Post Script: Splinter The Silence – Val McDermid

Splinter the Silence Val McDermid Cover

Splinter the Silence

Val McDermid

Little, Brown

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9781408706909



‘That day, waiting had been almost unbearable. He wanted something more spectacular, something that couldn’t be ignored. These deaths needed to make a mark . . .’


Psychological profiler Tony Hill is trained to see patterns, to decode the mysteries of human behaviour, and when he comes across a series of suicides among women tormented by vicious online predators, he begins to wonder if there is more to these tragedies than meets the eye. Similar circumstances, different deaths. Could it be murder? But what kind of serial killer wants his crimes to stay hidden?


Former DCI Carol Jordan has her own demons to confront, but with lives at stake, Tony and Carol begin the hunt for the most dangerous and terrifying kind of killer – someone who has nothing to fear and nothing to lose . . .


My View:

To begin perhaps we should have a little look at Hachette Australia’s website at the biographical notes for Val McDermid;


“Biographical Notes

Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more 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 ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.”


After reading the book (the 9th in the Carol Jordon & Tony Hill series) and then reading the Val McDermid’s bio – what is there left to say that hasn’t already been said? This award winning author writes her characters with ease and realism, the plot is complex yet not complicated, the pages turn over almost of their own volition, so keen are they to share their secrets with you. Brilliant.


And did I mention the intro? What a great hook – being privy to the murderous thoughts and plans of the villain of the piece – of course you want to read more, know more! Go ahead- but plan nothing else for the rest of the day – this book will demand your earnest attention. Fan? Me? YEP!



6 thoughts on “Post Script: Splinter The Silence – Val McDermid

  1. McDermid can certainly build the suspense, can’t she, Carol? And it says something when people are as excited about the ninth as they were about the first . Glad,to hear that this one drew you in.

    • I think I have watched most/all before I read the books – and in this instance (and with Tennison – have you read that yet?) you actually “see” the action playing out in your head with the character’s, their mannerisms ( the TV adaptations got them right for a change) You will enjoy this one FF. I am not so keen on the adaptation of Bosch – maybe it is because I have rad the book first then watched the TV adaptation?

      • Yes, I find I see those characters in my head when reading the books too, though I did prefer the new female sidekick to Carol in the TV version. No, haven’t read Tennison yet – 154 and rising… 😉

      • Oh I quite liked “Carol” (Hermione Norris) and that is who I “see “when I read this book…Tennison is goo d- again you see the film in your head but I cant really picture a younger Jane Tennison/Helen Mirren..might have to wait for the film ..

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