She says she’s an ordinary mother.
He knows a liar when he sees one.
Sarah thinks of herself as a normal single mum. It’s what she wants others to think of her. But the truth is, she needs something new, something thrilling.
Meanwhile, DI Tom Thorne is investigating a woman’s suicide, convinced she was driven to do it by a man who preys on vulnerable women.
A man who is about to change Sarah’s life.
Another incredibly immersive Tom Thorne novel from the indomitable Mark Billingham here, a beautifully addictive procedural with an excellent side order of psychological thriller.
Their Little Secret features a twisted boy meets girl scenario and throws Thorne and Tanner into an all consuming hunt for the truth. Around that their personal stories continue to expand and engage, creating a perfect storm of a read that is utterly gripping and often a little horrifying.
What I love about this series is the way the central protagonists are entirely authentic, living the lives we all lead, with all the ups and downs, highs and lows, but set apart by the job they do and the evil they see. It creates a realistic base that then throws the reader into all kinds of turmoil as less ordinary events overtake them.
In this particular story the “villain” is extraordinarily intriguing, the psychology of it all is fascinating and I read this in one huge gulp of a sitting staying up into the early hours in order to get to the resolution. There’s no better recommendation I can offer.
Truly excellent once more. Don’t miss it Crime fiction fans.