A Pleasure and a Calling

A Pleasure and a Calling

Phil Hogan / Sep 19, 2019

A Pleasure and a Calling You won t remember Mr Heming He showed you round your comfortable home suggested a sustainable financial package negotiated a price with the owner and called you with the good news The less good new

  • Title: A Pleasure and a Calling
  • Author: Phil Hogan
  • ISBN: 9780857521880
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • You won t remember Mr Heming He showed you round your comfortable home, suggested a sustainable financial package, negotiated a price with the owner and called you with the good news The less good news is that, all these years later, he still has the key.That s absurd, you laugh Of all the many hundreds of houses he has sold, why would he still have the key to mine TheYou won t remember Mr Heming He showed you round your comfortable home, suggested a sustainable financial package, negotiated a price with the owner and called you with the good news The less good news is that, all these years later, he still has the key.That s absurd, you laugh Of all the many hundreds of houses he has sold, why would he still have the key to mine The answer to that is, he has the keys to them all.William Heming s every pleasure is in his leafy community He loves and knows every inch of it, feels nurtured by it, and would defend it perhaps not with his life but if it came to it, with yours

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    1. Here I am an invisible boyis is a hell of a creepy premise, and a great addition to the tradition of psychological suspense with unreliable narrators. william heming is a character you will remember precisely because he has tailored himself to be as unmemorable as possible - all the better to observe you with, my dear…heming has always been a bit of a voyeur, which is my attempt at british understatement. as a young boy, he would hide behind chairs and under beds and sofas, spying on his famil [...]


    2. This one puts the EEE in creepy.Did you ever come home and have that feeling that something wasn’t quite right?  Perhaps you  thought you had more eggs than that or you could have swore that there were at least three butter tarts left.  Are you losing your mind or has someone moved the blanket on the couch?  Is that coffee you smell?  A cold shiver runs up your spine.  You are uneasy in your own home and you just don’t know why.Meet Mr. Heming, your local real estate agent.  Don’t b [...]


    3. I really have no complaints about this one: the writing was tight, the story was fresh, and the characters were complex. The reason this one falls short of a higher rating with me is strictly personal: for whatever reason I just had a hard time connecting to the story and the characters. I don't have a problem with an unlikeable main character, that wasn't the problem. I just had a lack of interest that I really can't explain expect for saying that the chemistry between reader and story was some [...]


    4. William Heming pridefully worked for seventeen years in the real estate business within his community. He wasn't just your average, highly successful businessman.In addition to being articulate, he was also conniving, vindictive, delusional, underhanded--there were a slew of words that could be used to describe the narrator in this story! Heming's strategic violation of privacy against many of the people he interacted with was too realistic, downright chilling, and unnerving! His ability to rema [...]


    5. This was admittedly a total cover buy and I knew almost nothing about the plot before picking this up. What followed was a twisted, dark and perverse tale, the likes of which I have never read before.This is the story of Mr. William Heming, who excels at not standing out. His is the bland face that blends in to a crowd. His clothing is worn one hundred different ways by a thousand different middle-class men. He is the pleasant but distant figure that showed you around your new home. He is the ma [...]


    6. Very unsettling reading; made even more so due to the fact that I have my house on the market and the estate agents have a key! I made need to get that back!Enjoyed this read very much and particularly the ending as it didn`t finish how I expected it to. Hate predictable endings, so pleasantly surprised.


    7. Rarely do you read a book which is totally original, creepy, delightfully and darkly funny and enjoyable from cover to cover. I am pleased to say that this is such a book. Estate agent William Heming lives in a leafy and prosperous community. He is successful, self employed and adept at reading people. However, Heming has a secret – he has the keys of every house he has sold and he is more familiar with his clients lives, and their properties, than you might expectWhen Heming has an altercatio [...]


    8. Who has your house keys?A Pleasure and a Calling is the chilling psychological thriller written by journalist and author Phil Hogan, and I want to know how twisted is Hogan’s mind? This thriller is certainly has a brilliant twisted thread all the way through it which makes this such an enthralling and rather worrying read. I certainly want to make sure I am the only one with the keys to my house if not then I hope an estate agent has not got a set.William Heming is our narrator throughout the [...]


    9. A psychological thriller with an unreliable narrator that will have you wanting to change your locks on a daily basis.Has anything ever seemed out of place when you return home? An indentation in the couch, food missing from the fridge, maybe the lingering aroma of fresh coffee? Ever wonder who might have a key? Ever considered your real estate agent? Oh, you bought your place years ago, they wouldn’t still have a key you say. Yeah, so do most of the residents of a quaint English town. Unfortu [...]


    10. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. I was enticed in by the clever title and the front cover, and wasn't disappointed to find that both the narrator and his story were equally as creepy and clever as my initial reaction had predicted. The story is original, and I enjoyed getting to know Heming's backstory, though perhaps it would have been structurally more interesting to weave the backstory into the main plot. I found myself wanting to hurry through the opening chapters to get to the main plot. Highly [...]


    11. Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.William Heming is an estate agent in a pleasant, leafy and very middle-class English town. He is an unassuming man whom nobody notices - he is charming but forgettable, a consummate salesman who specialises in finding his customers their dream homes and then quietly slipping back into the shadows, unremembered. And that's exactly the way he likes it, because he has a secret: he has kept a set of keys for every property he has ever dealt with. A Pl [...]


    12. Coming February 2014 from RandomHouse UK Transworld Publishers.Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via Netgalley.You won’t remember Mr Heming. He showed you round your comfortable home, suggested a sustainable financial package, negotiated a price with the owner and called you with the good news. The less good news is that, all these years later, he still has the key.That’s absurd, you laugh. Of all the many hundreds of houses he has sold, why would he still have the ke [...]


    13. An enjoyable read which had a very scary premise. House, keys, access, just whose hands do your housekeys pass through? Think about it! And what if they make a copy of those keys and are able to pass through your house like a gentle breeze, so gentle that you never know they've been there?! Day after day, week after week, month after month. Mr Heming did just that, hundreds, if not thousands of properties, lives, passing through without so much as an ornament out of place!The book was well writt [...]


    14. **This review may be considered slightly spoilery so if you want to go in blind then don't read on - just know this is a thorough and compelling character study**Mr Heming is a rather creepy and fascinating character. He is an estate agent. Nothing unusual in that I hear you say. Ahhhh but Mr Heming sells houses and keeps the keys! Then sneaks round people's houses when they're out. He immerses himself in the lives of others finding out all their routines and secrets *shudders* He will use anyth [...]


    15. The only difference between the sane and the insane is how many people you can get to agree with you.An unreliable narrator in a tightly developed, fascinating, claustrophobic tale of escalating madness within a few lines, I knew I’d love this book. In A Pleasure and a Calling, author Phil Hogan creates a smoothly operating, high-functioning sociopath, the seemingly respectable owner of a prominent, successful small town real estate company who organises his lifelong programme of intense, obse [...]



    16. So begins the story of an estate agent who has a copy of every house key he ever sold – as told by Mr. Hening, the estate agent himself. How lucky we are!I do have to say I fail to comprehend why ANY new owner would not have changed their locks!!???!??!!!He begins with the caveat that he is not at fault. And begins his story of a unknown dead body in the garden of his latest clients’ home. That’s just great!I knew the sounds of my neighbor.As he tells his side of the story matter-of-fact, [...]


    17. The main character William Heming is one creepy man. Real estate agent, he has the keys to every home and sneaks in when you're not around, eating or taking souvenirs. Since his choldhood, something is not right with William and getting older, things haven't changed.Told as a diary, you discover the depth Heming will go to set things right , well the right thing that would benefit him.Creepy, funny thriller!


    18. "I dissolve into the surroundings and breathe your air. I come in peace. I bring my love."This was such a creepy read, and sort of reminded me of You - although this was way better. I really enjoyed both the present day story and the stories from Mr. Heming's childhood. And despite his questionable actions, I found myself rooting for him. In fact, I quite liked him. Which is a weird feeling, considering what he does. Overall it was a great read and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a c [...]


    19. Also read my review here: bookbum.weebly/book-reviewYou won’t remember Mr Heming. He showed you round your comfortable home, suggested a sustainable financial package, negotiated a price with the owner and called you with the good news. The less good news is that, all these years later, he still has the key.That’s absurd, you laugh. Of all the many hundreds of houses he has sold, why would he still have the key to mine?The answer to that is, he has the keys to them all.This is a truly chilli [...]


    20. Dexter meets your friendly neighborhood realtor. Very well written but the main character creeped me out, as he was meant to do. The trouble is there was no one else I wanted to spend time with here, no one to root for.


    21. Are you a voyeur? You might feel like one after reading this original tale by Phil Hogan. Narrated by the Mr Heming (one m, not two) who we know has the keys to all the houses he’s sold, the reader watches the watcher, waiting to see what he will do next.I’m not sure you can put this novel into the unreliable narrator section, he isn’t. He believes what he says, and the tale he tells is of a man with an obsession. He is interested in people, the lives they lead and the objects they treasur [...]


    22. William R. Heming, owner of the most prosperous estate agency (real-estate office for us Yanks) in his town, will tell you what a selfless, generous soul he is. Indeed, at one point, he actually compares himself to a priest of his acquaintance. Those who know him see him as a nondescript, inoffensive little man. But, as you listen to this most unreliable of unreliable narrators, you will learn that Mr. Heming has keys to every home he has ever owned. He looks on these families, “a crisscrossin [...]


    23. Did you change the locks when you moved into your home? The interesting premise of this book is that people don't, and that leaves the door open - so to speak - for people like William Heming to be able to enter your home.Mr Heming, as he likes to be called, is a small town real estate agent and thus has keys to many many properties in the town. He likes to visit those properties without their owner's knowledge to photograph and video their possessions and to otherwise poke around in their lives [...]


    24. liked this to begin with, creepy estate agent intruding on to people's lives - getting keys copied so he can go into their houses when they're out (or in, and hide in the attic). Jumps back to childhood, to 'the incident', and became rather predictable I felt petered out in the end. OK, for a beach read I suppose but I was on a train going to work and wanted more.


    25. The story of a clever sociopath, on the order of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Although the story was interesting, I didn't quite connect with Mr. Heming the way I did with Tom Ripley. I guess I couldn't feel why Heming did the things he did. The story was clever, though, and is certainly worth reading.


    26. Lesson learned: If you buy a new house, GET THE LOCKS CHANGED--LIKE PRONTO! Mr. Heming is a successful realtor in an English town but under his exterior of a rather unassuming gentleman beats the heart of a sociopath--in his own residence is a duplicate key for every house he has sold. And he likes to use them to see how people live and what kinds of secrets they are hiding, and sometimes, unbeknownst to the residents of the house, he spies on them by secretly living in the attic for a few days. [...]


    27. I will give this a 3.5. I found it to be an engaging story, but the best way I can describe my reading of it was more from a 'distance' or, perhaps, 'clinical.' It didn't grab me emotionally or give me even a slight case of 'the feels.' In thinking about why this was the case, the entire story centered solely on the protagonist, Mr. Heming. There were other characters, of course, who came and went, but none of them were very deeply sketched and nothing came from their viewpoint. I think that was [...]


    28. A very creepy premise, this is definitely one of the more unusual books I've read lately and I'm struggling to label it. It's crime, but just as much a psychological thriller and a look through a very disturbed characters eyes. Jumping around in time and told directly from the very unreliable narrator Mr. Heming, an estate agent who makes copies of the keys of houses he sells. Unbeknown to the inhabitants he (almost) silently and stealthily swoops in out of their habitats to 'satisfy' his voyeur [...]


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