Free Reading Time of Death (Audio Download): Mark Billingham, Mark Billingham, Hachette Audio UK: Audible Audiobooks –

Now a major BBC Drama as part of the series In the Dark, this is a gripping, brilliantly plotted thriller from number one best selling author Mark Billingham Discover one of the two masterful hit novels adapted for the massive new BBC One Drama series In The Dark, featuring brilliant heroine Helen Weeks Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried When family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the flooded town to support Bates wife an old school friend of Helen s who is living under siege and convinced of her husband s innocence As residents and media bay for Bates blood, a decomposing body is found The police believe they have their murderer, but one man believes otherwise With a girl still missing, Helen sets herself on a collision course with local police, townsfolk and a merciless killer The hugely acclaimed latest novel in Mark Billingham s best selling series, Love Like Blood, is out now Mark Billingham still seems unsure quite where to take the Tom Thorne series next After the last, dire, book in the series set out of London on a remote Welsh island, this time Thorne and girlfriend Helen Weeks are poking their noses into a case of abduction and murder in Helen s home village The local police don t want them there, and you can understand why Billingham never shies away from tackling difficult topics in his books, but the constant use of death, blood and dying in his titles now makes them look and feel all the same As other reviewers have commented on Time Of Death, nothing much happens For large chunks of the story Thorne seems to have nothing to do It s readable enough, but even with pacy, less than subtle narrative driving the book, there is a sense of get on with it or at least use fewer words to tell this story The ending contains a slightly less madcap conclusion that Billingham usually comes up with, but overall does make for quite a flat and unsatisfactory ending to what feels like a drawn out book The Kindle version contains a bonus short story and excerpts from a standalone novel Both are okay, but do reveal that Billingham seems to be treading water Okay, but you ll read better. Sorry Mark, I usually love your work especially the early stuff but I m currently half way through this book and I feel like I m treading water, when on earth is something going to happen I don t like Tom s girlfriend Helen, he was better as a singleton, how she just walked into the suspects house without question was laughable why after years of never clapping eyes on a person would you welcome them into the supposed hell you re going through without asking why they d never been in touch before Too much time has been spent going over the same things, pubs, cafes, floods, Tom walking into the middle of a police investigation and being given access to files, surely this would never happen Out of duty, and thinking I might know who the killer kidnapper is I shall carry on reading, but please Mark, split Tom and Helen up, get him a proper serial killer case on home turf and I ll buy your next book, if not I m off to find another author. I ve always liked Mark Billingham s Tom Thorne novels It wasn t until i got to the previous book in the series, where Thorne is stuck on an island with the tiresome Nicklin character, that i felt the quality was starting to drop and the book was too slow and full of padding.Unfortunately this continued in this book For the first 500 pages almost nothing interesting happens and the book is full of boring padding and too much detail about what the characters are having for dinner and stuff like that Then at the conclusion its all wrapped up very quickly and felt very flat and unexciting This book could have had at least 200 pages of pointless material cut, what was the point of the endless Linda and her kids stuff which went no where and added nothing to the story The other problem i had is that i don t like Thorne s dreary girlfriend Helen Weeks This character has the personality of a dead trout and just seems miserable and cranky all the time Nothing fun about their relationship I didn t like her assault on a teenage boy who had spat at her As bad as what he had done was she should have found a better way to deal with it, its hardly profession behaviouri do hope things improve as there are another 3 books and another one coming out soon and i plan to read them too to see if things pick up again If they don t then maybe Billingham s Tom Thorne series has simply run out of steam and he might need to think about calling it a day But i will read the next book with an open mind and think positive about it.