Killing the Shadows

Written by:
Val McDermid
Narrated by:
Vari Sylvester

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2005
16 hours 26 minutes
A killer is on the loose, blurring the line between fact and fiction. His prey—the writers of crime novels who have turned psychological profilers into the heroes of the nineties. But this killer is like no other. His bloodlust shatters all the conventional wisdom surrounding the motives and mechanics of how serial killers operate. And for one woman, the desperate hunt to uncover his identity becomes a matter of life and death.

Professor Fiona Cameron is an academic psychologist who uses computer technology to help police forces track serial offenders. She used to help the Met, but vowed never to work for them again when they went against her advice and badly screwed up an investigation as a consequence. Still smarting from the experience, she's working a case in Toledo when her lover, thriller writer Kit Martin, tells her a fellow crime novelist has been murdered. It's not her case, but Fiona can't help taking an interest.

Which is just as well, because before too long the killer strikes again. And again. And Fiona is caught up in a race against time, not only to save a life, but to bring herself redemption, both personal and professional.

Rich in atmosphere, Killing the Shadows uses the backdrops of city and country to create an air of threatening menace, culminating in a tense confrontation between hunter and hunted, a confrontation that can have only one outcome.
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First I have to say I've bought many titles through audiobooks and the sound quality of this book was terrible. The narrator fluctuated between sounding like she was reading from inside a tin can to reading under a pillow. It was a huge detractor from the book. The story itself was not one McDermid's best. I expect suspense fiction to include some far fetched twists but I felt like this one had too many so that when the killer was revealed it was a big eye-rolling moment instead of the climax of all the lead up. In spite of that, it's an enjoyable listen. Rich characters and witty writing as I've come to expect from this author.

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