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The Skeleton Road

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    Val McDermid(Author)

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When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen's investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a world of intrigue and betrayal, spanning the dark days of the Balkan Wars.

Karen's search for answers brings her to a small village in Croatia, a place scarred by fear, where people have endured unspeakable acts of violence. Meanwhile, someone is taking the law into their own hands in the name of justice and revenge -- but when present resentment collides with secrets of the past, the truth is more shocking than anyone could have imagined . . .

Atmospheric, spine-chilling and brimming with intrigue and suspense, this is Val McDermid's richest and most accomplished psychological thriller to date.

The book is gripping, thought-provoking and original - a tour de force (Literary Review)A tense, intelligent and unusual thriller (Sunday Mirror)The Skeleton Road is McDermid back to doing what she does best: dispensing utterly riveting crime fiction...the real coup of the book is new detective Karen Pirie, who joins McDermid's well-stocked gallery of distinctive characters (Daily Express)An intriguing mystery to thrill whodunit fans (Bella)A gripping read (Good Housekeeping)With considerable skill, McDermid juggles serious themes with great assurance, and there are set pieces that are as good as anything she has written (Independent)Once again McDermid delivers a faultless performance (The Times)Atmospheric and chillingly disturbing (Irish Independent)

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  • PDF | 416 pages
  • Val McDermid(Author)
  • Little, Brown (11 Sept. 2014)
  • English
  • 8
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

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  • By Kindle Customer on 12 September 2016

    I love Val McDermid books, they are so gripping and I can't put them down til the end but this book I couldn't even pick up! It's long winded, with lots of boring details I really wasn't interested in and the same goes for the characters. Nobody really stuck out, good or bad. Is it her social conscience that made her write this? I really don't know but she shouldn't have bothered, whatever the reason. I'm so disappointed in this book I never even finished it. Who dunnit? Dunno and don't care!

  • By Joanna Brewis on 18 March 2016

    I'm a huge Val McDermid fan, but when I read this the first time I wasn't very taken. However, second time around I liked it better. A complex storyline that veers between the atrocities of the Balkans conflict in the early 1990s and the present day reintroduces us to Karen Pirie from an earlier McDermid book, although my memory fails me as to which one. Anyway the plot revolves around the search for Mitja Petrovic, a former Croatian general, and focuses heavily on his (former?) partner, Oxford professor Maggie Blake. The twist does work, and then there's another one, just to keep us guessing. The book then ends on a tragic note (and there's already been some really distressing parts). All in all, I am keen to see what McDermid does with Pirie next: she's very likeable and I really hope this isn't the end of her particular story. Nonetheless, the book does drag in parts and it's not the best this hugely talented storyteller has produced.

  • By AG on 21 August 2017

    The initial idea was interesting, a skeleton found in a deserted building, but all the political Balkan war back story felt rather laboured and the diary/ book extracts felt more like filler. I found myself skipping over them in order to get on with the story.

  • By Celia D on 10 May 2015

    Wonderfully crafted book that has all the elements working for and with each other; a plot line that goes way beyond a detective novel interwoven with insights into a modern European conflict that gives unrelenting glimpses of the conflict in factual, political and personal levels, as a detective novel- unputdownable, as a novel- thought provoking. Recommend to all who appreciate these qualities in one of our finest modern writers

  • By Mrs. May T. Macdonald on 27 April 2017

    The most recent conflict in the Balkans as well as the descriptions of the areas in which the story was set had been well researched, making it seem very credible and gripping throughout. An intelligent and thoughtful approach to the relationships between the different characters made it an absorbing and enjoyable read

  • By julie best on 21 July 2017

    Good book but glad I'd read all the Carol Jordan and tony hill books first. This is where Val Mc Dermid excels.

  • By Guest on 14 September 2017

    Disappointing in that the plot was so basic and relatively easy to work out so early in the book. I expected better!

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