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The Bones Beneath [Format Kindle]

Mark Billingham

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The Deal
Tom Thorne is back in charge - but there's a terrifying price to pay. Stuart Nicklin, the most dangerous psychopath he has ever put behind bars, promises to reveal the whereabouts of a body he buried twenty-five years before. But only if Thorne agrees to escort him.

The Danger
Unable to refuse, Thorne gathers a team and travels to a remote Welsh island, at the mercy of the weather and cut off from the mainland. Thorne is determined to get the job done and return home before Nicklin can outwit them.

The Deaths
But Nicklin knows this island well and has had time to plan ahead. Soon, new bodies are added to the old, and Thorne finds himself facing the toughest decision he has ever had to make...

Tom Thorne returns in this utterly gripping, brilliantly plotted thriller. The Bones Beneath is Mark Billingham's most ambitious and accomplished work to date.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 “Don’t ever let them see you cry.” 18 mai 2014
Par Luan Gaines - Publié sur Amazon.com
Though Tom Thorne’s career as a detective is in jeopardy at the end of The Dying Hours, the single-minded detective inspector has kept his standing, albeit at the mercy of DCI Russell Bridgestock’s direction, Thorne given an assignment that not only goes against his better judgment, but is riddled with unnecessary risk. Incarcerated serial killer Stuart Nicklin (Scaredy Cat) has agreed to divulge the grave of a victim he killed while in a youth program on a remote island on the coast of Wales, part of an ill-conceived experiment with youthful offenders. However Nicklin has a caveat: Thorne must accompany him to Bardsey Island. No matter how reasonable Thorne’s arguments against taking a violent criminal to a remote location almost entirely cut off from communication, Bridgestock sees the endeavor as an opportunity for positive PR, fearing Nicklin will use any obstacle to paint a negative image to the press.

Besides the officers accompanying Thorne, there is a contingent of guards for Nicklin and another prisoner he has asked to be included, Jeffry Batchelor, the infamous killer expressing concern that there might be a convenient accident absent a witness. Traveling in a two-vehicle entourage, Thorne is on his guard, unable to relax until the prisoners are secure for the night, awaiting transport over rough seas to the island in the morning. Beyond the sense of threat that permeates each phase of the journey, Billingham has inserted another scenario in a prologue, one that makes no sense in the context of the excursion until it finally, terribly does. Thorne feels increasingly isolated, trying to maintain the upper hand with a sly sociopath determined to get into his head. Meanwhile DI Yvonne Kitson scurries from place to place interviewing anyone connected to either prisoner, hoping for a clue to Nicklin’s real motives.

From the first uncomfortable meeting between Thorne and Nicklin, it is clear that the island outing will be fraught with challenges, from the crossing with a captain and is father, their only link between island and police assistance, to the various eccentrics who populate the historically significant location, from the occasional birdwatcher to a couple who has chosen to raise their family on “The Island of Tides”. Never is Thorne unaware of his main prisoner, nor does Nicklin miss an opportunity to instigate dissention. It’s simply a matter of waiting for the moment when order will turn to chaos and Thorne will either subdue Nicklin or face the consequences of failure. The tension is palpable, the isolation lending another layer to an already bizarre melding of criminals and guards, the smallest miscalculation certain to bring disastrous results. Ready to leave for home with the remains, events force Thorne to delay, certain he is playing into Nicklin’s hands. Never patient when confronted with extreme adversity, Thorne is pushed beyond his limitations, Nicklin toying with him until they are face to face in a shocking moment of reckoning. While Throne’s passion often pushes him to the edge in the pursuit of criminals, this is by far the most unsettling Thorne thriller I have encountered. Luan Gaines/2014.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Too Tense and Too Deviant 25 mai 2014
Par Jo Fraser - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
In the book, Thorne talks about a place being polluted by the Nicklin's presence - I am not sure that by reading the book one isn't polluted by it too - the tension rose too early, maintained at too higher peak and then the denouement too ghastly. I found the middle of the book somewhat boring as we knew disaster would strike and strike it did - there was a lack of variation in terms of action and characters - definitely not his best and I am a fan. The tension was relentless and for that reason became tedious, Nicklin's mind an place one doesn't need to go and I felt the ending lacked logic. All in all, not up to the usual standard.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Digging up the past 14 mai 2014
Par Keris Nine - Publié sur Amazon.com
There'll be a few eyebrows raised at the realisation that not only does Tom Thorne not get fired after the fiasco of his action in The Dying Hours, but he actually gets promoted. Or rather, reinstated back to his position as Detective Inspector. Billingham slightly glosses over this issue - investigation ongoing - but does present a kind of rationale for it. Thorne is needed for a very special task, a prisoner escort operation to locate a buried body that a serial killer has owned up to many years after his imprisonment. Thorne is needed because he's had dealings with the prisoner in the past. A guy called Stuart Nicklin.

Having Thorne back as DI and bringing back Stuart Nickln (from Scaredy Cat) would seem like Billingham is returning to safe and familiar ground, but surprisingly, The Bones Beneath takes Thorne away from his familiar London stomping grounds for a very different setting - a small remote island off the coast of Wales, Bardsey Island. As you can probably guess, having Thorne and deadly serial killer Nicklin together on an isolated island, with limited communications with the mainland, is going to be a bit of a tense and dangerous situation. Particularly when you know that Nicklin has specifically requested Thorne come along, and that he has brought another prisoner along for motives that aren't immediately clear. There's clearly more to this than just a buried body.

In the afterword, Billingham confesses to there being a bit of himself in Thorne, but I think there might also be a bit of Nicklin in there as well. I'm not saying he's a serial murderer (although he is responsible for a number of horrible deaths in his writing career), but he does have a great ability to get into the heads of his characters, explore the cracks in their personalities and exploit them to great effect. That's the great strength about The Bones Beneath, even if you have some doubts about the viability of the plot regarding the security arrangements put in place for such a risky venture. There's a real battle of wits here between two complex characters, and there's more besides in the other strong secondary characters he has developed (although it seems Billingham still doesn't really know what to do with Helen Weeks).

Billingham is also successful in how he places Thorne in a new environment. Away from the London-based books, The Bones Beneath adopts a completely different kind of pace that emulates the undulations of the Welsh countryside, the unpredictability of the tides and the possibility of stormy weather. The plot runs pretty much along expected lines for the job in hand, but what makes it so readable is Billingham's writing and his ability to define characters and situations with a few terse words of exchanged dialogue and black humour. As well as the potential (certainty) of Nicklin's motivations being other than they appear, there are also the usual few unknowns weaved into the plot that promise a big twist. I'm not sure it's an entirely plausible one, but this is nonetheless a welcome change of pace for Billingham and Thorne.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best yet. 20 juin 2014
Par Liz Wilkins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy

Tom Thorne is back in charge – but there’s a terrifying price to pay. Stuart Nicklin, the most dangerous psychopath he has ever put behind bars, promises to reveal the whereabouts of a body he buried twenty-five years before. But only if Thorne agrees to escort him.

So as a long time fan of Tom Thorne, I was delighted to receive a beautiful copy of this book through the post one day, and even more delighted with how blinking good it was! I’m pretty sure its my favourite for a very particular reason that I will come to in a while.

In this instalment Tom reluctantly accompanies killer Stuart Nicklin and a small group of people to Bardsey Island on the understanding that Nicklin will reveal the whereabouts of an old murder victim…but as the weather closes in the danger is palpable..

Absolutely brilliantly constructed this one – edge of the seat stuff with a slow burn – not that easy to achieve. Atmospherically speaking it is a marvel, and every step taken you just KNOW is going to lead to disaster, you can see it coming and can’t look away…I could hardly put it down. I’ve always loved how Mr Billingham can walk the line between character depth and thrilling plot development, never one being sacrificed for the other, I’m always right with the people all the way.

The build up to the extremely breathtaking and dramatic finale is perfect and all in all this was a most terrific read.

What made this even better? I could see this one in my minds eye so clearly as the rather addictive story flowed on because the setting was one that I know extremely well. Pwllheli will be my next (and hopefully last) place of residence, I have been house hunting in that area and I know every part of that world like the back of my hand after many many happy times spent there. Bardsey Island, Aberdaron, Abersoch, all alive in my memory and extremely well described here, so I absolutely lived this one. Thank you Mr Billingham!

All in all a magnificent addition to the series, which just gets better and better. Long live Tom Thorne.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Bones Beneath 1 juillet 2014
Par Gloria Feit - Publié sur Amazon.com
Tom Thorne returns in the twelfth novel in this series. Most of the action takes place over a period of three days, set in a remote, isolated and nearly inaccessible island off the Welsh coast, said to be the resting place of 20,000 saints (in addition, that is, to King Arthur). (This appears to be a very real location, one ‘steeped in myth and legend,’ and is a very real presence in the novel.) Tom is brought here as part of a very ‘un-spiritual pursuit of long-dead murder victims,” a prisoner escort operation.

Many years ago, and only briefly, the island was the site of a home for young offenders. Two of these were 17-year-old Stuart Nicklin, and one Simon Milner, the latter of whom never left the island alive. His murder was never solved, and only now Nicklin has claimed to have killed him, and offered to lead the police to the place where Simon’s bones were buried so long ago. The condition being that the man who had arrested him ten years earlier, Tom Thorne, be the one to take him there to identify the site. Nicklin is thought to be one of the “most dangerous and manipulative psychopaths” the police had ever encountered. The suspense inherent in the situation leaves the reader waiting for the other shoe to drop. And waiting. And waiting.

Somewhat jarringly at first, there are flashbacks to the time, twenty-five years earlier, when the seeds of the current action were laid, and when the boy whose bones were at the core of their search was killed. And there are also scenes, at the outset in a Prologue and then every hundred pages or so, that appear to be contemporaneous, their connection to the main plot difficult to discern.

It may be obvious that I felt that the book could have benefited from some tightening, but in retrospect perhaps I should have had more confidence in the author, because the conclusion was very exciting and unexpected. It may be that the bar being set so high by this author in the preceding books made it a tough act to follow. My current reservations aside, I will certainly look forward to the next Tom Thorne book
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