The Distant Echo - Val McDermid I've given one of Val McDermid's books another try , but once more it didn't happen for me. I think I'm off Val McDermid for good...

Predictable from beginning to end. Without giving away any spoilers, I think it's safe to say that the culprit is quite obvious...

What I really don't like about McDermid's is her inability to draw us in. I just feel I'm reading an exercise on how to deceive the reader. She deliberately ommits vital peaces of information in order to lead us on. I say this in the worst possible sense ... I love (good) crime fiction (for instance, R. J. Ellory, Michael Connelly, etc) and everytime I try one of her books, I just feel plain cheated. I really don't care for whodunits, and when they're quite as unsatisfying as this one, by the end of the book, I feel I've wasted my time.

Compare this book with the latest Ellory's book "A Dark and Broken Heart" (see my review) and you'll see what I mean.