"Any story that has Val McDermid driving it forward is sure to be a scary ride!
Even in this short novella form, written specially for the “Quick Reads” series, this starts off at a cracking pace and doesn’t let go until the end. The brief for this series was to write simple prose with short, sharp sentences. This style makes this thorny little tale all the better.
As usual, the victims do not die a ‘natural’ death - no simple gunshots or knives in the back here. With McDermid’s usual fertile (warped?) imagination, one poor soul dies from having an explosive device shoved into a very particular orifice. Ouch! You do wince for the poor bloke and have to wonder where the author gets her ideas? Suffice to say, this is another brilliant little gem from the excellent, always moreish, Ms. McD!" CrimeSquad.com