Summary

When the naked, battered body of an unidentified teenager is found dumped in an alleyway, postmortem finds evidence of a harrowing series of events. Another teenage death with the same MO pushes DI Hannah Robbins and her team on the Nottingham City division Major Crimes Unit to their limits - and across county borders.
In a race against the clock, they attempt to unpick a thick web of lies and deceit to uncover the truth behind the deaths. But it doesn't stop there. When catching a killer isn't enough, just how far are the team willing to push themselves to save the next girl?
©2014 Rebecca Bradley (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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Critic reviews

"A gritty police procedural, with no-holds barred and a shocking insight to the reality of some. Dark and disturbing, yet exceptionally compelling." (Mel Sherratt, author of Taunting the Dead)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Melanie Hodges on 13-03-16

Shallow Waters

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.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Sam Hall on 12-09-17

Couldn't stand it

What an utterly dreary novel. I'm not sure if it was the narrator or just the overly precise to the point of boredom description. Worst book I've listened to so far.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sires on 14-03-16

Competent but Not Inspired

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.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-06-18

Bad language

Unnecessary vulgar language. Good story and read well. I do not enjoy the read when the language offends me.

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