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Publisher's Summary

A woman unlucky to be alive.

Alison Willetts has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel, but she is completely unable to move or communicate. In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer's made his first mistake. 

A killer unlike any other.

Then DI Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth: it isn't Alison who is the mistake, it's the three women already dead. 

A cop's worst nightmare.

Thorne must find a killer whose agenda is disturbingly unique, and Alison, the one person who holds the key to the killer's identity, is unable to say anything.... 

©2001 Mark Billingham (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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Enthralling

A fabulous plot, well thought out and cleverly written. I thoroughly enjoyed Sleepyhead and look forward to the rest of the series.

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Kept me guessing until the end!

Another brilliant book from Mark Billingham. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next book.

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gripping until the last 3 chapters

needs a more believable ending .last chapters a bit mundane . ending yucky.slow, obvious but overall entertaining !

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Great Listen

I thoroughly enjoyed this! Interesting plot, good detailed story and great narration. Would definitely recommend.

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first book I could not finish

I just found this unbearable. could not connect with any characters and the storyline was just hard to find.

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  • 09-04-2020

Confused!

Not usually this confused but I just couldn’t get a handle on what was what

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  • Mrs C
  • 12-03-2021

Thoroughly enjoyed

First book I have read/listened to from this author and was hooked from the first chapter. Detective Thorne is a very engaging character. He has flaws and attributes in equal measures. I’m not sure if it was meant to be humorous or not but Alison’s character was really funny at times - loved the accent. I’m already looking forward to reading more of Tom Thorne. I really hope it’s the same narrator for the next book.

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  • 01-08-2019

Very enjoyable

A great gritty murder thriller. Very well read. Thoroughly believable characters and enough twists and turns to satisfy.

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  • Kirstine
  • 01-07-2019

Engaging if unbelievable

I enjoyed this book and the imaginative crimes. It would be a spoiler if I say why the perpetrator of the crimes is unlikely to have the knowledge and skills necessary. It's the first in the Tom Thorne series; a series that I think improves with time. The author narrates his own words with skill.

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  • Mr T N Austen
  • 31-03-2021

Good but not brilliant

The story is actually quite a good idea, it is a little predictable but is still enjoyable. The down side was the narration was not as good as some I've heard and I felt sometimes it jumped between characters without me realising. Overall though not bad.

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  • Bugzy
  • 11-12-2020

Good plot

Enjoyed it and found it gripping in parts especially towards the end. I found the style a bit long winded and irrelevant at times. overall I enjoyed it.

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  • AS-MC
  • 11-11-2020

Professional Reviewer Gets Read To

Loved it. It was really rememorable. The narrator/author has a great voice. If only I didn't fall asleep when read to. Hopefully my next read, 'How To Wake Up Next to Cillian Murphy' will have a similar result as 'Sleepyhead'.

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  • 23-10-2020

Gripping & Terrifying

Gripping and terrifying, brought to life off the pages by Mark himself. Kept me guessing right to the end when tears were shed.

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  • paul
  • 19-09-2020

Awful

The general story isn’t that bad, but it’s really hard to follow who’s who,and does get very predictable at times.my confusion was not helped at all by the narrator who seems to forget which accent he has given his characters. I didn’t enjoy it at all and never made it to the end.

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  • Pianogoon
  • 30-07-2020

Crime fodder

This was ok, I could imagine a bbc version of it made.

It was predictable and the main characters weren’t to my taste. Maybe folk a little older or could relate to them and their views (im 38) but for my part it seemed dated and they weren’t likeable and a bit cheesy, especially when the author tried to make them cool or develop younger characters.

I’m not a big crime fan so maybe this just wasn’t for me but I must say, I probably won’t be following the DI Thorn series or the authors other work

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