The Skeleton Road: A chilling, nail-biting psychological thriller that will have you hooked (Karen Pirie)
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So a standalone book this time, (Not Tony Hill) an excellent and very involving read showing once again that Val McDermid is pretty much in a class of her own when it comes to Crime Fiction. While Pirie contemplates this, she must also handle an accident that leaves her lover and former colleague, Phil Parhatka, clinging to life. S. America was involved to a limited extent, and in this country, many dismissed the wars as impossibly complex and brutal.
Perhaps one of McDermid's most powerful novels to date, the reader can be pulled into the narrative while discovering much from recent Balkan history.I must a take a moment here to address those who bemoan the predictability in this novel in particular, or that McDermid strayed away from the formula that worked well. Showboat Medical Examiner Margot Heavner makes it clear that, breaking with her department’s earlier practice ( The Bone Collection, 2016, etc. While being an epic, post-apocalyptic road trip story peppered with new and weird and sometimes scary monsters at every turn (and the epitome of tourist-trap stops), this book also explores a little more of Dirk's backstory.
I didn't find this a comfortable book, although it kept me engrossed more or less without cease from beginning to end. It would not be a Val McDermid thriller if we did not have a pompous boss and Assistant Chief Constable Simon Lees is perfect for this role.This superb novel should make Gold Dagger-nominee McDermid's reputation and bring her new readers in droves. Maggie is still haunted by the disappearance eight years ago of her lover, former Croatian general, Dimitar Petrovic, known to his friends as Mitja, whereas Karen is in a stable relationship with fellow police officer Phil Parhatka.