Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham

Valerie Penny's Book Reviews

The author, Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham, England.  He worked for a while as an actor, then later as a T V writer and a stand-up comedian.  The book, Sleepyhead was his first novel.  It was published in 2001 and was an instant best seller.   It introduces D I Tom Thorne, Billingham’s determined investigator.  Other books by Billingham are reviewed here, In The Dark,  http://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/in-the-dark-by-mark-billingham, Scaredycat, http://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/scaredy-cat-by-mark-billingham/ ‎‎The Dying Hours, http://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/the-dying-hours…ark-billingham/ ‎.

ImageThe reader experiences the story partly through the investigations of D I Thorne and partly through the victim, Alison Willetts.  She is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skillful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear, and feel; she is aware of everything going on around her. but she is completely unable to move or communicate. It…

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