In a single night, Kyle Davidson's life is derailed. His relationship is over, he is denied access to his young son and everything important to him is at risk. His thoughts stumble between fear and revenge. Kyle Davidson has a choice to make.
Meanwhile, after the tragic end to a previous case, DC Gary Goodhew finds himself questioning his reasons for returning to work until the badly beaten body of a homeless man is found on Market Hill. Having known the homeless man for several years, Goodhew feels compelled to be part of the investigation - but routine lines of enquiry soon take a dark and unexpected turn.
Suddenly the Cambridge backstreets hold deadly secrets for Goodhew, and the only person who has the answers is planning one final, desperate act.
©2016 Alison Bruce (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
I have to say I'm a great fan of Alison Bruce's books. Helped enormously by knowing Cambridge. I can't wait for the next instalment. Lovely complicated personalities and great story line. Thank you.
I cannot believe all the glowing reviews for this book, however I have just skimmed through the reviews again to find out if I was missing something - only to see that the majority of the reviews are 'written in exchange for being given a free copy of the book'. However unbiased one tries to be - if the book is a gift there is bound to be a gentle attitude towards it. (Reviews on Amazon)
I am really struggling to latch onto this book, the characters are hardly worth getting to know - certainly not particularly likeable, the story is stodgy and very very boringly written. I can hardly be bothered to waste any more time on it, I am now on chapter 14 so have to weigh up the time lost against any possible gain should it become interesting. I will give it a little longer. ...... I decided after drafting this review to skip on towards the end just to find out who and why. It wasn't worth it!
If my comments on some books appear lofty, that is not intentional. When working, I had to reach the highest standards. I was told I had.
Although I have a long memory, there are certain books in some genres that I am drawn to re-read. I enjoy reading of the evolution of characters and how in the UK, the police are faring with PC, hi-tech, unbelievably bad promotions (which happen less frequently in fiction than real life) and the way the political system has colluded with and betrayed the forces. The author has racked up a good solid performance with this work, brilliantly read, making want more. I particularly like the way Cambridge and the university are depicted in the ancient tension between "Town and Gown." I seem to prefer police outside London and perhaps good writing is a reason.
Gary Goodhew, still a DC, has been in a dark place and is haunted not just by the past but family problems and nearly burned alive. Specifically, he shows all the behaviours and sensitivities of a PTSD victim. The point when he turns the corner and realises he can still function was one of the most memorable in the series.
Not a scene as much as the atmosphere of returning to work, hag-ridded by self doubt. At least Gary has a cat!
More than in the other book in this series, it stirred my emotions and a certain amount of identification with people who work in closed establishments; find personal friendships difficult especially when there is an area of competitiveness and professionalism being strangled by bureaucracy and funding difficulties. it is extremely difficult to write about PTSD unless you have been there and this makes PC Goodhew a character with even more depth. It's about time he did something with women in his life as a "quickie" now and then would lead him to realise that although the job is important and perhaps the only thing, you have to find some escape and not necessarily with your grandmother.
In one of the earlier books, the narrator was not given much credit. I think he does a wonderful job and through him Cambridgeshire is enriched. Readers who come from a non-UK background may struggle with regional crime novels but it's well worth persisting, especially in this case.
"One of the better ones"
Whilst I like the lightness of the narrator's voice he really does need to learn local pronunciations - perhaps someone local could proof listen before publication! It would be good if he had more character identification as well - like the other books before it he is "reading" rather than "acting" as good narrators seem to be able to do.
Plot wise, there is always the bit of gratuitous sexual violence in there again - that really could be left out for me but not as bad as in previous books.
Because of the location I hang in there with the Goodhew novels and this was one of the better ones for me.
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