• Starvation Lake

  • A DCI Sean Bracken Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: John Carson
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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  • granny biker
  • 06-15-22

Mixed review

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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  • Anna
  • 07-01-22

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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  • John H.
  • 06-24-22

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-22

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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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 07-27-22

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.