Review - Redemption Point by Candice Fox

Redemption Point by Candice Fox
Series: Crimson Lake #2
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
Date Read: November 22, 2020
Length:  393 pages
Source: Publisher via Bookish First
★★★★★
#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 . . .
My Review

This was a great book!  I cannot understand why this series isn't more popular because it is absolutely fantastic.  This is the second book in the Crimson Lake series which is probably best when read in order if at all possible.  This book hooked me from the first page and never let up.  I found this book to be a very enjoyable read.

Ted Conkaffey once worked as a police detective.  That was in his life before he was accused of kidnapping and raping young Claire Bingley.  Before his life fell apart.  Now he lives alone caring for a flock of geese and working with private detective, Amanda Pharrell.  Most of Australia thinks he is guilty including Claire's father who shows up at his house ready to settle the score.  

Amanda and Ted are called to work on a double murder at a local tavern and end up working closely with the police.  Were the two young employees murdered during a robbery or is there something else going on?  Ted is dividing his time between this case and the new developments in his own case.  Both cases were incredibly well-done and I was equally invested in each of them.  I really felt for Ted as he dealt with the stress of finding the real abductor and doing his part to work on the double murder case with Amanda.  

This book was very well written.  The characters are wonderful and flawed.  Ted has been through a lot and it is easy to feel for him.  Amanda doesn't follow society's rules but her unique view of the world seems to give her an edge in solving cases.  I thought that the two mysteries worked well in this book and were nicely balanced.  The pacing was expertly done and I found this book to be quite the page-turner.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This is a wonderful series filled with unique and interesting characters and a pair of compelling mysteries.  I can't wait to read more from this talented author.

I won a copy of this book from Forge Books via Bookish First.
The Series
Book #1 - Crimson Lake - My Review
Book #2 - Redemption Point
Book #3 - Gone by Midnight
About the Author

CANDICE FOX is the award-winning author of Crimson Lake and Redemption Point. She is also co-writer with James Patterson of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Never Never, Fifty Fifty, and the forthcoming Liar Liar. She lives in Sydney.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Comments

  1. Oh yes I heard great things about her books but I don't think I've tried one yet

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  2. I've got book one setting on the Kindle after reading your first review. Just need to get it read. :)

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  3. I'm so glad you are having such a wonderful time with this series, Carole, and I honestly love when both story and characters are so compelling. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, you piqued my curiosity with what seems to be a fantastic thriller :D

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  4. I really like it when the mystery doesn't overpower the characters!

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  5. Excellent review! I will have to try to get reading this series because it sounds so good.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  6. This sounds like an interesting read, I'll have to look into the first book.

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