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Rush of Blood

Mark Billingham

14 Reviews

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Fiction, Crime & mystery

The new standalone from the No.1 bestselling author.

Perfect strangers. 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.

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Praise for Rush of Blood

  • There 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 reader - Sunday Territorian

  • British crime at its most readable - Courier Mail

  • Page-turning...assertive crime writing - Good Book Guide

  • A gripping and original story - Weekend Bookworm

  • A superbly plotted book - Reader's Digest

  • Hugely effective and entertaining . . . many twists and shocks - The Times

  • Billingham 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 whodunit - Good Reading

  • The suspense is expertly built...the perfect ending to an extremely gripping book - Daily Express

  • If you like out-of-left-field and implausibly unpredictable endings from a master crime and thriller writer, you won't be disappointed - West Australian

  • Rush of Blood is typically gritty and unflinching, with Billingham's usual flair for plotting . . . a very satisfying crime read - Toowoomba Chronicle

  • Very effective...excellent stuff - Daily Mail

  • A chilling story that keeps you guessing to the last page - Daily Express

  • Dialogue is perfectly pitched...It is a credit to Billingham's skill as a writer that his characters reveal so much to the reader when blethering around the dinner table while revealing so little to one another - Scotland on Sunday

  • Billingham ratchets up the tension, with a twist-filled climax that shows exactly why he's one of the UK's leading crime writers - Shortlist

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Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, 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. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a new series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death will be broadcast on BBC1 in 2017. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.