In this novel, Thorne is placed in a totally different setting, an isolated Welsh island with Stuart Nickin, the chilling serial killer Thorne had put in prison many years before. We all know, including Thorne that something is going to go wrong and it does.
The novel is a bit slow going but once on the island the suspense and tension slowly builds to a dramatic finale. Will Nicklin and Thorne meet in another novel?
This is not Billingham's best but certainly worth reading.
I felt it the story got unnecessarily draggy in some places, so needs some sharp editing. You know something will happen, and at times want to say 'okay, get on with it!' But still, I enjoy this writer and will read other novels by him. This was good, others by him have been better.
Based on a preposterous, unbelievable premise, this Thorne novel fails. The plot is obvious with Thorne and his psycho enemy both escaping, meaning there will be a sequel. The writing is mediocre, characters express racist & xenophobic views, & the descriptions of Bardsey limp.
An excellent story, but you have to have read Billingham's previous books to appreciate this. -Not a 'stand alone' and a very good progression of Tom Thorne's character.
Sad to say - dreadful. I lost a numbers of hours of my life with this nonsense. Mr. Billingham is a tad 'off colour' with this offering. His earlier novels were good but as for everyone - they become tired. Take a break Mr. Billingham then start again.
This is the second book that I have read from the Tom Thorne collection. Even better than The Dying Hours. Good author if you are looking for a crime novelist who is a step up from James Patterson.
Thoroughly nasty! Very well done and most enjoyable. All the dilemmas, the domino effects of decisions; it was never going to turn out well. The weather was typical and pivotal. I particularly enjoyed Mark Billingham's music choices on Tom Thorne's behalf.. Apt.
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