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Bloodline is the 8th book in a series featuring DI Tom Thorne.
The cases that Tom Thorne and his colleagues investigate are usually serial killer cases with a twist. This time, the body count rises quickly, and the team realise that the connection is that all those murdered are the children of the victims in a previous case. The man convicted for those murders is in prison, so who is targeting the next generation?
I really like this series and I enjoyed reading this book, but I didn't find the hunt for the killer as compelling as I thought it should have been this time round. The police have been able to identify a list of likely victims and are trying to protect the surviving ones while they look for the murderer, and this offers some suspense.
However, what I still enjoyed in this book, and what will draw me back to any future episodes in the series, is the characters and the story of Thorne's personal life. This novel opens with a very sad scene as Thorne and his girlfriend go for an antenatal scan only to discover that their baby has already died. He could and probably should take some time off to deal with the emotional fallout, but as soon as he hears about the new case coming in, he is driving off to look at the body.
I found the personal story in this far more interesting than the murder investigation, although I think that part of the novel is perfectly competently written. I was far more anxious to know if Thorne would stop working for long enough to talk and/or listen to Louise and sort things out with her, and about the future of their relationship, than about the case.
I think this is well worth a read for fans of Mark Billingham's previous work, but I would recommend one of the early books in the series, for example Sleepy Head or Scaredy Cat, as a better place to meet Tom Thorne for the first time, as I think the cases are more interesting and the dramatic tension in those books is more focused on the crime investigation.
The hardback has an RRP of £16.99 but is currently on sale at Amazon for £8.49, and the paperback is due out next month.
Having already got two Mark Billingham books, which I have not read yet and after reading loads of reviews of his previous books here on Dooyoo, when the opoortunity arose to borrow a friends copy of Blood Line I did not hesitate!
DI Tom Thorne is investigating a murder when it comes to light that a 'similar' murder has taken place in a different part of the country and after gaining as much information as possible of both murders feels that the murderer may be the same person because of the MO. Thorne makes contact with both victims families and also makes the connect that both of the victims mothers had also been murdered some 15 years earlier.... by the same man.
Raymond Garvey was convicted of killing 7 or more women 15 year previous, but died three years ago of a brain tumour.
As Thorne pieces things together (quite literally) the race is on to find the other potential victims... But will he get to them on time? Is this a copycat killer or something from beyond the grave? Well, you will have to read it to discover that!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this read and absolutely could not put it down. I drew many theories on this book right from page one, slome right, some wrong.
It really is edge of your seat stuff and the plot twists and turns make for a compelling read. Toward to middle of the book you find yourself questionning everyone in the story and everything about the plot - but keep guessing.
This book ends well but there is still a little ambiguity right until the last page and I felt a little sad when it was all over.
A recommended read. I am definitely putting his other two novels I own to the top of my to be read pile now!