Olympic rowing hopeful and senior Metropolitan Police officer DCI Rebecca Meredith trains alone on the river in Henley one dark afternoon - and doesn't return. Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner Detective Inspector Gemma James are called to investigate and find that the answers lie closer to home than they could have imagined. Now more than one innocent life depends on their ability to track down the killer.
©2011 Deborah Crombie (P)2011 Recorded Books
This book was a rollicking read it had so many different twists and turns with some dead ends and a few red herrings. I learnt all sorts of things about the rowing fraternity. I will read it again.
The story is seemingly set in 2011 as it refers to the 'Olympics' next year. However, throughout, I just thought of the 1950s. Whether this is due to the narrating or the writing I am not too sure. The story is not bad and you certainly learn a lot about rowing, however, it was so middle class I felt ostracised from the characters.They are generally privately educated at Eton, rowed for Oxbridge, live in Nottinghill and have Agas as well as being relentlesly 'PC'. The police investigating the crimes had all the rowing terminolgy and this seemed unrealistic.
Some of the characters voices were so cut glass they actively grated on my nerves as they bordered on arrogant. It was a shame as one of the main characters I really disliked whereas, had I stuck to the written word, I probably would have liked him. The principals' backgrounds are twisted but I just was not interested.
The other ratings for this book are high so my view differs from others, however, for me the book dragged and I was half inclined to leave it before the end. I may try another by this author in paper format rather than audio.
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