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Drowned Lives

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Summary

Set in and around the dark, misty canals of Lichfield, Stephen Booth's incredible new novel is awash with mystery.

When council officer Chris Buckley is approached by an odd old man demanding help in healing a decades-old family rift, he sends the stranger away. But then the old man is murdered, and the police arrive on the Chris's doorstep asking questions to which he has no answers.   

As Chris begins to look into the circumstances of the murder, he uncovers a deadly secret in the silt and mud of the local canals that he'll realise was better kept buried.

©2019 Stephen Booth (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Long and Tedious

Only just got through this book. There are some dark secrets that the main character has to find out, despite the fact he does not want to (which takes a chapter to explain). There then follows a long and winding explanation of the family background and then we are drawn back to the second world war, and very unbelievable tale of two brothers, who I struggled to comprehend were anything to do with the story. Confused? So was I! Perhaps I missed the point of the book, but I think not. To me badly written and appallingly plotted. However, the reader was very good, its only saving grace.

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Cov 19

A very pleasant story rhat helped me through the Covid lockdown. I would recommend this book.

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Narrator spoilt book. Strange construction of narrative.

Spoilt by narration. Fell asleep. Will have to get book on kindle to judge the author

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Not an enjoyable read.

I have read all the previous books by Stephen Booth, but this particular book completely lost me. It rambled on with too many characters to remember, so much so, I skipped some of it and just went to the last few chapters, something I don't do as I had paid for the pleasure of a good book! It feels like an old book, published to meet requirements. The saving grace was the narrator, I really like his accents and found the different characters believable.

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Doesn’t seem to go anywhere

I listened to this for about 4 hours then gave up. Just seems to be a load of padding leading up to (presumably) some revelation, but not interesting enough to hold my attention or care about what the revelation might be. Returned.