The Deal: 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 25 years before. But only if Thorne agrees to escort him.
The Danger: Unable to refuse, Thorne gathers a team and travels to a remote Welsh island, at the mercy of the weather and cut off from the mainland. Thorne is determined to get the job done and return home before Nicklin can outwit them.
The Deaths: But Nicklin knows this island well and has had time to plan ahead. Soon, new bodies are added to the old, and Thorne finds himself facing the toughest decision he has ever had to make....
Tom Thorne returns in this utterly gripping, brilliantly plotted thriller. The Bones Beneath is Mark Billingham's most ambitious and accomplished work to date.
©2014 Mark Billingham Ltd (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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"A Tedious, Boring Disappointment"
Yes, because I know all his other books and this comes nowhere near his usual standard.
He could have written a story which held a reader's interest and did not make him regret having chosen this book. Tom Thorne has been transformed into a vapid character with none of his usual energy, daring, humour and psychological depth. He is a cardboard, one-dimensional ordinary man - not even a detective. The interaction with his colleagues does nothing to bring either him or them to life. There is a flatness about the whole book. The ending which should be exciting does nothing to rouse interest.
He did not use his voice to inject interest or lift a reader's attention in the story but spoke quickly in a voice which could on occasions almost become a monotone.
For me, it is forgettable.
"Excellent Book Spoilt by Drab Narration."
Mark Billingham always delivers high quality, enjoyable fiction but he is not a good narrator.
This could have been an outstanding listen but was severely diminished by drab lack lustre narration by the author.
Excellent plot and though still enjoyable the monotonous drone of the reader really spoilt this for me. Next time use someone good like Paul Thornley.
"Slow and ponderous"
This wasn't up to his usual high standard. I have really enjoyed all of this authors previous work.
The author usually keeps the tension high and the action coming. The very end was the only time this book got going for me.
Predictable and ensures a further book with the same characters.
Don't ever narrate your own books!
It will get one without doubt due to the ending.
I was disappointed. Previous work has been exceptional.
"plenty of action but it all comes at the end"
this book lasts for just over nine and a half hours and the first 9 hours are more like a travel book describing Bardsey island and the trip there than a crime novel. I kept listening as I was sure that something might happen soon. Not my most favourite book I have listenened to recently. The ending reminded me of a Hannibal Lecter book.
"A good read but not his best."
Our gritty hero is here again but alas the story doesn't do him justice.
I think the detail could have been stronger and I thought the whole thing remained fairly flat and too matter of fact.
Mark Billingham is not the best reader of his works. His delivery could do with more animation to put some excitement into what was a fairly dull story.
It wasn't a bad book by any manner of means, and so no, the time wasn't wasted (I listen to audio books when I'm exercising to take my mind off the sheer misery of that particular activity), but it just went on too long. I think Mr Billingham is very taken with the Nicklin character and I feel he spends too long with him.
Just made it a bit shorter - missed out some of the extraneous stuff - the flashbacks weren't entirely necessary, or at least not so many of them. I realise that there was a build-up taking place, but it was too ponderous.
He obviously knows his characters and knows what they are thinking, and so he breathes life into them. I particularly like his Tom Thorne.
Probably not. It doesn't lend itself to a film.
Overall what I've said sounds negative and it really isn't supposed to be. As I say, this is far from being bad. It's just a little over long and perhaps a little bit self-indulgent. I enjoy the Tom Thorne novels and this certainly won't stop me reading them again in the future. I just wonder if we're coming to the end of Tom as a character.
I kept waiting for the action but it never came. Too much setting the scene and not enough story.
I really enjoyed this book. If I had to find fault it was that it ended too soon. I found it hard to put down. Sad how easily others impact our lives.
"not the best thorne story but still enjoyable"
I love thorne novels with their gory crime and touches of houmoir. this wasn't one of the best but was well read and overall enjoyable.
"The bones beneath"
A good story with pace.
The burning girl is still my favorite of his books.
"How it was meant to be read!"
No, not better than the print version but equally as good! I am a recent convert to Audio Books and the previous ones I have "read" have been read by people who aren't the author and this put a different infection onto the characters. Where this one is read by Mark Billingham himself, then you know it's exactly how he intended it to be read.
This is the next book in the series about Tom Thorne and is of course similar to them. There's the twists and turns that you would hope for from Mark Billingham and the wonderful descriptive scenes he sets
Has to be the climax really, I don't want to be giving spoilers but definitely the exciting ending was my favourite.
Yes given the time!
I was thoroughly impressed that this was read by the Author, I felt I was getting exactly what he intended the reader to get. I shall be looking out for more novels read by their Author in future.
The relationship between Thorn and Nicholl, with the latter always one step ahead of the former. Very clever writing.
I can always imagine the faces of the characters when I hear Mark's book, he gives each a personality.
I was shocked when the other prisoner Batchelor told us of his "letter", it was unexpected and I was unprepared. My mouth dropped open!!
Another great story from Mark, well written and well read. Don't pass it.
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