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The Siren: A DC Gary Goodhew Mystery Set in Cambridge, England Hardcover – October 1, 2010


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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.
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Bruce (Cambridge Blue, 2009) brings back Detective Constable Gary Goodhew, who is still in the doghouse with his chief. The deaths of two people in a mysterious fire and the disappearance of a small child, however, require everyone at the station to be involved. When Rachel Golinski’s house explodes in flames, Kimberly Guyver, her childhood friend, realizes that their shady past is catching up with them. She is distraught because she left her young son, Riley, with Rachel, and he is now missing. As Goodhew and his crew investigate, they uncover a web of deceit and murder. The danger accelerates as they dig deeper into the young women’s past. Despite the Cambridge setting, this is no tea-sipping academic mystery; rather, it’s a decidedly edgy British procedural that will appeal most to the hard-boiled crowd. --Barbara Bibel
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Constable; Reprint edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569476055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569476055
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,648,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About 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.

Customer Reviews

The story is well written and is engaging.
I Feel the Need, the Need to Read book blog
Ms. Bruce creates likable characters who reappear in most of her books.
Frank E. Briber III
Someone else may love it - just not for me.
Kathy Evenson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I Feel the Need, the Need to Read book blog on November 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Crowley VINE VOICE on April 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"A fragment of her life was appearing on the television....she saw the wench, and the wreck of Nick's car that now hung from its hook. The car she had last seen when that same stretch of the Mediterranean sea had swallowed it....' The vehicle was recovered last week after some divers reported that it appeared to contain human remains....The victim is named as former Cambridge man Nicholas Lewton, who had been living and working in Cartagena until his disappearance almost three years ago....this death is being treated as suspicious.' "

Kimberly Guyver had truly believed her life of running to be over. But that filler on the news showed her, again, that she was never going to be safe. The last time she ran, she didn't have Riley. Now when she runs away she'll have a toddler to protect. Rachel Golinski, her closest friend, saw the same news report. Kimberly and Rachel had escaped from Spain together, had found homes where their back gardens touched, had believed they had outrun the danger, and had prepared contingency plans in case they had not. Rachel was better prepared than Kimberly; Kimberly needed more than wanted security and stability. Riley deserved nothing less. Now Kimberly leaves Riley in Rachel's care as she begins to erase her life.

DC Gary Goodhew is on a pub crawl with an old friend when he smells smoke. As he runs toward the burning building, it virtually explodes. No one could survive such a fire. The house belongs to Rachel and Goodhew soon learns that Riley Guyver was with her. As the Cambridge police investigates the motive behind what is definitely an arson, Kimberly is distraught yet unwilling to give the police any details regarding Rachel or their time in Spain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Mitchell VINE VOICE on January 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This e-book is a slightly confusing mystery but I was impressed by Bruce's ability to present a character in a couple paragraphs so well that you feel like you know that person's type. The exceptions are the main characters, DC Gary Goodhew and Kimberly Guyver, mother of a missing toddler.

The story begins with Kimberly in her kitchen finding a matchbook with the name and logo of Rita Club on it. She burns the matchbook, then turns to take care of her son Riley. On TV a news flash shows a winch lifting a car from the Mediterranean Sea. She recognizes it, and immediately meets her friend Rachel to discuss the finding of Nick Lewton's car with Nick's remains inside. They decide they must leave town for a while but separately because they're in danger and so is Riley. Rachel takes him so that Kim can have a little time to prepare to go.

Kim always spends a lot of time looking at Mill Road Cemetery which is right next to her apartment in Cambridge. Rachel lives within view with her husband Stefan Golinski, a jealous and violent man. She is planning to leave him. That afternoon their house burns. Rachel's body is found inside but not Riley or Stefan. The search begins.

Goodhew is a fascinating character. He is single but very close to his grandmother. Lives across from police station. He's relatively new to force, but his boss has been watching him carefully and trusts him. Goodhew has exactly what his boss looks for in a detective. I loved following him and trying to figure out what he was thinking. His insights are amazing and yet not unbelievingly so. I like this guy.

Twists and turns lead the reader this way and that, but nothing really makes sense until near the end when all becomes clear. Meanwhile, you worry - where is Riley? Is he safe? Will they find him in time?

Highly recommended
Source: Witness/Impulse Imprint, HarperCollins
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Up All Night Book Addict on December 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I adored this book! It was the book I needed to read at the right time. Now, I didn't read the first book, so I was worried about being lost. I had no problem following the book and getting lost IN it! This is a book I never wanted to put down!
There isn't too much I can say about this book.... Reason being, I will give too much away! But I will try my best to tell you what I really liked about this book!
There was just enough going on in this book that is was not only easy to follow but hard to put down. The mystery behind everything kept me wanting more. I thought about this book throughout the day when I wasn't reading it. I kept running possible scenarios through my head, wondering where the story was going to take me.
The characters are wonderful. They are perfectly portrayed. I was able to feel and think just like each one of them. That can be rare in a book. I didn't identify with them necessarily, but I could identify them. I hope that makes sense.
This book is for the person who likes intrigue and mystery. It is a wonderful change from the adult contemporary or romance books many read. It is definitely something to pick up if you need a cure from a book hangover, although you may get a slight one from this too!!!
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