Review of The Promise by Alison Bruce

The Promise Book Cover The Promise
DC Gary Goodhew Mystery series
Alison Bruce
Constable & Robinson
May 3, 2016

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 back streets hold deadly secrets for Goodhew and the only person who has the answers is planning one final, desperate act.

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