Thursday 25 April 2019

Redemption - Candice Fox || Netgalley Review

#1 New York Times bestselling author Candice Fox delivers a compulsive new crime thriller in Redemption Point. 

 When former police detective Ted Conkaffey was wrongly accused of abducting Claire Bingley, he hoped the Queensland rainforest town of Crimson Lake would be a good place to disappear. But nowhere is safe from Claire's devastated father. Dale Bingley has a brutal revenge plan all worked out - and if Ted doesn't help find the real abductor, he'll be its first casualty. Meanwhile, in a dark roadside hovel called the Barking Frog Inn, the bodies of two young bartenders lie on the beer-sodden floor.

It's Detective Inspector Pip Sweeney's first homicide investigation - complicated by the arrival of private detective Amanda Pharrell to 'assist' on the case. Amanda's conviction for murder a decade ago has left her with some odd behavioural traits, top-to-toe tatts - and a keen eye for killers . . .

 For Ted and Amanda, the hunt for the truth will draw them into a violent dance with evil. Redemption is certainly on the cards - but it may well cost them their lives . . .

So, i picked this book for a readathon. I can't recall why i requested this originally, and it has sat on my netgalley TBR for a long while now, i think it was one where they email you with REQUEST NOW and i get drawn in. I was so hyped in that i didn't even realise this was book 2.

Ted is just trying to keep on the down low and he thinks Crimson Lake with his geese is the best way to do that. However, Claire Bingleys dad (the girl he was accused of abducting) has a revenge plan in place. If he doesn't find out who did it, things could become alot worse for all those involved.

Whilst all this is unfolding, another drama is unfolding as two young bar staff are found murdered in a bar. With a new Detective Inspector on the case, and arrival of the private investigator Amanda Pharrell who has being hired by the family of one of the victims this makes for a drama filled read.

Essentially we are following two separate narratives. The one where we follow Ted as he tried to figure out who actually abducted Claire. We then follow the investigation into the murders at Barking Frog. Ted also works alongside Amanda as a private detective. 

For this being a sequel which i didn't know, i felt it didn't matter all too much. As a reader you are given enough information about book 1 that you can understand what happened. The characters were all well rounded in terms of you not only got chance to visualise them, but also understand what is going on in their minds and lives.

As the narrative unfolded i was both gripped and intrigued, i found myself questions everyone and trying to understand what was actually happening. This was a great read that really kept me hooked.  I am tempted to go back and read book 1 despite knowing what i know now as i feel like it would complete it all for me. 

*From netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Author Info
Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney's western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil as her father relayed his work stories to her mother and older brothers.

As a cynical and trouble-making teenager, her crime and gothic fiction writing was an escape from the calamity of her home life. She was constantly in trouble for reading Anne Rice in church and scaring her friends with tales from Australia's wealth of true crime writers.

Bankstown born and bred, she failed to conform to military life in a brief stint as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. Candice lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism.

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