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 . . .
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 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.
…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, the Queen of the psychological thriller tells us about her latest chilling novel, The Skeleton Road.
(Published on 8 Sep 2014)