The Bones Beneath

The Bones Beneath

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On an island off the Welsh coast, I nspector Thorne faces a sadistic adversary who'll "certainly make your skin crawl" ( The New York Times Book Review ) .

Who'd trust a depraved killer like Stuart Nicklin? Tom Thorne, the DI who put him away, has to. Nicklin has promised to bring closure to the grieving mother of one of his first victims by finally revealing where the body can be found. But there's just one condition: Thorne must accompany him to the burial ground--the remote Bardsey Island, cut off from the mainland of Wales in more ways than one. Nicklin is in cuffs, surrounded by authorities, and under watchful eye. What can possibly go wrong?

As the macabre outing begins, so do Nicklin's mind games--and it becomes clear that his motives are far from altruistic. There are more than bones buried on the storm-shrouded island. There are secrets, too. And as Thorne becomes entangled in the twisted schemes of a manipulative psychopath, he'll be left with the most terrible choice he's ever had to make.

Gillian Flynn calls Mark Billingham "one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today"--and in The Bones Beneath he makes sure "readers nerves will be shredded . . . [in] a tour de force of suspense" ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review).

"Chilling . . . Billingham certainly knows how to make those pages turn even while your stomach churns." -- Publishers Weekly

"Billingham is a world-class writer and Tom Thorne is a wonderful creation. Rush to read these books." --Karin Slaughter, New York Times -bestselling author
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780802192486
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360

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Dec 06, 2017

Thorne #12

rb3221 Nov 18, 2016

In this novel, Thorne is placed in a totally different setting, an isolated Welsh island with Stuart Nickin, the chilling serial killer Thorne had put in prison many years before. We all know, including Thorne that something is going to go wrong and it does.
The novel is a bit slow going but once on the island the suspense and tension slowly builds to a dramatic finale. Will Nicklin and Thorne meet in another novel?
This is not Billingham's best but certainly worth reading.

Oct 20, 2015

I felt it the story got unnecessarily draggy in some places, so needs some sharp editing. You know something will happen, and at times want to say 'okay, get on with it!' But still, I enjoy this writer and will read other novels by him. This was good, others by him have been better.

May 05, 2015

Based on a preposterous, unbelievable premise, this Thorne novel fails. The plot is obvious with Thorne and his psycho enemy both escaping, meaning there will be a sequel. The writing is mediocre, characters express racist & xenophobic views, & the descriptions of Bardsey limp.

Jan 02, 2015

An excellent story, but you have to have read Billingham's previous books to appreciate this. -Not a 'stand alone' and a very good progression of Tom Thorne's character.

nelson21 Sep 20, 2014

Sad to say - dreadful. I lost a numbers of hours of my life with this nonsense. Mr. Billingham is a tad 'off colour' with this offering. His earlier novels were good but as for everyone - they become tired. Take a break Mr. Billingham then start again.

Aug 09, 2014

This is the second book that I have read from the Tom Thorne collection. Even better than The Dying Hours. Good author if you are looking for a crime novelist who is a step up from James Patterson.

Jun 16, 2014

Thoroughly nasty! Very well done and most enjoyable. All the dilemmas, the domino effects of decisions; it was never going to turn out well. The weather was typical and pivotal. I particularly enjoyed Mark Billingham's music choices on Tom Thorne's behalf.. Apt.


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