Book Review: Blue Line – Pink Thread by Carole Phillips

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Blue Line – Pink Thread: Memoirs of Police Officer Carole Phillips, by Carole Philips
Published by: Austin Macauley Publishers, LTD (December 16, 2015)
Genre: Autobiography
Pages: 247
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle
Source: Publisher
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’Blue Line – Pink Thread’ provides a fascinating insight into life in the police service from 1969 through to 2000. Carole Phillips recounts true stories of her time as a female officer in Bedfordshire Police before equal opportunities and political correctness, the integration of women into front-line services and her journey through the ranks to Superintendent. Carole writes with humour and sincerity to deliver numerous fascinating accounts, including those of her time as a detective and as the first female patrol sergeant.

2015 marks one hundred years of British women in policing and ‘Blue Line – Pink Thread’ is not only an excellent read, but makes a significant contribution to the social history of that period.

About the Author

Carole Phillips was born in 1947 in Sussex but brought up in post war Tyneside. These were hard times, but taught Carole to be resourceful, determined and laugh at adversity. Carole’s police career was from 1966 – 2000 in various ranks from Special Constable to Superintendent. She now lives in Devon and is a guest speaker telling her policing stories with candour and humour (Amazon).

My Thoughts

I really wanted to like this book. I really did. However, I read half of it before I became so bored I couldn’t continue reading it. Therefore, I didn’t finish the book.

I didn’t hate it, but I just felt that it was too boring. In an autobiography, I want to feel emotion. I want to either get pissed at what happened to the writer, or excited as I turn each page of the book. A memoir about a police officer should be filled with exciting stories of the cases he or she worked on. She did discuss cases but I felt she could have given us more than she did. It was VERY detailed (sometimes too detailed) and I was in awe of how well her memory is to be able to document every single event/conversation during her career.  I can’t even remember what I had for dinner last week. 😉

One thing I will say about Carole is that I genuinely liked her. She is a woman to be admired, that’s for sure. To rise in a career field where men dominate left and right, and come out like she did is amazing. She was fearless and highly career-oriented. She had such passion for police work! To her, sitting in an office eight hours a day was boring. She wanted an exciting career and she got one!

The book was filled with humor from time to time, and there were instances when I was really into what I was reading. But that didn’t last, and I would lose interest.

I will probably go back and finish the book at some point, but for the sake of getting this review up, and being honest with my readers, I had to stop reading it.

Overall Reaction: I was not in love with this book, but if you’re into a career memoir and do not mind lots of detail, then you might like this book. 


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