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Well paced thriller
on 10 August 2015
The Last Temptation is the third in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series featuring the psychological profiler and a police chief. I've read it out of sequence, but it's a great standalone. In this outing, Jordan is looking for new challenges and follows an opportunity to work undercover in Europe. Hill is a university lecturer, missing the action as a profiler. Needless to say, the two are brought together in this fast paced psychological thriller where the serial killer's victims are psychologists.
It's a why rather than who dunnit. The motivation becomes clear early on. The tension lies in wondering who, in a large cast of characters, will join all the correct dots to make the connections. There's great suspense and pace as the action moves backwards and forwards between the main players. It's almost a book of two parts. One half centres on Carol Jordan; can she adapt as an undercover cop and fool a hardened villain into accepting her as a business partner? In parallel, the serial killer is upping the stakes as the body count rises.
There's some intricate plotting to keep the stories moving forward and it's not easy to see how it will all hang together. But as usual, Val McDermid's skill in keeping a number of balls in the air at the same time moves with ever increasing pace to a traumatic finale. No one is untouched by events in the final section.
Well written, kept me turning the pages well into the night and I enjoyed it.