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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
A Place of Execution
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 November 2012
Plenty of other reviews here as well as the Amazon blurb have summarised the plot and structure of this book. I'll add that if you're looking for a fast-paced, all-action, littered-with-bodies style novel, then this isn't it. This is slow and detailed, building up a strong sense of character and place, both of which are critical to the plot. The 1960s setting is well-delineated too: people smoking constantly; a red record player; places where it's not possible to get a TV signal - crikey!

There's so much that is very good about this book but I'm afraid the last section set thirty-five years after the main story just didn't hang together for me. It depends on a couple of massive coincidences to bring together the necessary people, and the `solution' felt unconvincing to me for reasons which I can't talk about here without spoiling this for new readers.

So this is a sensitive, thoughtful book with some hard-hitting moments and a sense of righteous anger about it - but while it is very good, it didn't quite make it to 5 stars for me.
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on 10 July 2017
A tense read, just what you would expect from VM. Enjoyed all the twists and turns, and the years between events gave it an added interest.
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on 24 May 2017
A missing girl and a tenacious detective. 35 years later a journalist and the shocking truth is discovered. Great book.
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on 2 October 2017
All of Val Mcdemids are great have read many would highly recommend all her books great reads.
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on 11 June 2017
Detective Inspector Bennett and his colleague investigates a missing child. They are haunted by not finding her body and the lack of information coming from the close knit community. The plot is good with a final outcome and then a twist of fate and a new outcome.
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on 2 September 2017
A good read. Have never read Val McDermid before, so pleasantly surprised.
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on 4 September 2017
Very good value for money and a good read
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on 3 August 2017
Good read
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on 6 August 2017
Excellent condition very pleased
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on 13 December 2013
first time i have read val mcdermid enjoyed this novel and have purchased a few more of her work on mt kindle ,could not put the novel down once started
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