The Missing - Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up and from which she long ago escaped. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried.
The Accused - When it's splashed all over the press that family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner, Tom Thorne, head to the flooded town to support Bates' wife, an old school friend of Helen's who is living under siege with two teenage children and convinced of her husband's innocence.
The Dead - As residents and media bay for Bates' blood, a decomposing body is found. The police believe they have their murderer in custody, but one man believes otherwise. With a girl still missing, Thorne sets himself on a collision course with local police, townsfolk, and a merciless killer.
Tom Thorne returns in a chilling mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final page. Time of Death is Mark Billingham's most timely, atmospheric thriller to date.
©2015 Mark Billingham Ltd (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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"A Thorne Tour De Force"
I've enjoyed Mark Billingham's work for many years now. I first found out about his detective thriller writing when I'd gone to listen to Christopher Brookmeyer talk at a Book Festival event and Mark happened to be on with him. Mark's transition from stand up comedy to thriller writing seemed odd and intriguing then. But reading the Tom Thorne series it seemed to make more sense - there was lots of observational detail and black humour peppers some of the characters core relationships. His research into the issues that are used in his books, especially around homelessness, abuse and drug use - marks him out as an author - lending sensitivity and realism. I really enjoyed Rush of Blood - one of his stand alone thrillers that I listened to. So I was excited at 'the new Tom Thorne book' and wondering where on earth it was going to go - in pretty much every sense of the word - after the mayhem on Bardsey Island in 'The Bones Beneath'.
Mark Billingham performs this book and how. I was gripped from the beginning, I was up all last night feeling emotionally wrenched around by the rollercoaster ending. I read and listen to so many thrillers that I'm amazed that I didn't see plot twists coming - I don't know if that was due to me be being so emotionally caught up in a harrowing story that seemed all to real. The pace and switching of narrative voices seemed just right to me - I wanted to know what was going on with each set of people and was worried about the other characters who were out of the action in the moment.
The story and the characters became more powerful, real, punchy and gripping the nearer it got to the conclusion. And I'd thought it was a bloody good book to start with. I purposely haven't mentioned anything - the directions the book takes, the how and the why of it, are part of the skill and the art. I wouldn't have liked to have missed any surprises or twists and turns. I'd just like to give the author a standing ovation. There's one other detective book that has left me this blown away - Angel's Flight by Michael Connelly - which had a powerful but gruesome ending, but that was number 6 in a detective series. For Billingham's 13th Thorne book to do some brave things and make some powerful new moves - well hats off to you sir.
"Inventive and engrossing story"
This is the latest and eleventh novel charting the career of detective Tom Thorne, and having read or listened to many of them, think this is one of the best in the series. The story is more inventive in the use of forensic science and Thorne seems a more nuanced character than in earlier books. The detective’s personal life is woven into the story which makes it more interesting. As par for the course of this genre the crimes are elaborate and somewhat contrived but it all adds up to an engrossing listen. A plus for me is that there aren't too many salivating descriptions of the violence perpetrated on the victims.
The author narrates the book even better than in the previous books.
Good story line and Easy to listen to- voice just right- I only say that because some voices really grate.
"Time of death"
Great story kept me listening , I love Tom Thorne
Well written amusing in places
I would recommend this audio book to everyone.
"A good substantial book!"
Excellent narration, but then of course he would know better than anyone, how it should be read!
My first book by this author. I really enjoyed it. I found it well written, absorbing and it bounced along nicely.
"As usual brilliant"
Thrilling, humorous and very good entertainment with a twist at the end that signify Mark Billingham. Love his books very much
"Mark please give up narrating"
I can't listen to these books anymore marks narration is flat and destroys the book it really spoils the book get a narrator AND Not Sean barret
"A little slow"
Good story, just lacked pace and got bogged down here and there.
Narration was good though.
Well written and read. This is good storytelling, exciting and informative. I shall buy more Billingham very soon.
"Needs a better reader"
Whilst I have always enjoyed Mr Billingham's books, this audio book was spoiled by the reader! A good book needs a good professional actor to read it...one who is capable of voicing the different characters for the listener. In my opinion, Mark failed in this audio book. His Irish 'accent' was abysmal. Stick to writing brilliant books, and employ good professional readers.
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