Book Review: Blood Line

Blood Line by Mark Billingham

The blurb: When a dead body is found in a North London flat, it seems like a straightforward domestic murder until a bloodstained sliver of X-ray is found clutched in the dead woman’s fist – and it quickly becomes clear that this case is anything but ordinary. DI Thorne discovers that the victim’s mother had herself been murdered fifteen years before by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. The hunt to catch Garvey was one of the biggest in the history of the Met, and ended with seven women dead.

When more bodies and more fragments of X-ray are discovered, Thorne has a macabre jigsaw to piece together until the horrifying picture finally emerges. A killer is targeting the children of Raymond Garvey’s victims. Thorne must move quickly to protect those still on the murderer’s list, but nothing and nobody are what they seem. Not when Thorne is dealing with one of the most twisted killers he has ever hunted…

My review: Its taken me a little while to get round to reading this. Not that its been at the bottom of the pile just other things keep getting in the way. I borrowed Blood Line from a friend after I saw and fell in love with the cover of In the Dark. I love what they’ve done with the cover look and as a friend recommended Billingham I thought Id give him a go!

I will definitely be laying my hands on In the Dark now, not only for that wonderful cover, but because I love Tom Thorne. Blood Line is a police procedural crime book, its easy to read, well paced and has a colourful cast of characters. I particularly liked the medical examiner; Phil Hendricks who goes against the stereotype and is full of great, witty one-liners. Thorne, the lead in this investigation, is a well rounded character, I feel I learnt a lot about him in this book and had warmed to him in the end. He’s fallible and cares about his job, the insights into his personal life were a nice touch.

This is a well thought out crime book, the information on the back cover gives away a lot of the story which is a shame but it’s still a great read. There’s a good twist near the end and it’s not too gory which can sometimes put me off. But for a great British police-based crime read, Billingham’s a winner!

7 out of 10 stars! ******.5

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