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Publisher's Summary

Full of betrayal, deceit and suspense, Die of Shame is the spectacular new book from number-one best seller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series.
Every Monday evening six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets: stories of lies, regret and, above all, shame.
Then one of them is killed - and it's clear one of the circle was responsible. Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner quickly finds her investigation hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these people and their therapist together. So what could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when denial and deception are second nature to all of your suspects?
©2016 Mark Billingham Ltd (P)2016 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Dialogue is perfectly pitched.... It is a credit to Billingham's skill as a writer that his characters reveal so much to the reader when blethering around the dinner table while revealing so little to one another." (Scotland on Sunday on Rush of Blood)
"Billingham ratchets up the tension, with a twist-filled climax that shows exactly why he's one of the UK's leading crime writers." (Shortlist on Rush of Blood)
"Hugely effective and entertaining...many twists and shocks." (The Times on Rush of Blood)
"Billingham produces an astonishing final twist to complete his most ambitious and most accomplished book." (Sunday Telegraph on In the Dark)
"A virtuoso performance by Billingham." (Daily Mail on In the Dark)
"Chilling.... A story with a twist that I guarantee even veteran crime fiction aficionados won't see coming." (Evening Herald on In the Dark)
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By Margaret on 06-08-16

So tedious I returned.

I adore Mark Billingham and was shocked by how bad this book was. I made it to Chapter 15 and threw in the towel. Dull with unsympathetic characters and virtually no action. Billingham's great narration couldn't save it.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

By Kyle on 06-02-16

Really liked this book, but...

I really got into the story - great characters and a riveting storyline! Wanted to give it 5 stars overall but the ending was too abrupt for me...needed better closure.

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By Kirstine on 05-16-16

Disappointingly tedious

Having enjoyed some of the previous novels by this author, I was disappointed by this book. It’s ponderously slow being dominated by long passages that sound like transcripts of what was said at group therapy sessions for addicts. Followed by hearing the resumé of each session by the therapist. There are hours of this navel-gazing presumably intended to flesh out the characters but I found it boring and irritating.

Most of the characters are battling an addiction of one kind or another. None are likeable and verge on caricatures. Buried in all this verbiage there’s a murder that eventually get’s hurriedly solved near the end of the book.

The narrator is very good giving each character a distinctive voice.

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By Jackie Aitken on 07-28-16


a tedious listen, it took me weeks to finish the book, not his best work

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By Patrick Lockie on 06-17-16

Guilty ?

I had the murderer all wrong which annoyed me . The story is constructed well with plenty of distractions from the guilty. It is wrapped up well. A very satisfying murder mystery

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By Alan on 05-18-16

Didn't finish

Struggled with it, just wasn't my type of book. Narrative did not help. I could see it grabbing some readers who like group therapy.

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