Liz Currently Loves….The Bones Beneath by Mark Billingham.


Available now from Little Brown.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy

Tom Thorne is back in charge – but there’s a terrifying price to pay. Stuart Nicklin, the most dangerous psychopath he has ever put behind bars, promises to reveal the whereabouts of a body he buried twenty-five years before. But only if Thorne agrees to escort him.

So as a long time fan of Tom Thorne, I was delighted to receive a beautiful copy of this book through the post one day, and even more delighted with how blinking good it was! I’m pretty sure its  my favourite for a very particular reason that I will come to in a while.

In this instalment Tom reluctantly accompanies killer Stuart Nicklin and a small group of people to Bardsey Island on the understanding that Nicklin will reveal the whereabouts of an old murder victim…but as the weather closes in the danger is palpable..

Absolutely brilliantly constructed this one – edge of the seat stuff with a slow burn – not that easy to achieve. Atmospherically speaking it is a marvel, and every step taken you just KNOW is going to lead to disaster, you can see it coming and can’t look away…I could hardly put it down. I’ve always loved how Mr Billingham can walk the line between character depth and thrilling plot development, never one being sacrificed for the other, I’m always right with the people all the way.

The build up to the extremely breathtaking and dramatic finale is perfect and all in all this was a most terrific read.

What made this even better? I could see this one in my minds eye so clearly as the rather addictive story flowed on because the setting was one that I know extremely well. Pwllheli will be my next (and hopefully last) place of residence, I have been house hunting in that area and I know every part of that world like the back of my hand after many many happy times spent there. Bardsey Island, Aberdaron, Abersoch, all alive in my memory and extremely well described here, so I absolutely lived this one. Thank you Mr Billingham!

A magnificent addition to the series, which just gets better and better. Long live Tom Thorne.

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