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Summary

A woman unlucky to be alive.

Alison Willetts has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel, but she is completely unable to move or communicate. In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer's made his first mistake. 

A killer unlike any other.

Then DI Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth: it isn't Alison who is the mistake, it's the three women already dead. 

A cop's worst nightmare.

Thorne must find a killer whose agenda is disturbingly unique, and Alison, the one person who holds the key to the killer's identity, is unable to say anything.... 

©2001 Mark Billingham (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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Confused!

Not usually this confused but I just couldn’t get a handle on what was what

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Very enjoyable

A great gritty murder thriller. Very well read. Thoroughly believable characters and enough twists and turns to satisfy.

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Engaging if unbelievable

I enjoyed this book and the imaginative crimes. It would be a spoiler if I say why the perpetrator of the crimes is unlikely to have the knowledge and skills necessary. It's the first in the Tom Thorne series; a series that I think improves with time. The author narrates his own words with skill.

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Good plot

Enjoyed it and found it gripping in parts especially towards the end. I found the style a bit long winded and irrelevant at times. overall I enjoyed it.

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Professional Reviewer Gets Read To

Loved it. It was really rememorable. The narrator/author has a great voice. If only I didn't fall asleep when read to. Hopefully my next read, 'How To Wake Up Next to Cillian Murphy' will have a similar result as 'Sleepyhead'.

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Gripping & Terrifying

Gripping and terrifying, brought to life off the pages by Mark himself. Kept me guessing right to the end when tears were shed.

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simple, straightforward addictive.

my first Tom Thorn adventure. easy listening, and gripping. kind of a guilty pleasure. but I liked it. Try it. you might like it too.

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liked it.

it was an easy listen but just lacking a bit.of.emotional depth for me. if you like crime stories, get it.

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Great Listen

Well written and narrated. One of best audio books I have listened to. Will be looking for more by this author

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Good but not brilliant

The story is actually quite a good idea, it is a little predictable but is still enjoyable. The down side was the narration was not as good as some I've heard and I felt sometimes it jumped between characters without me realising. Overall though not bad.