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The Bones Beneath: A Tom Thorne Novel | [Mark Billingham]

The Bones Beneath: A Tom Thorne Novel

Tom Thorne is back in charge - but there's a terrifying price to pay. Stuart Nicklin, the most dangerous psychopath he has ever put behind bars, promises to reveal the whereabouts of a body he buried 25 years before. But only if Thorne agrees to escort him. Unable to refuse, Thorne gathers a team and travels to a remote Welsh island, at the mercy of the weather and cut off from the mainland. Thorne is determined to get the job done and return home before Nicklin can outwit them.
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Publisher's Summary

The Deal: Tom Thorne is back in charge - but there's a terrifying price to pay. Stuart Nicklin, the most dangerous psychopath he has ever put behind bars, promises to reveal the whereabouts of a body he buried 25 years before. But only if Thorne agrees to escort him.

The Danger: Unable to refuse, Thorne gathers a team and travels to a remote Welsh island, at the mercy of the weather and cut off from the mainland. Thorne is determined to get the job done and return home before Nicklin can outwit them.

The Deaths: But Nicklin knows this island well and has had time to plan ahead. Soon, new bodies are added to the old, and Thorne finds himself facing the toughest decision he has ever had to make....

Tom Thorne returns in this utterly gripping, brilliantly plotted thriller. The Bones Beneath is Mark Billingham's most ambitious and accomplished work to date.

©2014 Mark Billingham Ltd (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Sam Q 06-24-14
    Sam Q 06-24-14
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    "A Tedious, Boring Disappointment"
    Would you try another book from Mark Billingham and/or Mark Billingham?

    Yes, because I know all his other books and this comes nowhere near his usual standard.


    What could Mark Billingham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have written a story which held a reader's interest and did not make him regret having chosen this book. Tom Thorne has been transformed into a vapid character with none of his usual energy, daring, humour and psychological depth. He is a cardboard, one-dimensional ordinary man - not even a detective. The interaction with his colleagues does nothing to bring either him or them to life. There is a flatness about the whole book. The ending which should be exciting does nothing to rouse interest.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did not use his voice to inject interest or lift a reader's attention in the story but spoke quickly in a voice which could on occasions almost become a monotone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    For me, it is forgettable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Carcassonne, France 05-31-14
    Anna Carcassonne, France 05-31-14
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    "Excellent Book Spoilt by Drab Narration."

    Mark Billingham always delivers high quality, enjoyable fiction but he is not a good narrator.
    This could have been an outstanding listen but was severely diminished by drab lack lustre narration by the author.
    Excellent plot and though still enjoyable the monotonous drone of the reader really spoilt this for me. Next time use someone good like Paul Thornley.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • mr
    Iron Acon, United Kingdom
    6/9/14
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    "Slow and ponderous"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This wasn't up to his usual high standard. I have really enjoyed all of this authors previous work.
    The author usually keeps the tension high and the action coming. The very end was the only time this book got going for me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable and ensures a further book with the same characters.


    What aspect of Mark Billingham’s performance might you have changed?

    Don't ever narrate your own books!


    Do you think The Bones Beneath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It will get one without doubt due to the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed. Previous work has been exceptional.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    scunthorpe, United Kingdom
    6/4/14
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    "plenty of action but it all comes at the end"

    this book lasts for just over nine and a half hours and the first 9 hours are more like a travel book describing Bardsey island and the trip there than a crime novel. I kept listening as I was sure that something might happen soon. Not my most favourite book I have listenened to recently. The ending reminded me of a Hannibal Lecter book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Martyn
    LINCOLN, United Kingdom
    6/11/14
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    "A great story line that keeps one guessing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bones Beneath to be better than the print version?

    It must be as it holds ones attention and the Narrator is great!


    What other book might you compare The Bones Beneath to, and why?

    Dead Simple by Peter James


    Have you listened to any of Mark Billingham’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Read most of them. This is different but a great story


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Come to a new holiday island! if you dare


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J
    10/25/14
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    "The bones beneath"
    What made the experience of listening to The Bones Beneath the most enjoyable?

    A good story with pace.


    What other book might you compare The Bones Beneath to, and why?

    The burning girl is still my favorite of his books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    8/12/14
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    "Too Long"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It wasn't a bad book by any manner of means, and so no, the time wasn't wasted (I listen to audio books when I'm exercising to take my mind off the sheer misery of that particular activity), but it just went on too long. I think Mr Billingham is very taken with the Nicklin character and I feel he spends too long with him.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Just made it a bit shorter - missed out some of the extraneous stuff - the flashbacks weren't entirely necessary, or at least not so many of them. I realise that there was a build-up taking place, but it was too ponderous.


    What about Mark Billingham’s performance did you like?

    He obviously knows his characters and knows what they are thinking, and so he breathes life into them. I particularly like his Tom Thorne.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Probably not. It doesn't lend itself to a film.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall what I've said sounds negative and it really isn't supposed to be. As I say, this is far from being bad. It's just a little over long and perhaps a little bit self-indulgent. I enjoy the Tom Thorne novels and this certainly won't stop me reading them again in the future. I just wonder if we're coming to the end of Tom as a character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicky Stevens
    7/7/14
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    "How it was meant to be read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bones Beneath to be better than the print version?

    No, not better than the print version but equally as good! I am a recent convert to Audio Books and the previous ones I have "read" have been read by people who aren't the author and this put a different infection onto the characters. Where this one is read by Mark Billingham himself, then you know it's exactly how he intended it to be read.


    What other book might you compare The Bones Beneath to, and why?

    This is the next book in the series about Tom Thorne and is of course similar to them. There's the twists and turns that you would hope for from Mark Billingham and the wonderful descriptive scenes he sets


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Has to be the climax really, I don't want to be giving spoilers but definitely the exciting ending was my favourite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes given the time!


    Any additional comments?

    I was thoroughly impressed that this was read by the Author, I felt I was getting exactly what he intended the reader to get. I shall be looking out for more novels read by their Author in future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ana
    Buckingham, Bucks, United Kingdom
    6/21/14
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    "Engrossing"
    What did you like most about The Bones Beneath?

    The relationship between Thorn and Nicholl, with the latter always one step ahead of the former. Very clever writing.


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

    I can always imagine the faces of the characters when I hear Mark's book, he gives each a personality.


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

    I was shocked when the other prisoner Batchelor told us of his "letter", it was unexpected and I was unprepared. My mouth dropped open!!


    Any additional comments?

    Another great story from Mark, well written and well read. Don't pass it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • katy
    Lymington, United Kingdom
    6/17/14
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    "Great Book Superbly Narrated by Mark Billingham"
    If you could sum up The Bones Beneath in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, well written, rounded characters and superbly read by Mark Billingham himself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thorne is always my favourite character but Stuart Nicklin, the main bad man is great.


    What about Mark Billingham’s performance did you like?

    Mark reads well and reads the story with the same passion it is written.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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