Into the Blue #2020

Into the Blue By Robert Goddard Into the Blue Harry Barnett lives the life of an Englishman on permanent vacation in Greece house sitting for a powerful friend and hiding from a past disgrace That is until a guest at the villa disappears on a w
  • Title: Into the Blue
  • Author: Robert Goddard
  • ISBN: 9780385339193
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Paperback
  • Into the Blue By Robert Goddard Harry Barnett lives the life of an Englishman on permanent vacation in Greece, house sitting for a powerful friend and hiding from a past disgrace That is, until a guest at the villa disappears on a walking tour, and Harry is the number one suspect While a Greek detective tries to trap him, and the British tabloids pillory him at home, Harry s conscience is his worst eneHarry Barnett lives the life of an Englishman on permanent vacation in Greece, house sitting for a powerful friend and hiding from a past disgrace That is, until a guest at the villa disappears on a walking tour, and Harry is the number one suspect While a Greek detective tries to trap him, and the British tabloids pillory him at home, Harry s conscience is his worst enemy of all What happened to young, beautiful Heather Mallender Who took her and why didn t Harry realize that something was amiss Suddenly, a man steeped in failure has found a purpose, retracing the strange, twisting route that led to Heather s vanishing But the he learns, the less he knows Until Harry finds himself at the heart of a dangerous puzzle whose pieces are scattered everywhere in the realm of British politics, in the beds of adulterous lovers, in the past, the present, and most of all, amid the secrets of a killer.
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    1. Robert Goddard

      In a writing career spanning than twenty years, Robert Goddard s novels have been described in many different ways mystery, thriller, crime, even historical romance He is the master of the plot twist, a compelling and engrossing storyteller and one of the best known advocates for the traditional virtues of pace, plot and narrative drive.

    218 thoughts on “Into the Blue”

    1. 18 hours 15 mins, read brilliantly by Paul Shelley Description Harry Barnett is a middle aged failure, leading a shabby existence in the shadow of a past disgrace, reduced to caretaking a friend s villa on the island of Rhodes and working in a bar to earn his keep Then a guest at the villa a young woman he had instantly and innocently warmed to disappears on a mountain peak Under suspicion of her murder, Harry stumbles on a set of photographs taken by Heather Mallender in the weeks before her di [...]


    2. Well, he did it again Robert Goddard, that is I am working my way through his books in chronological order, and this is the fourth one I ve read so far In every book, he sucks me into the plot in short order, and I have to finish the book Goddard is a master of the plot twist each book seems to have a surprise at the end which I, at least, didn t predict In this book and perhaps in all of those I ve read so far , the identity of the bad guy the who is less important than the why, and that is wha [...]


    3. This was the first novel by Robert Goddard I read After that, I was completely hooked I rate Goddard as the best suspense novelist I ve ever read His plot twists are incredible as a long time reader, I m used to being able to predict endings It s depressing, really, how few can surprise me Well, Goddard can And his are true plot twists, all the information is planted early in the novel, but you can never quite see which little nugget of information will end up being the crucial one Delightful As [...]


    4. This lengthy mystery thriller takes a long time to get going about 150 pages in the mass market paperback , but once it does, it s almost as riveting as Goddard s other books This was his fourth novel and the first to be set in the present day the others were historical mysteries thrillers Like all of Goddard s fiction, the mystery unravels over the entire course of the book, so you re always waiting for the next revelation which will probably complicate or contradict what you ve already learne [...]


    5. I have such mixed feelings about Into the Blue Looking back on it, it had a few surprises that caught me off guard At the same time, I felt very removed from the characters, and I also guessed the main bad guy about a 6th of the way through It was also a very slow read for me possibly because of the lack of feeling for the characters I felt the ending was predictable, though poetic I think there was also a lack of drive for me What was propelling the main character onward Fear for himself, or He [...]


    6. Into the Blue by Robert GoddardBook Description Harry Barnett lives the life of an Englishman on permanent vacation in Greece, house sitting for a powerful friend and hiding from a past disgrace That is, until a guest at the villa disappears on a walking tour, and Harry is the number one suspect While a Greek detective tries to trap him, and the British tabloids pillory him at home, Harry s conscience is his worst enemy of all What happened to young, beautiful Heather Mallender Who took her and [...]


    7. I bought this book entirely because I want to go on holiday and it s not happening So a novel set in Rhodes seemed a good choice I ve not read any Robert Goddard before But I suspect I will read after this I m really enjoying it Good story Shame the character has returned to the UK winter at the moment, but I m hopeful of his return to the sunshine.More later But a good one so far Excellent read I really enjoyed this book I had no idea about what was really going to be the outcome A very believ [...]


    8. Another of Goddard s puzzling mysteries on Rhodes the failed Harry becomes friends with a young woman, Heather One day, as they are on an excursion, she leaves him waiting for her at the bottom of a small mountain, Profitis Elias She climbs it, saying she ll be back shortly and for him to wait for her She disappears leaving behind a scarf at first Harry is accused of murder but when exonerated, he wants to solve the mystery Is she dead Is she alive and if so, where has she gone Harry comes into [...]


    9. J h site entre 3 et 4 toiles L ambiance g n rale me rappelle l histoire de Harry Quebert pour son long cheminement dans le d dale des souvenirs et l enqu te rebondissements multiples Mais le narrateur, Harry Barnett, est un gros nul.


    10. Long, tiresome and unending I wanted to shake Harry and tell him to make up his mind The problem was he was totally manipulate from the beginning and we could see it but he couldn t What a waste of time.



    11. When we first meet Harry Barnett, a middle aged, overweight, alcoholic Englishman, he s working as a caretaker at the Greek villa of distinguished Member of Parliament Allan Dysart When young and attractive Heather Mallender arrives, as a guest of Dysart, she and Harry become friends, despite the age difference While walking in the hills, Heather vanishes Harry is with her at the time and becomes a suspect in her disappearance In an effort to clear his name, Harry begins his own investigation of [...]


    12. Goddard does it again In this novel we meet Harry Barnett, a fiftish failure with a past Harry s life is immersed in failure its only positive aspect being Harrys unlikely friendship with Alan Dysart, an Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Defense While house sitting at Alan s villa in Greece, Harry is drawn into a perplexing and bizarre puzzle involving the disappearance of a beautiful, young houseguest These are only two of the several plot threads that textures this story and weaves it [...]


    13. Actually, I listened to the audio version of this book It was very well read Paul Shelley and quite enjoyable Surprisingly, it really held my interest I suggest surprisingly, because the protagonist, Harry, is a kind of bumbler and ne er do well who gets caught up in the disappearance of a young woman They were climbing a small mountain on the Greek island of Rhodes He gives out before reaching the top, she continues, and disappears Harry is left a suspect and with nothing than some pieces from [...]


    14. If you like mysteries, or used to like mysteries, and I don t mean mass market stuff like Jeffrey Deaver , you will like this Literate, and the plot will keep your interest Begins in Greece spends time in Englandlots of surprises Robert Goddard writes very good novels which nearly always contain a clever mystery twist.


    15. Lengthy, with lots of characters and possibilities, the story begins with a hike on the island of Rhodes and the disappearance of the main character s young acquaintance Although he s considered himself a loser throughout his life with no accomplishments and lots of dead end jobs, Harry sets out to solve the disappearance.


    16. A man with severe and justified self worth issues strikes up a frienship with a young woman who stays in the villa he is looking after When she suddenly disapears, he sets out to find out why, despite being suspect number one in her disapearance The book sets off slow before reaching a most satisfying climax albeit with some sacrifice to realism Very enjoyable, fun and smart thriller choice.


    17. I don t usually read thrillers but I was offered this one and I really enjoyed it The plot is pretty good and hangs together well The main character is also very good and credible I enjoyed reading this book and would read by Robert Goddard.


    18. Loved this book, I never knew from one chapter to the next where we were going Impossible to guess the outcome Lots of twist and turns I have now begin to expect from Robert Goddard A roller coaster of a ride


    19. Typical Goddard book in that it had great characters, a very deliberate and well constructed plot, and interesting settings I really enjoyed this book just as I have his others.


    20. Robert Goddard writes the most complex plots around These books keep you thinking until the very end with all the twists and turns Some nice prose too I recommend him highly.


    21. The story of Harry Barnett is the story of a failure, with terrible judgement in people, who succeeds in the end, only to cause problems all the way around Harry is a tubby middle aged guy who has lost a business, been discharged for supposed cause from another and now drinking his way through a meaningless life on Rhodes Longing for friendship, he believes he has found it when a young woman comes to Rhodes to recover from a family tragedy But when Heather disappears into the blue, Harry uses e [...]


    22. Emport dans mes bagages pour aller Rhodes, j y ai appr ci toutes les descriptions et me retrouvais dans les lieux que je visitais en parall le Lindos, vielle ville L histoire est bien men e gardant le myst re jusqu au bout, m me si l on a une petite id e du meurtrier assez rapidement, sans vraiment comprendre pourquoiLes fils ne se d nouent pas si rapidement, se faisant au rythme des photos qu Harry essaye de d chiffrer Les rebondissements sont nombreux gardant la chute impr vue, bien sur Un bon [...]


    23. Robert Goddard has hit on a good formula for fictionalised history and weaves some fabulously complex plots around his main characters Not just in this title but several others such as Closed Circle, Fault Line, Hand in Glove and Long Time Coming They are good escapist stuff but they also demand close concentration from the reader to keep pace with the plots and how they are woven into actuality from various countries and circumstances from the last century and a half.


    24. Je suis s re d avoir lu ce livre, et suis tout tonn e de ne pas trouver mes notes et commentaires ici Ce dont je me souviens aussi, c est d une impression mitig eraison pour laquelle je ne mets que 3 Mais je suis incapable de dater ma lecture


    25. I don t know what to say didn t dislike it but cant say I liked it I find it hard to read a book with no likeable characters at all What a pathetic bunch of people and it s 1988 not 1938 fgs On the other hand it was well written.



    26. So now I ll have to look for the next Robert Goddard to read and not just read but absorbI liked this sort of writing very much Not a quick read, not an uncomplicated story.


    27. We meet Harry Barnett sitting on a rock on the side of a Greek mountain, waiting for his companion to come back from walking up to the summit Heather Mallender is a new acquaintance, a young woman taking a short holiday at the house in Rhodes that Harry takes care of for a rich friend Harry is starting to get worried, as she s taking a lot longer to come back than she should He finally decides to go look for her, but it s in vain The only trace of her is her scarf tangled on a branch.Reporting t [...]


    28. After careful consideration, I think this gets four stars This book was recommended to me as Goddard s best book by two people who consider Goddard their favorite author my mother and father, namely What I was told of his writing was that he creates very intricately plotted mysteries in which the twists, surprises, and conclusions are impossible to predict, but always make sense to the reader after they are revealed because of subtle clues and foreshadowing and that his style of writing is very [...]


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