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Publisher's Summary

Perfect strangers. A perfect holiday. The perfect murder....

Three couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, their perfect holiday takes a tragic twist: the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves. When the shocked couples return home, they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties, they come to know one another better. But they don't always like what they find: buried beneath these apparently normal exteriors are some dark secrets, hidden kinks, ugly vices.... Then, a second girl goes missing. Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine?

A brilliantly plotted, utterly gripping thriller about the danger of making friends on holiday, Rush of Blood is Mark Billingham's most ambitious and accomplished work to date. Specially adapted for audio by the author.

©2012 Mark Billingham (P)2012 Hachette Digital

Critic Reviews

"A chilling story that keeps you guessing to the last page." ( Daily Express)

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  • Andrea
  • Linz, Austria
  • 12-27-14

Where’s the Rush?

Mediocre story, told in a mediocre pace and with a mediocre end. The title is misleading: I expected a thriller but the focus was on dissecting the various relationships and individual intentions of the several characters. It was not bad entirely, maybe the crime “packaging” is simply not the best marketing for this book.
Narration is okay.

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  • Kirstine
  • 10-07-12

Kept me listening

It took me a little while to catch onto the fact that the story swung back and forth from before and after the disappearance of a young girl and the involvement of three British couples on holiday in Florida. Thereafter I was engrossed by the development of the plot and the way the investigation progressed. The various characters are well-drawn and I was eager to find out what had happened. The narrator is good and kept me listening.

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  • Saffy
  • 08-29-12

My listen of the month

I listened to this over a couple of days on holiday and it had myself and my husband absolutely gripped. A departure from Billingham's Thorne series and probably even better. Toby Longworth narrates this brilliantly and for me this was a perfect audiobook . As I cannot read due to illness at the moment I feel very frustrated at not being able to read my favourite crime novels, listening to them is somehow not the same. However, the narration and structure of this book is audio perfect there are no wasted words or scenes which can
sometimes be a problem on audio books. The characterisation is brilliant and the dinner party scenes perfectly done; funny and excruciating. A fantastic holiday listen

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  • Ann D
  • 05-30-15

Loved it!

What did you like best about this story?

I know Florida well, so I enjoyed that it was set there and in the UK. The best aspect of it for me was probably the prominance of the relationships of those who met on holiday. It was different to the usual context for a crime drama. It was beautifully written and clever.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-18

good story

very believable story anout 3 couples who meet on holiday when a young girl disappears. the disappearance is tracked when each of the couples take it in turns to hold a dinner party. great narration. i have listened to it many times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-17-18

ugly truth

i did struggle to read this.
Sympathetic; characters non existent. All seemed to have the authors scorn.

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  • Lucinda
  • 05-04-18

Ridiculous accents distract from the story

I realise it must be difficult for one person to convincingly 'act' several different characters for an audio book, but this narrator made a dark story almost comical with his ridiculous array of accents. The strong brummie accent for a character who was only supposed to have a slight Midlands twang; the American drawl; the feminine women's voices...... Particularly amusing was his American woman from the deep south! Unfortunately I was so distracted by these accents I couldn't really tell you if the story was good or not as all of the tension was completely overshadowed by the way it was narrated. I wish I had read it rather than listened to it!

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  • Yvonne Wilson
  • 07-02-17

another excellent book from Billingham!

loved it, listened to it all through without taking a break. highly recommended and a cameo from Mr Thorne too!

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  • "jasonlee1980"
  • 09-07-16

For me, not his best work

I'm a huge fan of Mark Billingham. I love Thorne and even before that I enjoyed many standalone novels. This one however fell short for me. I never really got in to the story or the characters and it was a bit of a chore to get to the end. A shame, but perhaps it opens up a new market who will love this and not Thorne etc.

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  • Molly
  • 06-12-16

whispering

I have trouble hearing the dialogue when the narrator whispers because the character is whispering. The book is spoiled because I cannot hear the narration. Please stop the whispering in audio books

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  • Patricia
  • 05-09-15

Not bad...

A good story but I did find it quite predictable. Not as gripping as the Tom Thorne books. Great narration as ever.

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  • Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh
  • 05-14-18

Not up to Mark Billingham's best

The premise of the story was fine but it felt dragged out. Yes the final chapter was unexpected. Also contrived and unbelievable. There was no motive offered for the crime when the killer remained unknown. Even less of a motive when their identity was revealed. Too pat to be satisfying.

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  • Kirsten Forrester
  • 08-10-17

Quietly scary

This book is great. Certainly different to his Tom Thorne series. Quietly disconcerting. I did guess the end and I was just waiting for it to emerge. The orator was superb, he made the telling really enjoyable. Overall I liked it very much.

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  • Tina
  • 10-30-16

Good Twist

Enjoyed the narration with different accents. also the twist in the story that kept me guessing.