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Publisher's Summary

Tom Thorne is back...and so is his worst nightmare.

Tom Thorne has it all.

In Nicola Tanner and Phil Hendricks, Thorne has good friends by his side. He finally has a love life worth a damn and is happy in the job to which he has devoted his life....

He has everything to lose.

Hunting the woman responsible for a series of grisly murders, Thorne has no way of knowing that he will be plunged into a nightmare from which he may never wake.

And he'll do anything to keep it.

Finally, Thorne's past has caught up with him and a ruinous secret is about to be revealed. If he wants to save himself and his friends, he must do the unthinkable.

©2022 Mark Billingham Ltd (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Mark Billingham is a master of psychology." (Ian Rankin)

"Fast-paced and twisting." (Paula Hawkins)

"A gripping, grisly read. Mark Billingham is a terrific crime writer." (Anthony Horowitz)

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  • Emac
  • 06-09-22

love Tom Thorne

Loved this book. Mark Billingham is a great narrator. lovely to have Tom Thorne and the others back.

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  • holly1
  • 07-29-22

Felt a little slow in the story line for me.

This is the first time I've read this author so not aware of his style. But for me the storyline & lack of action was all a bit too slow moving for me. I went back over a couple of chapters to see if I had missed something, but hadn't! The voices were all quite similar too so had to concentrate on who was talking at times. Like something a bit more pacey.

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  • Ellie
  • 07-21-22

not his best

I usually love Mark billingham books and although this one wasn't disappointing it certainly was a far cry from how good his books usually are . Don't let this put you off as it's still a good listen I'm just used to expecting letter from him

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  • Simon Evers
  • 07-20-22

Up to scratch

As always, I enjoyed hearing more about Tom Thorne's latest case. A satisfactory ending after a twist I certainly didn't see coming added to the enjoyment.

However, I've moaned about Mark Billingham's narration before. I'm sure he enjoys narrating his own books but there are many much better book narrators out there and I would urge him to use someone else next time. His tone is too flat and monotonous for me (but not for everybody, evidently).

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  • KarenW
  • 07-19-22

Superb

Mark B writes delicious murder books and this Murder Book is one of his best. I love Tom Thorne and always feel that he’s a man in need of a good hug 🫠…and the twist at the end, I did not see coming. Do yourself a favour and get this book today.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-19-22

Excellent 👌

Brilliant storyline, characters are the personalities we have come to love and the narration superb as ever. Looking forward to the next chapter in Thorne's life!

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  • Anne
  • 07-12-22

Great

Last MB book I had to return as was very poor,this was better, only moan is Marks narration..Great.. but has he got dentures as could hear a clicky noise when he spoke! otherwise great!

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  • Marion G.
  • 07-11-22

Boring and very slow

What else can I say? I didn't enjoy this novel at all. Good reviews had me downloading and I really did try to get into the novel but nothing worked for me. Hated the tedious, monotone narration and the dialogue just went on and on and the action took an age to draw my interest. However, once it had taken place, back we go to interminable dialogue and I began to skip chapters. Not a good sign and for me, not worthy of a place in my library and not a good book.... but many disagree if those glowing reviews are to be believed so you pays your money and makes your choice. For me - this one will be returned forthwith.

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  • Mr Tickles
  • 07-04-22

Tom gets caught again!

Just love Mark Billinham's style easy going and relates to everyone and he makes his policemen and women human and fallable. Great writing, Great story and who better to read your own stuff than you. thanks Mark. did it in two hits! Next please.

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  • barbara
  • 06-24-22

murder book

loved it plot good thought sussed it wholly surprised at end recommend to all