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Publisher's Summary

Perfect strangers. 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.... Then, a second girl goes missing. Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine?
A brilliantly plotted, utterly gripping thriller about the danger of making friends on holiday, Rush of Blood is Mark Billingham's most ambitious and accomplished work to date. Specially adapted for audio by the author.
©2012 Mark Billingham (P)2012 Hachette Digital
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"A chilling story that keeps you guessing to the last page." ( Daily Express)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Andrea on 12-27-14

Where’s the Rush?

Mediocre story, told in a mediocre pace and with a mediocre end. The title is misleading: I expected a thriller but the focus was on dissecting the various relationships and individual intentions of the several characters. It was not bad entirely, maybe the crime “packaging” is simply not the best marketing for this book.
Narration is okay.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 10-07-12

Kept me listening

It took me a little while to catch onto the fact that the story swung back and forth from before and after the disappearance of a young girl and the involvement of three British couples on holiday in Florida. Thereafter I was engrossed by the development of the plot and the way the investigation progressed. The various characters are well-drawn and I was eager to find out what had happened. The narrator is good and kept me listening.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Saffy on 08-29-12

My listen of the month

I listened to this over a couple of days on holiday and it had myself and my husband absolutely gripped. A departure from Billingham's Thorne series and probably even better. Toby Longworth narrates this brilliantly and for me this was a perfect audiobook . As I cannot read due to illness at the moment I feel very frustrated at not being able to read my favourite crime novels, listening to them is somehow not the same. However, the narration and structure of this book is audio perfect there are no wasted words or scenes which can
sometimes be a problem on audio books. The characterisation is brilliant and the dinner party scenes perfectly done; funny and excruciating. A fantastic holiday listen

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3 out of 5 stars
By Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh on 05-14-18

Not up to Mark Billingham's best

The premise of the story was fine but it felt dragged out. Yes the final chapter was unexpected. Also contrived and unbelievable. There was no motive offered for the crime when the killer remained unknown. Even less of a motive when their identity was revealed. Too pat to be satisfying.

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By Kirsten Forrester on 08-10-17

Quietly scary

This book is great. Certainly different to his Tom Thorne series. Quietly disconcerting. I did guess the end and I was just waiting for it to emerge. The orator was superb, he made the telling really enjoyable. Overall I liked it very much.

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