The Dying Hours


I do love Mark Billingham and I do love Tom Thorne. However, I do have to say that I felt that in this instance, Tom really wasn’t the character I had grown to know and love over the previous books. He appeared far more jaded than I expected and I am unsure if this was by design or not, I hope so, because he’s a great character and I wouldn’t want to stop reading the books because he seemed too ‘tired’.

As for the cliffhanger on the last page? That had me proclaiming rather loudly, ‘You complete, and utter bastard.’ much to the amusement of my other half

Books of 2012 – The Final Tally

I finished the year with a not insubstantial total of 124 books read, and in no particular order here are my top ten books from that list.

Birthdays for the Dead by Stuart MacBride

666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs

Bryant and May investigate The Victoria Vanished by Christopher Fowler

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Halfhead by Stuart MacBride

Taken by Robert Crais

Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham

The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo

Let’s start all over again in the morning shall we?

Rush of Blood

Just how well do you know the people you meet?

We’ve all done it. Met someone on holiday, made friends, exchanged e-mail addresses and contact details and promised to keep in touch.

For most people it ends there.

For some people, there is the odd ‘ meet up’ before fading back out of each others lives.

For six people in Florida, it was more than that. In a darkly fascinating tale of the secrets people keep from themselves and each other, RofB tells the story of these three couples. Bound together by a tragedy, watch as tempers fray, secrets escape, and the masks on their lives begin to slip as the post holiday meet ups turn into grim whodunits.

Thoroughly enjoyable, you won’t want to put this one down. The slow unravelling of each of the characters is captivating, and the desire to play detective and guess the villain before the end is almost impossible to resist.