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Trick of the DarkEPUB Trick Of The Dark Val McDermid Federicoscridel.eu Death Is A Hollow Drum Whose Beat Has Measured Out My Adult Life So Writes Jay Macallan Stewart In Her Latest Volume Of Memoirs But Nobody Has Ever Asked Whether That Has Been By Accident Or Design Nobody, That Is, Until Jay Turns Her Sights On Newly Wed And Freshly Widowed Magda Newsam For Magda S Mother Corinna Is An Oxford Don Who Knows Enough Of Jay S History To Be Very Afraid Indeed Determined To Protect Her Daughter, Corinna Turns To Clinical Psychologist Charlie Flint But As Charlie Digs Into The Past And Its Trail Of Bodies She Starts To Realise The Price Of Truth May Be Than She Wants To Pay.

Val McDermid is a No 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the recipient of the CWA Cart

10 thoughts on “Trick of the Dark

  1. says:

    My mother disappeared when I was sixteen It was the best thing that could have happened to me.When I say that out loud, people look at me out if the corners of their eyes, as if I ve transgressed some fundamental taboo But it s the truth I m not hiding some complicated grief reaction.My mother disappeared when I was sixteen The guards had walked away from the prison leaving the door unlocked And I emerged blinking into the sunlight I wanted to keep this book for a while and read it when I needed a solid mystery to delve in and occupy my mind for a spell when I needed something dependable.But just looking at the fabulous cover of the paperback edition made me twitch This is only my fourth McDermid I am quickly becoming a fan and a short way into the story of disgraced psychiatrist Charlie Flint I got the impression that this book is different Just a short way into this book I began to wonder if McDermid had an agenda which she wanted the characters in the book to play out.Trick of the Dark is centred on a mothers suspicion that her daughter is being seduced by a woman of dubious character or rather one with a dubious past There is no police wor...

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    Now I could be extra harsh and just give you the review of this that I gave to my girlfriend Too many lesbians, not enough murder, but that would sell it short somewhat and make me sound a little bigoted Nevertheless I was disappointed by Trick of the Dark primarily because the story seemed so tame and rather slow, not up to the standards I would expect from McDermid A man is killed on his wedding day, seemingly bludgeoned and drowned by his two business partners Later the victims prospective mother in law calls in a former pupil of hers, Charlie Flint, to investigate the brides new lover, successful businesswoman Jay Stewart, who she is convinced is responsible for the murder and other killings in the past Charlie has problems of her own, with her career in tatters and another woman tempting her from her own wife, but decides the investigation would be the perfect distraction from her troubles.The book is well written and the way the story flows does draw you along with it but the plot feels like an ITV drama with extra lesbians thrown in Charlie Flint is a likeable lead ev...

  3. says:

    I ve never read any of McDermid s Tony Hill series, though I did like the BBC Wire in the Blood production based on them, but I ve read and enjoyed several of her standalones Trick of the Dark is no exception Initially I wasn t sure whether I was going to like it or not as I had difficulty finding a character to feel sympathy with or for but as the action investigation ratcheted up I did get hooked.This story depends on coincidences which I found myself willing to accept I love McDermid s plotting skills and enjoyed the chase as I wondered how she was going to get her characters out of this one The plot begins with oh you can read the blurb at the book s listing It s set in various places in Britain, has an Oxford background, a gorgeous young widow whose husband was murdered at the wedding reception and who later comes out of the closet, a forensic psychiatrist asked by an...

  4. says:

    I tried one of Val McDermid s books a couple of years ago, and could not get on with it Then this book got good reviews so I tried again I just don t know why she is so highly rated as a crime novelist This is simply crime writing by numbers If it were better written, I wouldn t have minded so much, but the dialogue is hackneyed, the plot is so well sign posted you could drive a bu...

  5. says:

    So many lesbians Such fun.

  6. says:

    Trick of the Dark reminded me of McDermid s early Lindsay Gordan series than her recent, gritty standalones Although a crime novel, the spine of the book is really its many lesbian characters and their myriad love lives It s something that would irk me just as much if they were all straight and frequently backburner ing a serial killer to contemplate their hetero romances and affairs I want to read crime fiction, not romance with crime draped loosely around its shoulders Added to that, the book kicks off with Charlie Flint, the central character, contemplating having an affair, which made her barely palatable for me throughout the entire novel If there s one thing I hate reading about in a supposedly sympathetic protagonist, it s infidelity I tore through the chapters where she actually deigned to get on with crime solving without contemplating her fantasies and desires.The mystery everything is founded on is far from stellar There are t...

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    Follow psychiatrist Charlie Flint as she solves the mystery surrounding the death of a groom on his wedding day plus other deaths that maybe linked.Although this novel involves Val McDermid s trademark storytelling about profiling offenders, Trick of the Dark is a standalone.I found Trick of the Dark to be a good mix of offender profiling, psychology, mystery, authoring skills, characterisation, attraction between people, love and lesbianism.I loved how Val explored the psychology of offenders and the challenges they pose to profilers So many things can go wrong and although Charlie Flint acted in good faith, she got the blame from the media I quickly developed an empathy for Charlie as she does her level best, believes strongly in justice and is willing to get to the bottom of this mystery.I liked how Val told her story One of the central characters is called Jay and to tell her backstory, is writing her memoir This is a nice move for 2 reasons it threads background into the mystery AND explores the authoring skills used to produce a memoir that may have some tweaking of the truth to mak...

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    This Val McDermid book has just recently become available in the US after being out in Britain for a year Despite its so so reviews, I gave it a try McDermid can reliably write a page turner that makes you want to read just one chapter every time you come to the end of the current chapter, even if there is a part of your mind that knows you aren t really enjoying the story at all McDermid also usually can be counted on for a flawlessly structured plot where everything makes sense when you get to the end of the book, but not here The whole plot relies on a series of coincidental meetings and reencounters some of which remain nothing than coincidences by the end of the story The main character is Charlie, a psychologist profiler with some unfortunate professional complications that have caused her to be temporarily suspended from work At the same time, Charlie s long term relationship with her partner is threatened by Charlie s intense infatuation with another woman which we get to hear about in detail, complete with reading their back and forth email exchanges Luckily Charlie s boredom and contemplation of an affair are interrupted when she receives a mysterious package of news clippings about a recent murder I mean, of course she did no one can just pick up a phone and call you if they want you to look...

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    I m really having trouble convincing myself to finish this book I m afraid that there s going to turn out to be a perfectly logical explanation for all the deaths that have surrounded the main suspect I put that in quotes because it s not the police that are investigating this person it s an out of work forensic psychiatrist who has been asked to do so by this person s lover s mother Got that Yeah, it s kind of convoluted and the whole mystery is so up in the air, it s hard to care about its resolution Two of the deaths were judged to be accidents and the third already has been solved as far as the law is concerned So for the most part, the main character s investigation just looks like meddling And she s not particularly clever about it either.I admit it I want of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Those mysteries are so...

  10. says:

    Well I got to page 64 and decided to quit it s not that this was that bad it s just that I could not get into the characters at all I just wasn t drawn in enough to want to know what happens I think there was too much emphasis on everyone s relationships the mystery element just sort of faded away to me and I didn t like the characters ...

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