Scaredy Cat : Tom Thorne

  • by Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by Christopher Kay
  • Series: Tom Thorne
  • 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An enduring top-10 best-seller, and a genuinely gripping novel in the spirit of Ruth Rendell and Elizabeth George.
London-based detective Tom Thorne has his work cut out. The killer chose his target at Euston station, followed her and strangled her to death. The victim wasn't his first in North London, and Thorne realises the murders are happening simultaneously. This is not a serial killer Thorne is up against... this is two of them.


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Customer Reviews

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I’ve listened to a number of the author’s books and looking back at my reviews I see that my level of enjoyment has varied a lot from book to book. The present book falls into the not so enjoyable category for me. There is too much nastiness and unpleasant characters on the verge of violence especially DI Thorne. The one female character, a police sergeant, is a caricature of recklessness and crudity. I’m so weary of maverick policemen in conflict with, in their view, less able superiors. It’s such a cliche.

The narrative switches back and forth from the present day to the 1980s. I found the chapters set in the 1980s confusing and the characters and events described didn’t make sense until much later in the book. My main criticism of the book is its meandering style with lots of verbiage that doesn’t add much and when a crescendo in the story should have been building up there’s lots of chit chat. The revelation of the main culprit was pulled out of the hat without any clues being laid earlier in the story.

Unlike some of the other reviewers I thought the narrator was good. Even if the accents were sometimes a bit iffy at least it helped in identifying the different characters.
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- Kirstine

Good listen

The story was compelling with well rounded characters and kept in suspense to end. Liked the humanity of characters.
Narration could have been better. Local dialects a bit ropey.
A good listen in series.
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- Irene

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2011
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks