This is actually the 6th book in this series about Gary Goodhew by Alison Bruce. I’d not read any of them previously so it took me a little while to get up to speed with the basic scenario of the series. I found the prologue intriguing and first thought it related to some previous case in the series I was actually wrong). Once the book proper started the writing was atmospheric however I found it a little hard to understand exactly what was going on. The actual case for this book, set in Cambridge – the death of a homeless man – felt well worked and the reading was easy from there on.
I’m finding this a hard book to review in some ways as the basic story seemed a very good one to me. Equally I found myself liking Gary Goodhew, the policeman the series is about, and realised that I would like to know some of the back story of these characters. It is a good enough book and one that I would not have stopped reading. That said I simply didn’t find it as tense or as compelling as I would have liked this sort of police thriller to be. As I’ve said I found Gary Goodhew a good character and that would apply to Sue Gully to some degree. However most of the other characters lacked some depth for me. I would actually read one or two of the earlier ones sometime; I’d like to get more of a feel for this author but that will only be when I have the time. This is probably a 3.5/5 star book.
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review