Book Reviews of The Distant Echo

The Distant Echo
The Distant Echo
Author: Val McDermid
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ISBN-13: 9781559279468
ISBN-10: 155927946X
Publication Date: 10/1/2003
Edition: Abridged
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 2
An absorbing thriller about four young men who discover the body of a young barmaid in the snow banks of a Scottish cemetery. The unsolved crime resurfaces twenty-five years later. One of McDermid's
better books--almost as good as A Place of Execution.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was not as good as A Place of Execution, but that's one of the best mystery novels I have ever read, so I'm not complaining! McDermid is great at creating memorable, flawed, surprising characters.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent mystery. Couldn't put the book down. Very suspensful.
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Helpful Score: 1
The murder of a young barmaid is not solved for more than 25 years;
the devastating effect this has on 4 young men is the core of the story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent plot, great mystery.
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Helpful Score: 1
A great thriller. Really enjoyed this.
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Helpful Score: 1
If you like the tv show Cold Case, you'll love this book!
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Helpful Score: 1
Val McDermid is one of the best mystery/thriller writers in the business. This one is no exception to all of her others. It's a suspense building, pschycological thriller of a book. The ending takes you by surprise even though you may think you've got it figured out beforehand. Once you've read a McDermid book, you're hooked. Just as I was.
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This is a well crafted mystery with good character development.
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First one of Mcdermids I read
Bookclub book.
I really liked this one.
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I think that Val McDermid is very good writer and has a great imagination. I liked this book and it has me in it's grip for quiet a while.
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Abridged version. 4 audiocassettes, 6 hours. Good story!
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Very well written, surprise plot ending.
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In 1978, four young university students are suspects in the murder of nineteen year old Rosie Duff. With no real evidence against them or anyone else, suspicion would follow them and change their lives forever. Twenty-five years later, the case would be re-opened as a cold case. This time, however, they would begin dying under suspicious circumstances. Clearly someone has decided them guilty of Rosie's murder and is exacting retribution.
I thought this book was very well written and easy to read. It held my interest until the very ending which was quite a surprise and very exciting. I loved all the characters and thought they were well-drawn and the plot was very unique. It wasn't too hard to guess the killer but I think the real purpose of Val McDermid writing the book was to show "the poisonous nature of suspicion and guilt and the reverberation of damage through the lives of people touched by murder."
I don't think you can really consider this book as book 1 of the Karen Pirie series as it was written 5 years before the 2nd book and was probably intended to be a standalone. Karen Pirie was not in the book until the middle and the ending. The series therefore seems to me as an afterthought. I will, however, be reading the rest of the Karen Pirie series and I highly recommend this book to those who like mysteries with surprise endings.
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Been sitting around for a while. Figure I will pass it along.