A fellow Australian bookstagrammer introduced me to Candice Fox. My friend kept raving about what a great crime writer Candice is and I finally listened to her advice and read Crimson Lake. I was instantly hooked by this book and author. Redemption Point is the second book in this crime series, though you could read it as a stand-alone book if you want to. But I recommend that you read Crimson Lake first!
I wouldn’t say that I’m a huge crime fiction reader, but I do appreciate reading this genre when it’s well-written, has awesome plot twists that I can’t guess, and characters who are interesting and unique. Candice Fox delivers all this and more. If you like Australian author Jane Harper’s books, and you’re after something a bit grittier but just as good, this is a great series to try.
In Redemption Point, former police detective Ted Conkaffey’s past comes back to haunt him in the form of the very deranged father of the little girl Ted was wrongfully accused and jailed for abducting and assaulting. (Yes, that’s a lot to unpack I know.) Dale Bingley is out for blood and he either wants to kill Ted or get Ted to find the man who really committed this crime.
Ted reluctantly dives into trying to find the guy who ruined the little girl’s life and his own life. At the same time, his Private Detective partner Amanda is working on the case of a double homicide. Two young people were killed in cold blood as they were closing up a roadside pub for the night.
As you can see from this brief plot description, there’s a lot of investigating going on in Redemption Point. This was another fantastic read from Candice Fox. I’m one of those people who love to try and guess who the killer is in a novel and I’m usually pretty good at it, but this author always manages to surprise me at the end. I love the two lead characters Ted and Amanda and their friendship. Ted obviously has a lot of crap going on in his life. He has been wrongfully accused of a terrible crime and then released as the courts didn’t have enough evidence, but most of Australia still thinks he is guilty. He has lost his wife and access to his baby daughter, his career and all his friends, but somehow, he manages to keep going. He owns a gaggle of pet geese which I think is an endearing and touching part of his characterisation.
His partner Amanda is a convicted felon turned PI who is covered in tattoos, is super intelligent but doesn’t have very good people skills, and is the owner of many, many cats. She can be super annoying, but is also brilliant. I love this pair and how they interact and solve crimes together. They both complement each other’s strength and weaknesses. Other authors might try to get them into a romantic relationship, but in these books, everything is strictly platonic. They have a lot of respect for one another. I would love to see them brought to TV screens.
There’s a third book in the series but I’m waiting until it’s released in the smaller paperback format so I then have a matching set. (But the wait is killing me.)
Verdict: Another brilliant Australian crime fiction read from Candice Fox