As a Mark Billingham fan...even more so a Tom Thorne fan...I was interested to read another of his standalone novels (having previously enjoyed In the Dark).
From the cover blurb, it seemed like Rush of Blood would be a different type of book, not a detective story but still a mystery novel all the same.
And it was different - the writing style seemed different, still dark and gritty but lacking the sardonic humour, in the main. The characters were unsympathetic and unlikeable, which did heighten the mystery element as you could imagine that any one of them could perform an unspeakable act but also didn't give you someone to root for. Even the police were generally self serving.
I think there were hints into each of the characters' backstories but these weren't fully developed (I suppose to keep the reader guessing) and this made the book feel slightly unfinished.
I won't go into the story more, as I wouldn't want to spoil it but I would say that overall it was an easy read, which made me want to keep going to the end and was twisty enough for me not to guess the outcome.
I would recommend the book but feel that it doesn't compare to the Thorne novels (that character could've livened things up a little but I guess he would've worked things out too easily )
After a decent enough book, the ending is where things fell down and why I wouldn't recommend more highly - after a decent build up, the actual ending felt rushed and the killer's motive was rather unbelieveable and frankly a bit daft. There was a little cameo for Thorne fans, which revealed a little interesting detail which presumably will lead on to the next book.