Book Review: Fever of the Bone

Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid

The blurb: ‘You should have been a detective. If there’s one thing the last year has proved, it’s how good you are at finding things out. Not simple things. Hard things. Things that nobody is supposed to be able to find out. Things that are buried so deep nobody even thinks twice about them. The sort of things that turn people’s lives inside out once they’re exposed.’ Meet Tony Hill’s most twisted adversary – a killer with a shopping list of victims, a killer unmoved by youth and innocence, a killer driven by the most perverted of desires.

The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it’s not long before Tony realises it’s just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign that’s targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people. Struggling with the newly-awakened ghosts of his own past and desperate for distraction in his work, Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most testing investigation yet.

My Review: Firstly I’m going to start off by saying congratulations to Val McDermid for winning the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award. While this is the first book I have read of McDermid’s having a back catalogue of 22 books means she must’ve been doing something right!

I really enjoyed Fever of the Bone its the 6th instalment in the Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan series and part of me wishes I had started at the beginning. Which is a good thing, I didnt feel as if I was missing out on huge chunks of back story but the characters were so likeable that I wish I had started from scratch!

There was a certain amount of predictability in the story but in a pleasing, familar way rather than something that would make me scoff! The mystery is engaging, keeping the pages turning, but its the relationships that make this a corker. I often find with crime books that its the detectives and the people affected that make the really great books, great and this is no exception. I will definitely be reading more Val McDermid.

7.5 out of 10 stars *******.5

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