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I downloaded this book as a free narration with my KU subscription. The author for some reason alternates between first and third person. The first person chapters are those by the Detective Inspector Hannah Robbins, who is heading up the investigation of the killing of a young girl. The thrid person POV involves another officer and a victim, each in separate chapters.
I didn't really care for this switching of POV and I think she would have done better if she had opted for a deep third person for the entire book.
The characters are not particularly interesting, although they are competently drawn. It was just had I met them in real life I wouldn't want to spend 8 hours with them. I think the only time her writing had a spark was when she detailing investigation procedure. There she was self assured.
She can plot ok, but I think she needs to concentrate on making readers care more about her characters. These characters are a bleak and humorless lot, as is DI Robbins.
The author also concentrated on Robbins' drinking and love life which is probably foreshadowing.future problems.
It probably doesn't help that I had recently listened to Stuart McBride's latest Logan McRae novel. Now there is a writer who can make a dark and horrible story spark.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Rebecca Bradley did a great job of crafting well-rounded characters. If you enjoy thrillers then this book is for you.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, absolutely. This is an amazing book which, despite already having read the kindle version, I went on to buy the audible version to listen to it and refresh my memory before the second book is released in the summer.
What other book might you compare Shallow Waters to, and why?
I couldn't specify a particular book but I personally think that anyone who has read and enjoyed Mel Sherratt or Angela Marsons would enjoy this book and certainly think Rebecca Bradley is up there with the best.
Which character – as performed by Colleen Prendergast – was your favourite?
Although Colleen doesn't alter her voice greatly to switch between characters, I thought this was better in some ways as in other books I've listened to previously, I have found this to be annoying and slightly off putting.
Having said that, my favourite character has to be DI Hannah Robbins.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, I sat at the traffic lights yesterday evening with tears streaming down my face.
Any additional comments?
This is such an amazing first novel by Rebecca Bradley and I'm very grateful to Mel Sherratt for recommending this to me. Having immediately signed up to the author's newsletter, I look forward to seeing the release of her new book.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
As a fan of inspector Morse I was looking forward to listening to the Shallow Waters story and it did not disappoint. There was a lot of interesting information about how the police investigate murders as well as the more personal side of those who are doing the investigating portrayed in the story.
It was good to see a strong woman as the main character who lead the investigation after a young girl’s body is found in a disturbing condition next to the rubbish bin. DI Hannah Robbins and her team of the Nottingham City division Major Crimes Unit, use all their combine skills and pull all their resources in trying to find not only the girls identity but more importantly her murder. Which leads them eventually to expand their search to another county and to stretch the team to its limits.
In the story there seems no time at all until another poor girl is found murdered and found in similar situations. So now the race is on to find a deranged serial killer and DI Hannah Robbins is on the case and is not held back by anything even her lover who is a newspaper reporter. I like the interactions she has with him and with her team, personal and professional. I loved all the detail and very believable procedures that are explained though DI Hannah Robbins eyes.
Mostly I loved the narration of the audio book by Colleen Prendergast, who made all the characters believable. The evil ones more mad and chilling. The hero’s more human and brave.
I would give this audio book 5 stars. This is not a children’s book but strongly recommend it if you like crime thrillers.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful