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Summary

A dead girl lies on a blood-soaked mattress, her limbs spread in a parody of ecstasy. The scene matches a series of murders which ended with the conviction of Derek Tyler. But Tyler's been locked up in a mental institution for two years, barely speaking a word. Criminal psychologist Dr Tony Hill thinks this is not a copycat murder but something much stranger. Hill heads towards a terrifying face-off with one of the most perverse killers he has ever encountered….

©2002 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"No one compares to McDermid when it comes to the deviant side of human nature." ( Guardian)
"One of McDermid's finest, which is saying a lot." ( The Times)

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Disappointing on a number of Levels

I found this story weak and the narration did not work for me with Mr Reichlin failing to provide reasonable accents. It would have been preferable to have true northern and north east accents but better to have none than this half way house.

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Brilliant story, dreadful narration

What a shame about the narration. How did anyone think it was acceptable? His attempt at accents is embarrassing. Thankfully the story is absorbing but it will make me think twice about purchasing any more books this man reads!

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes although its a bit longwinded

What aspect of Saul Reichlin’s performance might you have changed?

His accents are a disaster, became quite annoying.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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Enjoyed this one

I enjoyed this fourth book in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, more than the previous three. I think I am getting used to the narrator, and his poor attempts at regional accents bothered me less than previously. This book has plenty of twists and turns and really keeps you guessing right up until the end. A little far fetched in places but I got past that and managed to ignore the silliest aspects which ( to me) stretched believability almost a little too far in places. Great read though. Looking forward to the fifth instalment

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In the reviews of the books in this series I am dismayed by how the narrator is put down.
I find it comforting to have the same narrator through a series of books and if occasionally the accent of a certain character isn't quite to everyone's taste I find a way past that. I enjoyed this series all the way through.
The narration is fine by me. Well done Saul!

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excellent story and narration

a brilliant story, extremely well read by Saul. highly recommend this author and narrator together

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Ruined by narrator

What made the experience of listening to The Torment of Others the most enjoyable?

The plots and story lines are great Val McDermid is an amazing author but the narrator really spoils it!! his geordie accent is atrocious and more welsh
I am really put off so am reverting to reading on my kindle now

What didn’t you like about Saul Reichlin’s performance?

his geordie accent is atrocious and more welsh
I am really put off so am reverting to reading on my kindle now

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A bit predictable

I felt this was a bit of a predictable story in some ways. The narrator still hasn't got his head around differentiating between the voices of the characters in the book - they all sound very similar and it makes picking the book up after a break very confusing (and even if you haven't had a break for that matter!!!)

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Excellent

Another brilliant instalment of the series - I know others comment on narrator but I personally like his tone and voices and it brings stories more to life - story is gripping and points in afew directions till near the end plus adding a sad death of a team member who I personally loved as part of stories and will be missed but adds that bit more unexpected twist x

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Another good one for Tony Hill fans

I suggest you ignore other reviews: this audio book is very good and superbly performed.

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  • 03-09-18

Why such brutal and devious attacks on women?

I am getting annoyed that there seems to be a race between crime fiction writers on who can come up with the most devious and revolting human behaviour. Generally, the violence is focused on women or children. Why? For me the engagement with a story comes from an interesting story line not through the most heinous crimes. Here we combine both prostitutes are killed in an upsetting way and we also hear about awful crimes against children. I nearly stopped right at the beginning - but kept listening reluctantly more because of inertia than any great hope that the story would develop into something worth listening. Disappointed with Val McDermid and last book by her I’ll listen to.