Trick of the Dark

[Read] ➮ Trick of the Dark By Val McDermid – Death is a hollow drum whose beat has measured out my adult life So writes Jay Macallan Stewart in her latest volume of memoirs But nobody has ever asked whether that has been by accident or design No Death is a hollow drum whose beat has measured out my adult life So writes Jay Macallan Stewart in her latest volume of memoirs But nobody has ever asked whether that has been by accident or design Nobody that is until Jay turns her sights on newly wed and freshly widowed Magda Newsam For Magda's mother Corinna is an Oxford don who knows Trick of MOBI :ò enough of Jay's history to be very afraid indeed Determined to protect her daughter Corinna turns to clinical psychologist Charlie Flint But as Charlie digs into the past and its trail of bodies she starts to realise the price of truth may be than she wants to pay.Trick of the Dark

Val McDermid is a No bestseller whose novels have been translated into than thirty languages and have sold over eleven million copies She has won many awards internationally including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award She was inducted into the ITV Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in Trick of MOBI :ò and was the recipient of the CWA Cart.

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  • 04 October 2016

10 thoughts on “Trick of the Dark

  1. says:

    My mother disappeared when I was sixteen It was the best thing that could have happened to meWhen I say that out loud people look at me out if the corners of their eyes as if I've transgressed some fundamental taboo But it's the truth I'm not hiding some complicated grief reactionMy mother disappeared when I was sixteen The guards had walked away from the prison leaving the door unlocked And I emerged blinking into the sunlight I wanted to keep this book for a while and read it when I needed a solid mystery to delve in and occupy my mind for a spell when I needed something dependableBut just looking at the fabulous cover of the paperback edition made me twitch This is only my fourth McDermid I am uickly becoming a fan and a short way into the story of disgraced psychiatrist Charlie Flint I got the impression that this book is different Just a short way into this book I began to wonder if McDermid had an agenda which she wanted the characters in the book to play out Trick of the Dark is centred on a mothers suspicion that her daughter is being seduced by a woman of dubious character or rather one with a dubious past There is no police work no obvious crime but one obvious suspect Strangely enough the story and the character had soon drawn me in and it took no time at all to want to figure out the mystery surrounding the main suspect As mentioned there is little in the way of procedural policing Most of the book is based on good old sleuthing and psychology or as I would call it following a hunch but I really liked it There is also some humor in this and I hope some of the giggles I got reflect some of McDermott's own sense of fun The only criticism and having read some of the scathing reviews this book received this is only a slight criticism is that the dialogues were too stilted to be believable Yes the conversations between the characters carried most of the story but some of the conversations even hard ones to have were way too polished

  2. says:

    Now I could be extra harsh and just give you the review of this that I gave to my girlfriend Too many lesbians not enough murder but that would sell it short somewhat and make me sound a little bigoted Nevertheless I was disappointed by Trick of the Dark primarily because the story seemed so tame and rather slow not up to the standards I would expect from McDermid A man is killed on his wedding day seemingly bludgeoned and drowned by his two business partners Later the victims prospective mother in law calls in a former pupil of hers Charlie Flint to investigate the brides new lover successful businesswoman Jay Stewart who she is convinced is responsible for the murder and other killings in the past Charlie has problems of her own with her career in tatters and another woman tempting her from her own wife but decides the investigation would be the perfect distraction from her troublesThe book is well written and the way the story flows does draw you along with it but the plot feels like an ITV drama with extra lesbians thrown in Charlie Flint is a likeable lead even though she is prone to adolescent behavior towards her love life debating on wether she will cheat on on even leave her wife of 7 years does grate on you The story is also interspersed with extracts from Jay's memoir as she's writing it giving her version of the backstory which works well As with other of Val's books the dialogue sometimes feels a little contrived with elements of poetry This is also a primarily female lead story with virtually all of the protagonists being female and most of them being gay also which is fine but make it hard for me to relate to any of the charactersOn balance I think I'm rating this book so low purely because of my disappointment The Val McDermid books I love are the Tony Hill Carol Jordan novels and most of her other standalone stories which are filled will tension suspense and most importantly threat which this book sorely lacks It reminds me of the disappointment I felt on reading The Grave Tattoo another of McDermid's books which I felt was a misfire Val McDermid is an excellent writer and the uality of her prose is alway eminently readable but in Trick Of The Dark as with The Grave Tattoo the story is not on par with most of her other work especially to fans of hard crime fiction like me

  3. says:

    I've never read any of McDermid's Tony Hill series though I did like the BBC Wire in the Blood production based on them but I've read and enjoyed several of her standalones Trick of the Dark is no exception Initially I wasn't sure whether I was going to like it or not as I had difficulty finding a character to feel sympathy with or for but as the actioninvestigation ratcheted up I did get hookedThis story depends on coincidences which I found myself willing to accept I love McDermid's plotting skills and enjoyed the chase as I wondered how she was going to get her characters out of this one The plot begins with oh you can read the blurb at the book's listing It's set in various places in Britain has an Oxford background a gorgeous young widow whose husband was murdered at the wedding reception and who later comes out of the closet a forensic psychiatrist asked by an unknown party to look into the above murder etc An updated and far detailed Agatha Christie situation Except Agatha never had plots uite like this that I recallEnjoyable read

  4. says:

    So many lesbians Such fun

  5. says:

    I tried one of Val McDermid’s books a couple of years ago and could not get on with it Then this book got good reviews so I tried again I just don’t know why she is so highly rated as a crime novelist This is simply crime writing by numbers If it were better written I wouldn’t have minded so much but the dialogue is hackneyed the plot is so well sign posted you could drive a bus through it – what’s the big appeal here Anyway I plodded through the first half increasingly irritated About half way through though the action picked up and I decided to keep going until the end I just kept expecting it to be much better; I hoped there would be some clever plot twists but alas no It does what it says on the packet but there’s no depth or subtlety

  6. says:

    Trick of the Dark reminded me of McDermid's early Lindsay Gordan series than her recent gritty standalones Although a crime novel the spine of the book is really its many lesbian characters and their myriad love lives It's something that would irk me just as much if they were all straight and freuently backburner ing a serial killer to contemplate their hetero romances and affairs I want to read crime fiction not romance with crime draped loosely around its shoulders Added to that the book kicks off with Charlie Flint the central character contemplating having an affair which made her barely palatable for me throughout the entire novel If there's one thing I hate reading about in a supposedly sympathetic protagonist it's infidelity I tore through the chapters where she actually deigned to get on with crime solving without contemplating her fantasies and desiresThe mystery everything is founded on is far from stellar There are two big twists towards the end one of which I didn't outright guess but had a vague inkling might be coming from about the halfway point and the other was obvious from the beginning of the novel Painfully obvious I can't say I disliked this book I read it within a couple of days and several times while I was out I found myself itching to get back to it I just don't think it lived up to its potential and am now even desperate to get my hands on the latest Tony Hill Carol Jordan book to be back on familiar dark ground

  7. says:

    Follow psychiatrist Charlie Flint as she solves the mystery surrounding the death of a groom on his wedding day plus other deaths that maybe linkedAlthough this novel involves Val McDermid’s trademark storytelling about profiling offenders Trick of the Dark is a standaloneI found Trick of the Dark to be a good mix of offender profiling psychology mystery authoring skills characterisation attraction between people love and lesbianismI loved how Val explored the psychology of offenders and the challenges they pose to profilers So many things can go wrong and although Charlie Flint acted in good faith she got the blame from the media I uickly developed an empathy for Charlie as she does her level best believes strongly in justice and is willing to get to the bottom of this mysteryI liked how Val told her story One of the central characters is called Jay and to tell her backstory is writing her memoir This is a nice move for 2 reasons it threads background into the mystery AND explores the authoring skills used to produce a memoir that may have some tweaking of the truth to make it a better readI loved the range of characters in Trick of the Dark Don’t get hung up on gender as there is only one man in this story a friend of Charlie’s So apart from Nick Trick of the Dark is ALL about women But don’t let that put male readers off women are not from a different planet they just like shops All the women’s characters are fully developed and there are lesbians than you can shake a stick at Val fully explores how lesbians get psychically attracted to each other how their love grows and the many problems that can occur within lesbian relationships Lesbianism plays a big part in Trick of the Dark and I liked its openness to a lifestyle that can be misunderstood by the ignorantAs a hetrosexual male I was not discouraged by all the lesbianism in Trick of the Dark because I understand how two people are attracted to each other and can fall in love There was nothing uncomfortable or vulgar about the lesbian scenes within this story The Prusik loop was NOT used in the bedroom but whilst climbing on the Isle of Skye There are no cheap sexy thrills in Trick of the Dark but a mature understanding of what makes people tickThere are some nice snips of humour along the way for exampleShe gestured with her knife towards a large padded envelope by the bowl where Charlie’s two Weetabix sat ‘Postman’s been Still don’t know why you gave up cornflakes for those’ she added pointing at the cereal bars with her knife ‘They look like panty shields for masochists’Sorry folks but once you have read that you can’t get the image out of your mindThe plot of Trick of the Dark is a good one and I enjoyed it far far than The Last Temptation I found Trick of the Dark to be a GOOD read and it gets 4 stars from meTrick of the Dark was written in 2010 and is available as an Kindle eBook

  8. says:

    This Val McDermid book has just recently become available in the US after being out in Britain for a year Despite its so so reviews I gave it a try McDermid can reliably write a page turner that makes you want to read just one chapter every time you come to the end of the current chapter even if there is a part of your mind that knows you aren't really enjoying the story at all McDermid also usually can be counted on for a flawlessly structured plot where everything makes sense when you get to the end of the book but not here The whole plot relies on a series of coincidental meetings and reencounters some of which remain nothing than coincidences by the end of the story The main character is Charlie a psychologistprofiler with some unfortunate professional complications that have caused her to be temporarily suspended from work At the same time Charlie's long term relationship with her partner is threatened by Charlie's intense infatuation with another woman which we get to hear about in detail complete with reading their back and forth email exchanges Luckily Charlie's boredom and contemplation of an affair are interrupted when she receives a mysterious package of news clippings about a recent murder I mean of course she did no one can just pick up a phone and call you if they want you to look into something they have to send you an envelope full of mysterious clippings to test your investigative initiative Already the story starts to be annoying and this continues as Charlie makes a rapid leap to a basically unsupported guess about who sent them I can't tell if McDermid was flirting with the idea of this book having the light tone of a caper rather than her recent work The overly complicated and coincidental events might have been consistent with a lighter tone but I'm used to the dark serious tone of her HillJordan series and her recent stand alone books and this one ends up too much in the middle to be sure what she meant to achieve At the risk of some mild spoilers the package turns out to be sent by an old professor from Charlie's Oxford college whose family Charlie used to babysit The professor's now grown up daughter is the widow of the murder victim but has also recently entered into a lesbian relationship with another old student of the same college and of that professor who also used to babysit the children The woman Charlie is infatuated with also went to Oxford at the same time but in a different college and the murder that kicks off the book occurs during the wedding of the daughter that also took place on the grounds of her old Oxford college Maybe this would have seemed plausible if the story were at least set in Oxford where I imagine the percentage of Oxford grads is rather high or if it had been set during a reunion which brought them all together again but instead all these connections are just left as coincidences or less The envelope sets Charlie off on a path of investigating a series of deaths and possible murders all of which have taken place before the story starts and have to be explained violating the classic show don't tell rule The mechanism McDermid chooses to tell them is to provide sections from two books ostensibly written by one of the characters lengthy sections of uninspired first person biography of someone whose biography I would never choose to read It's odd to find a book simultaneously dull and something you want to keep reading McDermid's gift is to keep you reading no matter what but in the end this leads to a fairly uninspired story When the killer is finally revealed it becomes clear that there was a much interesting story going on that we haven't had access to a story I would have much rather have read than the one we are actually given

  9. says:

    I'm really having trouble convincing myself to finish this book I'm afraid that there's going to turn out to be a perfectly logical explanation for all the deaths that have surrounded the main suspect I put that in uotes because it's not the police that are investigating this person; it's an out of work forensic psychiatrist who has been asked to do so by this person's lover's mother Got that Yeah it's kind of convoluted and the whole mystery is so up in the air it's hard to care about its resolution Two of the deaths were judged to be accidents and the third already has been solved as far as the law is concerned So for the most part the main character's investigation just looks like meddling And she's not particularly clever about it eitherI admit it I want of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Those mysteries are so dark and the main characters so interesting I luxuriate in reading them But this one or the one Kate Brannigan novel I read not so muchIf I finish this book I'll come back and tell you what I think But for now it doesn't look good folks

  10. says:

    Well I got to page 64 and decided to uit it's not that this was that bad it's just that I could not get into the characters at all I just wasn't drawn in enough to want to know what happens I think there was too much emphasis on everyone's relationships the mystery element just sort of faded away to me and I didn't like the characters well enough without plotI feel bad I didn't finish this but there are just too many books out there to waste time with one that is just not uite my thing I'm not sure how to rate this but I'll guess it's a one and a half this 5 star system does not really work for me since I didn't like it I would try this author again though the writing was not too bad even if the plotcharacters didn't grab me

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