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Rush of Blood

Rush of Blood [Kindle Edition]

Mark Billingham
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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Hugely effective and entertaining . . . many twists and shocks (The Times)

The suspense is expertly built...the perfect ending to an extremely gripping book (Daily Express)

Very effective...excellent stuff (Daily Mail)

Billingham ratchets up the tension, with a twist-filled climax that shows exactly why he's one of the UK's leading crime writers (Shortlist)

A superbly plotted book (Reader's Digest)

Dialogue is perfectly pitched...It is a credit to Billingham's skill as a writer that his characters reveal so much to the reader when blethering around the dinner table while revealing so little to one another (Scotland on Sunday)

Page-turning...assertive crime writing (Good Book Guide)

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The new standalone from the No.1 bestselling author

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (2 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847444210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847444219
  • ASIN: B008FZK7EQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Billingham is one of the UK's most acclaimed and popular crime writers. A former actor, television writer and stand-up comedian, his series of novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel Of The Year Award as well as the Sherlock Award for Best British Detective and been nominated for seven CWA Daggers. His standalone thriller IN THE DARK was chosen as one of the twelve best books of the year by the Times and his debut novel, SLEEPYHEAD was chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 books that had shaped the decade. Each of his novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.

A television series based on the Thorne novels was screened in Autumn 2010, starring David Morrissey as Tom Thorne and series based on the standalone thrillers IN THE DARK and RUSH OF BLOOD are currently in development with the BBC.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A departure from usual style 12 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tricky one this... 2 Aug 2012
From the outset I will say that I am a steadfast fan of Mr Billingham, having read all the books, having watched the excellent TV adaptations and yes I probably would buy the T-shirt, but overall I found this a curious and unsettling departure of style for him.

The story opens in Florida as three British couples find themselves implicated in the disappearance of a teenage girl, Amber-Marie Wilson from their holiday resort. She is later discovered murdered. On their return to the UK the couples resume contact with one another over a series of meetings and meals which exposes the quirks and frailties of their personal relationships heightened by the fact that another young girl goes missing in similar circumstances to the Florida case. Jenny Quinlan, a young trainee detective is tasked with investigating them as the Trans-Atlantic connection becomes evident and puts them under scrutiny in a bid to expose their darkest secrets and to catch a killer or killers...

For my part, I did enjoy the Florida-based sections of the book more with the beautifully drawn account of Patti Wilson's heartache and sense of loss over the murder of her daughter and the depiction of Detective Jeffrey Gardner in charge of the US investigation, a focused and likeable character who liaises with his British counterpart the equally focused and ambitious Quinlan. I appreciate that having set the premise that by default all of the couples are under suspicion and that they should appear to a certain degree to be unlikeable, but I feel that Billingham pushes this too far and that as a reader you begin not to care `whodunnit' or indeed why, such is the harshness of the characterisation and it felt at times more caricature than characterisation. With the grand reveal (which I guessed- humph!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr B .. you little tinker .... 18 Jan 2013
Oh Mr Billingham .. you tempting little tinker, throwing your Thorne morsels around & then leaving us wondering & wanting more ... Well, read this and you'll understand that !! What a great story and the set-up of the book itself is superb .. short, sharp chapters all interspersed with e-mail's succeed in keeping the story moving & the blood flowing .. all the characters compliment each other nicely and the dangling back stories are a compliment to the intelligence of the reader .... the premise of bonding on holiday, the dreaded " let's keep in touch " actually becoming a reality, only to reveal true personalities & dark flaw's instead of the sun-soaked & sangria'd up one's presented abroad.... very good & a great build up to a fantastically realised end with a little sniff of Thorne to boot ... the boy done good ...
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61 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come Die With Me 23 July 2012
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Are you allowed to keep saying that an author's latest book is his best yet? Every time? Well, it's true in the case of Mark Billingham. Since he's spread out beyond the Tom Thorne series, his writing seems to continually get better and better. Rush of Blood is another standalone that refers to DI Thorne only in passing and as a matter of form (for those wondering what might have happened to him after his actions at the end of Good as Dead), the author instead delving into new directions on a case that relates to the kidnapping of a child in Florida. Even more impressive is Billingham's take on the whodunit crime sub-genre, delivering a book that meets every requirement for an unputdownable page-turning thriller, while at the same time providing the author with a new angle from which he can approach certain familiar themes.

The disappearance of a young child from a holiday resort will have a recognisable familiarity and topicality, but Billingham ties it brilliantly into a tradition that is just as well-recognised which allows him to play to his real strengths of delving into those particularly British attitudes and behaviours in relation to crime. Three British couples, at the Florida holiday resort at the time of the disappearance, actually follow up those promises to meet up again and take it in turns to invite each other over for dinner when they get back home. Obviously they have the case to discuss in common, but just as predictably the differences between them lead to tensions over the course of the meetings, particularly when a trainee detective constable conducts some follow-up interviews with them for the Florida police investigation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure
I think it might be boring for authors to have to continually write about the same characters and I can understand their need to try something different, which Rush Of Blood... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Elaine Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
Brilliant book, even though I wouldn't class it as good as the Thorne series, I have read all of the Mark Billingham books and have loved everyone.
Published 20 days ago by Teresa Birch
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An excellent straightforward piece of work,with a great twist.Looking forward to the next Mark billingham novel.Hopefully he'll bring back Tom thorne soon...
Published 1 month ago by mr m a smith
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Billingham
This book is a definite page turner. I was a little unsure as I have never read anything of mark billinghams outside the Tom Thorne novels but I really enjoyed this one.
Published 1 month ago by NC
5.0 out of 5 stars zipped through it
A fabulous story. I bought it on impulse because I'd read some of Billingham's Tom Thorne books, and I enjoyed them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece
I have read all of Mark Billingham's books now and while saying that it isn't a stand out from his previous works may sound derogatory; it is simply because he simply churns out... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jalo
3.0 out of 5 stars an interesting change of style
I liked it!
Much better thsn the average crime novel. In fact yhe crimes were almost secondary to the story.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Great change of style but didn't quite make it
I've read a few Mark Billingham books, seen the tv adaptions and really enjoy his detective that he usually uses, Tom Thorne.
Here, everything is different though. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janie U
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept you guessing all the way
This is the first Mark Billingham book I have read but it won't be the last. Such a well planned story with believable characters. Excellent
Published 2 months ago by D. A. Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting read
As always, Mark Billingham keeps his reader in suspense right up to the last page with numerous twists and turns along the way.....never predictable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. C. J. Pearson
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