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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780333838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780333830
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alison Bruce has already demonstarted her credentials in the field of crime with two striking non-fiction titles, Cambridgeshire Murders and Billington, Victorian Executioner. Her research has paid off, although this is a very modern piece of work with both a strong police protagonist and a dangerous, disturbing criminal. (Good Book Guide) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The third novel in the DC Goodhew series, following on from Cambridge Blue and The Siren, from the rising star Alison Bruce.

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Format: Hardcover
I have read all three of Alison Bruce's books and whilst I enjoyed the first two, this is undoubtedly the best so far. The author confesses that this was the idea that she had first but wrote the previous two to introduce the characters and develop them. I think she did the right thing and hopefully the series will keep on improving. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for the next one.

The main character is an interesting character, not at all like most policemen in novels. He tends to go off on his own theories and he has a history of delivering the goods but as he is so inexperienced his boss keeps him on a leash which he relaxes or tightens as he feels appropriate. This keeps this interaction interesting and unpredictable and I look forward to seeing how it develops in the future.
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I loved Cambridge Blue but wasn't so keen on the Siren and therefore was slightly unsure what to expect from The Calling but I wasn't disappointed. DC Gary Goodhew is called in to investigate the disappearance of Kaye Whiting, a young woman who didn't turn up to a family gathering and hasn't been seen since. A young woman makes an anonymous call stating that Kaye isn't the first and won't be the last victim. There is very little for Gary and the team to go on other than this one lead so he starts looking at other disappearances and soon a scary pattern emerges. Some of his colleagues are jealous of Goodhew's favour with their boss DI Marks but I did feel that this was only very low level and almost as if Bruce wasn't sure how big an issue to make out of it. I can only surmise that maybe this is going to continue through into other books in the series
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A good detective novel with a wide range of characters and some clever twists. It would have been better if the author had spent time pursuing some of the interesting sub-plots and minor characters rather than devising ever more detailed descriptions of the bedroom activities of the various couples, which added little to the otherwise gripping storyline.
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Dec. 2012
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The Calling is the third in the DC Goodhew series, and was published earlier this year by Constable & Robinson. Although The Calling could be read as a stand-alone story, I would certainly recommend that the first two of the series; Cambridge Blue and The Siren are read first. The first two books give the reader a little insight into the enigmatic lead character DC Gary Goodhew.

I have been really impressed by this series so far. Alison Bruce has created a lead detective who is something of a mystery, to the reader and to his colleagues at the station. Goodhew is a bit of a maverick, with a determination that often rubs people up the wrong way, I also sense a little bit of vulnerability about him, a teensy lack of self-confidence that peeps through when he gets something right and is rewarded by praise from his superiors.

The plot line of The Calling is complex, fast-paced and introduces a host of characters. There is an air of menace and a touch of madness running throughout the book in the form of the lead female character Marlowe. The reader is never quite sure whether she can be trusted to tell the truth, and whether her determination to name her ex-boyfriend as a murderer is based on fact, or is a result of her anger and jealousy. Alison Bruce does not hold back in her writing, there are scenes that are quite explicitly sexual, and others that are impossibly cruel, but this only adds to the tension and build up to the very fine, and unexpected ending.

Goodhew's colleagues; WPC Sue Gully and DC Kincade both feature heavily in the story, and both characters have been developed well, with lots of scope for more stories involving these two in the future.

Alison Bruce has proved that she is up there with the finest of crime authors and has created a series and a lead character that is going from strength to strength.
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A young woman goes missing and DC Goodhew's work opponent DC Kincaide, desperate for the boss's approval, arrests the uncle. The case is wound down for trial and Goodhew is sent off on holiday by his boss. Goodhew goes off to Hawaii and has a swim and a revelation about the case. He then hotfoots it back to the UK tells his boss what is really going on. There are anonymous phone calls to the station which name a guy as responsible for the missing girl. There are many girls pirouetting around trying to please this guy and get him to love them, but he is a serial dumper. There's no doubt there is a serial killer at work but is it him? The characters are great. The plot is great. It all rings true but for that very long trip to Hawaii that is quite brief in the story and gives the impetus for the rest of the story. If you can go with that, you'll love this story.
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A crime novel is supposed to keep you on the edge of your seat. It is supposed to be suspenseful and thrilling. You are supposed to actually want to get back to it as soon as you can because you want to find out what happens next.

This novel does not fulfil any of the above criteria. It is, in fact, the most tedious crime novel I have ever tried to read. I say tried because after 59% of dogged determination, I had to finally admit defeat.

Firstly, far too many characters are introduced and some of them seem to have no relevance. This in itself was bad enough for me but when there was a whole chapter dedicated to something that seemed to have no ties to the story, that exacerbated it.

Secondly, the writing is confusing at times. I found my eyes glazing over in too many parts and I would often begin to reread a sentence to make sense of it and then think "What's the point?" This goes for the way characters are introduced and "developed" as well. A prime example of this is "The Girl in the Cafe" who turns out to be Marlowe. What was the build-up for? Why not just introduce her properly at the outset? Her "shroud of mystery" served no purpose at all. We, the readers, should have been left to figure out who Marlowe was at the end.

Thirdly, the tension just never builds up. I wasn't even tense while Kaye was alive. There was no "Oh my God!" when Kaye died. I plodded through the book as though it was just page after page of dry and boring exam material. I could not get into it no matter how I tried.

Fourthly, I found myself lost in a sea of description instead of on the edge of my seat, wondering what was coming next. What's worse, this description was often unnecessary.
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