Title: The Call by Amanda Fleet.
Publisher: Joffe Books
Date Published: 21st November 2017
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?
Patrick turns out to have many enemies who might want him dead. He’s been working in Malawi and uncovered a scandal. He’s involved with a powerful woman. And he’s borrowed money from the wrong people. And that’s just for starters.
Along with an off-duty policeman, DS Stewart, Summer gets swept into Patrick’s world of lies and deceit, in a desperate race against time to find him alive.
Who is behind Patrick’s disappearance and can Summer find out before it’s too late?
Summer Morris gets a phone call from her ex-boyfriend Patrick begging for her help. Their relationship ended badly, with him stealing from her, but she feels the need to help him. But there’s more to his life than it seems. He owes money to a loan shark, is investigating a scandal in Malawi, is having an affair with a married woman and on top of that he is expecting a child with another.
The police do not take Summer seriously until she comes across off-duty policeman DS LB Stewart. Together they must find Patrick before it’s too late.
The story line switches between Scotland and Malawi which I thought was an interesting combination! It is well written and there was no typos or plot holes that I spotted but to be honest I found the overall plot a little disappointing.
I think it didn’t help that the character of Patrick was a womaniser, a liar and a cheat. I mean it was hard to want someone to be saved when their only redeeming factor was him wanting to help kids in Malawi (yet he wanted a woman carrying his child to get rid of it, this made no sense to me). Also the detective, LB, was a bit of an arse most of the time, however I did enjoy his little romance with Summer.
The character of Summer pretty much carried the book for me, with her selfless attitude and free spirit made her very entertaining. I also found her condition synesthesia, where you see emotions as colours, interesting.
There was also a lot of Americanisms, in this book, like Cop instead of copper, which for being set in Scotland and Malawi was a little strange.
Overall not my cup of tea but that will not put me off reading anything else by this author.
Amanda Fleet is a physiologist by training and a writer at heart. She spent 18 years teaching science and medicine undergraduates at St Andrews University, but now uses her knowledge to work out how to kill people (in her books!). She completed her first degree at St Andrews University and her doctorate at University College, London.
She has been an inveterate stationery addict since a child, amassing a considerable stash of fountain pens, ink and notebooks during her lifetime. These have thankfully come in useful, as she tends to write rather than type, at least in the early stages of writing a book.
During her time at St Andrews, she was involved with two Scottish Government funded projects, working with the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. While in Malawi, she learned about the plight of the many street children there and helped to set up a Community Based Organisation that works with homeless Malawian children to support them through education and training – Chimwemwe Children’s Centre. It was this experience that helped to shape the Malawian aspects in her first novel, The Wrong Kind of Clouds.
Amanda lives in Scotland with her husband, where she can be found writing, walking and running. The Wrong Kind of Clouds is her début novel and was published by Matador in early 2016. It will be re-published by Joffe Books.