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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,016 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN:
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The best-selling, award-winning author of A Place of Execution delivers her most stunning story yet: an intricate, thought-provoking tale of murder and revenge.

Four in the morning, mid-December, snow blankets St. Andrews School. Student Alex Gilbery and his three best friends are staggering home from a party when they stumble upon the body of a young woman.

Rosie Duff has been raped, stabbed, and left for dead in the ancient Pictish cemetery. The only suspects are the four young students stained with her blood.

Twenty-five years later, police mount a cold-case review. Among the unsolved murders they're examining is that of Rosie Duff. But someone else has his own idea of how justice should be done.

One of the original quartet dies in a suspicious house fire. Soon after, a second is killed in what looks like a burglary gone sour. Alex fears the worst. Someone is taking revenge for Rosie Duff. He has to find out who it is before he becomes the next victim. And it might just save his life if he can uncover who killed Rosie all those years ago.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Ibarra | 2/20/2014

    " Somebody recommended this author to me. Im glad I read it, but this book kept me awake until very late. A true page-turner. I simply could not leave it down. The plot was great and very exciting. Even when Ii thought nothing else could hsppen a new surprise was awaiting. A very well written psychological thriller. All the characters are very believable and real. I cant wait to read more books from her. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Smith | 2/5/2014

    " Could not put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/31/2014

    " First-rate examination of how suspicion affects lives. Four students find the body of a murdered woman and because there are no other suspects, the weight of suspicion falls on them, staining their lives for a quarter century until someone starts murdering them. One of them finally discovers who really committed the murder, but the meat of the novel is about the impact of suspicion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/28/2014

    " For all it's 400 odd pages and twenty five year time span, it is something of a short story. I enjoyed it, but I do feel the author was economical with the depths of the plot and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 1/18/2014

    " 4 young men stumble upon the dying body of a young woman who has been raped and stabbed. The police never catch the killer and the 4 men are thought to be the murderers by the general population. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayla | 1/10/2014

    " I'm a big fan of the British crime drama "Wire in the Blood" which is based on a Val McDermid character. This is not a Tony Hill book but I saw it at a used book store and figured I would give it a go. Enjoying it so far although I have very little time to read these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/10/2014

    " This is another one where McDermid starts with a case that happened about 20 years previously and then brings in the repercussions and consequences in the present day. I was totally caught up in this one too and didn't begin to guess the perpetrator until he was nearly caught...unusual for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 1/1/2014

    " Another classic MCDermid thriller - hard to put down, fast paced, atmospheric descriptions and multiple interwoven twists - all plausible. Superb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 12/28/2013

    " So glad I've discovered Val McDermid.. I think she's absolutely fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 12/15/2013

    " Audiobook - hard to follow the Scotts accents at first, but great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 12/13/2013

    " Val's dark and disturbing and I love her. I read it in one sitting. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/11/2013

    " Another stellar mystery/thriller/character study. A stand-alone; not part of a series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 12/4/2013

    " I have found a new really good author. This is an excellent boo. Recommend to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Goldsmith | 12/2/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one, even though I had an idea who the killer was. It was just so readable and interesting, especially the way the unsolved case had a powerful & terrible effect on the lives of the four young men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 10/13/2013

    " It was a treat to listen to this book and hear the Scottish accents throughout the tale. The mystery was good, but didn't have the shock value I believe it intended to at the conclusion. Worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 6/19/2013

    " I used to read quite a bit of McDermid, but then she just became to creepy and icky for my tastes. This one wasn't bad. Four young men discover the body of a murdered woman and are assumed by many to be guilty of her murder. No one is ever arrested, and twenty-ve years later the case is re-opened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flo | 1/6/2013

    " Very intense. I like how McDermid painted the roller coaster that the characters have to be through. I thought it was vivid and realistic emotionally speaking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fiona | 12/6/2012

    " I usually really enjoy Val McD but I couldnt get into this at all. I tried several times but then just gave up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Ellis | 11/13/2012

    " My first book by this author, but it sure won't be my last! Excellent writing.....shades of P.D. James! Fascinating character development along with surprising plot twists. A book you can really "get into"! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 6/30/2012

    " This was another good read by Val McDermid. More than a mystery. It was really the story of 4 college students being in the wrong place at the wrong time and how it affects the rest of their lives. I did enjoy, but thought it could have been a bit shorter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stan | 6/16/2012

    " this IS THE FORTH Val ma Dermid BOOK IV'READ this ONE OF THE NOVELS NOT ATTACHED TO ANY SERIES STILL VERY GOOD "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 12/19/2011

    " loved this. a page turner all the way thru "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Simpson | 8/31/2011

    " I couldn't really get into this book, so gave up halfway through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Makeupandmind | 7/15/2011

    " I didn't really like it that much, I have so many other books that I really want to read, I'm not wasting my time. It's not the style or the story itself, I'm just bored and I find it repeats itself soooo often. Like, part 1 is way too long. I'm not continueing to read that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi Mann | 7/5/2011

    " It was slow going, quite different to Val McDermid's usual. I couldnt recognise her style there at all. Got to be quite a page turner towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruchi | 6/22/2011

    " Too hot to handle! Brilliant thriller kept me engrossed till the very end looking up only at suspicious noises and shadows "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/17/2011

    " My first book by this author, but it sure won't be my last! Excellent writing.....shades of P.D. James! Fascinating character development along with surprising plot twists. A book you can really "get into"! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stan | 3/23/2011

    " this IS THE FORTH Val ma Dermid BOOK IV'READ this ONE OF THE NOVELS NOT ATTACHED TO ANY SERIES STILL VERY GOOD "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 12/28/2010

    " Another classic MCDermid thriller - hard to put down, fast paced, atmospheric descriptions and multiple interwoven twists - all plausible. Superb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celestemagee | 11/15/2010

    " Audiobook - hard to follow the Scotts accents at first, but great story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lobstergirl | 11/6/2010

    " Bad nicknames, murdered lass, working class Scottish louts, torture of homosexual youth, angry manhating lesbian, missing evidence, revenge killings, shocking twist, paint chips. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 11/2/2010

    " So glad I've discovered Val McDermid.. I think she's absolutely fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/24/2010

    " When I first started reading Val McDermid I found her books hard to read but now I understand her format I found Distant Echo a joy to read, great story gripped till the end looking forward to reading more of her "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/9/2010

    " A very good well written story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 6/22/2010

    " This book was awesome and def. kept me on my toes. It was one that I def. had wrong re: who and why the killing took place. Just love Val McDermid! "

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About the Author
Author Val McDermid

Val McDermid is the author of the popular Kate Brannigan series, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, and the Lindsay Gordon series. She has also written a number of other standalone works, including A Place of Execution, Killing the Shadows, The Distant Echo, and Stranded, a collection of short stories. Before becoming a writer full-time, McDermid worked at the Manchester Evening News as a crime reviewer, and she still writes regularly for a number of national newspapers. She currently divides her time between Manchester and Northumberland, England.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle, multiaward-winning narrator, was born of Irish parents and raised and educated England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator, he has been awarded thirty-one AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2006 for The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty.