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"Have you ever wanted to bury a secret so deeply that no one will find out about it? "With private security firms supplying bodyguards in every theatre of war, who will notice the emergence of a sexual psychopath from the ranks of the mercenaries?Reuters correspondent Connie Burns is no stranger to the world's troublespots, including the vicious civil unrest in Sierra Leon"Have you ever wanted to bury a secret so deeply that no one will find out about it? "With private security firms supplying bodyguards in every theatre of war, who will notice the emergence of a sexual psychopath from the ranks of the mercenaries?Reuters correspondent Connie Burns is no stranger to the world's troublespots, including the vicious civil unrest in Sierra Leone and the war in Iraq. But as she begins to suspect that a foreigner is using the chaos of war to act out sadistic fantasies against women, her efforts to bring him to justice leave her devastated.Degraded and terrified, she goes into hiding in England and strikes up a friendship with Jess Derbyshire, a loner whose reclusive nature may well be masking secrets of her own. Connie draws from the other woman's strength and makes the hazardous decision to attempt a third unmasking of a serial killer . . .Knowing he will come looking for her . . ....

Title : The Devil's Feather
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ISBN : 9780330436489
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Number of Pages : 482 Pages
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The Devil's Feather Reviews

  • Lance Greenfield
    2019-04-22 12:08

    Psychological non-thrillerHaving been totally captivated by every Minette Walters book that I have picked up in the past, The Devil's Feather came as a huge disappointment to me. It has to be the most unthrilling "thriller" that has ever appeared on my bookshelves. It took some stamina to plough through nearly five hundred pages of the fictional ramblings of a self-obsessed woman who doesn't trust anyone around her and just moans and groans about her circumstances. To be fair to the author, there are a couple of chapters of action towards the end of the book, but they are far from convincing and I was willing the protagonist to put the narrator out of her misery. Sadly, she survived to inflict more tedium on the reader.Had this been Minette Walters's first novel, she would have sunk into oblivion along with thousands of other wannabe authors. Let's hope that her next effort returns to her usual brilliant standards.

  • debra
    2019-05-05 14:15

    4.5 Audio I think audio format may have enhanced this book. I agree with Carol's opinion that "Minette Walters seldom disappoints and this book is no exception." Walters creates this tense, creepy atmosphere with a min of gory detail. I thought it was very good- narrator,characters, story, all of it.

  • Carol
    2019-05-01 16:23

    Minette Walters seldom disappoints me and this read was no exception. Devil’s Feather is psychological suspense at its best. What would it feel like to be a victim of a terrorist kidnapping? This is just what happens to Connie Burns, Reuter’s reporter. While working on a story in Sierra Leone about five women brutally murdered, she suspects a British mercenary. She has met this man before under different names and is certain he is using the backdrop of war as a cover for his sadistic murders. In a confrontation with him, he warns her not to cross him. Connie could not know to what lengths this man would go to make good on his threat.What I really loved about this book was how well Walter’s portrays monsters that prey, the victim, and explores the role of survivor. I learned a thing or two, also. I learned that the mastiffs in the Hounds of the Baskervilles were actually a mastiff/bloodhound cross and that they are scarier than the mastiffs belonging to a main character in Devil's Feather. Though Jess’s dogs are massive in size and look ferocious, they are less to be feared and less ferocious than expected. I was intrigued by the definition of Devil's Feather coming from the Turkish and translating as "a woman who stirs a man's interest without realizing it; the unwitting cause of sexual arousal. This passage, at the beginning of the book drew me right in. Having read many of Walter's novels, I was right at home with her style of story told with use of emails, letters, newspaper stories and the like. She does this so well.

  • Bev Taylor
    2019-04-30 15:21

    have u ever wanted to bury a secret so deeply that no-one will ever find it? connie is a reuters correspondent and is found in the world's troublespots, inc the middle east. h/e she finds out that a foreigner is suspected of using the chaos of war to act out his sadistic fantasies. but can she prove it? kidnappings r common and connie finds herself a victim but her's is no ordinary one and she knows who her abductor is released after 3 days she returns to the uk and goes into hiding in a isolated house in dorset. there she strikes up an unlikely relationship with her neighbour jess who happens to have 5 mastiff dogs - good protection! convenient!!she knows that he will come looking for her and she takes all possible measures. whilst doing this she also unearths the mysteries surrounding the house where she is living the tension builds to a gripping climax and she has a way with words that really make u think and draw u in. great characterisation, the novel is told in a series of present and past plus e mails passed between connie, her boss and also members of the force. u know what has happened thru hints in the words spoken or thoughts that go thru the head but this does not detract from the enjoymentbev

  • Linda
    2019-05-06 10:07

    Another mystery that I COULDN'T PUT DOWN. I sat aside two other books to finish this one as fast as I could because the story is so compelling. Minette Walters is a good writer and she spins a tale that is far from ordinary. British, she includes vernacular that is uncommon to most of us, but is descriptive and cryptic. The protagonist is Connie, a journalist, who has antagonized a mercenary while reporting in Iraq. She believes this man, who goes by many names, is responsible for the brutalization and death of women from Sierra Leone to Iraq. She is taken prisoner for three days as she is preparing to leave Iraq and when released, flees to the countryside in England. She refuses to say what happened to her or who her captor may have been. She leaves her boss and her boyfriend completly baffled. In England she rents (lets)a falling-down, isolated house, with only another traumatized (what else) woman for a neighbor. There she unravels another puzzle about the elderly woman who owns the house. So, as she tries to process her abuduction in Iraq, she is also learning the story of the history of her rental, the people who have lived in it and the principals in the land ownership of the region. Riveting!

  • Rubina
    2019-05-19 12:12

    This book has a lot in common with the Millenium trilogy (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, etc.) It could well have been called "Men Who Hate Women," which was the original title of the first book. One of the female protagonists bears a striking resemblance to Lisbeth Salander both in appearance and personality.Much of this novel falls outside the confines of the thriller genre. Many thriller authors focus on the exposition of crimes and the process of solving them. Walters delves into the psychology of both the victim and the sadistic man who abused her. It is a well-rounded, satisfying read. "Devil's Feather" is good enough for me to recommend to anyone looking for a suspenseful novel that is actually well written.

  • Asghar Abbas
    2019-05-03 14:20

    A Cautionary Tale of epic proportions, this was her most disturbing book. Will make you uneasy as it's meant to, well that's the hope anyway. It was disturbing because it skirted too close to reality. Minette has always been careful of her monsters but the horror of this novel is that men like this exist in real world. But here's the silver lining, so does the heroic women like these to counter them. What is it about this War between our own Kind?what is it about victim and oppressors prey and hunters men and women ?

  • Patricia Vocat
    2019-04-28 16:33

    I almost gave up on this book 100 times. But I ploughed through it to the very end (a very talky and seemingly interminable ending), through all the ramblings of the very irritating main character, Connie, and the lifes of some village weirdos.I was hoping for some surprises, but the course of action remained flat and so predictable.A Psychopath is stalking a vulnerable woman. And oh shocker! The psychopath tries to kill said woman. Sadly, (view spoiler)[ she survives to inflict more ennui on the reader. (hide spoiler)]Suffice to say I didn't fancy the book, but then again Walters' books have a tendency to rub me the wrong way. (although what I read so far is much better, than this piece of work.)

  • Deborah Pickstone
    2019-04-26 15:19

    One I actually hadn't read by my very favourite suspense author. I remember thinking 'that was as near to perfect as I ever read' at the end of The Shape of Snakes and this is as good. Minette Walters does suspense in a most singular way, never really relying on horrific imagery to provide the adrenaline factor. I avoid the Horror genre as I hate being made to feel distressed; MW writes psychological suspense par excellence.

  • Rob
    2019-05-10 11:19

    I'm baffled by the 4-star avg rating this book has received. This book is filled with unlikable characters, has a slow plodding pace and is just generally un-thrilling. If this was the first Minette Walters book I read it would also be the last. Definitely not recommended!

  • Carla Patterson
    2019-04-22 16:06

    For me, a book has to be able to draw me in and make me forget where I am and what I was doing. It has to come with an unusual gambit, an unexpected flavor, and/or a lovely use of language. This book had all of that so I enjoyed most of it quite a lot. The majority of the action of the book is internal to the protagonist, the things she remembers and the things she alludes to. The author takes us through past, present, and possible events and states of mind without losing us on the way. In other hands, it might have felt jarring but, I didn’t feel any of that. I remained ensconced in the narrative’s closeness and didn’t lose faith in its ability to give me whatever information I would need precisely when I would need it. I gave the novel 4 stars instead of 5 because some of the characters drove me up a wall without respite. ;) I wish there had, perhaps, been more time with the protagonist being a journalist in different parts of the world before the story moved entirely back to the UK but that’s just a personal taste thing since I am not a mystery lover, strictly speaking.

  • Jassna Sammel
    2019-05-17 15:18

    Dies war das bisher schwächste Buch, das ich von Minette Walters gelesen habe.

  • John
    2019-05-13 16:32

    This is I think the fourth Minette Walters I've read, and it's the first about which I've had strong reservations. The opening 250 pages or so are absolutely splendid -- every bit as good as expected -- but the final 100 or so just sort of meander unconvincingly.Connie Burns is a war correspondent who picks up on the fact that a Glaswegian "security consultant" (i.e., mercenary) whom she encounters first in Sierra Leone and then in Baghdad, Keith Mackenzie, is taking advantage of the general social mayhem to commit sadistic rape-murders. He retaliates by abducting her -- everyone assumes it's a terrorist abduction, of course -- and putting her through three days of sexual and other humiliations. Oddly, he then releases her -- perhaps reckoning that living with her memories of those three days will be worse than death? I dunno.Too terrified to point the finger -- at least publicly -- Connie flees to England where, under a phony name, she rents a dilapidated house in a remote Dorset village.* There she encounters, and is taken under the wing of, a neighboring farmer, Jess Derbyshire, and the local GP, Peter Coleman. She's sure that Mackenzie will come after her to finish the task he inexplicably didn't in Baghdad . . . and of course he does.What above all else keeps the story moving is the character of Jess Derbyshire. Fiercely inept in the usual social graces, quite uncaring of what others think about her, she demonstrates a genuine goodness of heart in an environment where others -- Connie included -- seem superficial in their commitments to each other. It's just unfortunate that Jess is also (innocently) at the heart of the book's secondary plot, which is to do with ancestry and an inheritance and is frankly pretty dull. It's the rather unconvincing resolution of this secondary plot that keeps the book rambling on for that extra hundred pages. And during those pages she loses a lot of her credibility as the masterful fictional creation she seemed to be earlier, as if the author had lost interest in her.So, very much a mixed bag. As I say, the first time I've been disappointed by one of Walters's novels.=======* We're told the house is big, but at one point (p67) Jess remarks, while calculating how long a phone extension cord should be, that it must be at least 100m from the kitchen to the master bedroom. Think about that for a moment. 100ft, maybe?

  • Geeta
    2019-05-11 13:34

    Actually, listening. Which is weird, given how many emails go back and forth, but the book is well read, so I'm not having a problem following. I'm just losing patience with the narrator. So are all the other characters, so I'm assuming this is deliberate. And I've been informed by another reader that bad things happen to dogs. Had I known this, I would never have started the book. Update: Just as I thought I'd have to give up on the narrator--not unreliable by the book's standard but withholding and irritating by mine--the story took a turn that reeled me back in again. It's very much a psychological novel rather than a mystery, and the character I ended up liking best was Jess, the owner of a pack of mastiffs. One of them does die, and there is a suggestion of dog abuse in the Baghdad part of the story.I guess I'd better give a brief summary: the narrator, Connie Burns, is a war reporter who gets kidnapped and held hostage for 3 days in Baghdad. It becomes clear that she was not kidnapped by Islamic extremists, yet she refuses to talk to anyone about her captivity, making, instead, oblique allusions to feeling ashamed and weak. She holes up in rental property in Dorset, where she meets a neighboring farmer, Jess, whose entire family was killed in a car crash when she was twenty. Both of them are wounded and form an unlikely friendship. I can't say much more without giving away the plot. I found the point of view very interesting, especially the way that Walters managed to get around its limitations. The subplot involving land and inheritance was confusing and contrived, and I never did like the narrator, though I don't see why that's necessary. I cared about what happened to her, which seems to be enough.

  • Jenny E.
    2019-04-26 17:21

    It' supposed to be a thriller but I would consider it more to be a snore. I was never frightened nor a tiny bit scared.I thought it would be a 'sit-o-the-edge' read but it wasn't. The first 100 or so pages read like a chicklit book with the little added emails and reports in between chapters that were there to provoce the reader's curiosity. But I never felt curious. The book almost read like a thriller novel according to 'template 1A'.It's sad that it was such a disappointment because I really like the two other books I've read by Minette Walters.

  • Mark
    2019-05-16 13:13

    Another terrific potboiler from this prolific mystery writer. This time, the protagonist is a journalist who was kidnapped and brutally terrorized in Iraq, and who has retreated into the English countryside to recuperate. She befriends a neighbor woman lacking in all social graces and the doctor who attends the neighbor. The journalist, Connie Burns, though suffering from PTSD, shuns all atempts at help and is paralyzed by her fear of the man (MacKenzie) who is responsible for her attack. She has kept the details of her captivity private and has not identified her attacker to the authorities, other than a Manchester police detective, with whom she corresponds by email. A side story involves the neighbor and her running dispute with the woman who stands to inherit the house Connie is renting and some family secrets. Again, as in each of Ms. Walters' books this reader has read, the characters that populate this are fully formed, the situations are entirely believable, the tension builds to its shocking conclusion, and the actual events of the denoument are discreetly left up to the reader's imagination. Reading a Minette Walters story is like digging into a slice of baklava: layer upon layer leading to a sweet reward. Four and a half stars.

  • Velvetink
    2019-05-22 11:29

    Two plots. 1.A journalist's abduction in a war zone and 2. inheritance- I was looking for a connection - there was none other than the journalist had rented a house where the inheritance plot occurs. I kept thinking that a woman hiding out from an abductor would not be getting so involved in the lives & dramas of people who owned the house she was renting. Aside from that it was fast paced (mostly) - the email formated sections worked but it annoyed me no end.

  • Miriam Smith
    2019-05-02 11:34

    I've been reading Minette Walters books now for years and her books are always professionally written with excellent storylines. This book had a brilliant plot and because there were only a few characters you truly felt connected to them. Maybe a little long, I did feel towards the end that I wanted it finished but I did thoroughly enjoy it and would recommend.

  • Kay
    2019-05-20 15:16

    This book was so much better than the last one I read of hers. I would have given it 3 1/2 stars if that had been available. Her characters were interesting and the plot was good enough that I didn't want to put it down. Since I have 3 more books of hers sitting in my library stack it gave me some hope to dive in and read.

  • Mya
    2019-05-11 15:31

    Loved this! Nail-biting. Mystery. Action. Good characters. Tantalising tid-bits of information that create a 'who dunnit' feel and make you want to keep reading to check whether your theories are correct. Also liked that she used emails/letters/reports in places to tell the story. Would like to read another of her books.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-17 14:32

    There were moments where action was happening that I was so drawn into the story that I felt antsy sitting and reading instead of moving around, as if I could help. So for that, I give it high marks.Most of the characters were unpleasant, though, which I don't like in a book. But there were a couple pleasant ones to balance them out.

  • Katherine
    2019-05-06 17:36

    War zone journalist is abducted, and on her return to England struggles to protect her privacy as she tries to investigate the truth about her captor. Very well done, sketching both a broad world stage and a small English village equally convincingly.

  • Izzy
    2019-04-29 11:21

    I usually really like Minette Walters but this fell flat for me. The characters weren't at all likeable and the mystery was inconclusive and didn't grip me in any way. I'd highly recommend her as an author, but just skip this one.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-20 15:13

    I was compelled to write a letter to the author after reading this book, because her understanding of PTSD is incredible. Suffice to say that anyone who has been through a trauma will feel less alone after reading this book.

  • April
    2019-05-03 10:28

    I am addicted to Mystery novels. Yes, it is true. This read a little bit more like a current events thriller. I like Minette Walters. Her novels are much more disturbing than the other mysteries I generally read. But this one had me on the edge of my seat and I did enjoy the characters.

  • Sharon
    2019-04-26 14:27

    I loved the first several Minette Walters books, but I thought this one was awful. I found it boring and I didn't like the protagonist. I think if I hadn't had such positive feelings about the author's previous books, I would not have finished this book.

  • Lani
    2019-05-20 12:21

    I'm embarrassed to say I've never heard of Minette Walters and stumbled across this book at the library, but I was enthralled from the beginning, and it never got dull. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Jan Shillington
    2019-05-20 10:34

    The interaction between the main character and the psychopathic murderer was creepy and riveting. I was expecting a cat and mouse game. Hey! What happened? How did we end up in a sleepy village in England with a bunch of extraneous sub-plots? Ending was like horror movies where the girl goes to an empty house with open doors and no one nearby, while the creepy guy closes in. Wait, that is the story!zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Sections about torture were disturbing to read

  • Larisa
    2019-05-10 18:10

    Not really a mystery, but a well-paced novel of suspense that reveals details about the war-correspondent narrator and her interactions with a strange, sociopathic man, one tantalizing drop at a time. I love Minette Walters's books because she delves deep into human psychology. I can't say I enjoyed this as much as some of her others (like The Sculptress and Scold's Bridle), but I was in the mood to immerse myself in a compelling novel and this definitely kept me in thrall for four days.

  • Irene
    2019-05-14 14:24

    Great psychological thriller.