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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 10 hours and 54 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 Jun. 2007
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SPXO8U
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Format: Hardcover
Twelve-year-old Luke Armstrong is a troubled boy, diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. His only friend, Thomas, drowned several months ago despite Luke's best efforts to save him. So when Luke's mother discovers her son dead in the bath, her first reaction is suicide. But there are flowers strewn in the bath, floating on the water, and the police quickly establish that he was murdered. Surely he couldn't have been murdered at home with his fourteen-year-old sister sleeping in the next room?

Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is assigned the case. Because Vera is plain, overweight, middle-aged and drinks to a little too much, it's very easy for people to underestimate her. Just because people dismiss her a plodding lump doesn't mean that she doesn't have a keen mind.

The case takes on a new urgency when another body, that of Lily, a young student teacher, is found floating in a rock pool at the beach, her body posed in the same way as Luke's.

Vera's attention turns to the group who found Lily,four men who share a keen interest in bird-watching. All deny knowing Lily and the other victim, Luke, but are they telling the truth? Vera becomes convinced that the solution lies somewhere in their lives, but where? And what is the connection between the two victims? Indeed, is there one at all, or have they been chosen at random?

The author, Ann Cleeves has a gift for setting. Her previous novel, RAVEN BLACK, set in the Shetland Islands, evoked a very strong sense of place. Likewise, HIDDEN DEPTHS is very clearly a novel of North-East England: there's something in Vera's outlook on life and her persona that I can't quite pin down

HIDDEN DEPTHS is the third in the Vera Stanhope series and was my first encounter with her.
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By Bookie TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2014
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I've arrived late at the Stanhope party, but there's no harm in that. Even out of sequence, each book stands out as a crime thriller. Someone dies, an investigation follows and the reader becomes embroiled in a small slice of Newcastle life. I just love everything about this series. Stanhope is unconventional in almost every way, but she's also warm and fallible. Anne Cleeves allows the reader to see what's going on in Vera Stanhope's mind and we are privy to her vulnerability.

As a character, she's fascinating. She has insight and frailty; uncommon attributes in a Senior Police officer. Her working practices are sometimes old fashioned, but she remains plausible. The relationship with her team is a moveable feast, but she clearly has their respect despite her flaws and foibles.

In short, this was a compelling read. A murder, an introspective group of friends, secrets, guilt and lies. A great sense of place and time and a cast of characters to keep you guessing. I thought I had the culprit sussed quickly. Wrong!

Just read and enjoy if you like intelligent murder mystery with a strong female lead.
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Format: Hardcover
Hidden Depths is an engrossing murder mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the last chapter. It's beautifully written and Ann Cleeves really conjures up the atmosphere, close-knit communities and landscape of the north east of England, where the action takes place. Detective Vera Stanhope is not your typical copper and her complex character has lots of northern humour and humanity but also plenty of inner demons. She has to unravel the motives and find out what, if anything, links the bizarre murders of a beautiful teenage boy and a young woman teacher with a mysterious past. Their bodies are both found submerged in water and strewn with flowers and suspicion falls on a group of close friends. The psychology of the characters is probed in turn and there are plenty of red herrings along the way before a cracking finale. This is a very skilful, literate and hugely enjoyable book.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 May 2014
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Although I watch ‘Vera’ on the TV this is the first time that I have read one of the books, I believe that this story was an episode in the first series. It starts with a teenage boy being found in the bath, flowers floating on the water, and what looks like a suicide, but it soon becomes apparent that he was killed before being put into the bath. Thus Vera and her team are on the track of a murderer. But when a young woman is found dead in similar circumstances in a public location it looks like things could get quite complex.

As Vera and her team start sifting through any evidence and trying to find links between the two dead people suspicions start to fall especially on four males, a group of friends. But could any of them be the killer? Ann Cleeves gives us good descriptions of the area as well as well portrayed characters that really help to bring this story to life, an extra dimension to the story if you like, thus making this more memorable.

With red herrings, mentally scarred and damaged characters this is a very well written mystery, and I will definitely be reading more of her books.
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I have been reading the Vera Stanhope books in order and have not been disappointed. They just seem to get better. Vera is such an unusual character, it's refreshing to find a detective who is not at all your usual stereotypical woman in a position of authority. The story is, as usual very well told and keeps the reader guessing until the last few pages. If you haven't read any of the Vera Stanhope books I'd advise you to start at the beginning of the series to get the most out of them (although in saying that the books can all be read as stand alone books too).
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