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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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Latest Review – Survival of the Fittest; Do you have the will to survive? by C L Clark

Survival of the Fittest: Do you have the will to survive?Survival of the Fittest: Do you have the will to survive? by C.L. Clark
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gillian, as a child, loses her sight in a tragic accident, in which she also loses her father. In time she manages to escape from the clutches of her over-protective mother and now leads a successful and independent life, watched over by her seeing-eye dog, Garrett, who accompanies her everywhere.

Alex, a child traumatised and bullied, brought up by an abusive father, grows into a man who hates ‘defects’ as he calls anyone with a disability. He wants to rid the world of them. Gillian becomes his latest target and the story follows his stalking of Gillian and his attacks on her.

Detective Ryesam (Rye)Bryant is already investigating several similar cases and is attached to Gillian’s case. Gillian manages to escape the clutches of Alex who becomes increasingly agitated as he hears his father’s voice. He thinks his father is there, but the voice is in his head, goading him. He washes his hands compulsively and smashes up his apartment.

The book is a psychological thriller with romance thrown in, as Gillian and Rye fall in love. The impetus of the thriller becomes a bit lost in places due to all the kissing and cuddling by the loved up pair. I understand what the author was trying to convey, but for me, it wasn’t as thrilling as it could have been.

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RapunzelRapunzel by Molly Greene
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two old college friends, Genevieve Delacourt, a Lawyer turned Private Investigator, and Cambria Butler, a would-be investigative journalist, meet up unexpectedly one day to find themselves living in the same apartment block. They are so pleased to met up again, but Bree is in a rush to interview a chemical engineer called Andrew Ducane who works for a company called Elergene Enterprises, so the two women agree to arrange a catch up very soon.

Bree arrives at Elergene Enterprises only to discover a body! She is in shock and is accused of committing the crime by Taylor Vonnegon, the CEO, who calls the police. Bree is taken to the police station and questioned by Detectives Garcia and Hackett. The first person Bree thinks of to help her is Gen, she calls her and the two women find themselves meeting up again much sooner than expected.

The story continues rapidly, with many twists and turns. Has the victim died of natural causes or is it as the two women suspect, a murder, and if so who has committed it? What is Vonnegon’s part in all this? Bree can’t make her mind up how she feels about him. The two women decide to take matters into their own hands and do some investigating for themselves. When the detectives realise that they can’t keep Bree and Gen out of the investigation, they join forces. Bree finds herself in mortal danger, but won’t listen to the detectives who try to keep her safe. This crime has rekindled her investigative journalism as she realises it could turn into a brilliant story. I don’t want to give the plot away, but suffice to say it is a very good story, well written and keeps you engrossed from beginning to end.

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December 16, 2013 · 10:20 am