Eden (Archer & Bennett #2)

edencover69417-mediumAuthor: Candice Fox

Publisher: Kensington Books

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Provided by Publisher

 

Blurb: Most homicide detective teams run on trust, loyalty, and the shared desire to put killers behind bars. Frank Bennett’s partner, Eden Archer, thrives on darkness and danger. She has a rare talent for catching killers – but her idea of justice has little to do with courtrooms.

Now three girls are missing, and Eden is going undercover to a remote farm where the troubled go to hide and blood falls more often than rain. Frank’s job is to keep an eye on his partner while she’s there – but is it for Eden’s protection, or to protect others from her? Walking a tightrope between duty and desperation, Frank confronts a threat from Eden’s past—the sadistic crime lord Hades, who raised her. Suddenly, the hunter is the hunted. And a killer’s vicious desires are about to be unleashed . . .

The breathtaking new thriller from the author of Hades, winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel, establishes Candice Fox as a suspense writer of international renown and undisputed power.

 

Review: Do we know anyone who’s flying to Australia? Because the next book from this extremely talented writer is out there and dammit! I can’t get it here in ‘Merica. ~sigh~ I have to tell you, I’ve got a new addiction, and it’s this author right here. These books are taut and edgy and the characters are breathtakingly harsh, their outlines etched in your mind like they were cut with a knife. They are freaking creepy, and she definitely comes from the school of it takes a killer to catch a killer–but these killers are amazing in their level of crazy.

The first book in this series was Hades, and I think if you haven’t read it you’ll still do fine. Of course, glad-hander that I am with these kinds of twisted mysteries, halfway through the first chapter I leapt to the description, read that there was a first, and BAM! ordered it and started forthwith. Finished Hades after a night of reading and immediately started again on Eden with renewed vigor. It added to my interest levels but I don’t think it’s necessary unless you’ve got the itch.

Eden Archer and Frank Bennett are detectives who’re in search of three missing girls in the Sydney area–or at least Eden wants them to be. At the beginning of the book Frank is still on medical leave from injuries he’d gotten at the end of their last case. A case that had left both Eden’s brother Eric and a suspect dead. Yep. This book has riddles wrapped in mysteries tied up in an enigma. There are so many layers and so much evil twisted around it like a bread wrapper tie that it’s hard to put it down for fear of losing your place…or of missing one distilled drop of the sheer malice.  When Eden gets the go-ahead and sets herself up in the encampment where they suspect the missing girls are going before they “go” missing, the air fairly reeks of ill-intent; I found myself eagerly searching the words on the next page to make sure that I didn’t miss anything that might happen to her. Luckily, I underestimated her but the author NEVER did, because Eden IS malevolence.

While the mystery is solved in this book in a satisfactory and surprising manner, the real mystery that we’re watching is between Eden and Frank. Frank is stupid and arrogant enough to wonder about Eden’s past; if he ever presents a danger to her, what will happen? If he’s crazy enough to imagine that her feelings of friendship or obligation toward him will stay her hand if he threatens or coerces her, then he’ll deserve what he gets. If he attempts to catch her? He might as well walk directly to the morgue and climb onto one of the examination tables. My thoughts are that he’s going to get tired of dancing on the head of that pin and something’s going to happen. But you decide.

This is a dark, contemplative mystery that celebrates the hunters in our society, no matter what side of the law they’re on, and those that watch them.

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