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The Shallows

By: Holly Craig
Narrated by: Tamala Shelton
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Summary

Her best friend is dead.

Emma and Ariella, neighbours in one of Sydney’s most exclusive suburbs, appear to have it all—perfect homes, perfect husbands, perfect lives. But they both know dark secrets lurk beneath the surface and shallow waters can’t hide Ariella’s. Now she has been found murdered.

Her daughter filmed the killing.

Not knowing what she’s filmed, Emma’s daughter Kiki innocently uploads footage of Ariella’s brutal death. Emma fears the worst—the killer will know what she and Kiki have seen. Their safe suburban lives no longer exist.

Her husband knows more than he’s revealing.

Emma’s husband Charles forces the family to leave their perfect life and escape on their yacht. His dangerous plan to flee means Emma is trapped and desperately seeking answers. What are they hiding from? What did Ariella have to confess? And who else knows Emma’s own secret?

Her secret isn’t safe and neither is she.

©2023 Holly Craig (P)2023 Audible, Ltd

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brilliant

As a debut novel Holly Craig's writing had me hooked from the first chapter.
read it in one sitting as I had to find out what happened. Narration was clear and read brilliantly. looking forward to the next one.

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I didn’t like the main character

I wanted to like this book but gave up half way through. The main character is just annoying, the other characters are very shallow (pun intended), the story isn’t progressing very well. It’s just meh. Wasted 5 hours on this.

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Not bad for a first novel

Overall I think this was quite a good book, probably overlong if I'm being honest and the ending was rather far fetched. The main character was believable but quite irritating which may well have been the author's intention. I suspect that if I'd actually read this book I probably wouldn't have finished it but it was a good accompaniment to my walks to and from work. The narrator was okay certainly better than some I've endured but I don't think I'll be choosing any more books on the basis that they're narrating. One really annoying but inconsequential thing, why did the author decide to entitle what seemed like about twenty consecutive chapters 'Now' in the second half of the book?

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Fantastic book and perfectly narration

Love this story and the narrator was excellent . Definitely recommend, and makes me want to visit Australia.

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Fab

Highly recommend this book. Exciting, compulsive listening. Good story and very well narrated. Couldn’t put it down .

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Absolutely brilliant

I won’t give away any of the storyline - what I will say is that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I listened to it while decorating and it made a job I don’t like a hundred times easier! The storyline is gripping, there is a dual time line in the earlier stages and where that sometimes doesn’t soul for me, in this case it was sooo good! I was instantly pulled in and wanted / needed to know what was happening. The narration was excellent, she has an almost haunting tone to her voice which perfectly enhanced the sense of threat and fear running throughout the story. I will definitely be listening to / reading more books by this author.

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Excellent!

So often with free books you know why they are free, however this book was excellent. I loved the characters, the story. In places it was tense and emotional- defo worth a listen!

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Brilliant story line

Well recommended. Really good book with twists and turns along the way. Narrator is fab too! Couldn’t put it down, every minute free was spent listening :)

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OK but a lot of repetitive introspection

The main character does a lot of thinking about how she's feeling, even when facing peril. A bit farfetched and slow going but not a bad listen as the story is interesting.

I don't like abridged books but this is one that could really do with trimming down.

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Very good for a debut novel

Great character formation
Main character was not always likeable but I actually liked that about it. She was real.
The kids were cute and written well too

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