Saturday, 27 August 2016

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: Inspector Karen Pirie 4: Out of Bounds - Val McDermid

Release Date: 25/08/16
Publisher:  Little Brown


'There were a lot of things that ran in families, but murder wasn't one of them . . .'

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a twenty-year-old murder inquiry. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is an expert at solving the unsolvable. With each cold case closed, justice is served. So, finding the answer should be straightforward, but it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself.

Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another case, one that she has no business investigating. And as she pieces together decades-old evidence, Karen discovers the most dangerous kind of secrets. Secrets that someone is willing to kill for . . .

Number one bestseller Val McDermid returns with her most atmospheric, spine-chilling and gripping novel to date.


I love a crime novel that takes the reader on a journey and at times I can be a real sucker for cold cases as has been witnessed when I watched the TV series feeling satisfaction at the completion of a case, so when I heard about Val’s latest book I couldn’t wait to get my hands upon it.

What Val always does well in her work is give readers a principle character that you love to spend time around. In this Karen Pirie’s fourth outing, the reader is taken on a rollercoaster case that someone behind the scenes really wants to be kept quiet as new evidence helps our intrepid detective on her search for closure for the dead. It has some great prose, wonderful dialogue and when added to an arc that just keeps giving, will leave the reader with at least one late night sa they’ll be loathed to put it down. Cracking,

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