling their strings behind the scenes- and when one of their own fall victim, he is sure of it.
There is a definite imbalance between the emphasis given to the two cases which is not altogether resolved in the novel. Nonetheless this psychological thriller certainly delivers on thrills and a complex conclusion where success and failure are not so easily delineated.
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What I love about McDermid that sets her apart from all the generic cop writers is that she takes risks with her characters, and I mean big risks.
She isn’t afraid to mess with her two main characters and put them through the ringer and more.
What I love is that her characters have flaws, demons, backstories and some have big egos, but that’s what makes her characters interesting.
This story for me played itself out slowly, but I was still hooked knowing McDermid wouldn’t shy away from twists and violence.
A twist, graphic violence, but good solid writing.
The writing is micro detailed, but I love it. You get the feel of what’s going on, the sweat dripping, the inner thoughts, real drama playing out.
If you’re going on order (I’m re-reading the series) then you may notice the pace has slowed down, but McDermid can keep you hooked with personal relationships showing all the things we human beings do.
No cop is a clean sheet, and it shows. Damage can leave scars.
So, read on and enjoy it, because the next story, The Torment of Others is even better!
Thanks for reading.
Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan (#4)
Author: Val McDermid
Release Date: 1st May 2005
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You Buy, 2016 Prequel & Sequel challenge (2 points)
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*May contain minor spoilers for other books in the series.*
Having returned to policing after her undercover mission gone wrong, Carol Jordan is heading a serious crimes unit focusing on cold cases when there's nothing current on. Dr Tony Hill has tried to be an academic but realised it's not for him. Soon the two of them once again find themselves embroiled in the hunt for a killer in Bradfield, but this time it's not just Tony's demons they're having to fight behind the scenes.
I'll start off by saying that this was a re-read for me. I read the first four Tony Hill & Carol Jordan books back in my teens sometimes (so we're probably talking about 6-8 years ago). With the other two that I re-read recently (The Mermaids Singing & Wire in the Blood) I could remmeber the major twist, but with the Torment of Others I just kept pulling up blank. I could remember that there was one, and that it surprised me last time, but couldn't think what it was.
The Torment of Others kept me well and truely engaged and I didn't want to put it down once I'd started it. There's something about the characters that McDermid creates, as well as the mystery and suspense itself that just makes you want to keep reading.
Carol and Tony's relationship is the main thread linking the series together, and in this book they're probably the most honest they'd been with themselves about how they felt, but there was still more to it than that. Carol herself is still trying to move past the event of the previous book and that helps her grow as a character, whereas Tony has had his demons since the very beginning (but seems more at peace with them).
The murders are actually pretty gruesome (not sure what that says about McDermid's imagination!) and the events aren't sugar coated, just in case that would put anyone off. The whole book deals with the underground world of drugs, prositution and other crimes.
This was a really good read, the second time as well as the first, and I'm looking forward to reading on in the series, especially because now I have no idea what's coming at all!