Love Like Blood
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown
1 June, 2017
Ah, the thrill of seeing a new Thorne novel – or indeed any novel written by Mark Billingham – drop through the door never gets old. The fourteenth Thorne novel, Love Like Blood, is no exception and like its predecessors does not disappoint.
As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful. Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.
This is writing at its most exceptional. Brilliantly taut, there is barely a wasted word and Billingham’s deft handle on his story telling is exemplary. Of course in Thorne and Hendricks, the author has created two gems that glitter at every turn. However, with DI Tanner, Helen and everyone else that makes these novels so unmissable compliment each other so marvellously it is as though we are welcoming in old friend for a cuppa and a chat.
What truly stands out, however, is the pace that has been created and some truly sparkling, naturally presented dialogue that not only delivers a sense of place but also an even deeper insight as to what makes the characters tick.
Deeply entrancing, Love Like Blood keeps up the high standards of all thirteen of Thorne’s predecessors and so keeps us waiting with breath suitably baited for Book Fifteen to arrive.