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Rush of Blood

Mark Billingham

Published on: 02/08/2012

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The new standalone from the No.1 bestselling author.

Perfect strangers. A perfect holiday. The perfect murder…

Three couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, their perfect holiday takes a tragic twist: the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves. When the shocked couples return home, 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 dark secrets, hidden kinks, ugly vices…

Then, a second girl goes missing.

Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine?

A brilliantly plotted, utterly gripping thriller about the danger of making friends on holiday, Rush of Blood is Mark Billingham’s most ambitious and accomplished work to date.



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About the author:

Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham is the author of many bestselling novels and the creator of the Tom Thorne series. He has twice won the Theakstons Old Peculier prize for best novel of the year. He lives in North London with his family. Read the Tom Thorne series.


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  1. Rachel Heale:

    This is Mark Billingham’s first standalone, although die-hard Thorne fans will be pleased he makes a very brief appearance towards the end. It’s an unusual, exciting novel. Three British couples meet on holiday in Florida and end up spending a lot of time together. A tragedy occurs on their last night when a young girl goes missing, and later her body is discovered, murdered. This event seems to bind the couples together, and against the better judgement of some of them, they start to meet up regularly back in the UK. The investigation into the murder of the young girl soon involves the six, and we start to learn through flashbacks to the holiday in Florida. We soon start to suspect there is more to these couples than meets the eye, and as the plot unravels, the motive and true personality of each of the six main characters are doubted. The ending is fantastic. It’s a great plot and really well-written, as we have come to expect from Mark Billingham. It’s quite an achievement to write such a fantastic novel where none of the main characters are particularly likeable! A thoroughly immersive and enjoyable read.

  2. March 28th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

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