Sleepyhead, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A WOMAN UNLUCKY TO BE ALIVEAlison Willetts has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel but she is completely unable to move or communicate.

In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer's made his first mistake.A KILLER UNLIKE ANY OTHERThen DI Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth: it isn't Alison who is the mistake, it's the three women already dead.A COP'S WORST NIGHTMAREThorne must find a killer whose agenda is disturbingly unique, and Alison, the one person who holds the key to the killer's identity, is unable to say anything . . .


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • ISBN: 9780751548914

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Fantastic start to British crime series. Detective Inspector Tom Thorne appeals because he is so authentic. He is shortish and heavy-set, intelligent but not infallible, and does not consistently react heroically when the opportunity presents. He is likeable and earnest. As with most detective or crime novels, that I enjoy, the book largely concerns Thorne's personal journey dealing with past issues, a doomed relationship and solving the present crime. You see the beginning of what is presumed to be the evolution of Thorne's more permanent relationships in later novels. I like Billingham's voice and cultural references -- name checks some good music. The mystery set-up is good. The killer's victims are "mistakes", as what he intends to do is leave his victims in a "locked-in" state where they are intellectually aware but unable to physically function. I found the book's conclusion satisfying. Often times, the book's conclusion is my least favorite part, I assume there is no way the author is going to be able to land the story once up in the air. Here, the action was plausible, the result logical, and I felt the human responses were honest. I compare Thorne to a younger, childless, more hip Wallander. Overall, a highly recommended read.

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This is not the first Mark Billigham book I read. But I wanted to read it since it was the first one of the Tom Thorne series. I did find it a bit annoying to read because of the obsession of Thorne on this one suspect, I felt that it was a bit too much and I couldn't wait until he was either proved right or wrong. At the end, I did understand a bit more the direction of the novel as it sets the character for the following books. Interesting, I wil read the others in the series.

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