Scaredy Cat (Tom Thorne #2)
It was a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at Euston station, followed her home on the tube and strangled her to death in front of her child. At the same time, killed in the same way, a second body is discovered at the back of King's Cross station. It is a grisly coincidence that eerily echoes the murder...more
Billingham illustrates an enviable knowledge of the city of London and its criminal underbelly. There are a lot of historical references and landmarks are expertly interwoven i...more
This book is filled with intrigue, murder, insight into the killers' backgrounds and anticipation as you wait for the killers' to be caught or another body to be found. The killers strike most of their victims at random. However, there are some victims which are known to th...more
As we come to know the two villains in flashbacks, Billingham weaves a tightly constructed tale of a warped love, and it's disastrous results.
There are some strong supporting characters in Billingham's novels, and they help move the twistin...more
I hadn't heard of this author or series before so wasn't sure what to expect. Found the novel well written, good detail on the characters, good development of the story.
Don't want to provide to much information on the story, but it's mainly about two school friends who grow up to become joint murders and how the police find and solve the murders.
The book had good pace and developed the story through a series of flashbacks through time. Some interest...more
at first the link is really hard to find but good teamwork soon discovers their connections which has roots in their childhood and one of them is unable to get loose.
then everything becomes a question of time and planning a strategy because even the lives of team members will be at a stake.
first crime book I read maybe since high school or so. I am glad I started to read again and t...more
Billingham's second thriller (after Sleepyhead) featuring London Det. Insp. Tom Thorne offers a twist on the serial killer subgenre. Brooding, melancholy Thorne heads a team of detectives who are alerted to the death of a young mother brutally strangled as her three-year-old son looks on. The body of a second murder victim, strangled in the same manner, turns up the same day, and Thorn and his team surmise they have a serial killer on their hands. The first half of the bo...more
Mark Billingham – 2nd in series
It is almost unthinkable that a single maniac would murder two women miles apart on the same day. Yet the evidence is leading Detective Inspector Tom Thorne to a stunning conclusion: there isn't only one serial killer on the prowl, but a pair of them, working in tandem. And any corpse that turns up in the future just might be accompanied by a second. To stop them both, Thorne must catch a man whose need to manipulate is as great a...more
The second book in the Tom Thorne series was a good follow up to Sleepyhead and, in my opinion, a more entertaining read. Whilst quite a generic police procedural with the tormented policeman and the devious serial killer on the loose there was enough that was different to the plot that made it a strong read.
The main characters come together a bit more with Thorne, Holland and Hendricks all having strong roles. During the second half of the book there is a bit of tension with Holland and McE...more
Excellent second in the series. Will write more about it later...
Ooops, I forgot to get back to this later. Thoroughly good tale though. After how cleverly narrated everything in Sleepyhead was I thought maybe Billingham couldn't pull something as good off again, but I think he actually managed to do something better this time. This story was less about suspense but it still did the suspense of not knowing quite who the villain was until the author chose to reveal him. I liked Thorne more in th...more
A series of murders carried out simultaneously creates a real dilemma for D.I. Thorne and his team. Two murderers working apart connected to each other.
I can't wait to start the next in the series!
The storyline for 'Scaredy Cat' is certainly original - murders that appear in pairs, same means, just a different murderer - but not as gripping as the previous killer.
A great welcome was the background story to the murder interlaced with the modern day case during the early phase of the book giving a stronger picture of the pair as a murder duo.
This follows the story of two teenagers and their dangerous friendship. The story is heartbreaking at times and I found myself hating the author for the plight of poor Charlie.
The book as ever is wonderfully written The plot moves along as such a pace that you are drawn in immediately and if you are like me immediately hooked.
For anyone that hasn't read of Mark Billingham's books, please do x
Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham. Having worked for some years as an actor and more recently as a TV writer and stand-up comedian his first crime novel was published in 2001. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.