Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham

Rush of Blood

Rush of Blood 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 th... Full description

Details Rush of Blood

TitleRush of Blood
Release DateAug 2nd, 2012
PublisherLittle Brown
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Crime

Reviews Rush of Blood

  • Meredith
    3.5 starsThree couples, Angie and Barry; Ed and Sue; and Dave and Marina, meet while on vacation in Sarasota, Florida. Bonding over being Brits in America, the couples become “vacation friends,” with the mindset that they will probably never see one another again when they return to England. However, on their last day in Florida a young girl is kidnapped, bonding the couples together. All three couples are hiding something, and when they retu...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    I have not read any of the Tom Thorn series, but I have always wanted to and will be starting that series next month. This book is a stand alone. While I was reading it I thought that it was a thriller and thought that there was not enough action for me. As I read further I found out that it was more of a who done it mystery which was very well done. I feel that at the end though it turns out to be also a psychological thriller. I was able to gue...
  • Esil
    An enthusiastic 4 stars. I have no idea why Rush of Blood is called Rush of Blood, because it isn't particularly bloody. It's just really clever -- one of the best mysteries I've read in a long time. Three British couples meet while on vacation in Sarasota. On the last day there, a young girl at their hotel disappears. They are interviewed as potential witnesses and return to Britain. The story mostly takes place after the couples return to Brita...
  • Elyse Walters
    Juicy page turning delicious! If you have a 'thing' for stories about couples on vacation together - and not just two couples - but THREE couples --- each with defined personalities and complexities...then you've come to the right place with "Rush of Blood". Angie and Barry,Dave and Marina,andSue and Ed,are three British couples who meet each other on a holiday vacation in Florida at a resort called the Pelican Palms. These three couples hit it o...
  • Petra
    I still haven't read any of Mark Billingham's Tom Thorne books, but this is the second standalone novel that I've read following Die of Shame last year. In a similar fashion, Rush of Blood is about a small group of people, their dysfunctional relationships, their secrets, and enactments of pretence.Here, we have three British couples who meet while vacationing in Florida. On the last day of their vacation, a young girl goes missing from their res...
  • Melisa
    A strong whodunnit with a flawed cast of characters. We have 3 couples, six people who could all be guilty of a heinous crime. The author does a great job of making sure the reader trusts no one - your mind will change as to who the guilty party is with every chapter. All in all, I did figure out the culprit but it didn't take away from the story for me. My main issue is that I feel this book could have been edited down to about 100 pages less to...
  • Lee
    Three couples meet at a pool while on holidays and strike up quite a friendship. Sadly on the last night of their trip, the daughter of another guest goes missing and is later found dead, this is then the basis for the story. I have had my ups and downs with Mark Billington's books over the years and this one was rather slow, I found myself putting the book down and then picking it up again, not how I usually read. Also I could not connect with t...
  • Louise Wilson
    Three British couples meet around the pool of their Florida holiday and very quickly become friends. On the last day of their holiday tragedy strikes. The 14 year old daughter of an American holiday maker goes missing, her body I'd found floating in a mangrove.Once the shocked couples return to the UK they remain in contact and over fraught dinner parties they get to know one another better. But they don't always like what they find buried beneat...
  • Karen
    RUSH OF BLOOD BY MARK BILLINGHAMEXCELLENT!!! FANTASTIC!!! I LOVED IT!!! This is the third work of this author that I have read and it is my favorite book this year 2017. Mark Billingham is from Great Britain and he did an outstanding job with Rush of Blood. He writes so convincingly his characters are well developed and realistic. This is the story of three British couples who meet at the Pelican Resort in Sarasota, Florida. I used to live in Flo...
  • Sammi
    Okay, I am going to start with the positives on this one.I absolutely loved the story, it was dark, intriguing and completely twisted. But sadly these things do happen.The story focuses on three English couples vacationing in Florida, when a 14 year old girl goes missing. They all promise to keep in touch when they return home, and they do. However the missing girl incident follows them home and things quickly escalate.All I can really say is tha...
  • Paul
    New Year's resolution: This is the last rubbish book i read in 2015.The Plot (such as it is):Three British couples meet in Florida whilst on holiday. The young, slightly retarded daughter of a fellow tourist is abducted & is later found murdered. One of the individuals in the 3 couples (or maybe two?), are the likely culprits. I got half-way through this book & thought "Surely this will start to take-off soon". I read two thirds of it & committed...
  • Esther
    Got a copy of this book via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.First of all; I hated all the characters in this book, and I think the writer did that on purpose.This way, all 6 of the main characters are able to kill the two girls that get murdered in this book.You get insight in all of the 6 characters, and each and everyone has a secret or a weird personality to hide. None of the relationships between the characters are particularly go...
  • Tristram
    „Man soll eben auf Campingplätzen keine Bekanntschaften machen!“Unwillkürlich mußte ich nach wenigen Seiten von Mark Billinghams Roman „Die Lügen der anderen“ [1] an den brillanten Sketch von Loriot denken, in dem sich zwei Ehepaare, die sich im Urlaub kennengelernt haben, beim Essen gnadenlos zerstreiten. In „Die Lügen der anderen“ ist das Szenario zwar ungleich ernster, geht es doch um den gewaltsamen Tod eines jungen, behinder...
  • Cleo Bannister
    So you’re on holiday in Florida, you’ve met up with another two couple’s from the UK, spent time together all fairly standard stuff and then on the last day, a girl goes missing from the resort. You’re interviewed by the police and allowed to return to the UK. Would you make a date to meet up with your fellow holidaymakers away from the sun?Well that’s exactly what the couples in our story did. It has to be said some were keener than th...
  • Gary
    I enjoy reading Mark Billingham's series of books featuring Tom Thorne so I decided to read this stand alone novel and found it a very good read. The novel is full of strong characters and makes excellent reading trying to work out who the murderer is. For a change I did work it out but it did not spoil my enjoyment.
  • Bill Kupersmith
    Billingham always refers to Jenny's phone as a 'mobile' & Jeffrey's as a 'cell'; that's the kind of attention to English & American usage that I expect from an author creating transatlantic settings who knows what he's doing & too often miss. Throughout Rush of Blood for the 2nd time I felt with Billingjham in the hands of a seasoned pro who'd not put a foot wrong. But other than noticing the author's craftsmanship, I didn't find this one worth r...
  • Barbara Elsborg
    Billingham is one of my favourite writers but I was disappointed by this book. I had a horrible feeling of premonition at the start because it reminded me of Madeleine McCann's disappearance while her parents and friends were having dinner. It's nothing like that of course but it was just unsettling.This is basically an Agatha Christie type of whodunit. We know it has to be one of the six English people on holiday in Florida and Billingham does a...
  • Lynn Mccarthy
    Three British couples meet while on holiday in Florida while they are there a young girl goes missing.They return home but each couple keeps in touch with the others even though none of them seem to like each other very much.Then at home another girl goes missing could it be one of the six has a secret to hide?A good book that leaves you guessing that paints several people as the suspect but when I did find out who it was I was surprised.An enjoy...
  • Jennifer
    Despite the title, this book is not overly gory. I would say that it falls in the "suspense/thriller" category, but unfortunatley I found it to be rather lacking in drama and tension. While there was certainly a "who dunnit?" element, I found the book just couldn't sustain my interest for long stretches at a time.Thank you to Grove Atlantic and NetGalley for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Maggie
    Three quite diverse couples are on holiday in Florida. All being British they tended to meet up for a drink or a meal. On their last day Amber-Marie, a young girl with learning difficulties goes missing. They had all seen & spoken to her and her mother during their stay so they feel as if they are part of the drama. On the way home they exchange numbers/email addresses as you often do and return to their lives.Angie starts the ball rolling by inv...
  • Dan
    I think this is probably Billingham's best work yet, which is really saying something. Three British couples all go on holiday to Florida and become friends there. On the last day of their holiday tragedy strikes and a girl goes missing. The Brits return home and take it in turns to hold dinner parties for each other but as they return to their normal lives, the memory of the missing girl still haunts them. Billingham's two biggest strengths are ...
  • Charlie Siswick
    I've read a few of Mark Billingham's previous books and always enjoyed them, Thorne is a great fictional detective although I hate the TV version of him. I picked this one up as a last minute addition before I went on holiday having spotted it at an airport. The premise seemed intriguing especially as a holiday seemed to be the main core of the story. It had me gripped from the beginning and I felt compelled to finish it within a couple of days. ...
  • Craig Sisterson
    Taking a breather from his excellent DI Thorne series, Billingham’s latest thriller delves into the aftermath of a Florida vacation. Three British couples, each with their own secrets and issues, continue to stay in touch after the sunburn has faded. But is one of them a killer? What really happened to the girl who went missing on the final day? Billingham delves nicely into the domestic dramas and frustrations of everyday people, explores the ...
  • Lela
    Loved the Thorne series by Billingham. This one didn't come close to those. I knew whodunit very early and was really tired of the characters by the end.Oct 29, 2016Re-read it as requested but opinion still the same! Read my comments section for more.
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  • Meggy
    Rush of Blood … The perfect title for this novel!I will keep things short!This was my *coughs* first Mark Billingham novel.I know, I know!!! What was I thinking? But the problem is solved and now I am eagerly expecting my next read from this well-known author!Florida. I have never been appealed by the place. Mosquitoes, alligators, high temperatures. Yikes! But the author captured the place in a way that made me understand why people are so kee...
  • Paula Brandon
    Three couples meet while on holiday. On the last day, they learn of the disappearance of a girl with special needs, putting a strange twist on their travels. Back in England, they have a series of dinners to catch up. When another girl with special needs go missing, it seems one of them may be responsible.This was all very "meh" for me! None of the characters are particularly likable, and there's not enough plot for the length of the book. We lea...
  • Craig Maxwell
    A strong 3.5* From reading the blurb on the back of this book, I was sure it would be an awesome read. I love a good crime thriller.Three couples are on holidays, ending up being becoming friends, and accidentally become intertwined in a murder investigation.I love trying to guess who done it. Throughout the first part the author really shows each characters flaws and their true inner desires, I didn't warm to any of the characters nor did I trus...
  • Dan Purdue
    Rush of Blood is Mark's second standalone novel (he's written nine in the popular and terribly good series featuring DI Tom Thorne). For this one, he's spread his wings a bit, moving away (initially, at least) from the London setting of his other books to kick things off in the USA. The plot centres around three British couples who meet on holiday in sun-drenched Florida. As UK holiday makers tend to do, they hang out together and swap contact de...
  • Karen
    Part of what makes RUSH OF BLOOD work is the normality of the setup. Three couples, on an overseas holiday form one of those short-term friendships that we've probably all done. The one thing that seems to draw them together post holiday is the unthinkable. The disappearance of a young, obviously intellectually handicapped girl, from the same resort as them. The other part that works - the way the reader knows one of these six is a most likely a ...