Just Whistle Kindle Edition
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John begins to write a story. It's going good and then he decides to interfere with his literary creation Acting DI Harry Blackburn. Pretty soon it's hard to tell where John ends and Harry begins.
Alfie Robins has created a brilliant plot. It's eloquent, well described and characterised. You keep wondering whether Harry will ever solve his case or whether he will be permanently deleted from existence.
The one problem I had with the Kindle edition of this is the repetition of the number 26 at the end of every chapter which had nothing to do with the overall plot. I'm not sure if this was a formatting error or not but it needs to be looked at as it is intrusive.
Having said that I still heartily recommend it.
The police begin their investigation, and all seems like its headed in the same direction as most in this genre, then all of a sudden it does a 180. Whoah, that threw me, having the POV shift right out of the story, to be told by the first time author. And that's when I realised I wasn't reading a run of the mill crime novel. The plot twists are original the story weaves and entwined with shifting point of views, all culminating in one helluva climax. Mr Robbins has certainly created something unique here. And I for one thought it was brilliant.
Despite some very dark criminal acts within the novel there is warmth to the characters that I found very appealing. The dialogue was also witty enough to make me chuckle at times. I could find myself enjoying these characters within a series of novels. By the conclusion the author's narrative was quite complex and I found myself wondering how it would end. I really enjoyed what Robins did with the plot, it was a brave move to make it so unconventional. A gamble that I think paid off very well. Fun to read, interesting and a page turner that will hook you and won't let go until the finish.
I won't say what the twist is, don't believe in spoilers. I did find it a little confusing until I got used to the way the story was written. I stuck with it and was glad I did.
Alfie Robins creates characters that seem real. Ordinary people who come in and out of our lives. Everyone is down to earth and believable. The hard pressed copper, the put upon villain. I almost felt sorry for the baddie. Almost. And I certainly felt sorry for the copper who had more than the usual problems to content with!
This book might seem strange to people who do not come from England just as a story from Miami Vice seems unreal to Brits. But give the story a chance.
Well done, Alfie, look forward to the next.