Review: “Song of the Psychopath” by Mark Tilbury

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Disturbingly dark, sinister, and terrifying at times, “Song of the Psychopath” by Mark Tilbury is a house of horror that’s hard to read at times, but impossible to put down. 

About the Book

“Song of the Psychopath” by Mark Tilbury

A year after going missing from home, Tommy Scarlett is found unconscious in an isolated country road. He has a fractured skull, broken wrist, and numerous other injuries. Recovering in hospital, Tommy has no recollection of the past. He doesn’t even recognize his own family.

After returning home, Tommy suffers severe headaches and acute depression. Desperate to help him, his father puts him into the care of a private therapist. But Tommy soon learns his troubles are far from over.

As the past is slowly unlocked, it becomes increasingly clear that Tommy has suffered an ordeal so horrendous it beggars belief. And those responsible are determined to silence him by any means possible.

Can Tommy find out what really happened to him and bring those responsible to justice?

Or will the past finally catch up with him and finish him off for good?

My Review

Fifteen year old Tommy Scarlett awakes in the hospital after being found on the side of the road, his body broken and battered. Abducted and missing for a year, he can’t remember anything about the past, including where he’s been. But as his memory starts to return over the next few weeks, it’s clear what he’s been through makes an eternity in Hell seem like a cakewalk. And it isn’t over yet. As Tommy remembers the horrific abuse he suffered, the people responsible are closer than he thinks. This time, they intend to silence him for good. 

Disturbingly dark, sinister, and terrifying at times, “Song of the Psychopath” by Mark Tilbury is a house of horror that’s hard to read at times, but impossible to put down.  Containing child abuse, pedophelia, and cannabilism, it’s Tilbury’s darkest novel yet due to subject matter and some of the graphic descriptions contained within. 

As a self-identified chicken, I might not have made it through if it were written by any other author.  But as usual, Tilbury creates remarkable, lovable characters that shine no matter how dark it gets. Tommy and his sister steal your heart.  Their relationship puts love and softness into an otherwise horrifyingly shocking and grisly story.  

“Song of the Psychopath” is my third Tilbury novel.  He hasn’t let me down yet.  Highly well-written, steady paced, and utterly compelling, “Song of the Psychopath” unofficially crowns Mark Tilbury as the king of dark psychological fiction.  Not Stephen King dark, mind you.  But close enough!  

Thanks to author Mark Tilbury for a complimentary eARC of this book for review purposes.

About the Author

Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.

He’s always had a keen interest in writing and after being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and began self-publishing. After being published by an indie publisher Mark has now returned to self-publishing and is re-launching his back catalogue, before a new thriller is due out March 2021

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.


  1. Andrea says:

    I will put this one my TBR list!
    Thanks for the recommendation 🙂


  2. Allie Sumner says:

    This isn’t usually my kind of book but it sounds like a really well written story.


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