Full of betrayal, deceit and suspense, Die of Shame is the spectacular new book from number-one best seller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series.
Every Monday evening six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets: stories of lies, regret and, above all, shame.
Then one of them is killed - and it's clear one of the circle was responsible. Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner quickly finds her investigation hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these people and their therapist together. So what could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when denial and deception are second nature to all of your suspects?
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"Dialogue is perfectly pitched.... It is a credit to Billingham's skill as a writer that his characters reveal so much to the reader when blethering around the dinner table while revealing so little to one another." (Scotland on Sunday on Rush of Blood)
"Billingham ratchets up the tension, with a twist-filled climax that shows exactly why he's one of the UK's leading crime writers." (Shortlist on Rush of Blood)
"Hugely effective and entertaining...many twists and shocks." (The Times on Rush of Blood)
"Billingham produces an astonishing final twist to complete his most ambitious and most accomplished book." (Sunday Telegraph on In the Dark)
"A virtuoso performance by Billingham." (Daily Mail on In the Dark)
"Chilling.... A story with a twist that I guarantee even veteran crime fiction aficionados won't see coming." (Evening Herald on In the Dark)
I adore Mark Billingham and was shocked by how bad this book was. I made it to Chapter 15 and threw in the towel. Dull with unsympathetic characters and virtually no action. Billingham's great narration couldn't save it.
Having enjoyed some of the previous novels by this author, I was disappointed by this book. It’s ponderously slow being dominated by long passages that sound like transcripts of what was said at group therapy sessions for addicts. Followed by hearing the resumé of each session by the therapist. There are hours of this navel-gazing presumably intended to flesh out the characters but I found it boring and irritating.
Most of the characters are battling an addiction of one kind or another. None are likeable and verge on caricatures. Buried in all this verbiage there’s a murder that eventually get’s hurriedly solved near the end of the book.
The narrator is very good giving each character a distinctive voice.
"It would be a shame to miss this one!"
The structure of the plot. The 'Now' and 'Then' chapters.
Very different characters from very different backgrounds thrown into a melting pot of a relapse prevention group for addicts. Meltdown was inevitable but Mark Billingham ensured the melting pot was well seasoned with murder, mystery, jealousy, and personalities of the highest disorder.
Mark Billingham brought the characters to life with individual voices and accents. He did not sound like a reader, more of a very accomplished actor.
Yes for sure. I listened to it entirely on my daily commute to work, and drove my car very slowly. Needless to say, I was late for work.
Yes , I love the different characters and the way they come across on audible
all of it
every scene with Tony
Great story , down to earth with a touch of humor , another great book by the author
"The Only Shame is That I’ve Finished it!"
My first but definitely not my last by Mark Billingham. This is one of those books that simply resonated with me from the start. I don’t know if it was the quality of the writing, the excellent narration or indeed the story which is built upon the strong foundations of richly developed characters. Addiction is a tough subject to get right but this is a book that to me does just that. From the off the group and the characters involved with it are believable. The story is their story and is told with a clever “Then and Now” dual timeline where even the identity of the victim is kept tantalisingly close for a while before being revealed allowing the main story to develop.
This is a modern whodunit of some quality, the answers are not obvious and are cleverly revealed. Throughout the book the directions and pointers towards possible motives and suspects are cleverly done and never leave the bounds of credibility. The characters grow and interact to move the plot forwards until we reach what to me was a very satisfying conclusion.
I normally see it as a warning flag when the author narrates his own story but Billingham is most definitely both a reader and a writer and shows considerable skill in breathing life into his characters. This one is not quite my usual fayre but I have no hesitation recommending it!
Have listen to all of Mark's books, the best one so far this is his imperial bedroom or London's Calling.
"Not up to his usual standard."
The story was rather long and drawn out and while the twist was interesting and the building up of the plot clever, it didn't offset the feeling that there simply wasn't enough depth to entertain. I'm usually a big fan but this one could have been 30% shorter and provided more entertainment per chapter.
"Having been an addict it was poignant to me"
It's a recovery group but then murder happens. Characters are so honest ii felt knew them
Won't give more away a great nigyt read.
I thoroughly enjoyed it
"Brilliant story, perfect narration."
A gripping, tightly plotted foray into the fascinating world of a therapy group for addicts. A brutal murder, lies and secrets, and a circle of suspects, each with their own motive.
"great story but"
I really enjoyed the book. but not the narration Mark doesn't do the story justice in my opinion. that being said it's definitely worth a listen
"An interesting book"
This was a new author for me and a different storyline that I am used to so I have mixed feelings about the book. I didn't like the ending it wasn't as complete as I usually like. will not say too much as I don't want to spoil it for others, but it was enjoyable and a good listen
It hasn't put me off trying another book by Mark Billingham though.
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