12.46: Thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop
12.47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her
12.52: The girl is missing . . .
Six minutes – that’s all it took to ruin Detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of Claire’s abduction, he escapes north, to the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake.
Amanda Pharrell knows what it’s like to be public enemy number one. Maybe it’s her murderous past that makes her so good as a private investigator, tracking lost souls in the wilderness. Her latest target, missing author Jake Scully, has a life more shrouded in secrets than her own – so she enlists help from the one person in town more hated than she is: Ted Conkaffey.
But the residents of Crimson Lake are watching the pair’s every move. And for Ted, a man already at breaking point, this town is offering no place to hide . . .
My Goodreads rating: ★★★☆☆
I received a copy of this ebook from Netgalley & the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I stayed up past my bedtime reading this last night – and that’s a big deal because I had to get up at 3:45AM this morning for work. This is my first Candice Fox novel and I really enjoyed it. I’d say it’s more of a mystery than a thriller, but there are definitely a couple of heart-stopping moments. Set deep in northern Australia, CRIMSON LAKE follows Ted, accused of kidnapping a young girl, as he joins up with convicted killer Amanda to solve the disappearance of a famous local author.
Ted is a great character – his yearning to prove his innocence really touched me. I like how he comes round to Amanda over the book – and I also love the fact that he keeps geese in his house.
The mystery/thriller aspect of this novel gets off a little slowly, but before you know it you’re thrown into not just one – or two – but three different cases as Ted tries to uncover various truths. This is how I ended up devouring the second half of the novel last night. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
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