This is book 11 in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, and after reading this one I absolutely will have to go back and re-read previous one. Tony is sat in jail for killing someone and Carol has retired from the police force. What the heck happened?
Breathing fresh air and new ideas into a long-term series isn’t easy when you have a huge solid fan-base. Readers don’t always like drastic changes. Kudos to McDermid for giving readers what they need without them being aware that they need it.
Putting Tony back to square one by destroying his reputation, his career and severing his important relationships is a gutsy move. It’s also one that allows the series to develop in multiple directions. Perhaps not in the way readers expect, but hey that is what makes McDermid such a popular writer.
As Tony resigns himself to life behind bars he also tries to spend it wisely and in a way that supports his fellow prisoners. Unfortunately his very academic and privileged way of thinking can come across as pompous, despite his good intentions.
Meanwhile on the outside members of the old team get a chance to prove themselves whilst out from under the large shadow of Hill and Jordan. Adjusting to a new boss and team isn’t as easy as it sounds. Jordan also has to try and come to terms with the repercussions of multiple traumatic events in order to move forward.
This time the author brings a more reflective read, as opposed to a crime and violence heavy read to the table. In a way McDermid is giving Hill and Jordan a moment to breathe in the chaos. A chance to re-evaluate their relationship and friendship. It will be interesting to see where the author takes the series and characters going forward.
Buy How the Dead Speak at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publication date in UK: 22 August 2019. Publisher: Little, Brown. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at Little Brown.
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Read my reviews of Out of Bounds and Insidious Intent by Val McDermid.