I have several of Mark’s books, including his latest which I purchased at Bloody Scotland but, decided to read this one as it is the first in the Tom Thorne series. I liked Thorne as he’s a believable detective – human with real feelings as well as failings and not attempting to be a superhero. The story features a serial killer with a difference in that the perpetrator doesn’t actually want to kill his victims but leave them in a coma suffering from locked- in syndrome. This is only achieved once meaning that the ones who die are failures! The killer does this by using a delicate procedure placing his hands on the victims carotid artery in the neck to induce a stroke. Of course, the killer is taking a risk as there is always a chance that a survivor may eventually be able to point the police in the right direction. I thought the idea was well researched and didn’t guess who the killer actually was until the revelation at the end of the book. Thorne had a prevailing idea of a suspect all through the book which hooks you in, but, keeps you guessing at the same time. The series is based in London so I recognised many of the locations from my cabbing days in the city. I found this book to be an enjoyable page turner so am looking forward to reading more in the series.
Sleepyhead -Mark Billingham
Published by youngmo01
When I retired from my job as a fraud investigator I decided to live in a place I had always loved which had connections to my ancestors, who came from the Isle of Barra, so I went to live in a remote part of the Isle of Skye. However, after ten years I started to realise - mostly due to the friends who nagged me - that my house near Duntulm a mile from the main road was perhaps a little too out of the way for someone of my advancing years living alone. Apart from my wonderful German Shepherd dog - Eilidh. So I decided to make a move to the big city of Balmacara which is wonderful apart from the traffic! I had always loved writing but the event that really got me started was when I began to research my Mother's family tree. She was a Foundling brought up by The Thomas Coram Association in London and given a name out of the phonebook. Eventually she was allowed to know her real name but, sadly before she died there wasn't the information on the net as there is now and I only managed to find she had two uncles. When I really got into genealogy some years later I found out a lot more and her tree included a few interesting characters that I wanted to write about. I am still working on this as well as a crime novel but I have found that my real forte is short story writing along with the occasional poem. I attend as many literary events as my limited budget will allow and recently attended Aye Write in Glasgow. I had a great time there as I review books for the Bloody Scotland event so was ushered in to a few talks free of charge. The highlight for me was being able to see The fun Lovin' Crime Writers as I hadn't managed to see them at the Edinburgh Bookfest last year. I love a writer's workshop and have been to ones with Shona Maclean, niece of the great Alistair, Janice Galloway and a few others. I am lucky in that The Reading Room Skye run these fairly often as well as talks by well known authors. I also went to Ian Rankin's Thriller weekend in Cromarty, just for a couple of events, and ended up having lunch with the man himself! I also run a small line dance class for my local community trust but that's another story! I run a small writing group with a few of my friends where we meet at each others houses about once a month. Whoever hosts the meeting decides on a theme for a short story to be written by all the attendees which has to be read out to everyone there. The stories I write are put on my blog. This year I have joined The Highland Literary Salon which meets in Inverness on the third Tuesday of every month so hope to be able to get over there quite often. Much easier from Balmacara than the northern tip of Skye and you can include shopping as well as a walk on the wonderful open space of the Culloden Battlefield! View all posts by youngmo01
3 thoughts on “Sleepyhead -Mark Billingham”
I love his books.
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He’s a really lovely person – he took the photo of me with Richard Osman!
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wow, that is awesome, you star! He looks as if he is nice.