Release Date: 02/08/12
A perfect holiday.
The perfect murder...
Three couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, their perfect holiday takes a tragic twist: the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves.
When the shocked couples return home, they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties they come to know one another better. But they don't always like what they find: buried beneath these apparently normal exteriors are some dark secrets, hidden kinks, ugly vices...
I love a crime thriller and whilst this is the latest by Mark Billingham it feels more like a title that is lacking in a number of ways, firstly it splits into two plotlines, one set Stateside and the other in good old Blighty. What unfurls within is a tale that brings a lot of Mark’s trademark styles to the fore, it has action, adventure and of course a good number of twists. Whilst this is normally the sort of tale that I love what niggled me more than anything else was that it felt more like a couple of short stories blended together to give a fuller plot with sadly the second part feeling very flat and sadly unfulfilling.
All in, whilst I do love the authors work, this one isn’t anything that stands out against a whole host of other titles especially against his own. Its middle of the road and sadly that’s where it’ll sit.