Rush of Blood

Rush of Blood

Book - 2012
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Perfect strangers. A perfect holiday. The perfect murder...Three couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, their perfect holiday takes a tragic twist: the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves. When the shocked couples return home, they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties they come to know one another better. But they don't always like what they find: buried beneath these apparently normal exteriors are some dark secrets, hidden kinks, ugly vices...Then, a second girl goes missing. Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine? A brilliantly plotted, utterly gripping thriller about the danger of making friends on holiday, Rush of Blood is Mark Billingham's most ambitious and accomplished work to date.
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2012.
ISBN: 9781847444226
1847444229
Branch Call Number: FIC Billi
Characteristics: 390 pages

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swansrob
Dec 06, 2017

Stand Alone #2

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susanchyn
Mar 07, 2017

Beautifully developed characters, across the board.

Delicious unfolding of plot.

Rush of Blood is called a “novel” on the cover, and indeed the quality of writing and depth of characterization is novel-worthy.

It could as well have been labeled a “thriller” or “psychological thriller.”

One quibble: The editors at Little Brown (or Atlantic Monthly) should have picked up on several Britishisms spoken by Americans; for example, the Sarasota (Florida) cop who says “I might have done” instead of “I might have.”

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rahmmie
Jan 31, 2015

The book is mediocre at best. Nothing wrong with the writing but the plot simply was not enough to carry the book. All the little twists and turns at the end felt more like a desperate attempt to leave readers thinking the book was better than it really was

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meyoubou
Jul 26, 2013

Great read and a great twist.

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writer13
Jun 13, 2013

Once again Billingham has written a masterfully crafted mystery. The characters are spot on and written in the classic whodunit prose that leaves the reader believing that almost any of them could be the culprit. Without a doubt, it is the fascinating way in which the six main characters interact that drives this story and leaves you turning pages until the very end!

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h19835195
Jan 29, 2013

A great stand-alone mystery by one of my all-time favourite authors. A very well-plotted thriller that outlines the dangers of making friends on holiday.

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toby65
Jan 01, 2013

A departure for Billingham and not a good one. Contrived and amateurish.

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cheadlebeagle
Nov 11, 2012

This was o.k but not as good as the Tom Thorne series and if you have never read this author try the Thorne stories.

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