The Bones Beneath – Mark Billingham (Tom Thorne #12)


The Bones Beneath was published on 22 May 2014 by Sphere and is available to purchase here

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 twenty-five 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.

My thoughts

I cannot tell you how happy I am to have read the latest Tom Thorne novel. Thorne is one of those characters, that I miss and want more of. I totally love Thorne!!!

The plot takes Thorne away to a remote island in search of human remains. He is escorting convicted psychopath, Stuart Nicklin. Nicklin, who all Thorne fans will recognise, is quite happy to be out and leading the police to the scene of one of his early crimes. As usual, things are not quite as they seem.

What works so well in this novel is the sense of isolation on the island. There is nothing I love more than seeing characters out of their usual settings, with all of the usual rules discounted. Anything can happen on a remote island and it is not a place help can get to easily. The police and prison officers are guarding Nicklin, but as the reader you suspect that Nicklin is manipulating and up to his old tricks. The twist or two at the end of the book are just wonderful.


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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