The new standalone from the No.1 bestselling author
A perfect holiday.
The perfect murder...
Three couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, their perfect holiday takes a tragic twist: the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves.
When the shocked couples return home, they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties they come to know one another better. But they don't always like what they find: buried beneath these apparently normal exteriors are some dark secrets, hidden kinks, ugly vices...
Then, a second girl goes missing.
Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine?
A brilliantly plotted, utterly gripping thriller about the danger of making friends on holiday, Rush of Blood is Mark Billingham's most ambitious and accomplished work to date.
Hugely effective and entertaining . . . many twists and shocksA chilling story that keeps you guessing to the last pageBritish crime at its most readableIf you like out-of-left-field and implausibly unpredictable endings from a master crime and thriller writer, you won't be disappointedThere is something a little old-fashioned in this completely engaging and black-humoured book, and something a bit Agatha Christie about the depth of the characters and the plotting, which stays one step ahead of the readerA gripping and original storyBillingham delves nicely into the domestic dramas and frustrations of everyday people, and explores the psyches and motivations of his characters, while setting readers' minds racing as to whodunitRush of Blood
is typically gritty and unflinching, with Billingham's usual flair for plotting . . . a very satisfying crime readNo.1 bestseller Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times
bestseller, and Sleepyhead
and Scaredy Cat
were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.In the Dark, Mark's first standalone, sold over 174,000 copies
Good as Dead shot to the top of the charts for Billingham's first No.1 hardback bestseller - it sold over 5,385 copies in the first week of sales
From the Dead
achieved Billingham's highest ever paperback chart position at No.2 and five weeks in the top five - his longest ever stay