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DI Tom Thorne is back...It seems like a straightforward domestic murder until a bloodstained sliver of X-ray is found clutched in the dead woman's fist - and it quickly becomes clear that this case is anything but ordinary.Thorne discovers that the victim's mother had herself been murdered fifteen years before by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. The hunt to catch GarDI Tom Thorne is back...It seems like a straightforward domestic murder until a bloodstained sliver of X-ray is found clutched in the dead woman's fist - and it quickly becomes clear that this case is anything but ordinary.Thorne discovers that the victim's mother had herself been murdered fifteen years before by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. The hunt to catch Garvey was one of the biggest in the history of the Met, and ended with seven women dead.When more bodies and more fragments of X-ray are discovered, Thorne has a macabre jigsaw to piece together until the horrifying picture finally emerges. A killer is targeting the children of Raymond Garvey's victims.Thorne must move quickly to protect those still on the murderer's list, but nothing and nobody are what they seem. Not when Thorne is dealing with one of the most twisted killers he has ever hunted...A chilling, relentlessly paced thriller, Bloodline is the most gripping Tom Thorne novel yet....

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Bloodline Reviews

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2019-06-05 10:18

    EXCERPT: The woman was face down, arms by her sides. Her shirt had been lifted, or had ridden up, showing purplish patches on her skin just above her waist where the liver mortis had started and revealing that her bra had not been removed. "Something, I suppose," said a female CSI as she walked past. Thorne raised his eyes from the body and looked towards the single window. There were plates and mugs on the draining board next to the sink. A light was flashing on the front of the washing machine to let somebody know that the cycle had finished. There was still a trace of normality. THE BLURB: DI Tom Thorne is back...It seems like a straightforward domestic murder until a bloodstained sliver of X-ray is found clutched in the dead woman's fist - and it quickly becomes clear that this case is anything but ordinary.Thorne discovers that the victim's mother had herself been murdered fifteen years before by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. The hunt to catch Garvey was one of the biggest in the history of the Met, and ended with seven women dead.When more bodies and more fragments of X-ray are discovered, Thorne has a macabre jigsaw to piece together until the horrifying picture finally emerges. A killer is targeting the children of Raymond Garvey's victims.Thorne must move quickly to protect those still on the murderer's list, but nothing and nobody are what they seem. Not when Thorne is dealing with one of the most twisted killers he has ever hunted...A chilling, relentlessly paced thriller, Bloodline is the most gripping Tom Thorne novel yet. MY THOUGHTS: I absolutely agree with the final sentence in the blurb. Bloodline is chilling. The pace is relentless. And this is the most gripping of the Tom Thorne series yet. The killer is twisted, and very clever. He has laid his plans and prepared his ground meticulously. He leaves a trail for the police to follow, and he sits back and waits...Meanwhile, Thorne is dealing with a personal crisis, or perhaps not dealing with it might be more accurate. Billingham's characters are ordinary people. They have likes and dislikes, bills to pay, meals to plan, children to get to school. I think this is one of the reasons I enjoy Billingham's books so much. These people could be your neighbors, your friends, could even be you. I like the matter of fact way Billingham writes, and his little injections of black humor. An exciting and thrilling read. Although these are best read in order of the series to gain the most out of the character development, Bloodline will work as a stand alone book. Bloodline was narrated by Paul Thornley and I listened to the audio version via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my profile page or the 'about' page on for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog

  • Laura
    2019-06-17 09:32

    4* In the Dark3* Bloodline (Tom Thorne #8)

  • Krithika Sundar
    2019-06-10 09:16

    Blah. Sorry its the emotion I felt when reading this book.I have read some amazing murder mysteries but this didn't cut it.Tom Thorne, the country music loving detective is investigating a case where people are killed and have a piece of x-ray in their hand.As they uncover each murder scene the police try to find out the connection but there are no leads as such that are helpful. The only thing I liked about the book was the naturality of Tom Thorne. He's so normal. He does things we do too and he's not drunk or smokes like a chimney like the typical detectives we see in books.I felt there was no hurry or a briskness in the mystery as such. In the sense it was like there was no rush to catch the murderer. Billingham doesn't even speed the process at all.I felt put off by that.And we don't even know what those x-rays were for either. I guess I am kind of in the blah zone for this book.

  • JoeNoir
    2019-05-27 04:33

    This novel begins with a young mother, Debbie, about to jump off a bridge into the path of a train, with her challenged son, Jason, in her arms. What does this have to do with murder victims who are found with pieces of an X-Ray in their hands? Who is targeting the children of serial killer Raymond Garvey’s victims?All is explained in the terrific novel Bloodline by Mark Billingham.During the last few years, I discovered a great group of British authors writing police procedurals with strong thriller elements. I’ve read and enjoyed Peter James (see Dead Man’s Grip), and Peter Robinson (see Piece of my Heart). Now, I’ve read my first Mark Billingham novel, and he may be the best of them. Mark Billingham is a standup comic, actor, and television screenwriter who has appeared in and written for several British television series. He has also written thirteen novels in the bestselling and award winning DI Tom Thorne series. Tom Thorne is a detective who has been battered and damaged by life, but remains an exceptionally good man. He has a team of detectives, and experts he works with who are also outstanding individuals. Including a heavily tattooed and pierced pathologist named Hendricks; and a nearly sixty year old lady named Chamberlain, who was once a detective but was forced out of her job. Billingham shows a level of characterization rarely seen in popular novels, let alone series works. These are real people in a real word where they sometimes speak without thinking, make errors, handle the blows of life, and occasionally even fart, just like we do.At the opening of this novel Thorne and his partner suffer one of the worst things that can happen to a couple. They press on, but the situation affects them, and their friends. The descriptions of crime scenes are as invasive, clinical, and sad as actual crime scene photographs. There is humor in this book, and many very cool pop culture references. Characters from earlier books in the series have brief walk on scenes that are intriguing enough to make me want to read the earlier novels. Billingham knows how to build and maintain suspense, and pull the reader toward a thrilling conclusion. He plays fair, and provides all the clues, but even when our heroes begin to figure things out, Billingham is adept at keeping the solution from us for just a few more chapters. I stayed up past my bed time, on a work night, to finish this novel. I haven’t done that for years.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-05-29 07:18

    This tale of a serial killer preying on the children of victims of another serial killer is rather strange. Hard to know what is going on in the mind of such a creature of course. The book is from 2009 and mainly it serves to show us that even at that point all the police forces in the UK, which is not very large, are not joined up and sharing information centrally as a matter of course. If they happen to get a request and follow up on it, or notice an appeal and do some checking, that sharing might occur. But HOLMES the central computer doesn't seem to be much use to the hard worked London staff. We get a few scrappy looks at the point of view of others, back and forth in time, but they come across as padding out the story. Tom Thorne the central detective is no brighter than the average person in this tale, maybe because he is distracted. His partner has lost a baby at the start and they spend all book moping around. I do not wish to trivialise this for any person, but as they are both young and healthy enough to keep trying, and there is no underlying reason, it seems a positive attitude would be more use. Still, it's an occurrence we don't see often in crime stories and shows a family's difficulties. I can't see the twist in this working, because any of a few factors would have stopped it dead. And security seems to be appalling. An interesting medical aspect is visited. I'm rating the book well but not top class for a police procedural story. We drive around some London districts but nowhere scenic.

  • drey
    2019-06-12 07:12

    I cannot believe that here I am, starting another engrossing mystery-slash-police-procedural series, with a pile of precursors to read up on. o.O But now that I’ve had a taste of Mark Billingham’s writing, I don’t know that I can not pick them up…Bloodline starts with a prologue that leaves you hanging, wondering what happened, and who the people are. Then it takes you right into Thorne’s personal life, and while you’re (he’s) still reeling from that revelation, the first body shows up. Which you expect, Thorne being a cop and all… But you sure don’t expect the next one to show up as soon as it does. Nor do you expect to witness how easily the killer strikes next. This is one of those races against time, and you’re rooting for the cops to figure out whodunnit before all that’re left are the bodies.The plot kept me turning the pages, and Britishisms kept me entertained even as the body count added up. Billingham does a great job building up the suspense, and piques our curiosity with peeks at a killer’s thoughts. And the ending had me happy at how he wrapped it all up. A must-try for police-procedural fans.drey’s rating: Excellent!

  • Ann Tonks
    2019-06-02 09:29

    Unlike other Thorne books which I'd enjoyed, I found this bland, psychologically unbelievable and underpowered.

  • Craig Sisterson
    2019-06-01 08:09

    British comedian Mark Billingham burst onto the crime-writing scene in late 2001 with one of the most exceptional debuts in recent memory. Sleepyhead featured a chilling serial ‘killer’ putting people into persistent vegetative states, and introduced gritty yet layered Detective Inspector Tom Thorne and his investigative adventures set amongst the seamy world of greater London. After taking an impressive detour in 2008 with standalone thriller In The Dark, Billingham returns with the eighth instalment in his award-winning DI Thorne series. And what a return it is. In Blood Line, a seemingly unremarkable domestic killing becomes far murkier when a bloodstained X-ray sliver is found in the victim’s hand - a dead women whose mother was murdered by a notorious serial killer years before. As the body count rises and more slivers appear, Thorne tries to hunt a twisted psychopath and prevent further deaths, while stumbling over his own feelings in the aftermath of unexpected personal tragedy.Once again Billingham delivers crime fiction of paramount quality. In a genre where some writers focus on breathtaking plots, others create fascinating characters, while still others shine with great dialogue or well-evoked settings, the best of the best, such as Billingham, consistently deliver across all fronts.Populated with a rich cast of authentic, layered, characters, Blood Line is an exciting, well-constructed tale filled with texture and an undercurrent of social commentary bubbling beneath. The dialogue is natural, packed with subtext. Dark crime is peppered with dark humour. The twists are surprising but realistic, never forced or gimmicky. DI Thorne continues to evolve as a character, and Billingham’s continuing excellence makes his creation arguably the best-written detective in British crime fiction today. Put simply: Blood Line is a taut tour de force, from a true master This review was originally published in the August 2009 issues of WildTomato magazine

  • Caroline
    2019-05-28 10:30

    When a woman is killed in her home with a small piece of plastic found clenched in her hand, DCI Tom Thorne is hard pressed to understand the motive behind her murder or who the murderer might be. He is, however, surprised to discover her mother had been one of the women killed by a serial killer, Raymond Garvey fifteen years ago. But when another woman's murder is brought to his attention, also with a piece of plastic in her hand, the plastic later found to be a piece of an x-ray film, and is discovered also to have been the daughter of another victim of Garvey that DCI Thorne starts to suspect he may have another serial killer on his hand.He researches the victims of Raymond Garvey and the man himself. In the meantime, a pair of siblings are also murdered in their home, also children of another of Garvey's victims. The race is now on to identify and find the surviving children of all the Garvey victims since they appear to be the target. But who's trying to kill them and why? As DCI Thorne and his team pursue all possible clues in their investigation, they are constantly a few steps behind the killer. He engages a retired colleague to help with some of the research into Garvey and his past.In the meantime, we are presented with a possible defense for Garvey through some journal entries by the killer himself. Was he really responsible for killing all those women? The identity of the new serial killer eludes us all until the very end. DCI Thorne isn't Sherlock Holmes, he makes mistakes, he has personal problems to deal with, and he has a list of people he needs to try and protect from a serial killer. But can he, and will he get the killer before it's too late?

  • Dan
    2019-06-06 11:18

    This time Tom Thorne is investigating a string of people being murdered, all children of victims of a serial killer from the 1980s. It seems that the serial killer's son is trying to continue his father's work. Meanwhile Thorne has to deal with problems at home as in the very first chapter his girlfriend Louise has a miscarriage. This means Thorne once again has to work alongside emotions he can't express and tries to focus all his efforts on the case.It's another great Thorne book, with a revelation towards the end about the killer that makes for a really thrilling ending in which Thorne rushes to try to prevent more murders. The emotional issues plaguing Thorne make it perhaps the best character-driven book yet. There are several brilliant scenes in which others talk about Thorne and others where Thorne tries to cope with Louise losing the baby. It's a whole new element to the story that is a great touch. There's even a nod back to Lifeless for longer term readers to enjoy.Once again Billingham does not disappoint and I'm looking forward to seeing where on earth the series will go on from here!

  • Sam Woodfield
    2019-06-03 03:17

    I really loved this book!! Most crime novels take the same basic plot and tweak it slightly - super brained detective follows the clues and saves the final victim at the lat minute. Thats nothing like this novel. Billingham has created Thorne as a slightly flawed man fighting his demons and being outwitted by a serial killer. Does Thirne get there in time? - I wont ruin the ending, but it certainly kept me gripped from beginning to end. I als loved the premise - son of a serial killer killing all the children of his fathers victims - and the twists this takes as the novel progresses means I really couldnt put this down. The more I read the more I wanted and Billingham subtly creates this pull for his readers. There was nothing overly tense about this novel, not like others where every chapter ends in a cliff hanger, but there is something about Billinghams style which really drew me along!I will be tramping the pavements to find other offerings by Billingham as if his other offerings are even half as good as this one, I think I may hvae found myself a new favourite crime writter!Superb!!

  • Viccy
    2019-06-03 09:29

    Ray Garvey died of a brain tumor 15 years ago while in custody after he killed 7 women. Now, the children of those women are being killed as well. Meanwhile, Tom Thorne and his significant other are mourning the loss of their baby. Thorne is pitched into the pursuit of a merciless killer who definitely has an agenda, leaving him no time to cope with his loss. The clue that ties the murders together is various pieces of an x-ray from Garvey's brain scan. Can Thorne track down the killer before more victims emerge. Tense and haunting, Billingham's book keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Recommended for those who like British police procedurals.

  • Margaret
    2019-06-14 07:32

    Raymond Garvey was a serial killer, now deceased. Someone, however, has started killing the children of Garvey's victims. Tom Thorne is racing against the clock to find all the the offspring and get them into safe custody before the killer can reach them. But will he succeed?"Bloodline" is one of Mark Billingham's best works. Well plotted, well written, and a massively enjoyable read.The shocks keep coming. You barely have time to draw breath before you're broadsided again! And the twist towards the end is a doozy.Mark Billingham is one of the best crime/thriller writers around today, and "Bloodline" is one of his best books.Cannot recommend highly enough.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-05 03:07

    4.5/5"Bloodline by Mark Billingham is a mystery thriller continuing with the Detective Inspector Tom Thorne series and is not one mystery fans will want to miss. As a new reader of Billingham’s work, I found the plot and backstory were covered well enough to jump in, in the midst of the series without feeling uninformed."...myfull review may be read on my book review blogRundpinne.

  • Stan Usher
    2019-05-31 06:24

    I cannot say enough great things about this book. This is the 6th book I have read in the Tom Thorne series, and every one is better than the previous. Excellent storyline, fast paced plot with great twists and turns that you won't see coming. I have said in previous reviews I have posted of other books that Jack Reacher is my favorite literary character of the moment, well Tom Thorne runs him a very close second!READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!!

  • Harriet
    2019-06-02 09:31

    I normally love the police procedural but altho the plot was creative, it took me too long to read to give it a high rating. There's no humor in it, it somehow was tedious and I probably won't read any more of this author. I have other authors of this genre who I enjoy more.

  • Jude Brigley
    2019-06-06 11:24

    Hadn't read any before. Quite enjoyed the first half. I thought in the end it had a bleak vision of life.I did guess the twist but I'm good at that sort of thing. Pleasantly surprised by the plotting.

  • Nadia Wait
    2019-05-25 11:09

    Easy but boring read, don't think i'll read one of his book again. Big dissapointment because book had good reviews but didn't deliver

  • Andy Walker
    2019-06-18 06:33

    Mark Billingham’s Tom Thorne novels just get better and better. Bloodline is the eighth and like the first seven is a compulsive read. On the trail of a ruthless killer, Thorne is confronted by a psychopath who will stop at nothing to snuff out those on his kill list, including police officers. Thorne’s character is fleshed out even more in this book, as is those of many of his colleagues and close friends. You cannot help but root for Tom Thorne and admire his somewhat unconventional approach to policing and his cheery cynicism is always engaging and gives rise to a few laugh out loud moments in the book. On the cover of Bloodline, a quote from Jack Reacher novelist Lee Child compares Thorne to other fictional detectives Morse and Rebus. High praise indeed but well deserved. In Thorne, Billingham has created a flawed hero you whose exploits you want to follow for years to come. And that’s why I’m off down the library to get Thorne #9 at the earliest opportunity.

  • John
    2019-06-03 08:12

    There's a serial killer at work in London, and Tom Thorne and his team in the Murder Squad soon realize the victims are the sons and daughters of the victims of an earlier serial killer, Raymond Garvey, who died in prison of a brain tumor some years ago. Eventually it becomes obvious that the killer must be Garvey's unacknowledged son Andrew. The race is on to find the remaining offspring before Andrew Garvey does, and to find Andrew himself, who seems to have dropped below the radar . . .Billingham's a good writer, and I've enjoyed reading a couple of his earlier books. Here, although the writing was fluent enough that I was never bored, I simply wasn't convinced. There are all sorts of niggly reasons for this, plus one real whopper of a reason. About halfway through, something happens that could so obviously be other than what it seems to be that it's beyond all bounds of possibility that Thorne could be so stupid as not to question the "official" version of the event. After maybe a further hundred pages, toward the end of the book, other people start telling him he should be questioning this event, and still he's reluctant to do so. If your mystery plot depends for its existence on the lead detective being inexplicably, almost willfully boneheaded about something -- especially something that's painfully obvious to the reader -- then there's something wrong with your book.And then there's this (page 157):He had seen her extract information from a man half her age in a way that had sickened him. Sickened him almost as much as the fact that he had watched and said nothing, because even as he had smelled the man's flesh burning, he had known it needed to be done.It "needed to be done"? That's been the excuse of torturers all down the centuries, and of the drooling torture supporters who get their rocks off at the thought of other people's agony. Billingham should take a close look at himself.

  • S.D.
    2019-06-08 10:25

    A serial killer is leaving clues clenched in the hand of his victims…a piece of a bloodstained X-ray which, when pieced together gives a clue to Detective Tom Thorne. All of the victims are children of the victims of Raymond Garvey, a serial killer from the 1980s. While Thorne is chasing down leads his personal life is on rocky terrain. His girlfriend, Louise, just lost their baby and is having a difficult time dealing with the loss. She is also a cop but the reader never gets to see her in action as she spends time grieving and sniping at Thorne. The killer is easy to determine as the plot has been used in a number of television shows. Once the police know the names of the rest of the potential victims, they convince them to be placed under protective custody. Only one woman, Debbie Mitchell, refuses to leave her house since relocation would upset her autistic son, Jason. Thorne and Louise are a somewhat boring couple and the plot plods along, not really gaining steam until the end as a twist throws off the investigation and the police race to catch the killer who always seems to anticipate their next move.

  • Katrina Evans
    2019-05-31 05:24

    One of my favourite Thorne novels. :)I like that he's getting a bit of personal life stability albeit not all that happy right now... I liked that is was one case and the twist(s) were less obvious that they have been in the last couple of novels. I thought I had it worked out and I was wrong, I love it when that happens.Looking forward to the next one.

  • Cat
    2019-05-24 03:19

    The perfect commuter's read. Terrifying.

  • Sally
    2019-05-26 09:20

    An engaging crime thriller raises the question of diathesis versus accountability for one's (murderous) actions. A tricksy timeline muddles rather than enhances the narrative.

  • Ailsa Mummery
    2019-05-22 08:21

    a fantastic book, 10 out of 10 would recommend!

  • Dan
    2019-05-31 08:29

    Was very dull, predictable and poorly written

  • Breakaway Reviewers
    2019-06-17 09:18

    D.I. Tom Thorne is still on the case.London. Thorne is with his partner, Louise, at the Whittington Hospital when he receives a call from his C.O. A woman has been brutally murdered and the C.O. wants Thorne to attend the scene.Soon, more bodies are discovered and a pattern is emerging. They are all children of women murdered years ago by Raymond Garvey. Garvey was sentenced for the murders and died in prison years before of a brain tumour. All these victims appear to have been murdered in the same way, and there is a clue in each victim’s hand. The method of killing suggests the same murderer unless it is a copycat killer. Plus, is the clue going to help Thorne in his hunt for the killer, or is it a red herring planted deliberately to put him on the wrong track?Thorne has to discover how many more potential victims there are, who is targeting them and try to put an end to the murder spree before it is too late.This is the eighth Tom Thorne novel, dating from 2009. Billingham has lost none of his ability to keep the reader guessing and turning the pages to reach the book’s climax.As with all good books, this can be read as a stand-alone novel and still be enjoyable. The benefits, however, of reading the series of books in the sequence is in building up the background knowledge of the characters, the locations, their support crew and the various personality clashes, intrigues and day-to-day stuff that fills out everybody’s lives, both in fiction and real life. A real page-turner. Mr Billingham, and by extension D.I. Thorne is in top form.Mr BumblebeeBreakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.

  • Kim
    2019-06-17 09:32

    If I could have given this 2.5 stars I would have but bumped it up to 3 as I love Tom Thorne as a character. This is just a ho hum mystery that goes on too long. I will read the next book but this is the 2nd clunker in the last few Thorne books.

  • Carolyn
    2019-05-20 10:26

    This is a new author and a new series for me. Tom Thorne is a Detective Inspector in London. This, the eighth entry in the series, is a complex story involving perplexing circumstances that require great tact and care in the investigation. One clue after another leads Thorne to surprising conclusions. Mysterious situations skillfully examined by compelling central characters -- what more can one ask from a detective series. I look forward to reading more of Mark Billingham's work.

  • Anetq
    2019-06-16 08:29

    Complicated story and the odd twist - both in Thorne's private life and the case ( about social heritage). Felt a bit long somehow - and even if the bitter end had another twist, it was sort of a foregone conclusion, so it ended on a bit of an annoying note.