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Rabbit Hole

On sale

20th January 2022

Price: £9.99

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, 2022

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751577280

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***THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER***
***THE TIMES CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR***

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.
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‘Fast-paced and twisting’
Paula Hawkins

At the very least it should reach the shortlist of this year’s Booker prize’
The Times

‘A deeply compelling read’

Harriet Tyce

‘The most cunning, complex, claustrophobic mystery’
Louise Candlish

Immense skill and heart’
Eve Chase

Brilliant, suspenseful, poignant, heartbreaking, surprisingly funny’
Linwood Barclay

‘One of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today’

Gillian Flynn

‘A world-class crime writer’
Karin Slaughter

‘Mark Billingham is a master of psychology’
Ian Rankin

‘Billingham is always a must read’
Harlan Coben

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Reviews

Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
Follow Alice - plucky, resourceful, lovable and infuriating - down the Rabbit Hole in Billingham's fast-paced and twisting thriller
Sunday Times (Books of the Year 2021)
A gripping murder mystery with a streak of black humour
Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange
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
Linwood Barclay
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
Eve Chase, author of The Glass House
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
LoveReading (book of the month)
An absolute monster of a read, it pulls you in close for a hug as it slaps your awareness. A LoveReading Star Book and Book of the Month, Rabbit Hole is quite simply an outstanding and wondrous ride.
Winnipeg Free Press
Mark Billingham's Rabbit Hole is a terrific mystery and a gripping whodunit and whydunit - and especially howdunit
Readers Digest
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.
Wall Street Journal
A one-of-a-kind narrative and a finale that resolves most matters but preserves a measure of tantalizing ambiguity
Literary Review
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.
Louise Candlish, author of Our House
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
The Mystery Site
With a powerful shocker that you never see coming, it is thought-provoking to discover what truly lies beneath
The Times
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.
Toronto Star
It's all gripping stuff
Daily Mail
Mark Billingham's tough, funny novel combines a shockingly twisty plot with a scathing critique of our mental health services
Daily Express
Unusual and ambitious - written with immense sympathy, but also glorious jet-black humour