How The Dead Speak, Val McDermid

How The Dead Speak opening line: Murder had been far from Mark Conway’s mind that Saturday afternoon.

How The Dead Speak

My blurb:

Carol Jordan has been relieved of her job as a police officer. She is dealing with a severe case of PTSD. Not out of choice but because Tony will not see her until she does. Tony Hill is in prison, stripped of his professional accreditation. But that will not stop him helping people. Even if it means helping his mother who is not a good person. Carol gets dragged into this, as well as being asked to investigate an old murder. Who knew that her investigation would run parallel to the task force she previously ran?

How The Dead Speak

We are all creatures of habit. Even murderers…’

When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an old convent, it quickly becomes clear that someone has been using the site as their personal burial ground. But with the convent abandoned long ago and the remains dating back many years, could this be the work of more than one obsessive killer?

It’s an investigation that throws up more questions as the evidence mounts, and after their last case ended catastrophically, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan can only watch from afar. As they deal with the consequences of previous actions, someone with a terrifying routine is biding their time – and both Tony and Carol find themselves closer to the edge than they have ever been before…

My verdict:

Despite not knowing the back end to this story, I could quickly work out what had gone before. It is a well written novel with some great insights into serial killers.

Publishing information:

ISBN 9781408712269

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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