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Publisher's Summary

From the award-winning author of Hades and Eden comes an ingenious and edgy thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last minute....

It's 12.46 p.m. Thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop. At 12.47 p.m. Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her. At 12.52 p.m. 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....

©2017 Candice Fox (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

''A bright new star of crime fiction.'' (James Patterson)
''One of the best crime thrillers of the year.'' (Lee Child)

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Brilliant

Loved everything about this book. Great story, loved the characters, at first I wasn't to sure about the performance but then he really got into his stride. Couldn't wait to get back to it every time I had to take a break. Highly recommend.

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I’ve just found my new favourite author.

Im an Ian Rankin, John Connelly, Mick Herron, Gary Disher, Don Winslow reader and I found Crimson Lake to be every bit as good as their best. The narration is also first class. It may be even better than the book and that’s saying something. You won’t be disappointed.

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Didn't want it to End

narrator had the perfect voice the suspense. loved the book - did he do it or didn't he. did she do it or didn't she I want more

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Gripping if grisly tale, read too emphatically

Would you try another book written by Candice Fox or narrated by Lani Tupu?

Yes, for another book by Fox, after a break. No, for this reader who reads everything 'big', with no light or shade.

Would you recommend Crimson Lake to your friends? Why or why not?

I would tell them this is a pretty grisly tale, with nearly all characters quite nasty - yet it is gripping. So I would tell them if they are in the mood for this kind of story, do read it.

What aspect of Lani Tupu’s performance might you have changed?

Lani Tupu has a fine bass voice, and good grasp of the material he is reading, but I found him rather exhausting to listen to. He does not lighten up anywhere, even when describing ordinary things like scenery - he gives everything a tone of urgency, almost hysteria, which doesn't seem to fit with the tough ex-policeman, the narrator, at least not all the time. The effect, as in any narration or movie on one note, is that we don't take it seriously. I have listened to lots of book readings, indeed used to produce them. Without variation in tone, speed and colour, they can become rather tedious. This is the trap into which Tupu has fallen, in my opinion. He is clearly an experienced actor - perhaps one can blame his producer for the way he reads this book.

Do you think Crimson Lake needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I can imagine a follow-up book for the partnership of Conkaffey and Pharrell, but hope they encounter a few 'ordinary people' in their work, not only the half-crazed, drug-affected underbelly of North Queensland. I do not doubt these crooks exist, but they will stand out better if placed in a believable social context.

Any additional comments?

The last Australian crime novel I read (by hearing it) was Murder at the Green Mill by Kerry Greenwood, read by the late Stephanie Daniel. She was a superb reader, knowing exactly when to build up the emotional pressure or narrative urgency, and when to relax it. I could not wait to get back to hearing this book after a break, whereas with Crimson Lake I had to persuade myself to get back to it, knowing it would be a bit of a trial.

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Candice

Just another amazing and intriguing storyline. I thought your first two books were amazing but you are still surprising. Well done and continue to to enjoy your writing. I feel privileged to have met you and as I've been a James Patterson fan for years am glad you are in such good writing company, but your books are as good as or even better than his. I'm looking forward to your next book as I'm sure there are many in your head.

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  • Sylvia Green
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Quirky characters and an unusual story line

What did you love best about Crimson Lake?

I loved the diversity of characters and the original story line. So much of it was unexpected which make it a compulsive read. Loved every bit of it

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crimson Lake?

I loved the goose story line but also the awful repercussions of being wrongly accused and the havoc it wreaks with your life.

What does Lani Tupu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

IF I am honest I find I get a totally different experience when listening to audible books against reading myself. I stopped participating in my Book Club as it felt like I was reading a totally different book. The reading was compulsive and I could not put it down.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely

Any additional comments?

Passed it on and without exception it has been enjoyed