30 March 2020

Review: THEIR LITTLE SECRET, Mark Billingham

  • format: kindle (Amazon)
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (2 May 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07KW91G2B
  • Thorne & Tanner series #16
Synopsis (author)

Sarah thinks of herself as a normal single mum. It’s what she wants others to think of her. But the truth is, she needs something new, something thrilling.

Meanwhile, DI Tom Thorne is investigating a woman’s suicide, convinced she was driven to do it by a man who preys on vulnerable women.

A man who is about to change Sarah’s life.

My Take

Although this is part of quite a long series, with several minor plot threads connecting to previous novels, it works quite well as a stand-alone.

The novel begins with the aftermath of a middle aged woman throwing herself under a train. Although this is obviously a suicide Tom Thorne becomes concerned with why she did it. He meets her sister and niece who tells him about how a con artist fleeced her of her savings. He would dearly like to find the con man and charge him with manslaughter.

In the second chapter we meet Sarah, a young mum who has just dropped her son Jamie off at his new school. She is meeting other mums for coffee and she meets an older man.

From these two starting points the novel quickly develops complexity and in surprising ways.

A very good read.

My rating: 4.5

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