Book Review: Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

Six minutes. That’s all it takes 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…

What I Thought:
Wow! On reading the first couple of chapters of Crimson Lake, I was sold. Originally, I received the book to participate in a blog tour, but you can be absolutely sure that I will be pre-ordering book two as soon as I am able.

Candice Fox’s writing is really fresh and totally gripping. Ted Conkaffey is an excellent central character, put into an impossible and unthinkable situation, and eventually paired with Amanda Pharrell, an erratic, convicted murderer-turned private investigator.

The descriptive writing beautifully conveys the cloying, small-town atmosphere of Crimson Lake and there are some easily detestable local characters, attempting to make Ted’s life a misery.

With a top-notch crime plot winding through it, Crimson Lake is a definite recommendation from me!

Crimson Lake is out now, published by Arrow Books. You can find out more about the author, and what she’s currently up to on her website. You can also connect with her on Twitter.

Note: I was given a copy of this title for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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