The police aren't making much progress in their hunt for the killer until he appears to make a mistake: Alison Willetts is found alive and D.I. Tom Thorne believes this error will enable them to track him down. But it was the others who were his mistakes: he doesn't want to take life, he just wants to put people into a state where they cannot move, cannot talk, cannot do anything but think.
When Thorne, helped by the neurologist looking after Alison, starts to realise what he is up against he knows the case is not going to be solved by normal methods; before he can find out who did it he has to understand why he's doing it.
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"A disturbing and thrilling medical procedural with memorable characters and bundles of atmosphere." (Guardian)
A great yarn. The depravity of it all is brought to life by a fabulous narrator. Really good fun.
"Kept me awake!"
Having been a recent convert to crime fiction through the Harry Bosch series it was interesting to listen to a title that was set where I live in London (no glorious sunsets over the LA landscape for Detective Thorne). It was shaky start but I ended up gripped at this hard-worn, world weary detective who is driven (sorry for the cliche) but flawed (and another). At the end of this story I went straight out and got the second book 'Scaredy Cat'.
Now here is a book to get your teeth into. Sleepy Head is the first book by this author and a fantastic start was made. The plot is cunning, twisting, methodical and curiously engrossing. I found myself listening at every opportunity I could manage. The characters are lifelike and believable which traits that play into the plot well.
The book was read superbly and the narrators voice fitted the story well. The pace was excellent and the quality crisp and clear, with no changes in tone etc.
I really enjoyed this book, it was a pleasure to hear and I have already set my next listens to pick up the remaining books by this author. I can see me having to bump up my subscription.
"Mark Billingham's 'Thorne'"
My first 'Inspector Thorne' book and was not disappointed.
I bought this Audibook for iPod to take on holiday for poolside 'reading' but ended up listening before!
But not to worry I have book 2- if I can keep away from the play button!!
"Not Your Average Crime Novel"
Yes I would. It's not the run of the mill crime book.
The leading character Tom Thorne.
The narration by Robert Glenister was OUTSTANDING. I am the sort of person whose enjoyment of a story can be ruined by bad narration. But this reader has a beautiful voice, minimal accent, and he really dramatized the story. Superb. Will definitely be listening to more of his narration.
"Book fit for a coma"
A series of disjointed dialogues interspersed with some stage directions and continually interrupted with ghastly music. The book title is very apt as I found it the perfect sedative.
He did his best with a very bad job
Most of them
Only purchased this book because some lady on TV said it was her favourite author. She has my sympathy
This was a very different book to what I would usually chose, and I found it very compelling listening. Excellent narrative and excellent writing. Fabulous.
"Great first book but...."
The story was performance was excellent but what I didn't like was the music through out it. Really off putting. Looking forward to getting into book 2,and hoping the music is not coming along .
"Excellent book, the main character is great"
Can't help but like this book, the main character has a vulnerability about him that makes the whole story mode believable
"first book of authors and i like it"
worth a read kr listen too
. look forward to read next one in series. lik thornes charactor
Great story and rich narration that gives the characters live and individualism. Might be because it was abridged but the story sometimes felt a bit disjointed. There wasn't a full version available when I got this. I'd much rather have heard the lot.
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