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  • Starvation Lake

  • A DCI Sean Bracken Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: John Carson
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Summary

A brand-new series from the creator of the DCI Harry McNeil and DI Frank Miller novels. Here comes DCI Sean Bracken.

A killer on the loose.

A killer behind bars.

And a detective caught between them...

Ailsa Connolly was a brilliant psychologist and a respected criminologist. 

She was also a serial killer. 

Six years ago, DCI Sean Bracken caught her just before he was about to become her seventh victim. Every year on the anniversary of her incarceration, she taunts him with a phone call, giving him one message: "When I get out, I'll kill you."

Now, Bracken has transferred back to Edinburgh from Fife and is thrown into the deep end on his first day back on duty. 

There's a killer who is emulating Ailsa, threatening to surpass her body count. 

Bracken knows he needs her on board to help him track the killer down, but she's reluctant to get involved. 

Then the case takes an unexpected twist, and she agrees to help. But this new killer is taking them down a dark, twisted path, where nobody sees the outcome. 

Until it's too late.

©2020 John Carson (P)2022 John Carson

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I listened to this story because Angus King is the narrator and I could listen to him narrate a dictionary. He’s fabulous.
However I didn’t like story. It was too complicated and had too many twists and turns.
The main character was not likeable at all. I’m a huge fan of DCI LOGAN and his team and although I could see resemblances between the two teams, this team seemed very one dimensional.

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Too much banter and I’m-the-big-guy..

Story a bit thin but mainly I was a bit annoyed with the banter and alpha male - posings..
Great performance though by Angus King.

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Great complex detective story.

Moves along at a pace, lots of twists and turns and unexpected outcomes. First John Carson book on audible. I look forward to many more. Bracken is a great craggy character. places reminded me of my early work life in Scotland when I lived in Fife.

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Can’t wait for more

I was convinced even before it started after I read who was the narrator. And the story matched my excitement. It was a bit short it missed a few more twists and turns and the time to get used to the characters was too short but I’m sure that will come. Only negative for me that the next books are not on audio yet. But I’m sure they will be soon.

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Excellent narration!

My first read of a John Carson book, which I chose solely because it was narrated by Angus King. Angus King is particularly suited to narrating this type of book - I highly recommend anything he has narrated.

The story itself was very good. I was a bit confused with characters introduced early in the story, and not really mentioned much throughout the book, and I had forgotten about, then turned up again at the end. I will have to listen again to remind myself how it all came about - no real problem with that as Angus King is such an excellent narrator. That aside I highly recommend this book.

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Fabulous narration

So Angus King was the reason I bought this particular book and as you might guess, I was not disappointed there, I was however, disappointed with the story which could have been great but was merely mediocre due to it's brevity.

Yes, it has twists and turns (YAY) but none of them are particularly satisfying due to the fact that everything is concluded far too quickly, Bracken himself is an irritating character and I'm not sure I want to waste any more credits on learning more about him. Maybe if I get bored but not until then. The only interesting character was Ailsa Connolly herself, now I'd spend a credit to learn more about her, as long as the story lasted more than six hours.

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  • Wendy S Lewis
  • 14-07-22

Disappointment

I love the narration of Angus King, but this story was terrible. There was little to no actual detecting, people kept jumping to conclusions without evidence, and the characters were incredibly unprofessional.

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  • Melissa
  • 15-09-22

Cringe-y dialogue and no character development

I bought this book purely for Angus King's narration, which is fantastic as usual. The book is very similar to JD Kirk's DCI Jack Logan series, to the point I wondered if the author had tried to copy that formula (brash copper, witty female love interest, slightly older friend...) But where Kirk is excellent at character development and his dialogue has me laughing out loud at times, this book left me cringing. The author writes female characters like he knows he has to include them but doesn't know anything about them, or really like them very much. He described one character as "slim, but someone who looks like they try really hard at it". ? He'll mention that a character is female, for absolutely no reason ("Bracken was waved through by the female constable"), like he's trying to meet a minimum quota of female characters. There's zero character development, the dialogue is awkward and not the least bit funny. Its like listening in on a bad first date. I really wanted to know what happened so I sped up the narration to hurry up and get to the end, and frankly it was anti-climactic, a bit confusing, and I wish I'd just ditched the book after the first chapter. Save your time and money and skip this one.

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  • Donna
  • 24-08-22

just 1

The author struggled mightly, plot is interesting but by the last chapter so many characters
were added to wind up this murder mystery I am
going to listen to the last part of the book to figure out what happened.