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I’d been looking forward to reading this début crime novel, as I’m a fan of detective fiction and know and love the part of London in which it’s set. What a great read! The depiction of East London is compelling and is an absolutely integral part of a carefully wrought plot. The key protagonists are well drawn, with attention and empathy, and the story goes a fair way beyond that of standard police procedural, engaging with the backgrounds of key characters and with the challenges of inner city education in some depth. I really enjoyed Turn A Blind Eye and keenly look forward to the next in the series.
I was disappointed in the book. I usually like multi cultural stories but this book felt forced and the characters slightly wooden. There was no depth to the descriptions if the community and it was tailored to beginners abiut the subject. The plot was slow and not very inventive.
The main problem for me was that too much of the book was taken up with the detective’s private life, even going back to her schooldays. The plot was pretty standard fare because although I didn’t guess who the murderer was, there were many characters with the same set of motives. I would, though, read another book in the series, because the setting is interesting and having got all the personal stuff out of the way, the author might concentrate more on the plot.
A really refreshing take on the police procedural which explores multicultural East London with a deft touch. DI Rahman's character is refreshingly well-drawn and although there's lots going on in her family life it doesn't get in the way of her investigative powers. Newham evokes the setting brilliantly and captures community life and tensions with ease. Looking forward to her next book!
I’ve given it two stars as it was reasonably well written, but a lot of it’s content was riding on the bandwagon of the recent politically correct ethnic minority trend which I found very odious. The central character of the story clearly had a chip on her shoulder as a victim of racial discrimination and bullying both directly and indirectly. It painted a bleak and depressing picture of modern multi cultural London. I gave up about half way through as the primary storyline about the murders was not remotely gripping and it got to the point I didn’t care who had done it or why. Plus most of the main characters were bland and flaky. This hybrid of crime detective and banging the ethnic minority drum just doesn’t work.
I bought this as a present for my wife after it was recommended to me. She loved it and was unable to put it down. She says that the worst thing about the book was the last two pages and the realisation that it was about to end. Next instalment please!
Detective Maya Rahman is a direct, grounded and well-adjusted protagonist. She doesn’t suffer from the angst of many leading characters, but lives a refreshingly ordinary life, in a stable relationship with the equally well drawn Dougie. The plot thoughtfully unravels, with the vein of Buddhism precepts cleverly interwoven, as well as Maya’s past life; the latter, giving flesh and bones to her character. Her Father is a figure who is in the background, and very much part of her formative life – and the chapter where there is a hint of his presence was beautifully written, hugely atmospheric and adds another dimension to the book. Personally for me, Turn a Blind Eye is a thouthtful, observational, beautifully crafted slow burner. An unusual feat to produce a detective novel with good characterisation, plot, and sense of place. Would highly recommend.
Wasn't quite sure when I started reading this but it soon grew on me! Loved it! Gripping storyline, full of twists and turns. Characters are believable and the more the book goes on the more you like them or. In some cases, dont! Can't wait to read the next one!
This was a refreshing read - the character of Maya Rahman has a lot to offer, and the story works both as a crime story and as an insight into multicultural Britain and to the school system. I'll definitely be looking out for more from this author.
‘ Turn a blind eye’ is a really good read. Short but interesting chapters allow readers to pick up and put down the book. A good holiday read or if you like reading whilst commuting. The storyline follows a female Detective Inspector and her Detective Sergeant whilst investigating a number of suspicious deaths in East London. The author keeps readers in suspense as to who the suspect could be, with lots of twists and turns in the story. I would recommend if you like police procedurals with a gripping storyline.