Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Out of Bounds by Val McDermid (#4 Inspector Karen Pirie)

Title: Out of Bounds
Series: Inspector Karen Pirie (#4)
Author: Val McDermid
From: Netgalley
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Release Date: 6th December 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from twenty-two years before. Finding the answer to the cold case should be straightforward. But it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself. Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating, a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems. An enthralling, twisty read, Out of Bounds reaffirms Val McDermid’s place as one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business.

While Out of Bounds is the fourth book in the Inspector Karen Pirie series, it is more than possible to read this book as a standalone. The crimes are newly introduced in this book, and are resolved within it. The main things that aren't standalone are the parts of Karen's history that are affecting her (particularly the end of The Skeleton Road) and the fact that the characters at the same as from previous books. It's been awhile since I read The Skeleton Road, and so it took me a few chapters to remind myself.

As with many of McDermid's books, there were two main crime investigations going on. The first was an official cold case, and the second was Karen acting a little outside of her jurisdiction (and knowing that that's what she was doing!) But they interwove well. I liked how they both ended too, though one of them wasn't with much excitement, I thought that it was good to reflect the way that cold cases work.

Part of this book was also about Karen healing over what happened in the previous one. I'm pleased that she didn't just get over it without any work, but I did feel for her greatly, especially as it wasn't an easy thing for her to get past. There was also Jason (her Detective Constable) and his growth through the book, which I definitely liked! You can't read and not have a soft spot for Jason!

I don't want to say anymore, because it's not the kind of story you want to spoil! But I'm a big fan of McDermid, and this book certainly hasn't changed that!