Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £17.38

Buy Now for £17.38

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

The seventh book in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.

There is one serial killer who has shaped and defined police profiler Tony Hill's life. One serial killer whose evil surpasses all others. One serial killer who has the power to chill him to the bone: Jacko Vance.

And now Jacko is back in Tony's life. Even more twisted and cunning than ever before, he is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony - and DCI Carol Jordan - for the years he has spent in prison.

Tony doesn't know when Jacko will strike, or where. All he knows is that Jacko will cause him to feel fear like he has never known before - and devastate his life in ways he cannot imagine...

©2011 Val McDermid (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Brilliant...sensational...unforgettable." (Guardian)

"The queen of crime is still at the top of her game." (Independent)

What listeners say about The Retribution

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    922
  • 4 Stars
    389
  • 3 Stars
    130
  • 2 Stars
    35
  • 1 Stars
    18
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    789
  • 4 Stars
    277
  • 3 Stars
    114
  • 2 Stars
    31
  • 1 Stars
    26
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    786
  • 4 Stars
    302
  • 3 Stars
    100
  • 2 Stars
    30
  • 1 Stars
    19

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent listen

A couldn't stop listening title! I was listening to it constantly to the annoyance of my children! It was gripping, well written and narrated. I have never listened to or read any others in this series although I had watched the TV series and only bought it because it was on offer. It turned out to be a much better choice than my chosen title

24 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Mesmerising

As usual, Val McDermid piles on the agony and manages to keep you guessing. The sudden ending stopped me in my tracks. It is a very sombre book overall, and leaves one hoping for a little more compassion for poor old Tony next time around! I have to say that I think the narrator, although good at the narrative parts, fell down when it came to the voices of the characters. Carol in particular sounded like a gruff, asthmatic middle aged man.

20 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Grisly and vile

As in many in this series McDermid goes far into the realms of vile murderous acts. This story should carry a warning.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

excellent

I have read all of Val McDermids books - they are all brilliant but this one is her best yet - I was gripped from start to finish - well recommend this one - my only regret was when I finished it.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Gripping Thriller

Val McDermid does not let her fans down in the latest Carol Jordan and Tony Hill thriller. It is well written, gripping and I couldn't stop listening. The narrator does a good job and has a great voice for the relentlessly grim nature of this book. Not sure if his character voices are completely convincing but I did get used to that. I do have a few issues that have stopped me giving this 5 stars- found the two different storylines slightly disjointed and wasn't happy with the development of Carol and Tony's relationship. Despite this, a highly recommended listen

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Narrator kills the book

I'm about 2/3rds through this one but I'm giving up because I can't stand listening to the narrator. I have heard him before, narrating South African author Deon Meyer's books and although I found it torture, I could at least understand the rationale behind using him to narrate a South African book.
But why on earth use someone with such a heavy SA accent to narrate a book set in England?
His female voices, in particular, are horrible.

19 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Gripping!

It was great to take another mindtrip into the tortuous brain of Jacko Vance as the team struggle to stop him on his rampage. Fast-paced, lots of twists and turns, everything that I would expect from a Tony Hill book by this author. True, no happy endings (yet), but I continue to hope! It had me listening at every opportunity!

16 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Mundane at Best

from beginning to end I didn't know whether to ask for my money back or just plough on and get it over and done with. In the end I was lazy and stuck with it. The storyline was not only far fetched but quite silly to boot. The plot was weak and the narrator was the wrong choice for the book. I could go on but I'm going to stop there as I hate being negative, it feels wrong, unfortunately so did the book!

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

As good as expected

I like Val's work anyway, but this is an exciting story with some twists and turns along the way leading to the nail biting end. You know in your head that the heroes will survive but you get so involved that your heart fears they won't.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic

The best yet....please churn another Tony Hill book soon, Val. I am hooked! Saul Reichlin is the best narrator...better than Vari Sylvester (sorry Vari)

6 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for derek sullvan
  • derek sullvan
  • 05-07-18

Extremely disappointing

There were a number of occasions when I wanted to send this book back. I have read many of her books and watched all of the series regarding Tony Hill. This is the first book I’ve been disappointed with. The two parallel plots were unconnected and therefore the second plot involving the working girl killer was pointless. It didn’t have a successful ending either. Just came to a grinding halt.

The author spends an inordinate amount of time going into the psychological backgrounds of too many lesser characters. The hunt for Vance didn’t really have any impetus. It wasn’t dynamic. It didn’t have you page turning. Of course I wanted Vance to get his just desserts which was the only reason I got to the end. I don’t think he did get his true punishment. That would have been Carole arresting him and seeing him go down. For Tony’s mother to see Vance off was a poor ending.

Regards the narration. All the different characters had the same voice. There was no feeling of a new character or a female character. Ive read a number of Michael Connely books and the narrator manages to distinguish between male and female characters without talking in a high pitch voice. He does it with texture of voice. This narrator was all harsh voices.

I also got pretty tired of the sexuality angle being in so many characters within the book. I am not being anti here, I just think it was overkill and was the authors own personna being portrayed too often.

I couldn’t wait to finish the book but I was a really dull ending.

First book from 7 I’ve sent back.