Author: Candice Fox
Published: February 2018
Publisher: Penguin Random House
My Rating: 4.5 / 5
When former police detective Ted Conkaffey was wrongly accused of abducting thirteen-year-old 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.
Meanwhile, in a dark roadside hovel called the Barking Frog Inn, the bodies of the two young bartenders lie on a beer-sodden floor. Detective Inspector Pip Sweeney’s first homicide investigation – complicated by the arrival of private detective Amanda Pharrell to ‘assist’ on the case.
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.
Redemption Point is the latest novel from best-selling crime and thriller writer Candice Fox, and the second novel in the Ted Conkaffey series. Once again, Fox delivers a sharp, fast-paced, thriller that stays true to her ‘page-turner’ reputation.
But, before I get to the review I’m going to let you in on a secret; I want to be a crime/psychological thriller writer. I’ll let you in on another secret; there’s no way I’m that talented! But, Candice Fox is. Amazingly so!
Redemption Point is the second book starring detective Ted Conkaffey. The first, Crimson Lake, was full of action and suspense, and Redemption Point continues in the same vein. And although it is a follow-on, you don’t necessarily need to have read Crimson Lake to read Redemption Point. Fox does a great job of bringing in enough backstory to let you in on past events without weighing the story down.
I’m hooked on Fox’s writing style. It’s captivating. Drawing you in to not only the storyline, but the characters. The main character Ted, isn’t your typical flawed detective, but his set of circumstances makes him unique and intriguing. His unhinged private investigator partner, has her demons, and a distinct personality that is drawn so clearly that you wish you could get inside her head and crawl around to see what makes her tick. And then there’s newly promoted Detective Pip Sweeney, who we learn more about during the progression of the story.
Fox again delivers on nailing the setting. You can almost feel the weight of the humidity in the fictional town set on the edge of a rainforest in northern Queensland. You can almost hear the low guttural sounds of the crocodiles hiding beneath the murky waters and the groan of the rainforest hiding its secrets. Fox certainly chose the perfect setting for a dark and gloomy crime novel.
I love Fox’s simplistic language, her fast-wit, and psychological intellect that she weaves through her writing. And, as with Crimson Lake, Fox drew me in hook, line and sinker. Both with the continuing story of Ted’s accusation, and with the new investigation of the deaths at the Barking Frog Inn.
If you love crime fiction with a psychological elements, you’ll hit the jackpot with Candice Fox. So get reading!
*I was kindly gifted a copy of Redemption Point courtesy of the publisher, but this in no way influences my review. (And I would have bought it anyway!)