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Sleepyhead

Tom Thorne, Book 1
Narrated by: Mark Billingham
Series: Tom Thorne, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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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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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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  • Jude Bailey
  • 09-04-2020

Confused!

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

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  • Grumpy Scot
  • 29-05-2020

simple, straightforward addictive.

my first Tom Thorn adventure. easy listening, and gripping. kind of a guilty pleasure. but I liked it. Try it. you might like it too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-05-2020

liked it.

it was an easy listen but just lacking a bit.of.emotional depth for me. if you like crime stories, get it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Queen Janey
  • 03-01-2019

Great Listen

Well written and narrated. One of best audio books I have listened to. Will be looking for more by this author

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Tantypom
  • 10-09-2020

Gripping!

A typically excellent and convoluted story from Mr Billingham. It was my first ever audio book so I'm still getting used to the necessary concentration!

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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