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Val McDermid is a No.1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over fifteen 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, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010 and received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011. In 2016, Val received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.
The strands come together and lead to an eye-blinkingly effective climax. (An) intelligent and hypnotically readable thriller...entertaining and thought provoking * Spectator * A McDermid standalone is always an event to cherish because you don't know who you'll meet or where you'll be taken * Daily Mirror * An efficiently crafted psychological thriller with an ending that knocks you sideways * Independent on Sunday * A gripping tale * Choice * Intelligent and hypnotically readable . . . entertaining and thought-provoking book * Spectator * This is a gripping psychological thriller from the beginning to the unexpected ending. A first class novel and McDermid's best to date * Woman's Way Ireland * McDermid handles the various strands of the story with consummate mastery, and the reader is swept along to the story's genuinely shocking denouement * Irish Independent * A psychological thriller, but it's also a splendidly mordant comment on our fame culture and its consequences * The Times * McDermid's ability to wrong-foot the reader remains second to none: highly recommended * Guardian *