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The Third Rule (CSI Eddie Collins Book 1) Kindle Edition
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At 626 pages for the kindle edition, it certainly isn't a quick read.
I have to be totally honest as to start with I really struggled with the book. The story is all over the place, swapping back and forth quite quickly between different characters and I was finding it hard to keep up. Even the characters just didn't appeal to me and reading of grown men getting so drunk that they weren't capable of controlling their own bodily functions, I really didn't think this was going to be a book for me. BUT I stuck with it and by the end I'm glad I had.
The story is nearly all set in Leeds, which living in Leeds myself, I could easily visualise the names of the areas that were often mentioned throughout the novel.
Eddie Collins I very much had a love hate relationship with. Don't get me wrong this guy truly gets put through the mill. One particular incident that happens to Eddie and his family was quite literally heartbreaking. The chapters to do with it, I found to be really raw in the way it had been written and quite often I would find tears streaming down my face.
It is obvious that Eddie is quite a drinker and to be fair I couldn't blame him for wanting to blot out certain parts of his life and that is why I think it took me awhile to take to Eddie as well as his friend Mick. Both have serious drinking issues and it's very obvious that they are both set to go down a path of self destruction in their working lives as well as their personal ones.
The actual third rule storyline I thought was a really clever idea and through Eddie, Mick and Ros, we see why even though it seems a great idea, in practice it's anything but.
Eddie and Mick actually grew on me the further I got into the story. Theirs is far from the perfect friendship and to be honest I don't think they are good for each other but by the end they had me won over.
The Third Rule may have taken me a while to get into but overall it is a hard hitting crime thriller that I enjoyed.
There were some fabulous characters, some likeable, some irritating and some truly loathsome but all well written and all relevant. The things I particularly liked were; the SOCO angle of the stories, Eddie's turbulent personal life and relationships, and the politics .. what the electing of an anti-European, corrupt, right wing government could bring - truly chilling as it doesn't seem that far fetched from reality. I also loved the honest, straightforward writing style.
If you fancy a quick easy read then move along but if you want something to really get your teeth into which will totally engross you then I'd highly recommend that you set aside some quality reading time and read this fab book. 4.5 stars Highly recommended, I will be reading the next in the series very soon!
Normally, I read a book and move on, this one is different. I find myself often thinking about it and the storyline, haunting me if you like. I'm sorry that it's behind me because I'd like to read it all over again.
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