Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham

rush of bloodBlurb from, please scroll down for my review.
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.

My Review

Genre: crime
A very well written enjoyable book, that kept me guessing until the very end, but I didn’t find it as thrilling as others, especially those who recommended it to me, but I finished all the same.  It is a simple and fast read, I finished it in a couple of hours.

You have some great social moments, chatting within the three couples, it got a little samey at times too much everyday stuff that wasn’t necessary and could have been left out.

I didn’t enjoy any of the characters, they seemed very superficial. The details of a classic whodunit was great, that I enjoyed, it just lacked thrills and suspense, I prefered the Florida sections rather than the UK side of the story.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I don´t think I will be reading any others.


mark bilinghamAbout the Author

Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham. Having worked for some years as an actor and more recently as a TV writer and stand-up comedian his first crime novel was published in 2001. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.


About the book

File Size: 557 KB

Print Length: 395 pages

Publisher: Sphere (August 2, 2012)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1847444210

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