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Murder Hardcover – 30 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (30 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780872348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780872346
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 790,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Murder has all the elements I expected from Sarah Pinborough, excellent writing, mystery and a dark undertone that haunts the story throughout' From First Page to Last. (From First Page to Last)

'Murder is a more than satisfying follow up ... and provides the whole story with a deeper and richer conclusion' British Fantasy Society. (British Fantasy Society)

'It's a novel which stands alongside the best of this sort of genre blending from Michael Marshall Smith or John Connolly ... A blend of the supernatural, horror, crime and psychological profiling which makes you care about the characters before turning their lives inside out. 9/10' Sci-Fi Bulletin. (Sci-Fi Bulletin)

'It's extremely rare that I read an entire book in one sitting but I just couldn't put Murder down ... Sarah Pinborough has once again proven why she has earned a place on my extremely short list of favourite authors' The Eloquent Page. (Eloquent Page)

'I've seen this kind of thing done so badly in the past, but this is quality writing ... Very highly recommended' Mass Movement Magazine. (Mass Movement Magazine)

'Much grittier and scarier than its predecessor, Murder will take you to a very dark place. A wonderfully creepy experience' Upcoming4Me. (Upcoming4me)

'The characterisation is spot on ... You can almost feel the fog seeping into your clothes as you turn the page ... Meticulously researched, well written and totally engrossing' The Horror Hothouse. (Horror Hothouse)

'The succinct, efficient and yet multi-layered writing style works very well ... Those looking for both visceral and psychological horror will enjoy this gore-soaked offering' Starburst. (Starburst)

'This is historical fiction at its best as well as one of the better mystery novels that is likely to be published this year' (

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Dr Bond is back... and a trail of gruesome murders leads to his front door.

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Format: Paperback
Please note Murder is a direct sequel to Mayhem. It is entirely possible that this review may contain spoilers if you have not read the first book in this duology.

When we last met Dr Thomas Bond he, and his small group of allies, had defeated an evil that was stalking the streets of London. That encounter had left everyone it touched fundamentally changed. Years have passed and Bond is still suffering from the after effects. When evil resurfaces in the city, he is once again compelled to intercede but is the doctor strong enough to survive a second battle?

In some chapters the point of view shifts from the good doctor to various other characters. Julianna Harrington and Henry Moore both make a return appearance, as does Aaron Kosminki, but the primary focus does however remain on Bond. As his various demons, whether real or imagined, begin to consume him, we get to view his descent into madness from the outside as well as within. This exploration of Dr Bond’s fragile mental state is riveting reading. It all seems so extremely personal and intimate, his entire psyche is laid bare, and the experience of reading about it is almost akin to literary voyeurism. I felt I was intruding on something so tangible and real. I often have favourite characters in novels, bit it’s rare for me to get so caught up in the plight of a single protagonist. I felt genuine pity for Bond as his situation deteriorates and just goes from bad to worse.

I didn’t think it was possible but, if anything, this deliberate character deconstruction makes Murder an even darker experience than Mayhem, which was in fairness plenty enough dark already. Bond is slowly picked apart and all of his behaviour analysed.
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"Murder" is a sequel to Pinborough's Mayhem, and it is a worthy sequel. (If you haven't read Mayhem - and why on earth not? - be warned there are spoilers below for that book, and you should look away now, go and get a copy and read it first).

The earlier book manages to simultaneously about crimes (the Ripper and Thames Torso killings in the 19th century) but not a crime novel, Victorian and dark, but not a gothic pastiche, and horror-laden, but not a Bram-Stoker-a-like. It is also thoroughly modern in sensibility, forging soemthing quite new and I think unique in tone and outlook.

Well, "Mayhem" isn't unique now because Sarah Pinborough has done it again - indeed I think she's surpassed the earlier book, whose hero, Dr Thomas Bond, could seem slightly stilted, compared with his foil, the fantastical Jewish Russian refugee Aaron Kosminski. Here, Bond is more fully realised, more human and very much the centre of the story.

Several years have passed, and the evil that menaced London - which was ended when Bond murdered James Harrington, in league with Kosminski and the mysterious Argentine priest - has faded. Bond has finally lost the air of dread that overtook him, and Juliana, Harrington's widow, is bringing up their son in peace. Bond even has hopes of marrying her, despite the difference in their ages. But the past will not lie. The ripples of Harrington's cursed life spread outwards, and an old friend of his comes calling.
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You know those books you have to keep reading in a frenzied, all-consuming attempt to discover what happens next?

Well, the first there was 'Mayhem', which was such an excellent read I had no hesitation in buying it's sequel, 'Murder' - and I was not disappointed!

To summarise:

Dr Bond believes that his previous connection with the Jack the Ripper case had ceased, along with his Opium dependency, but to his dismay, he finds that the depravity soon returns to haunt him, and it's far worse than he could ever have expected.

Now, not only are there the bodies of dead infants in the Thames, murder on railway and the underbelly of Victorian life to contend with - "Jack" is back, with a habit that grows and needs to be fed.

Don't be fooled into believing that these books merely regurgitate the same reports of old. The stories we've all heard surrounding the infamous serial killer now have their own unique and slightly fantastical element behind the crimes being committed. The evil deeds are perfectly descriptive to let you oversee just enough horror, and these scenes are quite unnerving.

As 'Murder' leaps right into events and characters that appeared in the first book, to have a better understanding of the continuing story it would make more sense for you to read 'Mayhem' first.

Absolutely a 5/5 without a doubt. Happy to recommend.
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The second instalment of Dr bond's story. Things don't go well for the good Doctor despite his best efforts. Again I enjoyed the newspaper cuttings throughout and the best bit for me was when you find out the real murder of the title. I didn't like this quite as much as the first in the series but it is a good read and again left me thinking on the real cases within the story and also the real Dr Bond. I am amazed at how graphic the newspapers were back then, they tell of the state of the victims in very great detail. They were very macabre and didn't protect anyone's sensitivities. This of course all makes for great reading if you like your horror/thrillers and to be honest you aren't going to read this if you don't. Sarah Pinborough has a great writing style that has good pace and her books never disappoint.
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