An enduring top-10 best-seller, and a genuinely gripping novel in the spirit of Ruth Rendell and Elizabeth George.
London-based detective Tom Thorne has his work cut out. The killer chose his target at Euston station, followed her and strangled her to death. The victim wasn't his first in North London, and Thorne realises the murders are happening simultaneously. This is not a serial killer Thorne is up against... this is two of them.
©2002 Mark Billingham (P)2003 WF Howes Ltd
Considering that this is a murder story where the murderer is a psychopath, the storyline is quite good. It is quite dark and disturbing. I did enjoy listening to the story, but did not enjoy the amount of swearing in the book. Perhaps that is realistic, but I found it excessive
His performance was acceptable
Not listen to another book from this author
"Good story - terrible accents!"
I agree with one of the previous reviewers. While I found the book gripping and wanted to get to the end of the story, I also found the use of bad language rather gratuitous. Other authors manage to get a "gritty" storyline over without resorting to this kind of language. I found that after a while it grated - and certainly didn't add anything to the plot. While I'm sure that this kind of language gets used by both the police and criminals, is it really necessary to litter it amongst the dialogue?
I also found the reader disappointing when he tried to do any regional accents. When he was reading normally he was very good, but most of the accents were terrible! His brummie accent left a lot to be desired and the Geordie one wasn't much better!
All this aside, I did enjoy the book, but would also think twice before buying another if Mark Billingham's writing style means that he will resort to expletives on such a regular basis.
I read most of marks books the narrator is fantastic at taking you to your imagination some books get spoilt by narrative however this one does not disappoint, fantastic from start to finish. Highly recommended to those who enjoy crime thillers with a twist
"Good story spoiled"
Whilst the storyline in this book is good I find the gratuitous use of foul language quite disturbing and it adds nothing. As this was the first of Mark Billingham's novels that I have read I presume this is is normal for him and therefore I won't be wasting my money in future. I am finding this a rather unpleasant trend in modern novelists and I object to having this sort of language assailing my ears. I wish Audible could have a symbol to indicate that a book contains a lot of foul language. I don't mind the odd word but not as bad as this.
The story was compelling with well rounded characters and kept in suspense to end. Liked the humanity of characters.
Narration could have been better. Local dialects a bit ropey.
A good listen in series.
"Only one star because I can't give it none!"
This book is slow and self indulgent. If you are looking for a pacy thriller then this is not for you. Loads of swearing for no reason ( I have no problem with swearing) I just think he put it in to wake up the listener because the story is so slow! It is rare for me not to finish a book especially when all I have to do is listen but this is rubbish! In my opinion.
"Awful reading and swearing ruin this book."
The reading is dreadful and the continuous swearing by many of the characters including teachers and senior police officers was unrealistic and highly irritating.
Made better use of the English language.
"Cracking story, with a clever twist!!"
I did think that some of the accents were dubious!!! But on the whole not badly read. An enjoyable listen
"5 star read"
A very good, twisting, crime thriller. D.I. Thorne's character is brought out well and guessing the ending is difficult. A five star read typical of Mark Billingham, well read by Christopher Kay.
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