The Siren: A Gary Goodhew Mystery [NOOK Book]

Overview

Sometimes the past just won't stay buried.

DC Gary Goodhew is on a pub crawl when he smells smoke. He rushes to the scene and finds a raging house fire, too far gone to stop. The blaze leaves two corpses, but a young boy?who was also inside?is now missing.

As the investigation deepens, it becomes clear that the boy's mother, Kimberley, knows much more than she is letting on. With the clock ticking on a child's life, Goodhew begins to sift ...

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Overview

Sometimes the past just won't stay buried.

DC Gary Goodhew is on a pub crawl when he smells smoke. He rushes to the scene and finds a raging house fire, too far gone to stop. The blaze leaves two corpses, but a young boy—who was also inside—is now missing.

As the investigation deepens, it becomes clear that the boy's mother, Kimberley, knows much more than she is letting on. With the clock ticking on a child's life, Goodhew begins to sift through the ruins of Kimberley's past—and uncovers an unsettling picture of deceit, murder, and accelerating danger. Fans of Deborah Crombie and Elizabeth George will relish this gripping page-turner.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cambridge Det. Constable Gary Goodhew runs into a crisis while off-duty in Bruce's solid sequel to 2009's Cambridge Blue. In the midst of a pub crawl with a mate, Goodhew smells fire and rushes to the scene, only to find the flames too intense to allow him to enter the burning house where Kimberly Guyver's two-year-old son, Riley, is believed trapped, along with Rachel Golinski, the friend the boy's mother left in charge of him. While the authorities soon discover Golinski's corpse among the building's charred wreckage, Bruce lets the reader know that Riley is being held captive. The plot has the requisite twists and stock situations, notably a dark secret Guyver and Golinski share that's somehow connected to the disappearance of a man whose corpse turns up in Spain at the book's outset, but Bruce's superior prose elevates this above many other contemporary British police procedurals. (Oct.)
Library Journal
The discovery of the body of a missing man in Spain sets in motion events leading to the fiery death of a woman and the disappearance of a two-year-old boy in Cambridge, England. While on an off-duty pub crawl with a friend, DC Gary Goodhew (Cambridge Blue) comes across a burning house where Kimberly Guyver's son, Riley, is believed trapped along with Rachel Golinski, the friend left in charge of the boy. Golinski's corpse is found in the charred ruins, Riley is missing, and Kimberly is uncooperative. VERDICT In this complex and convoluted tale of jealousy and violence, Goodhew still goes his own way and slowly puts the pieces of the puzzle together, resulting in an unexpected conclusion. Fans of Mo Hayder and John Harvey will be pleased to discover a new author.
Kirkus Reviews

Cambridge DC Gary Goodhew (Cambridge Blue, 2008) must deal with arson, kidnapping, murder and worse.

Three years after Nicholas Lewton disappeared from his job at the Celeste pub with a sizable sum belonging to his father, Celeste owner Dougie Lewton, Nick's car turns up in a stretch of the Mediterranean off Cartagena. His body is recovered as well, but not the money. The discovery sends his former girlfriend, painter Kimberly Guyver, into a panic. She and her oldest friend, Rachel Golinski, are soon plotting some obscure damage control that requires sending Kim's two-year-old son Riley to stay with Rachel. Whatever their plan is, it either doesn't work out or requires extreme measures, for very shortly thereafter Rachel's house is burned down with her inside, obliterating every trace of Riley, who's vanished along with Rachel's violently inclined husband Stefan. It's obvious that plenty of locals, from Kim to Mule, the Celeste cook Stefan beat up before he vanished, know more than they're telling Goodhew and the other police investigators. And at least one concerned party—Kim's ex-lover Jay Andrews, Riley's father, whose attacker years ago left him with a brain injury that rendered him mute—knows more than he's physically capable of telling. But it's much less obvious how the pieces of the puzzle are connected, or whether the police at Parkside Station, whose relationships seem scarcely less dysfunctional than those of the suspects, are in any position to fit them together.

A satisfyingly meaty procedural for readers willing to fill in the blanks left by Bruce's elliptical narration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062314178
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Series: Gary Goodhew Mystery , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 16,073
  • File size: 754 KB

Meet the Author

Alison Bruce was born in Surrey but moved to Cambridge in 1998. She is the author of three other Gary Goodhew books—Cambridge Blue, The Siren, and The Calling. She is married with two children.

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I love a good mystery and The Siren is a good mystery. This book kept me entranced and interested throughout. I wasn't sure who the perpetrator in the story was and the ones that I guessed were completely wrong.  There is foreshadowing in the book and it adds to the mystery of what's going on.  The book is told from the 3rd perspective, which is not my favorite, but it worked well with this story.  I really liked the character of DC Goodhew.  He sounds very schmexy and because he is a police officer, he would be a great knight in shining armor.  The thing about this story that was good was that you didn't know who to trust and the main character Kimberly was a puzzle.




    The story is well written and is engaging.  The author is British so there is British slang and quite a lot of British geography.  I've never been so it was hard to visualize some of the areas that were described.  But, it's just like every place in a book that's based on a real location - you have to use your imagination.  I've read other British books before so I am used to the verbiage and slang. For anyone that hasn't read it or isn't familiar with it, it may be a bit distracting.   I am looking forward to reading other DC Goodhew mysteries if they are anywhere near as good as this one.  

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    It was OK

    Very well-written, but the book was filled with unlikable characters. I don't enjoy books where a bully sets an unsettling mood throughout, but readers who like this kind of thing may find the book satisfying.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Ok

    The p,ol was interesting until the end, which was a bit of a letdowm. I didn't feel Kimberly was sufficiently punished for her many crimes, and they were ctimes, whatever the motvation. Goodhue definitely crossed too many lines for me. I hate characters who think they're just too special to follow the rules of their job, so I really disliked him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    A Mystery Wrapped in a Puzzle: This Is a Must-Read

    The Siren by Alison Bruce is the second Gary Goodhew book I've read and it is every bit as good as her debut novel featuring a young, eager, impetuous detective, and perhaps it's actually even better. She develops Goodhew further in this book, making him almost an Asperger-type detective. He is relentless, he is socially clumsy, and most important, he is a gentle genius at solving crimes.

    Bruce writes what are seemingly straightforward whodunits until the multiple plots begin to move the story back and forth, to and fro, yet without creating reader confusion. This is a writer's skill and it is a treat to watch her stories unfold as one reads on. She continues to develop the inter-book characters, which gives one hope that there will be many more of these crime novels to come. This is not an English cozy book; it's not warm and fuzzy; it's not a gentle read. Alison Bruce's books are for grown-up mystery readers who don't mind squirming at life's unfairness and the malevolent nature of not only her antagonists but also of some of the continuing characters.

    It is hoped that this writer catches on and develops a following for her Goodhew stories; I would gladly read a dozen of them if she wrote them.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    I do not remember this book at all though I see I archieved it

    Despite reviews need more be said? Mom

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 7, 2013

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