In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his estranged father’s funeral takes place. On the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.
Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.
The case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past, as deadly secrets hidden at their hearts are revealed, and his new life is forced into a collision course with the world he thought he’d left behind. (synopsis from Amazon)
My thoughts....3 stars
THE LONG CALL, Ms. Cleeves' return, is bound to delight many current fans and garner more.
Distinctive, detailed characters, strong sense of place, and tight plotting tick the top 3 boxes on my list, though not necessarily in that order. Not figuring out the who, what, & why, ahead of time is a bonus.
Despite these elements THE LONG CALL wass easy to put down & forget about.
Why didn't I like it more?
Personally speaking, there wasn't a connection with any of the characters. I didn't dislike them, I simply didn't care. It was a detached, distant reading experience for me. No engagement at all.
So, while it ticked most of my boxes THE LONG CALL missed the most crucial mark.
I received an ARC via NetGalley, my thoughts and opinion are my own.