Crimson Lake

by Candice Fox

Part of the Crimson Lake Series Series

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LoveReading View on Crimson Lake

May 2017 Debut of the Month.

Sharp, clever Australian crime thriller constructed around the compelling set-up of Detective Ted Conkaffey being accused - but not convicted - of the abduction, rape and strangulation of a thirteen year-old girl. Now estranged from his family, Ted has moved to Crimson Lake, hoping to escape the constant harassment that comes with being tried for such a crime, but very aware that he could be rearrested at any moment. Ted lives a hermit’s life until he meets straight-talking, effervescent Amanda Pharrell. Being a convicted murderer who’s now working as a private investigator, she also knows a thing or two about being a pariah.  She and Ted spark up a joshing, bickering, brilliantly evoked sibling-like relationship as they investigate the disappearance of a local bestselling author, Jake Scully. While forensic evidence confirms that Jake was eaten by a crocodile, how and why this happened is as clear as Crimson Lake’s murky waters.

The intense investigation uncovers a veritable viper's nest of secrets and, along the way, both Ted and Amanda discover some revelatory truths about each other’s cases, and the very final twist is a stroke of gasp-inducing genius. Menacing, absorbing and edgily entertaining, it’s no wonder Candice Fox is being celebrated as a new star of crime fiction. ~ Joanne Owen

Joanne Owen

Crimson Lake Synopsis

12.46: 13-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 no.1. 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...

Crimson Lake Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'An epic thriller, a race against time to find a missing author overshadowed by an unsolved crime...brilliant storytelling and plotting.'
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'An edge-of-your seat page turner with three mysteries rolled into one...Crimson Lake is a fabulous fast paced read, entwining three mysteries in one great novel.'
  • Catherine Hogwood - 'A uniquely intertwined crime novel, expertly written, with characters hiding from themselves as well as others.'
  • Cathy Small - 'Meet Ted Conkaffey who was a police officer until he stopped in a bus stop beside 13 year old Claire Bingley...His story unfolds with no one he can trust except convicted killer Amanda. Will the truth ever be told only time will tell.'
  • Angela Rhodes - ' Candice Fox is an exciting new voice from Australia.'
  • Sabine Little - 'A slow burner with complex relationships - one of the best crime novels I've read in a long time.'
  • Sheila Dale - 'Well written and very readable thriller, hope for more from this author.'
  • Linde Merrick - 'Crimson Lake is such a masterfully constructed thriller that I found I didn't want to put it down.'
  • Tanya Thurling - 'I must admit that before this book I'd never even heard of Candice Fox. Now I've finished it I'm wondering why on earth not! Read it. You won't be disappointed.'
  • Julie Bertschin - 'A great page turning mystery which illustrates how difficult it is to overcome being in the public eye for a crime for which you are not responsible. A great read!'
  • Dana Captainino - 'Undeterred the two outcasts pursue Jake's story relentlessly scratching and chiselling beneath the surface until the shocking truth emerges...'
  • Edel Waugh - 'a really great mystery surrounding a missing author whose disappearance becomes unsettling. If you enjoyed Stephen King's Misery then check this out!' 

Crimson Lake Press Reviews

'One of the best crime thrillers of the year.' -- Lee Child

'A bright new star of crime fiction.' -- James Patterson

'A masterful novel ... Definitely a writer to watch.' -- Harlan Coben

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ISBN: 9781784758066
Publication date: 04/05/2017
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784758066
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Author: Candice Fox
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Espionage & spy thriller,

About Candice Fox

Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney's western suburbs. 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. Candice won back-to-back Ned Kelly awards for her first two novels Hades and Eden. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Fall and co-writer with James Patterson of the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller Never Never set in the Australian outback.

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