Book Review: Sleepyhead

26 11 2012

I may have had my head in the clouds or something but Mark Billingham was little known to me prior to seeing the Sky One adverts for Thorne: Sleepyhead. I am now glad that I made the decision not to watch the TV show but go out and buy the books first.

Sleepyhead is the first of the DI Tom Thorne detective novels and offers a real page-turner of a read, fast paced, well written and a plot that leaves you guessing right until the end.

There are certain points within the book that really make your heart thump wanting to know what is going to happen or feeling what is happening leaping off the pages. I literally did feel as if I was living the plot at times rather than just reading it, you get a real sense of knowing and understanding some of the characters and truly having a sense of sorrow for them.

As I alluded to above it is very fast paced which keeps you yearning for more, its such an easy book to consume in a few decent sized sittings. The plot twists are what you would now expect with any major crime literature.

One of the main things I really enjoyed was the sections written in the point of view of one of the victims that wasn’t killed, we find out she is suffering from ‘locked-in’ syndrome hut that is all I will tell you. This character view offers a very refreshing stance on the crime novel and th character herself is both funny and brutally aware.

If you have not yet done so then I seriously recommend this as a good read, 4/5 from me.



10 10 2012

It has been a very tough year for me work wise and I am seriously struggling with motivation at the moment. I work for myself which makes things ever worse as you never know when next you are going to be able to draw a salary.

During this time two things have remained constant, and those are music and books.

At the moment all I seem to want to do is curl up on a sofa and read the next volume that I have accumulated on the shelf, my current number of unread books stands at well over 75 but I am starting to make headway, apart from the fact that when I get chance I buy more!

I do resist the urge during the day and plow on with the work that needs to be done as much as I possibly can. I also like to keep this blog separate from my work life as I see it as something more personal that stands alone from all the perceived self-marketing and arse-licking of the business world.

At least with the music I can listen whilst I work!

It is funny how precious time becomes, from the moment I wake up to the hour that I go to bed I never seem to be able to fit everything in, this in itself creates a cycle of almost permanent tiredness, not necessarily on a physical level but definitely mentally. I think this accounts for some of the motivational issues I am experiencing as well as nothing ever seems to be completed and from this it is almost impossible for me to draw positives.

My comfort is coming from the escape of reading at the moment and currently this escape comes from the pen of Mark Billingham and the first Tom Thorne novel – Sleepyhead – which I am enjoying immensely. Coupled with time with my family and me going back to playing football after an eight year absence I do have some things I can look forward to on a daily or weekly basis.

Lets just hope I never have to write one of these rant posts again, (even though I have been quite reserved with my words) and that work picks up or I find a new career!

If anyone has any ideas for top motivational techniques please pass them my way!

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