The Bones Beneath

The Bones Beneath

Book - 2014
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The Deal
Tom Thorne is back in charge - but there's a terrifying price to pay. Stuart Nicklin, the most dangerous psychopath he has ever put behind bars, promises to reveal the whereabouts of a body he buried twenty-five years before. But only if Thorne agrees to escort him.

The Danger
Unable to refuse, Thorne gathers a team and travels to a remote Welsh island, at the mercy of the weather and cut off from the mainland. Thorne is determined to get the job done and return home before Nicklin can outwit them.

The Deaths
But Nicklin knows this island well and has had time to plan ahead. Soon, new bodies are added to the old, and Thorne finds himself facing the toughest decision he has ever had to make...

Tom Thorne returns in this utterly gripping, brilliantly plotted thriller. The Bones Beneath is Mark Billingham's most ambitious and accomplished work to date.

Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2014.
ISBN: 9781408704806
Characteristics: 391 p.


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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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