Private investigator Jasmine Shar has been hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who has vanished without trace. What begins as a simple search awakens a malevolence that has lain dormant for three decades. As Jasmine uncovers a hidden history of sex, drugs, ritualism, and murder, she realises she may need a little help from the dark side herself if she's going to get to the truth.
©2012 Chris Brookmyre (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 29-01-14


What made the experience of listening to When the Devil Drives the most enjoyable?

It's a Scottish story, read in a Scottish accent and it felt very contemporary.

What other book might you compare When the Devil Drives to, and why?

I haven't listened to anything similar that wasn't written by Chris Brookmyre. This book's the middle story of three about the same characters.

What does Sarah Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She really brought the characters to life - the two main ones are female so it really helped that a woman narrated those, rather than a man doing a high voice!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It didn't make me emotional but the ending played through my mind for a few days afterwards.

Any additional comments?

I love the way Chris Brookmyre sets crime stories against an urban Scottish background. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rogayah on 18-08-13


With a limited number of suspects it seemed incredible that I could not suspect, even for a moment, the right one. It kept me glued and intrigued. I was suitably misdirected and entertained so can throughly recommend the book - story, performance et al.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alexandra on 30-07-12

Not a classic Brookmyre, but a solid one

Would you listen to When the Devil Drives again? Why?

Probably not. It gave it all on the first run.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It's intellectually challenging, you know the paths will cross, and he manipulates your expectations in a way that makes it surprising almost all the time.

Which character – as performed by Sarah Barron – was your favorite?

Many - she is a wonderful performer and I can recall most of her characters in this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gideon on 26-08-12

Better than ever.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Devilishly clever plot, great characters, wonderfully read.

What did you like best about this story?

The multi-layered texture with which Brookmyre takes one under the skin of contemporary Scotland. The way it weaves different strands together to make a not-too-neat whole.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the one where Jasmine takes the last train home. The shooting scene at the Lodge was also in contention.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending. And the torching of Jasmine's car.

Any additional comments?

Brookmyre seems to have found a second breath if not an entirely new voice - thankfully. The anarchy, black humour and surprising insights are all there, and in Jasmine Sharp and the other companion characters he has created a pond in which I suspect he'll play for some time.

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