The reviewer was Catriona Ferguson, who said McDermid is "great at creating this brilliantly horrible stuff". Amongst the 5 minute review, another comment that I thought was interesting was:
"What a lot of good crime fiction does is that it's very good at reflecting back the horrors of society, and it does it in a very dramatic way to make a good book."
As we've discussed here previously, I believe crime fiction can be great entertainment, but also at its best can offer insights into the world around us (society, people etc). Thoughts?