Okay, I am going to start with the positives on this one.
I absolutely loved the story, it was dark, intriguing and completely twisted. But sadly these things do happen.
The story focuses on three English couples vacationing in Florida, when a 14 year old girl goes missing. They all promise to keep in touch when they return home, and they do. However the missing girl incident follows them home and things quickly escalate.
All I can really say is that I did not expect that ending AT ALL!! Absolute madness!!
The characters are all believable, they all have flaws and they are all quite likeable in their own ways. Billingham has done a fantastic job of bringing all these characters to life and giving each of them their own time to shine as a possible suspect. Seriously every one in this book is super suss!
However the let down was the writing. Whilst I know that a lot of people would really enjoy Billingham’s style of writing, I found that I couldn’t enjoy quite immerse myself in the story.
The story jumps between the 6 vacationers and 2 detectives POV’s. Sometimes I would have to go back an re-read sections as the POV would just randomly shift from one character to another with no notice.
After figuring out the 8 different POV’s. We were also given narration from the killer. If that wasn’t enough occasionally there would be an overview sort of section told from a third person view which would give you a run down of what was going on with all the couples.
Overall this was a great story, with a brilliant twist, that I really just could not get into. I think that a lot of people would love this book, but Billingham’s writing style is just not for me.
I would like to thank the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book.
About the Book…
Expected publication: February 7th 2017
by Atlantic Monthly Press
(first published February 28th 2012)
Perfect strangers. A perfect holiday. The perfect murder.
In the standalone novel Rush of Blood, internationally bestselling author Mark Billingham puts a sinister twist on a deceptively innocent topic: the beach vacation.
Three British couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on Easter Sunday, the last day of their vacation, tragedy strikes: the fourteen-year-old daughter of an American vacationer goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves. When the shocked couples return home to the U.K., they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties they come to know one another better. But they don’t always like what they find. Buried beneath these apparently normal exteriors are some unusual kinks and unpleasant vices. Then, a second girl goes missing, in Kent—not far from where any of the couples lives. Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine?
Ambitiously plotted and laced with dark humor, Rush of Blood is a first-rate suspense novel about the danger of making new friends in seemingly sunny places.
About the Author…
Sleepyhead was an instant bestseller in the UK. It has been sold widely throughout the world and was published in the USA in the summer of 2002.
The series of crime novels featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne continued with Scaredy Cat and was followed by Lazybones, The Burning Girl, Lifeless, Buried, Death Message, Bloodline, From The Dead, Good As Dead, The Dying Hours, The Bones Beneath and the most recent, Time Of Death. Mark is also the author of the standalone novels In The Dark and Rush Of Blood and Die Of Shame, as well as a series of children’s thrillers – Triskellion – written under the pseudonym Will Peterson.
An acclaimed television series based on the Thorne novels was screened on Sky One in Autumn 2010, starring David Morrissey as Tom Thorne. Adaptations of both In The Dark and Rush Of Blood are currently in development at the BBC.
Mark lives in London with his wife and two children. He is currently writing his next novel.