The naked, battered body of an unidentified teenager is found dumped in an alleyway and post-mortem finds evidence of a harrowing series of events.
Another teenage death with the same MO pushes DI Hannah Robbins and her team in 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.
Just how far are the team willing to push themselves to save the next girl?
Shallow Waters is the debut novel from Rebecca Bradley and was published back in 2015, I’m a huge fan of crime and police procedure novels and I can’t believe I’ve only just found this very talented authors gripping first novel. Shallow Waters is a hard hitting gritty read with a darkly disturbing plot. A word of warning this isn’t one for the faint hearted, if I’m honest at times I found it an uncomfortable read, this book focuses on the abduction of young girls, torture, sexual abuse and murder. To be fair to Rebecca Bradley she has handled the subject sensitively, she doesn’t dwell or sensationalise on the detail, the emphasis is more on the investigation and getting justice for the young and innocent victims.
This book is written mostly in the first person and much of the focus is on DI Hannah Robbins, as Hannah begins her investigation I felt all of her emotions anger, pity, frustration and empathy as she struggles to find the killer. Hannah comes across as a fairly “normal” protagonist, unlike some female detectives, she seems well grounded, tenacious and doesn’t seem to have many vices, apart from her crime reporter boyfriend Ethan who she has a very precarious relationship with, especially when their working worlds collide. Hannah’s team also have well developed characters, and they come across as a very credible team. The fact that Rebecca Bradley is a retired Detective in the police is very evident and the wealth of knowledge comes across clearly in making the story and plot lines believable, at the same time as giving the characters real depth.
Shallow Waters also gives an insight into the deviant Paedophile and how they justify what they do, again I found this uncomfortable reading at times,but it does add authenticity to the plot, and it is something that is explored but not lingered on just to sensationalise the plot. From the opening chapter my heart was pounding, as the investigation intensified I found I couldn’t put this book down. Shallow Waters is gripping from the first page until the last. Unsettling and disturbing, the investigation leads to a devastating and tense climax, one which left me stunned. Rebecca Bradley is a fresh innovative and powerful new voice in crime fiction and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Made To Be Broken which is out on the 30th June. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone
5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5
Paperback: 378 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (3 Jan. 2015)