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The Silence (Dc Goodhew 4)

The Silence (Dc Goodhew 4) [Kindle Edition]

Alison Bruce
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The latest crime thriller featuring DC Goodhew from the author of Cambridge Blue.

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Joey McCarthy is stabbed to death in a pub car park in a random act of violence. Shortly afterwards Charlotte Stone's terminally ill mother dies and then, within weeks, two of her teenage friends commit suicide. With her home life disintegrating and both her father and brother racing towards self-destruction Charlotte realises that her own personal nightmare may not be over yet.

When DC Goodhew finds the body of another suicide victim he is forced to recall some deeply buried memories of an earlier death; memories which lead him to Charlotte Stone and the events in her life. From their individual points of view they both begin to wonder whether all these tragedies are somehow linked to a bigger picture. And if they are right, then who will be the next victim?

Praise for Cambridge Blue:

'You are pulled in relentlessly as Bruce racks up the tension. Menacing and insidious, this is a great novel'. R. J. Ellory

'An exciting debut from a very promising new talent.' Paul Johnstone

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2921 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849012032
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (19 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070TRH46
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alison describes becoming an author and the birth of the Goodhew series :

'Over the years I've worked in all kinds of jobs, from admin to electro-plating and from DJ-ing to IT management. I didn't always plan to become a full time novelist but I can't remember a time in my adult life when I wasn't carrying a notebook and pen and jotting down my latest ideas.

When I'm writing I work on a story idea until I can visualise it clearly and replay it in my head until it feels more like a watching a movie than something I've created.

I've made up stories this way since childhood, in fact it was such a great way to combat boredom that it is still my favourite way to kill time in a queue!

Eventually my love for thrillers and murder mysteries dovetailed with my early plotlines and I realised that I was rarely coming up with a story premise that didn't involve crime and usually a body or two.

One day I hit on an idea that grabbed me so strongly that I decided to tackle a full length novel. It was whilst working on this first book that I realised I needed a police character and DC Gary Goodhew was born. Initially his role was relatively minor but from the very start I knew I wanted to him to be the kind of detective that I'd been wishing I could find in other people's books.

Goodhew had wanted to join the police since just before his 12th birthday and has achieved the rank of DC at the young age of twenty-five. This kind of quiet determination is typical of Goodhew and it is this, alongside his ability to empathise with people, which produces results.
As my interest in him grew so did his role in the story. By the time I reached the end of the book he was the one character that I couldn't bear to leave behind.

I moved to the Cambridge area in 1998 and decided to make it the backdrop for the books because of its unique mix of characteristics. It is a relatively small city but has a worldwide reputation for education and science. On its doorstep lie tiny and relatively primitive rural hamlets yet it has an airport and fast rail links into London. It is traditionally English but multi-ethnic, vastly wealthy in places but under privileged in others. Goodhew grew up here and the city is one of his great loves, researching through his eyes gave me a wonderful insight into the landmarks the tourists never visit.'

Alison Bruce has also written two non-fiction books, Cambridgeshire Murders and The Billington, Victorian Executioner, both published by the History Press.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The killing of Joey McCarthy in a parking lot has remained an unsolved crime put down to a random an act of violence.

Four years later with the death of her mother from cancer, and within a short space of time the suicide of two friends, Charlotte Stone's life is disintegrating so she tries to reconcile her brother Matt with her Dad.

The report of a missing housemate brings DC Gary Goodhew to the home of seven housemates, a mix of first-year students attending Anglia Ruskin University. While some of the housemates grew up together like Matt and Libby, others are strangers, with Shanie from Indiana in the USA and Gunvald from Oslo. Interviewing each of the housemates Gary learns the identities of the two suicides which bring back deeply buried memories, and take him into the orbit of Charlotte Stone. Together they begin to question if these tragedies could be linked. This in turn confronts them with the possibility that the suicides were orchestrated, and if so who is next?

There are multiple third person narratives, interspersed with emails from Libby to a friend called Zoe. - these email narratives provide a background to the suicides and the lives of the house mates. The exploration of these relationships is a powerful part of the story, and as Gary investigates surprising information emerges, but nothing prepared me for the ending.

Complex and well-plotted, this entry in the series is highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Earlier books in the series are, Cambridge Blue, The Siren, and The Calling
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends what you're looking for .... 1 Dec 2012
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.... and in my case, unfortunately, this wasn't it. I'll try to explain, but I should make it clear from the outset that the three-star rating (which, in Amazon-speak means "It's OK") is very much a personal view; it reflects the way I felt after reading the final page, but I can appreciate that many readers will rate the book considerably higher.

The beginning seems a very good place to start, and the author wastes no time on niceties. There's a seven-page prologue, which introduces the principle character, DC Gary Goodhew, and establishes him as one of the good guys - committed, but not always orthodox. This is, I understand, the fourth novel in a series set in Cambridge, but DC Goodhew was new to me. Giving the reader little time to assimilate Goodhew's merits, the prologue whizzes on to dispose of the rather unpleasant Joey McCarthy, slain by a person unknown, but clearly by someone who was a past acquaintance and probable contemporary. Deaths in the prologue are hardly commonplace, but this is merely the first in a rapidly escalating body count.

Libby Brett shares a house with six other young people of student age, a pretty eclectic group which includes her long-time acquaintance Matt Stone. Both have serious emotional issues. Libby has moved out of the family home to escape the hostility between her parents, whose relationship has broken down following the accidental death of Libby's elder sister Rosie and the subsequent suicide of her brother Nathan. These deaths are the root cause of Libby's problems; she is unable to accept them at face value. Matt has also left home following a family breakdown. He holds his father responsible for his mother's death from cancer, which he believes to have been triggered by domestic stress.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing 4 Aug 2012
By lesjoy
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This is the fourth book by Alison Bruce, involving her detective Goodew. The interleaving of various characters, their lives and the apparent lack of connection between them , keeps the reader guessing as to how this story will pan out. It's very well written the characterisation is superb, you feel you know the players in he drama.

I am a fan of detective books and usually can assess the possible outcome. Not with this, I did not see the ending coming. A very good read, I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever twists 27 Sep 2012
By Flick-M
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Alison Bruce's Gary Goodhew series, set in Cambridge, goes on getting better and better. A blend of good crime novel and brilliantly drawn characters, from the quirky young detective Goodhew to the various people caught up in crime, drama and interpersonal relationships. I've enjoyed all four books in the series, but this is the best - partly because the pace of her writing has picked up since the first book. I thoroughly recommend all four novels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Alison Bruce 15 Aug 2012
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I vote The Silence to be the best of the Goodhew series. Why? Does any other crime writer weave so many seemingly separate stories and characters into one huge knot better than Alison Bruce? There are multiple layers/themes: domestic violence, shattering of the family unit when faced with crisis, touches of romance all wrapped together with superb suspense and great detective work from the hero, Goodhew.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex,satisfying, didn't guess the end 19 July 2013
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A really meaty murder mystery. Somewhat slow start, and it's chapter 9 before Goodhew even comes into the story. Hence only 4 stars.

Turns out it's all essential Back story, but quite brave to lump it all in up front instead of drip feed it out a bit at a time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 23 Jan 2013
By Mr
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Goodhew is set to take his place amongst the TV detective heroes. A great series of books and very well written
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3.0 out of 5 stars beginning to lose interest 18 Jan 2013
By Viv
Having only recently discovered this author I've read all four of the detective Goodhew books over a fairly short period of time - when you do this I think your impressions are a little different to when you wait a year or so for the next one to come out. I started out on the first book finding Goodhew an interesting character but by the time I got to this fourth one I was disappointed. There hasn't been much in the way of character development - in fact Goodhew seems to have become rather dull, while the other characters never really come alive. I'd contrast this with - to take an example - the Dalziell and Pascoe books, where there is an ensemble cast of characters, all interesting, often funny. I like books with a strong sense of place, and although there are lots of references to street and place names I don't get much sense of the feel of the city or its history. In this respect I think the author is missing an opportunity, as Cambridge must have many intriguing stories and characters. Also the plot of this one rather fell over the plausibility event horizon. We're supposed to believe no-one really noticed that all these connected young people were dying? How many young people die violent deaths in Cambridge? Not many I would guess. OK, plots of crime fiction books are often ludicrous, but sometimes they carry the reader along anyway. Not the case with this one. Having said all that, I have read all four of the books to the end, not something you can say about every author. And it occurs to me that the books may appeal more to younger readers, given that the characters are themselves so young ... but for myself I'm not sure I'd bother with the next one in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a page turner
This book is not as good as the first three in the series. It is too full of background stuff and not enough interest in the plot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Isodora
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Published 2 months ago by PD
5.0 out of 5 stars Cambridge
Loved this book. Living and being A Councillor for Cambridge really makes the passion and the story real in these books. Loved this book.
Published 3 months ago by Adrian Dent
5.0 out of 5 stars Endeavour in Cambridge
As with all good crime writing this book keeps you interested in every chapter with realistic twists and turns. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dave Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
There is nothing particularly new in the plot of this book - the police discover that a series of teen suicides are, in fact, murders and then have to work out why and find the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great story and believable characters
Have read all the series so far and have really enjoyed the characters and storyline. A really good detective series and I wish they would make the books in to a TV series as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Judy Cable
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph for Alison Bruce
This is such an excellent read and unputdownable. Good references for Cambridge residents, and difficult to predict the ending. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Patmac
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
For me an ex cambridge resident the use of well known landmarks and places just pulled me into the plot. A bloody good read.
Published 6 months ago by Cherie Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Another gripping read from Alison Bruce which I couldn't put down.

Goodhew is refreshing and different to the normal characterization of a fictional detective and I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by mrs b
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