Shallow Waters

Hannah Robbins, Book 1
Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
Series: Hannah Robbins, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

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Publisher's 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

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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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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Great for first in series

Rebecca Bradley did a great job of crafting well-rounded characters. If you enjoy thrillers then this book is for you.

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pretty good listening

The female DI spends too much time in internal dialog covering non detectuve daily life. I find this tiresome. Is this the new norm for women in detective jobs? Anyway, this is a good enough read if you really like British police procedurals. I see this is book one of a series that I will try again. A police job in Robbery/ Homicide bears the title of police researcher. I hope this is a real job description, I'd apply in a New York minute.

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

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Not totally worth it

I am into British police books but this one left me wanting. She used alcohol for a crutch. Self centered and the compassion was forced. Everything was about her and she couldn't even muster up caring for her own father. It didn't even have to do with competing in a mans world it was about wanting everything for Hannah and if it upset her world then you only just exist.

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  • Melanie Hodges
  • 03-13-16

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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  • Sam Hall
  • 09-12-17

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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  • Jane Yates
  • 05-19-16

Interesting crime fiction

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.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 12-06-19

Not shallow at all!

Shallow Waters is actually a very deep book! Hannah Robbins is definitely the police officer I would want investigating if I was the victim of a crime. Once she's got the bit between her teeth, she's not going to let go. You can even try to blow her up and she'll brush herself off and get on with the job. I'm not convinced that Ethan the journalist is the best match for her; I think she could do better, but this is only the first book so we will have to see how that plays out. Hannah's back story, especially her imprisoned sister, Zoe, is dangled tantalisingly in front of us and makes sure we will continue to listen to the next in the series. The police officers reaction to finding a dead child struck me as particularly endearing. They were all shocked and it's good to know that even long serving police officers can still find crime upsetting. It took me a while to acclimatise to Colleen Prendergast's narration; she sounds so young. But that's on me, not Colleen. I've reached that age where all police officers, doctors, politicians etc; look like they've just left school and shouldn't be out after dark without their mummies, so pay no attention to my issues. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable, completely credible police procedural that I'm happy to recommend. Now onto Made to Be Broken, Hannah Robbins book 2.

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  • Angela
  • 02-13-17

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nice story. I liked the characters slightly spoiled for me by the 'cop unnecessarily alone to create jeopardy'ending

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  • Leslie
  • 11-07-16

Plodding

Mr Plod at his best with some child abuse thrown in for good measure - very dreary book but I did manage to finish it!!!

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  • Diane Walmsley
  • 05-23-20

excellent

my first listen with this author and totally recommend kept me guessing till the very last word. excellent plot and social story

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  • Susan
  • 05-12-20

shallow waters

loved listening to this book very well narrated must look for this author again .

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  • KV
  • 05-11-19

struggled to finish

Based around abductions of teenage girls. Wasn't gripped by the characters but maybe I didn't listen to it quickly enough

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  • MAXINE PARK
  • 08-25-18

Good story, awful narration

I listened to book 2 first not realising it was part of a series so I knew what would happen to one character but it didn't matter too much. It's a gripping story but the narrator, who irritated me when I listened to book 2 really grated on me in this book. She has a pleasant voice but is a terrible actress and narrates like she is reading the news with the intonation dropping at the end of each sentence. Such a shame because I enjoy the writing. I've already purchased the next two but think I'll return them and buy them to read instead