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‘The Call’ by Amanda Fleet

What if your ex-boyfriend called you desperately asking for life-or-death help?

Summer Morris gets a phone call from her ex-lover Patrick begging for help. But he’s cut off before he can give her all the details.

He’s in deep trouble. She would have been happy to never hear from him again, but can she really refuse to help a man whose life is in danger?

Along with an off-duty policeman, DS Stewart, Summer gets swept into Patrick’s world of lies and deceit. She faces a desperate race against time to find him.

Patrick turns out to have many enemies. He’s been working in Malawi and uncovered a scandal. He’s involved with a powerful woman. He’s borrowed money from the wrong people. And that’s just for starters.

Who is behind Patrick’s disappearance and is he even still alive?

 

Every so often I come across a new (to me) writer and after reading their book, I wonder to myself how the devil have I not noticed them before now?  This perfectly sums up how I feel about ‘The Call’ by Amanda Fleet.  I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.

For a while, Summer Morris was in a relationship with Patrick but I get the impression that their break up was less than pleasant in some respects.  Patrick is kidnapped but before he is placed into the back of the van, he manages to ring Summer one last time.  Summer cannot understand why Patrick has called her because they no longer see each other but something about the call gets under her skin and she just can’t leave it alone.  Summer notifies the police about Patrick’s disappearance, which is out of character but nobody seems to take any interest.  Summer is one persistent, feisty female, which stands her in good stead when she has to go into battle with the police.  Summer does her own little investigation and takes her findings to the police, where thankfully an off duty policeman called DS Stewart takes an interest in the case and they investigate together.  Summer realises that Patrick’s abduction could be linked to a big scandal.  Summer certainly knows how to think on her feet and she knows of certain little ways to get the information she wants.  Summer is one smart cookie and she certainly has an awareness of police forensic procedure and what counts as evidence.  All in all, I did take to Summer moreorless from the start because of her persistence, her tenacity and her dogged determination to find out what happened to Patrick.  There were certain characters who made me feel uncomfortable and made me highly suspicious of their motives and their ambitions.  I won’t tell you anything else about who because that would give too many spoilers away and I really do think that you need to read the book for yourselves.

I must admit that it took me a little while to get into this book because there seemed to be so many characters being introduced that I lost track of who was who and where they came in the story.  However, once I fathomed out the ‘cast list’ so to speak, I became totally immersed in the story.  The writing style is such that you can’t fail to become curious about what has happened and then you have to read the book to the conclusion because you need to know how the story ended.   I was that into the story that I didn’t realise quite how quickly the pages were turning and before I knew it, I had finished the book, which I was so disappointed about.  I wasn’t disappointed by how the story ended but I was disappointed that I had finished it as I was enjoying the writing style and the book so much.  I would liken reading this book to being on a rollercoaster ride with all the twists, turns, stomach churning and OMG moments, where you have to put your hands over your eyes and hold your breath because you genuinely fear what is going to happen next.

In short, I loved this book by a writer new to me.  I will certainly read more of her books and I can’t wait until the next book is released.  I would recommend this book to anybody.  I award this book 5* out of 5*.

 

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