Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham

Rush of Blood

5 stars from me!

Rush of Blood is a welcome departure from the standard crime thriller format.

It still contains a crime and has an over riding theme of ‘whodunnit’ but it incorporates a story line that has more basis in the analysis of personalities, traits, emotions and relationships.

From the very first few pages you are drawn into the lives of three couples and their differing idiosyncrasies; do you like any of them, dislike them, empathise with them, believe them? All this remains to be seen and as more is revealed about each character and each couple, be prepared to change your mind!

In reality, a sad tale about a mother’s grief runs through this book but the star of the show is without doubt the quest to find the killer.

I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable book and I constantly changed my mind on who I thought was the killer. Great stuff.

Synopsis: 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? 

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