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Rabbit Hole (Paperback)Mark Billingham (author)
Audacious and original, Billingham’s propulsive thriller sees the murder of a man on a psychiatric ward investigated by a detective who is a patient herself.
Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2022
Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2022
My name is Alice. I'm a police officer.
I'm trying to solve a murder on a psychiatric ward.
But I'm also a patient...
They were meant to be safe on Fleet Ward: psychiatric patients monitored, treated, cared for. But now one of their number is found murdered, and the accusations begin to fly.
Was it one of his fellow patients? A member of staff? Or did someone come in from the outside?
DC Alice Armitage is methodical, tireless, and she's quickly on the trail of the killer.
The only problem is, Alice is a patient too.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 36 mm
'A gripping, twisting murder mystery and a blackly comic indictment of the way we treat psychological illness today. At the very least it should reach the shortlist of this year's Booker prize.' - The Times
'Follow Alice - plucky, resourceful, lovable and infuriating - down the Rabbit Hole in Billingham's fast-paced and twisting thriller.' - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
'Rabbit Hole is the most cunning, complex, claustrophobic mystery with delicious echoes of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I tore through it, terrified I'd never get out.' - Louise Candlish, author of Our House
'Rabbit Hole is authentic, raucous and deeply compassionate. Expertly balancing humour, tension and pathos, it'll do for the psychiatric ward what The Thursday Murder Club has done for retirement villages. A deeply compelling read.' - Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange
'A gripping murder mystery with a streak of black humour.' - Sunday Times
'I was totally drawn into Rabbit Hole by Alice, the novel's wildly unreliable narrator. Hilarious, menacing yet vulnerable, she's a brilliant creation, alive on the page. Billingham creates the dark, claustrophobic world of the psychiatric ward with both immense skill and heart.' - Eve Chase, author of The Glass House
'Brilliant, suspenseful, poignant, heartbreaking, surprisingly funny, and Mark Billingham, magician that he is, pulls that proverbial rabbit out of the hat at the end. More than just about any other book I've read, I HAD to know how it would all come together.' - Linwood Barclay
'Unusual and ambitious - written with immense sympathy, but also glorious jet-black humour.' - Daily Express
'Billingham's picture of the ward and its staff is full of humanity, leaving us with a clear sense that this kind of illness could affect any of us, and the story offers an excellent twist. He gets better and better.' - Literary Review
'When the solution comes it's perfectly satisfying. My guess, though, is that what most readers will remember more intensely is... Alice's voice: by turns funny, broken, chatty, defiant, bewildered-but always utterly convincing and compelling.' - Readers Digest
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