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SCARE SOMEONE ENOUGH, THEY'LL DO ANYTHING...It was a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at Euston station, followed her home on the tube and strangled her to death in front of her child. At the same time, killed in the same way, a second body is discovered at the back of King's Cross station. It is a grisly coincidence that eerily echoes the murderSCARE SOMEONE ENOUGH, THEY'LL DO ANYTHING...It was a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at Euston station, followed her home on the tube and strangled her to death in front of her child. At the same time, killed in the same way, a second body is discovered at the back of King's Cross station. It is a grisly coincidence that eerily echoes the murder of two other women, stabbed to death months before on the same day...It is DI Tom Thorne who sees the link and comes to the horrifying conclusion. This is not a serial killer the police are up against. This is two of them. Finding the body used to be the worst part of the job. Not any more. Now each time a body is found, Thorne must live with the knowledge that somewhere out there is a second victim, waiting to be discovered......

Title : Scaredy Cat
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ISBN : 9780751533958
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Number of Pages : 460 Pages
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Scaredy Cat Reviews

  • Melanie
    2019-04-03 02:20

    3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed the book. I has an inkling of who the killer was but then was thrown off course a bit. I ended up being right but that didn't make the book any less enjoyable. I thought the premise was clever. I am certainly going to continue the series. I see there is a movie of the first book in the series "Sleepyhead" (which I also enjoyed) and I just may watch it tonight :)

  • Nigel
    2019-03-25 10:07

    That was close to DNF and 3 stars might be a little generous. I know it's over 10 years old but it really felt dated. Characters were 2 dimensional at best, the narrative was disjointed. The story line was interesting and maybe the redeeming feature. I certainly won't be reading another even as a holiday read. There are plenty of current UK authors who write better crime stories for me.

  • Sally906
    2019-03-31 02:20

    Introduced my husband to Mark's works - you have a new fan now Mark - 5 star read for me and 5 stars from him = 10 stars

  • Bev Taylor
    2019-04-20 06:08

    2 women dead. both have been strangled. one at her home where she was followed and in front of her child. the second found behind king's cross station tom thorne and his team r called in to investigate and they find a link with a case 4 months ago where 2 women were found dead. the same m.o. - this time stab wounds h/e it would appear that there r 2 killers - one more 'gentle' the other brutal what is the connection between the 2 killers and why r they acting in this way? a well thought out plot and told well but i found the first three quarters of it too full of narrative to really get into the story. it seemed to focus on a look (physcological) into the mind of tom thorne - at times repetitive - and also 2 of his team had personal problems to contend with the final 100 pages made up for it just a few questions - no mention of finger prints analysis on the choc wrapper; how did palmer know the rendezvous; why did they not follow up on the whereabouts of the gun earlier hope not all police r as troubled as these! bev

  • Best Crime Books & More
    2019-04-03 08:11

    Okay so I know this is only my second Thorne book, but in comparison to the first book this one didn’t have as much, shall we say shine, as the first one. In the first book I was quite gripped, but with this one the first quarter of the book seemed to be quite hard going. The things I love about a series, and this one as well is getting to know characters. Thorne is actually quite a hard character to get to grips with, but I actually like him more for that reason. I’m also quite fond of his colleague Holland, and in this book we see more of him than in book 1.This latest case involves not one but two killers and the key to it all is what they struggle with. As usual the murders themselves have an air of creepiness about them (which is always a bonus in my eyes) but the actual story felt a bit boggy. I apologise for my descriptions (this is why I am a reader and NOT a writer). Do you know what I mean though, you are enjoying it, but you just feel like its all too much effort?!? The only other reason I didn’t enjoy this as much is that I had worked the killer out by just after the halfway mark. I know this is sometimes a sticking point for people, and sometimes it irritates me and other times not so much. I think the fact that this story was plodding rather than racing, meant I fell into the ‘irritated’ group for guessing the killer. That aside, there are flashes of genius in the writing and I can see that this series is one that I bet will improve as time goes on. Although this was just middle of the road for me I’m actually looking forward to book 3.

  • Jaime
    2019-03-25 06:12

    2.5 stars. I thought Billingham's first book (Sleepyhead) was a great combination of grim, gritty police procedural and creepy, macabre medical thriller. It also included a nice twist on the hackneyed serial killer theme. All of this had me eager to jump on board with Scaredy Cat, but I ended up not really enjoying the ride. With the plot a little tired, the characters a little predictable, and the villain's identity too easy to figure out, I spent most of the book annoyed that the detectives weren't catching on to the obvious. I also found an aspect of the investigation involving a confessed murderer ludicrously contrived and unbelievable. I hope #3 provides a return to the standard set in Book 1.

  • comfort
    2019-04-04 03:17

    A prolific phys-co killer on the loose in London, which is hard to believe as almost simultaneously on the other side of town an almost exact same murder is taking place, not once but several times.Tom Thorne and his team are getting no-where with their investigation and the killer(s) seem to almost know in advance what the police are up to. Is there a rat in the ranks? On top of this one of Thorne's trusted detectives would appear to have a drug problem.Once again I did find that when listening to the audio version, if my attention waned a little, I lost track of the plot. To me, it was a bit convoluted (overly complicated0 but worth it.His friendship with herndrix continues to fascinate.

  • Erin
    2019-03-25 09:28

    The second book in the Tom Thorne series - the first was a tough act to follow and the killer/killing wasn't as interesting as in Sleepyhead (and begged belief a bit - I never got a good sense about why (view spoiler)[ Martin Palmer was so very willing to do what the killer wanted. Because Martin was humiliated in front of him as a child? I get that he was sensitive, but, jeez. Then combine that with the remorse he seemed to feel and I just didn't see it(hide spoiler)]) but Billingham does a great job with the damaged Thorne (although I hope he gets a little more dimension in future books) and with showing readers "emotions are powerful things, bodies are not." (12) One thing I didn't love - Sleepyhead had some great female characters, but the women to be found here are victims or types, and I didn't love that. However, I know Billingham can write great females, so I'll give him another chance on that front. I won't rush out to buy number 3, but it's definitely on my list for when I need an airplane read.

  • Sue
    2019-04-17 03:17

    WOW!! What more can you say. Picked up this book in the UK as I had already read one Mark Billingham and liked it. Now I am just sad, as it seems that the UK have a TV version, and we shall have to wait to get it - if ever. I am now a confirmed fan of Mark Billingham, and his Detective Inspector Tom Thorne. I absolutely loved the characters. Thorne is flawed, irascible and irrestible. His sargent, Dave Holland, is still learning to have his heart of steel under his innocent exterior. Together they make a great pair. The plot is clever, and compelling. As an ex-Londoner I could feel the seediness of the streets and areas, because I was familiar with their location. I hope that this is also apparent to American readers. There are now several "Thorne" books, and all of us who are thriller fans have a great treat in store.

  • Richard
    2019-03-24 05:23

    I'm still not convinced that I can 'connect' to the main character, London detective Tom Thorne, after reading the first two books of the series. I really want to enjoy his books as I like reading British crime novels. As with the first book, the plot is ok but the narrative is sometimes tedious as we have to endure Thorne's internal demons at regular intervals. The other thing that frustrates me in both books is the change in the story without any warning. One minute I am reading about Thorne or one of his police colleagues, the next it has seamlessly changed to, say, the murderer. I suddenly realise halfway through the paragraph what has happened. I hope the later books get better.

  • Margaret
    2019-04-20 05:19

    In "Scaredy Cat" Tom Thorn and his team are struggling to find a pair of serial killers. This is the book that introduces Thorn's adversary Stuart Nicklin whom we meet again in later books.It flits between past and present, but does so in a manner that is easy to follow.Well plotted and well written, "Scaredy Cat" is an absorbing thriller.The final scenes are something of a shocker. I was NOT expecting that outcome.Highly recommended.

  • Gary
    2019-04-09 10:19

    The second book in the Tom Thorne series by Birmingham born Mark Billingham. I read and enjoyed his first book in the series sometime ago and don't really know why I put off reading the sequel for so long.Another great read and I intend to read more of this series and I am sure it will only get better as the characters develop.The first book was very good but this was up there with it.

  • Christine
    2019-03-28 02:34

    Fantastic read! Recommended author. I love Tom Thorne

  • Breakaway Reviewers
    2019-04-15 05:11

    An enthralling thriller from 2002 London. A killer is on the loose. A young mother is murdered in front of her son and another young woman follows soon after. DI Thorne is on the case and soon suspects that this is not a straightforward serial killer, but the work of two murderers. He pursues his investigation along these lines, meeting opposition from his superiors along the way. Is he correct in his assumption, or is he wasting his, and his department's time and energy? This is the second book in Mark Billingham's series about Tom Thorne, detective extraordinaire. This one dates from 2002 and, apart from a few period references e.g. Dixon's and teletext, it can easily be read as a contemporary police thriller. Indeed, the Tom Thorne series continues; the latest one, the 14th book, due in June 2017 Billingham show a great deal of knowledge in police work and methods. Thorne is accompanied by his DC from the first book, Dave Holland and joined by a new DC, Sarah McEvoy, who brings her own problems into the fray. Apart from the liberally scattered four letter words, I enjoyed this book very much indeed. The action kept me turning the pages and there were certainly some surprises in there. It helps to have read the first book but is by no means essential as this one can stand alone. A thoroughly deserved, if belatedly awarded, 5 star book. Mr Bumblebee Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.

  • Quinn
    2019-03-29 05:35

    Three stars does not mean it's not a good book. I enjoyed it. The plot picks up speed as you get into the book, which is a good idea. You get to get on a runaway train instead of just witnessing it whiz by. Tom Thorne is a detective inspector in London. He has his own backstory that is slowly revealed, but does not interfere with the plot. The prologue is well written: tense and surprising and brief, it sets up the story nicely. Yes, I know, prologues are not in fashion now, but this one does the trick.A body is discovered in London, near a train station. Always a good beginning for a murder mystery. But then another one is discovered, It takes Thorne a bit to realize that there is not one killer, but two. And these two commits crimes at the same time. A subplot in the book reveals two schoolmates, one cruel and sociopathic, one meek and compliant, who have been connected all their lives. One is the manipulator, the other the manipulated. Their lives are well enough drawn to make you believe this is possible.The story takes interesting turns--Thorne makes some mistakes and is villified, and you both agree and disagree with him. The story has enough twists to keep you reading (once you get past the first 40 or so pages) and the ending is a big surprise (or it was for me, you may be much smarter). A good read.

  • LindaBranham Greenwell
    2019-04-11 09:07

    This time Tom Thorne is after a serial killer who has killed a young woman in front of her little boy. He quickly figures out that there are TWO serial killers working together. One is known early in the book - the other one has changed his name and is hidden.As we come to know the two villains in flashbacks, Billingham weaves a tightly constructed tale of a warped love, and it's disastrous results.There are some strong supporting characters in Billingham's novels, and they help move the twisting plot along to the ending scene in a schoolyard - back to where it all began. The identity of the real psychopath is surprisingI've already started the next one. Actually I have already read the 3rd book in the series ( Lazybones) - now I am on the 4th - The Burning Girl

  • Denise
    2019-03-25 09:11

    Two women are killed in the same way, on the same day. A similar thing happened months ago. Once DI Thorne connects the cases and realises that at least in the earlier case both murders couldn't have been committed by the same person, he comes to a disturbing conclusion: The police aren't just looking for one serial killer - they're looking for two. And they can be almost certain that the next time they find a body, it too will come with another.Mark Billingham excels at envisioning deeply disturbing and chilling murders and killers, and this novel's killing duo is no exception. By allowing the reader to not only see the investigation, but also delve into the killers' thoughts and past, he builds a multilayered murder mystery with suspense that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

  • Charlotte (Buried in Books)
    2019-04-05 08:28

    I enjoyed 'Sleepyhead' but I enjoyed this one even more. Thorne is an interesting character, he wants to do the best job he can regardless of the consequences.The basic premise of the story is one that has been done before (2 killers working in tandem), but has a unique spin on it, it looks at how a child becomes a killer and the effect fear has on people.The characters of Thorne, Hendricks and Holland are nicely developed. At the start I was slightly concerned at some of the language used ("the sky was the colour of a long dead fish", WTF???), but it got better. I did feel that it finished somewhat abruptly. But I'll definately be continuing with the Thorne books.

  • Gill's Great Book Escapes
    2019-03-24 02:34

    Billingham is a master of suspense. He always throws in red herrings without appearing to. He makes you question each person as being the perpetrator of the murders, but the final revelation is always a surprise.A series of murders carried out simultaneously creates a real dilemma for D.I. Thorne and his team. Two murderers working apart connected to each other. I can't wait to start the next in the series!

  • Matthew
    2019-04-13 02:32

    Enjoyable trash really, just the sort of thing I needed after wading through War & Peace. That's enough for me though I've read 2 of the DI Thorne books and although enjoyable I've never understood why you'd want to read about the same character over and over again...there are too many good books out there!

  • Karena
    2019-04-19 03:12

    Rather obvious who the main villain was, when he made an appearance. Not many twists (the double killer element being explained on the blurb). Far too many police characters, which may well reflect actual police hierarchy at the time but confusing nonetheless. I stuck it through, but won't be reading any more in the series.

  • Jenine
    2019-04-08 10:20

    Couldn't enjoy these villains at all. Decided it wasn't worth the trip to see how Thorne gets 'em in the end. May try a later book in the series. I wonder if I need a list of the villains and their proclivities in order to select?

  • Trish
    2019-04-18 07:11

    I found the back-story more interesting than crime story itself. The back story is what kept me going throughout the first half of the book; so when I discovered they had stopped I was too far into the book to stop. I found this a very difficult book to read; muchless enjoy.

  • Frances
    2019-04-15 04:31

    gave up listening half way.(very rare for me) ...might have something to do with the narrater... seemed to be a lot of talk without anything going on.....

  • Elizabeth Moffat
    2019-03-20 04:08

    Very good book the second in the tom thorne series about two serial killers with very different personalities! Looking forward to reading more of his books!

  • Krystina
    2019-03-22 04:27

    Took too long to get into, finally picked up in the 100 page area. Morbid curiosity is the only reason I finished it. Won't be reading another book by this author.

  • Lynne
    2019-04-08 07:18

    Too slow moving I think I am done with Mark Billingham. Books are REALLY good the last 80 or so pages but it takes 300 pages to get to that point. Moving on to a new author.

  • Beckiezra
    2019-03-21 05:17

    3.5? I didn't figure it out or anything which I usually consider a good thing in mysteries, but I'm finding, as book club reads less cozies and more police procedurals, that police procedurals don't always lend themselves to solving by the reader which takes some of the fun out of a mystery. It may just be audiobooks to blame, I'm going to have to go back to actual reading for mystery book club if I want to get more enjoyment out of it. The characters were interesting if not likable. The author made the token woman particularly unlikable and made her partner unlikable by association, making me less interested in reading more of the series though I'll be forced to read the first book at least in book club in January. The mystery was complex, perhaps too complex with three mysteries in one kind of thing. Don't use up all your ideas so soon, by the time you get to book 20 you'll be scraping the bottom of the barrel and regretting wasting your hotel robber turned serial killer as an unnecessary B plot here. The setting was vague to me, I couldn't recall where it was taking place, somewhere vaguely urban and near rural areas. There was too much swearing, which is an issue I tend to have with English writers in modern settings; they like to use a lot more colorful language than the American mysteries we read.

  • Sarah Lanning
    2019-04-18 03:34

    I seem to be hooked on Thorne, the irresponsible DI.'London was a city of ghosts, some deader than others. Thorne knew that in this respect, it wasn't unlike any other major city- New York or Paris or Sydney - but he felt instinctively that London was... at the extreme. It was probably down to the history of the place. The darker side of that history, as opposed to the parks, palaces and pearly kings' side that made busloads of Japanese and American tourists gawk and jabber. The hidden history of a city where the lonely, the dispossessed, the homeless, wandered the streets, brushing shoulders with the shadows of those that had come before them. A city in which the poor and the plague-ridden, those long-since hanged for stealing a loaf or murdered for a shilling, jostled for position with those seeking a meal, or a score, or a bed for the night.A city where the dead could stay lost a long time''He was moving through the corridors of a house full of whispers, the voices of those for whom it had been the last place they'd spent any time alive.'

  • Danielle Tongue
    2019-04-13 07:24

    This was a nice book to read. Whenever I'm in a reading slump, the crime/thriller genre seems to always pull me out of it. I enjoyed the storyline although I feel like it lacked a lot of depth. Billingham seemed to go into a lot of detail about how McEvoy acted throughout the investigation, although didn't delve into her past as to why she acted out the way she did. I just personally felt like the lack of explanation surrounding her character caused the book to have less of an affect on me as I didn't feel as connected to the characters as I would of liked. I feel her personal storyline as well as Holland's, could of been more looked into which would of just given the book a little bit more depth. That being said, it was an extremely easy book to read, the language used was simplistic and enjoyable and the twist at the end was also very enjoyable.