A Rush of Blood
by David Mark

Ten-year-old Hilda’s search for her missing friend has terrible consequences in this gripping psychological thriller.

When her friend Meda fails to turn up for dance class one evening, 10-year-old Hilda is convinced that something bad has happened to her, despite Meda’s family’s reassurances. Unable to shake off her concerns, Hilda turns to her mother, Molly, for help. Molly runs the Jolly Bonnet, a pub with links to the Whitechapel murders of a century before and a meeting place for an assortment of eccentrics drawn to its warm embrace. Among them is Lottie. Pathologist by day, vlogger by night, Lottie enlists the help of her army of online fans – and uncovers evidence that Meda isn’t the first young girl to go missing.

But Molly and Lottie’s investigations attract unwelcome attention. Two worlds are about to collide in a terrifying game of cat and mouse played out on the rain-lashed streets of London’s East End, a historic neighbourhood that has run red with the blood of innocents for centuries.


A vivid and often witty gothic thriller … The blood-drenched finale and disturbingly creepy epilogue will long remain in the mind of the reader. Those with a taste for the macabre will be well satisfied

Publishers Weekly

Don’t expect a happy ending in this twisty, chilling tale

Kirkus Reviews

The story as a whole is deftly presented and shows exactly why David Mark is being recognized as a writer of complicated and frightening plots. A Rush of Blood may be his most intriguing novel yet

New York Journal of Books

Complex and frightening ... Mark is writing at the top of his game

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Mausoleum

A stand-alone psychological thriller, character-driven but with plenty of bizarre twists, that's sure to please fans of Catriona McPherson

Kirkus Reviews on The Mausoleum

Deft writing, a plot filled with strange and unexpected twists, vivid characters, and a constant feeling of foreboding make this a gripping and unusual read

Booklist on The Mausoleum

Mark proves once again that he can handle the darkest of plots, always with a jolt of black humor, putting him on the level of ... Denise Mina, Val McDermid and Peter Robinson

Library Journal on Cruel Mercy

Strong prose, intriguing characters, and high tension make this a standout

Publishers Weekly on Dead Pretty

David Mark

David Mark spent seven years as crime reporter for the Yorkshire Post and now writes full-time. The first novel in his DS McAvoy series, Dark Winter, was selected for the Harrogate New Blood panel (where he was Reader in Residence) and was a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller. Dead Pretty was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger in 2016. He lives in Northumberland with his family.

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A Rush of Blood by David Mark is available in the following formats

Paperback978178029648730th October 2020140 X 217mm224£13.99
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