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The Siren (Dc Goodhew Book 2)

The Siren (Dc Goodhew Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Alison Bruce
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Alison Bruce has created an unusual and interesting main character. --The Times

Book Description

The unmissable follow up to the brilliantly reviewed Cambridge Blue.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849016070
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (22 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U2TDIA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,841 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Second Book in this Series 24 July 2010
The Siren is the second book in Alison Bruce's new detective series, set in Cambridge and featuring DC Gary Goodhew. This is the follow up to Cambridge Blue which I reviewed back in April.
Gary Goodhew is younger and just that little bit different to the usual Detective and in this story he is still bucking the trend, taking massive chances and finding it difficult to conform. This makes him something of an enigma, both to the reader and to his superiors and colleagues.
Alison Bruce is excellent at portraying her characters and gets right into the mind of Goodhew and his police colleagues - add the unreliable narrative of Kimberly, whose son Riley is missing and the tension really starts to mount up.
Kimberley's best friend Rachel has been killed and her little son Riley is missing - Goodhew and his team are working tirelessly to solve this crime. It is obvious that there is far more to Kimberley's story than she is admitting to the Police. She has a history that goes back to years ago in Spain and involves some of the more sinister people in Cambridge's underworld.
A fast plot, with many twists and turns but which at times can become quite complicated - this builds up to the spectacular ending which is fast paced and unexpected.
Not so much in this book about Goodhew's private life - hints of his background and his strange behaviours will have to be explained eventually.
This is only the second in the series though and Alison Bruce has license to take Goodhew just where she wants.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A promise fulfilled 5 Aug 2010
I have been waiting for the follow-up to Cambridge Blue for quite a while, and was a bit scared that it would turn up to be a disappointment. What a relief to read The Siren, it is even better than the first, the characters get deeper, and DC Goodhew is promising to become one of the stars of crime fiction. Highly recommended
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cambridge detective gets a second outing 22 Aug 2011
By Cambridge Ian VINE VOICE
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Better than the first in the series - Cambridge Blue - and a cracking read.

I probably enjoyed it more because I know all the places where the story unfolds but the characters are interesting and I hope we get a few more.

I got this on the Kindle and really enjoyed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Edited? 21 Sep 2012
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No-one else has mentioned this so maybe it is just me but where did DC Kincaide disappear to 87% of the way through this book? He was first on the scene in a pivotal moment screws up big time but then never appears again throughout the book. His deriliction of duty is never referred to either. There is also one point in the book where the time threads are way out. I love this writers storyline but not her editor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another riveting outing for DC Goodhew 29 Sep 2011
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Another riveting outing for DC Goodhew, I'm growing to like him very much indeed and was pleased to read that Alison Bruce is currently writing his fourth case.

The Siren is fast paced and entertaining from beginning to end. I liked the development of the main characters and their interaction with the new characters central to this story. Cambridge itself also takes centre stage and although I don't live there anymore I like visiting with Goodhew! Highly recommended.

AB's website is pretty slick too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Siren 23 Sep 2011
By Sam
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Another great book for Cambridge residents. Slower moving than 'Cambridge Blue' but this is probably an advantage. Characters are building up nicely and I'm looking forward to continuing the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow-up to Cambridge Blue 29 Aug 2011
By J. Ward
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second outing for Gary Goodhew, a young - and somewhat maverick - Detective Constable based in Cambridge. This time, Goodhew's investigating an arson/murder and the disappearance of a small child.

I enjoyed the first book of this series - Cambridge Blue - immensely, and am so pleased that this one lived up to expectations. There's twists and turns aplenty, and the build-up to the ending is genuinely thrilling....I found myself stumbling over words and sentences in my eagerness to get to the end of the book to find out what happens!

Goodhew himself is still something of an enigma; again, we get the little glimpses of his backstory that were hinted at in Cambridge Blue, but there's still loads of unanswered questions (where are his parents? His sister?) so I'm looking forward to seeing how his character develops in the next book. All in all, a great read and one that I would thoroughly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up to debut 19 July 2010
By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I recently read Cambridge Blue by this author which I had found it slightly confusing in places with a couple of strands in the plot I could not work out, but will say straight away that her second, just published in hardback, is much better.

We meet DC Gary Goodhew once more, the youngest detective in the Cambridge Police Force who is so driven and intuitive that his immediate superior is keeping a close eye on him, as well as a file locked safely away in his office clocking his every move. With good reason, as DC Goodhew is one of those annoying maverick type cops who prefers to work alone and cut corners. Without these kind of characters I sometimes feel the detective genre would come grinding to a halt.

Kimberly Guyver and her friend Rachel Golinski have a secret which they hope to have left behind them, but when a car is dredged up from the sea in Spain with a dead body inside and the identification of the corpse brings events closer to them than they would like, flight is the only answer. But before they have a chance to disappear, Rachel is murdered, her house burned down and Kimberly's little son vanishes. Although distraught at the disappearance of her son, Goodhew feels Kimberly is keeping something back and is being uncooperative with the police despite the dangers facing her.

Much better plotted than Cambridge Blue and, as with a new series, it takes a while for the characters to bed in and for the reader to begin to warm to them. Not sure I have warmed to Goodhew yet, but am getting there and his relationship with his old school mate and his grandmother show his off duty side and make him a much more rounded personality. These books are settling in nicely now and I shall be looking forward to the next one in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Mrs E Bowers
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as strong as the first
I very much enjoyed the first novel in the series and remain interested in how our​ protagonist, the young detective Goodhew​, develops​. Read more
Published 5 months ago by johnverp
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced read
This is the second Alison Bruce book that I have read, and although it wasn't as captivating a read, it was certainly a novel which kept up a great pace throughout. D.C. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gill-EJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
Another brilliant read by Alison Bruce. Characters well developed but each book can be read and enjoyed on its own. So many twists and turns - impossible to predict!
Published 7 months ago by mar c
5.0 out of 5 stars Really very good
A fast pace really Good characters and enjoying this series of books they are,quite addictive, and absorbing . Great read .
Published 9 months ago by Judy Cable
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Another exceptional story. I was late to finding this author but am so Happy to have discovered this lady s
Published 12 months ago by Adrian Dent
4.0 out of 5 stars Grabs you with thrills and local colour
This detective novel starts slow, then grabs you with thrills later. I was at the edge of my seat for the entire last 50 or so pages when all the plot threads were expertly woven... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nina
4.0 out of 5 stars The Siren by Alison Bruce
Excellent read if you are into crime fiction of the Rebus genre. Young DC Goodhew's second appearance following Cambridge Blue. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Martland
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Based in my hometown i feel as though i know where every character is, brilliant story lines and always keeps you guessing.
Published 15 months ago by Vickyloo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read but Pages missing from kindle version
I bought this as a kindle book but it jumped from the Killer going after Libby then into the epilogue. Read more
Published 16 months ago by gillian donnelly
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