The Bones Beneath

The Bones Beneath

Book - 2014
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"The Bones Beneath, the twelfth novel in the internationally bestselling Tom Thorne series shows Thorne facing perhaps the most dangerous killer he has ever put away, Stuart Nicklin. When Nicklin announces that he wishes to reveal the whereabouts of one of his earliest victims and that he wants the cop who caught him to be there when he does it, it becomes clear that Thorne's life is about to become seriously unpleasant. Thorne is forced to accompany Nicklin to a remote island off the Welsh coast which is cut off from the mainland in every sense. Shrouded in myth and legend, it is said to be the resting place of 20,000 saints and as Thorne and his team search for bones that are somewhat more recent, it becomes clear that Nicklin's motives are far from altruistic. The twisted scheme of a dangerous and manipulative psychopath will result in many more victims and will leave Tom Thorne with the most terrible choice he has ever had to make" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9780802122483
Branch Call Number: BILLINGHA M
Characteristics: 391 p. : maps ; 24 cm.


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Dec 06, 2017

Thorne #12

rb3221 Nov 18, 2016

In this novel, Thorne is placed in a totally different setting, an isolated Welsh island with Stuart Nickin, the chilling serial killer Thorne had put in prison many years before. We all know, including Thorne that something is going to go wrong and it does.
The novel is a bit slow going but once on the island the suspense and tension slowly builds to a dramatic finale. Will Nicklin and Thorne meet in another novel?
This is not Billingham's best but certainly worth reading.

Oct 20, 2015

I felt it the story got unnecessarily draggy in some places, so needs some sharp editing. You know something will happen, and at times want to say 'okay, get on with it!' But still, I enjoy this writer and will read other novels by him. This was good, others by him have been better.

May 05, 2015

Based on a preposterous, unbelievable premise, this Thorne novel fails. The plot is obvious with Thorne and his psycho enemy both escaping, meaning there will be a sequel. The writing is mediocre, characters express racist & xenophobic views, & the descriptions of Bardsey limp.

Jan 02, 2015

An excellent story, but you have to have read Billingham's previous books to appreciate this. -Not a 'stand alone' and a very good progression of Tom Thorne's character.

nelson21 Sep 20, 2014

Sad to say - dreadful. I lost a numbers of hours of my life with this nonsense. Mr. Billingham is a tad 'off colour' with this offering. His earlier novels were good but as for everyone - they become tired. Take a break Mr. Billingham then start again.

Aug 09, 2014

This is the second book that I have read from the Tom Thorne collection. Even better than The Dying Hours. Good author if you are looking for a crime novelist who is a step up from James Patterson.

Jun 16, 2014

Thoroughly nasty! Very well done and most enjoyable. All the dilemmas, the domino effects of decisions; it was never going to turn out well. The weather was typical and pivotal. I particularly enjoyed Mark Billingham's music choices on Tom Thorne's behalf.. Apt.


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