Sleepyhead

Sleepyhead

Book - 2001
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"Dear Detective Inspector Thorne. What can I say? Practice makes perfect. And don't you just envy her that perfect...distance? I invite you to consider the concept of freedom. True freedom. Have you ever really considered it? I'm sorry about the others. Truly. I shall not insult your intelligence with platitudes about ends and means but offer in mitigation the thought that a massive undertaking often has an appropriate margin of error. It's all about pressure, Detective Inspector Thorne, but then you'd know all about that. Seriously, though, Tom, maybe I'll call you sometime.Mark Billingham's arresting debut novel "Sleepyhead, an international bestseller, is a mesmerizing, psychological thriller. Tense and unnerving, this menacing tale of obsession is as scathingly witty as it is bone chilling, and it introduces a stunning new talent in detective fiction.Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a deliberately induced stroke, and although she can see, hear, and feel, she is completely unable to move or to communicate. In leaving Alison alive, the police believe her assailant has made his first mistake. Until Detective Inspector Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth: Alison is the psychopath's first success; the three women he killed before her were the mistakes. "An appropriate margin of error" is how their killer dismissed them; his true intention was to leave them just like Alison: put to sleep for the rest of their natural lives. And Thor
Publisher: London, Eng. : Little, Brown, 2001.
ISBN: 9780066212999
0066212995
Characteristics: 343 p. ;,23 cm.

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rb3221
Oct 13, 2016

A good but not great crime thriller. The story unravels rather slowly as something keeps slipping through the cracks for Thorne.
Billingham alternates his viewpoint throughout the book between Thorne, the killer and Alison. Alison is the victim with the 'locked-in' syndrome and can only blink and I very much enjoyed the short chapters giving her perspective.
Overall a good read and I will continue on with the next book in the series, Scaredy Cat,

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nannerl
Sep 12, 2015

Very creepy and well-written, and a good introduction to DI Tom Thorne and his cohorts.

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Dreamstime
Dec 26, 2014

The theme is simply to dark for me. Being left locked in your own mind is a living death. Something about that villain creeped me out. I have Billingham's next book reserved. Perhaps that will be a better read for me. Serial killers a better read?

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wilqser
May 10, 2014

Very good Brittish based crime thriller. The story is about a detective who is convinced that an anesthestist is responsibe for putting a young woman in vegetative state; although she has an active mind and can hear, see and understand. She finally learns to communicate by blinking with the help of a doctor and the dective then tries to get some clues that will incrimate the man. The story is told through several main characters including the detective, victim and the perpetrator - although he/she's identity is in doubt until the end. Very descriptive writing on the part of the characters and the scenes; very vivid. You feel the pain the characters go through and are transported into the story with references to London streets. Being an American the lingo takes getting used to, but it's well worth it . A very well written story. Highly recommend.

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Sharon_librarian
Jan 28, 2014

Book 1 Tom Thorne novels

tomato Jun 13, 2010

This is a super thriller!

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