Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £19.99

Buy Now for £19.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

She always went too far.

DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mouth shut after the scandal that sent her packing - resentful teenager in tow - from the London Met to the lonely Kent coastline. Murder is different here, among the fens and stark beaches.

She was the one who found the killers.

The man drowned in the slurry pit had been herded there like an animal. He was North African, like many of the fruit pickers that work the fields. The more Cupidi discovers, the more she wants to ask - but these people are suspicious of questions.

And now it was killing her.

It will take an understanding of this strange place - its old ways and new crimes - to uncover the dark conspiracy behind the murder. Cupidi is not afraid to travel that road. But she should be. She should, by now, have learnt. 

Salt Lane is the first in the new DS Alexandra Cupidi series. With his trademark characterisation and flair for social commentary, William Shaw has crafted a crime novel for our time that grips you, mind and heart.

©2018 William Shaw (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

"William Shaw is one of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction. This is his best book to date." (Peter James)

 "Taut, terrifying and timely." (Val McDermid)

"William Shaw is a superb storyteller." (Peter May)

What listeners say about Salt Lane

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    150
  • 4 Stars
    75
  • 3 Stars
    18
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    4
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    144
  • 4 Stars
    66
  • 3 Stars
    18
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    8
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    135
  • 4 Stars
    75
  • 3 Stars
    18
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    5

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

First review I’ve left..

And I’ve been through a lot of audiobooks.

Loved this. Plot. Character development. Atmosphere. Narration. Really subtle and understated - but gripping at the same time. The Kent setting lends it an interesting angle and adds to the atmosphere. The family relationships are touching. The timely issues dealt with well.

Only gripe is the audio levels seemed to drop off occasionally.

Would highly recommend - and really hope it develops into a series - would be great to see the characters developed further.

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Whisper hell

I was a great fan of The Birdwatcher, so it's disappointing that a continuation of the universe from Cupidi's point of view falls short in Salt Lane. The story is okay, but Cupidi as a person is characterised as crass yet constantly remorseful which quickly gets old. The friction between her and her daughter is also toe-curling at best. It ruined the development of the case for me every time Cupidi's personal life got in the way. Buuuut.... I almost stopped listening, not because of the main character, but the narration. I'm not sure how to describe how annoying it is, when you literally cannot hear what she's saying as she whispers her way through conversations. And I think I disliked Cupidi even more, because of the indifference of that ridiculous bedroom voice! Basically, you can't expect people to turn the volume up and down during a book...

15 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

The narration is very annoying

I'll get this book on kindle instead as I loved the last book of William Shaw's that I listened to but really can't get on with this narrator unfortunately.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent

one of the best of the year, congratulations to William Shaw - and very well read as well

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Read

Great story line and characters. Keeps you guessing and a great twist at the end.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good story

I have enjoyed this story it kept me guessing all through it. I like the detective and her family I hope the next book in the series will be available soon.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Overhyped; thin characterisation

Looked forward to this, female detective novel but formulaic writing with heavy handed 'female' storylines lacking in insight was irritating. Terrible reading-upper class narrator voice with 'essex clubbing girl' voice for everyone else.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Atmospheric story telling with contemporary theme

Great sense of location, good plot + interesting characters
Some excellent present day themed explored well

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Good story, TERRIBLE characters

Good story, TERRIBLE characters! Super Boring, predictable, annoying characters! Very sad as the story was good.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

very enjoyable

good pace. interesting story great scenery description made more interesting as had just been to dungeness.

2 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for CJR
  • CJR
  • 05-06-19

Good overall story not spoilt too much by gaps in the plot

Enjoyable book, well narrated. Plot has some glaring gaps, but made up for weaknesses with a thought provoking story line which made me want to do some background research. Immediately bought sequel.