Thank God this was much better than The Burning Girl. I had loved all of Billingham's Thorne books up til the last book and I was a more than a tad disappointed with it I will admit. It felt disjointed and there was too much going on at times.
However Lifeless is back to his best. It's gripping from the beginning and I just loved the insight that we get into life on the streets of London. In the beginning I wasn't all too sure about Thorne being pushed to the side slightly by his superiors as he fights through the grief of losing his father but as the book developed I realised how much I was growing to love Thorne even more by seeing this softer and more vulnerable side to him.
As Thorne, who is always quite unorthodox in his methods as a policeman, takes on the undercover role as a homeless man living on the streets of London you really get a great knowledge of life as a homeless person and for the most part it isn't pleasant. But there is a surprising community element too which I, at least, did not realise could be there.
The plotline was great too, really exciting and kept me gripped all the way through. Billingham back to his best!...Continua