Another book which was added to my to read pile on gifting from a relative, and the first Tom Thorne novel I’ve read.  Although this is part of a series I had no problem in reading as a standalone – there are references to things which have obviously occurred earlier in the series, but missing the full history doesn’t impact on this novel.

Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner’s partner is murdered in their own home, and Tanner is sure the killers thought she was her.  Tanner has been investigating a series of killings which she believes are connected as honour killings and her investigation has clearly got too close.  Convinced her feelings about the killings are correct but being on compassionate leave means she can’t continue investigating herself (officially at least), she brings in Tom Thorne, someone with a reputation to not always follow the rules.

In the current age it could be difficult to deal with the subject matter at the heart of this story however I think Billingham has handled it with great care, producing a book which is considerate with the core subject but also believable.  You are quickly a part of the story, and racing through to get to the conclusion and it’s clear that the author has done his research into this subject.  I’m definitely happy to read more of this series!

Love Like Blood Book Cover Love Like Blood
Tom Thorne novels
Mark Billingham
Sphere
8 March 2018
Paperback
544

A BLOODY MESSAGE
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.

A POWERFUL ALLY
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.

A CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE
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.

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