Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham- What a great book to review!

Sleepyhead (Tom Thorne, #1)Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazon offered this novel as one of a selection of free books. I knew nothing about the author and chose Sleepyhead just because it seemed the best one on offer. I made a good choice, the story was excellent, I didn’t want to put it down. Sleepyhead is the author’s debut novel featuring DI Tom Thorne. A psychopath has murdered several women. One woman, Allison, survives but has locked-in syndrome, so she is mentally aware, but unable to move or speak. What is the killer’s real motive? Tom Thorne believes he knows who has committed these crimes, but is unable to prove it. He clashes with his superiors and colleagues over his fixation with the suspect. It interferes with a budding relationship with the doctor caring for Allison. I particularly liked how the author dealt with locked-in syndrome, very sad, but also amusing in parts. All the way through, you think that Thorne is gradually getting nearer to proving his case and then! A totally unexpected ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading more of Mark Billingham’s books.

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8 responses to “Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham- What a great book to review!

  1. I read this book a long time ago and also found it a great read. I always try to work out the name of the murderer and usually can but not in this book.


  2. Hi, I too like to try and work out ‘who dun it’ but this book completely threw me. I have just bought another of his books.


  3. marilynmunrow

    Reblogged this on Marilyn Munrow and commented:
    I read a few of his books and found them mostly rivetting. Always a good read.


  4. Very good books written by this author. I was ‘on the edge’ of my seat reading them.


  5. If he hasn’t, he’d better get on with it! By the way, nice to meet you


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