- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 577 KB
- Print Length: 416 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (27 July 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01J8Z37LG
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- Average Customer Review: 246 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Unquiet Souls (a DI Gus McGuire case Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The book follows the linked cases of a murdered prostitute, a missing girl and a paedophile ring. DI McGuire is back at work after a horrendous event (though frankly, he's neither physically nor mentally fit and no doctor would have signed him back as ready in reality). The majority of the characters in the book are well drawn and the plot is interesting.
However, the book needed the attentions of a good editor and a good proof-reader and was too long (and at time, long-winded - some detailed descriptions of how to get to some road or another that weren't really necessary). Some of the writing was great, but some was quite poor. I got completely confused at the start with the switching about in different time lines (and I think the book would have been better just starting with the present day and allowing the historical parts to be revealed as the book progressed). The chapters with the Distributor and Procurer and Other Capitalised Characters were (to my mind) the weakest and most confusing.
I bought the Kindle version and the formatting went awry quite a bit, with huge margins and indents. There were also well over a dozen typos or errors that a copy-editor should have spotted.
All in all, it was an interesting début, but it could have benefited from some more polish, I think.
Right from the first page the story is hugely entertaining and fast paced, despite the grim subject.
Gus is a very endearing character, battling with his own demons and nightmares due to a harrowing incident earlier in his life. Couple that with his current marital problems and sessions with a psychiatrist, the reader can't help but be totally drawn in by his trials and tribulations in his personal life outside of his duties with CID. For me, the attention to detail in this regard is equally as important as the main plot.
Talking of the main plot, it is at times harrowing, heart breaking and also quite appalling but given the subject matter this is not surprising. However, the author makes excellent use of telling the story from various points of view, such as Gus himself, the perpetrators and also the victim. As another reviewer has stated, the chapters and short and snappy, moving from one point of view to another in real time, giving the reader a real sense of things happening at sometimes break neck speed, but at no time did it become confusing as it can do so easily when moving from the story from one character to another. It flowed beautifully.
As the story progressed, I found myself growing more and more anxious, almost desperate to keep reading!
And despite the fact that this is a thriller with a very dark subject, there are some very tender moments, especially between Gus and his father which left me feeling like I'd been totally immersed in the McGuire family's private life. A privileged position indeed!
To conclude, I would recommend this excellent first novel and very much look forward to reading Liz Mistry's next book.
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