The Skeleton Road by Val McDermidThe Skeleton Road


From number one bestseller, Val McDermid comes an atmospheric, spine-chilling tour de force — her richest and most accomplished psychological thriller to date.

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen’s investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a dark world of intrigue and betrayal.

Meanwhile, someone is taking the law into their own hands in the name of justice and revenge — but when present resentment collides with secrets of the past, the truth is more shocking than anyone could have imagined . . .

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Series: Karen Pirie Series book 3
UK Publisher: Little, Brown
Literary agent: David Higham Associates
Publication date UK: 11 September 2014
Publication date US: December 2014

The Skeleton Road

September 2014 and bestselling crime author Val McDermid returns with a chilling standalone novel, The Skeleton Road. This is the chart-topping crime writer’s 28th book…


THE SKELETON ROAD is featured in the Chicago Tribune’s latest “new in paperbacks” (December 2015)


McDermid’s ability to wrong foot the reader remains second to none: highly recommended.

— The Guardian

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

…the strands come together and lead to an eye-blinkingly effective climax. (an) intelligent and hypnotically readable thriller…entertaining and thought provoking… Roll on next autumn.

— The Spectator

One of the most accomplished crime writers in the UK, Val McDermid has an acute reading of psychology that lifts her out of the genre strait jacket

— The Independent

An efficiently crafted psychological thriller with an ending that knocks you sideways.

— The Independent on Sunday

Val McDermid talks about The Skeleton Road

Val McDermid, the Queen of the psychological thriller tells us about her latest chilling novel, The Skeleton Road.

(Published on 8 Sep 2014)

Val McDermid