Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham

Sleepyhead, by Mark BillinghamThe first Text Tribe book.

Have you read it?

Do you plan to read it?

What did you think?

Will you read more in the series – or more by the same author?

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Posted on October 1, 2012, in Books, Mark Billingham, Sleepyhead. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Well, my reading to date of crime novels as been almost zero – but I find myself watching a lot of tv crime dramas so think it may be about time I took the plunge into crime fiction and got to know authors who like this one, end up on screen. I will also recommend this book to friends who have an interest not just in crime novels but London too. I’m excited by Tribe and look forward to hearing and reading more about books outside my usual comfort zone!

  2. What a brilliant book to start with! And plenty more in the series if you get hooked. Here’s hoping Text Tribe really takes off!

  3. We hope so too :-). Followers are on the up, and we’re still giving away free books.
    Looking forward to hearing what everyone thought of the book. Have you read later ones, Steph?

  4. I’ve just read it – it certainly kept me turning the pages. I stayed up FAR too late finishing it! As I said in the intros, I don’t generally read crime (I’ve read one Patricia Cornwell and the Steig Larsson trilogy, that’s it), so I’ve nothing to compare it to in the same genre, but I found it pretty convincing, gripping and I didn’t guess who the killer was.
    What did everyone else think about the bits written from Alison’s point of view?

  5. I just finished reading this last night. What a fantastic book. loved the setting as it is my area of Loindon. The protagonists are very believable and you find yourself wanting to know more about the case…I won’t say too much as I don’t want to give away any plot details for those still reading. As I have written before this is my genre and I have found a new author to invest in.

  6. I love reading books, of which crime novels do tend to get priority : David Baldacci, Henning Mankell, Mo Hayder, Michael Robotham, Camilla Lackberg, Stieg Larson, PD James, … to name a few.
    I’ve received my book on Friday and got into it straight away. It starts good, the story has a nice pace to it, but after only 40 pages, I needed to start all over again, cause too many characters got me all confused about who’s who : Goldfish Boy, David, Dave or Holland just to name one. A list helps… and I’m off again.
    I like the challenge of trying to figure out who did it, and although there is no puzzle for the reader to solve, the story unravels nicely around the main character Thorne Tom, the Detective Inspector, Mr. Weeble, who tries desperately to solve the case.
    Not being a Londoner, it’s not always clear to me what the catch is behind TV show’s, abbreviations or places that are brought into the story.
    I do have to admit that the usual tension or eagerness I normally get when reading a crime story, didn’t produce itself.
    Maybe because the different directions the writer is trying to get the reader into; the fact that too many people come into the picture for a too short period of time; although the ghosts are a nice touch; the whole police force not having a clue; the Alison character… Too many ideas and loose ends. For some reason it is important that these things are used to back up the situation and desperation Thorne is feeling, but it’s a bit of a stretch for me.
    All in all a good read, but no challenge.

  7. Hi Didgeridoo. Reading your review, I’m wondering if maybe the ‘too many ideas and loose ends’ are because it’s the first book in a series? I haven’t read any later ones (though I plan to), but maybe those loose ends and ideas are carried over into the next book(s). It would be interesting to know – do you think you’ll read another?

  8. Hi Didgeridoo,

    Reading your comment about confusing the names made me chuckle. I usually have the same problem, especially when reading complex stories, and like you tend to make a list of the characters. I received my copy yesterday and started on it this morning. Have always been a great fan of crime stories / thrillers, but sort of delved lately into more “innocent” ones such as the Daisy Dalrymple series.

  9. I’m glad that others have problems keeping track of characters – I thought I was just getting too old. Partly, for me, it’s because the author gets you involved with one plot and then switches to a sub plot, which I find annoying, but common with new writing.

    The plot of Sleepyhead is excellent and different and I am intrigued enough to finish the book, though must admit I am skimming over the Alison ‘bits”

    For a first book it is very impressive and I will add this author to my list of ‘must reads’ in
    the crime genre.

  10. I’ve just finished Mark Billingham’s SleepyHead which I found hard to put down. It’s very well written and easy to follow and I really enjoyed it.
    TYVM for my free copy which I recieved from the Westminster Home Library Service.

  11. Also just finished 🙂 and loved it too. I had one or two candidates for the killer in my mind, but it nearly took up to the last minute to get one of my suspicions confirmed. Whereas I was able to put it down (one has to go to work) easily at the beginning, I didn’t want to part with it towards the second half. Will definitely consider reading another Tom Thorne.

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