The book description says it all and there isnÂ´t much to add from my side without revealing some sercrets the story offers.
This has been my first book by Mark Billingham and I am fascinated by the main character Tom Thorne. Intrigued by Mark Billinghams homepage I got the book because the descriptions Billingham left of DI ThorneÂ´s character made me think there is another interesting series worthy to read.
The book as itself has itÂ´s ups and downs. Partly switching between present and past which is interesting but overall the books seems to be very long with lots of unnecessary details. Though the story is a thriller it develops very slowly.
DI Thornes personal thoughts and problems reminded me of the early Kay Scarpetta only his are much deeper and emotional which made me connect pretty fast to his character. Certainly I am going to read the rest of the series.
The Tom Thorne Series contains 7 novels so far:
2) Scaredy Cat
4) Burning Girl
7) Death Message
Detective Tom Thorne sees the link between murders and comes to the terrifying conclusion that it is not one serial killer the police are after but a pair working in tandem. Wonderfully tight and extremely plausible.
This is my new favorite author. He can really write well, crafts a terrific storyline, and reels you in from the first page. I finished this last night and couldn't start a new book right away. I'm still thinking about it this morning. I'm looking to start his next after I finish one of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books. Very highly recommended.
SCAREDY CAT by Mark Billingham: Billingham's second thriller (after Sleepyhead) featuring London Detective Inspector Tom Thorne offers double the challenge as Thorne and his colleagues track a serial killer after two women are strangled on the same day. Slowly, as the evidence mounts, the team becomes convinced they have not one, but two serial killers, acting in concert. The pace picks up as the hunt intensifies. Thorne remains a morose and intense character, who thinks deeply about death and guilt. Another reviewer said this one has more red herrings than a fish and chips shop. While I didnt find it quite that twisty, it did make me want to continue to read subsequent Thorne adventures.
It is almost unthinkable that a single maniac would murder two women miles apart on the same day.