The Calling (Dc Goodhew 3) Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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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.
The third novel in the DC Goodhew series, following on from Cambridge Blue and The Siren, from the rising star Alison Bruce.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This instalment continues the good work of the two previous books. The story itself is pretty straightforward with no surprises.Published 7 months ago by A. King
I thought CAMBRIDGE BLUE was a fantastic read, but both THE SIREN, and this one, don't reach the same heights, IMHO. Read morePublished 7 months ago by johnverp
This story has been one to keep me guessing, subsequently not getting to sleep when I should! Now want to read more Alison Bruce. Highly recommended.Published on 27 Mar. 2014 by Linda Kitson
Brilliant really Good. Great story and believable characters. Couldn't put it down at all . Really recommend this series of books . Fantastic .Published on 28 Feb. 2014 by Judy woo
Edge of your seat kind of book make you think and try and get to the next chapter as quick as possiblePublished on 25 Feb. 2014 by scrabble7
Have enjoyed reading this book. As I have lived all my life in and around Cambridge it brought it all to life and I can picture the places in the book vividly. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2014 by bookworm