INSIDIOUS INTENT by Val McDermid (August 24th 2017, Little Brown)
Widely recognized as one of our finest crime writers, with numerous accolades and legions of devoted readers worldwide, internationally bestselling author Val McDermid is back with the latest installment in her series featuring psychologist Tony Hill and former police detective Carol Jordan. In Insidious Intent, Tony and Carol are on the hunt for a serial killer who victimizes women at weddings without a date–and forces the duo to confront their most haunting moral dilemma so far.
In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: Someone is crashing the festivities and luring the women away–only to leave the victims’ bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Tony and Carol are called upon to investigate–but this may be the toughest case they’ve ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner Elinor must deal with a cruel cyber-blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.
Impeccably plotted and intensely gripping, Insidious Intent reaffirms Val McDermid’s place as Britain’s reigning Queen of Crime.
It’s only when you read the final pages of this book that you stumble across a letter from Val McDermid herself asking the readers not to spoil the plot for INSIDIOUS INTENT. Thankfully, I am one of those bloggers that will never spoil plots, characters, endings, etc. What I can tell you is ‘HOLY SHIT!!!’ – this book ruined me and literally had me weeping. Have you ever had to explain to your other half/sibling/friend/significant other why reading words on a page evokes such emotion? Some people just don’t understand!
INSIDIOUS INTENT picks up pretty quickly after SPLINTER THE SILENCE where Carol is back in the fold and heading up the newly formed ReMIT unit. Their first big case was always going to test the team and push them to their limits, even more so when they are under scrutiny from higher powers.
What I always enjoy about this series is that the focus isn’t entirely on Tony & Carol – there are other great characters within the team that warrant their own page time. We get more from Paula and Elinor, Stacey, Alvin…even Kevin! For me, it makes for a much more well rounded novel and for me, helps the reader to fully invest in the whole team and not just view them as ‘extras’ which I feel can sometimes happen in police procedurals.
I sometimes judge books on how far I would throw them afterwards. You may think that is a negative thing to do – but for me, it just reinforces how emotional I got whilst reading it and how much of a book hangover it gave me. INSIDIOUS INTENT made me want to get out of my tent and throw it in the lake. Then swim out to fetch it, then throw it back in again! I LOVED this book. Just when I thought I had it all sussed out…. WHAM! Right in the feels.
My only hope now is that we don’t have to wait another two years to read what happens next!
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