Review: Eden (Archer & Bennett #2) by Candice Fox
Author: Candice Fox
Published: Aug. 25, 2015
Publisher: Kensington Books
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and Publisher
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Justice is good. Vengeance is better.
“A new murder mystery star—Candice Fox may just be your new literary addiction.”—Primo Life
“I fool myself that Eden has a heart—that she would at least have trouble killing me...”
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
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
In this book we get the background of Hades and how he became who he is. His past is catching up to him and he enlists Frank's help in solving the one thing that has always been haunting him. We go back and forth between Hades past and the present where Eden has gone undercover to solve the mystery behind the missing girls. Frank plays a big part in this story as his feelings for Eden are somewhat on the fence he likes her but he is terrified of her. Especially since he knows her secret, Frank is also dealing with the after effects of losing someone he loved. We see how he slowly learns to cope and get the answers that Hades seeks.
Eden is still hardcore and deals with things in her own way. This time she is undercover and she seems to uncover much more than the girls, it seems there is some weird stuff happening on the farm. The closer she gets the more she is in danger and will Frank be there to help her out.
There is a bit more gore and murder than in the first book Hades which I have to say it worked for me. The only thing I would suggest for the author if it has been fixed is to ADD chapters. It gets a bit confusing just moving between the past and the present when there is no page breaks or chapters. For this I had to drop my rating to a 4 instead of the 5 I thought it deserved. I hope there is a book three as where this one left off it seems there could be one.
I thought it was a neat idea to bring Hades past into the now so we can see how he became who he is. It is something I always wondered after reading book one. The author did a great job with it.
Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney's western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings. 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.
As a cynical and trouble-making teenager, her crime and gothic fiction writing was an escape from the calamity of her home life. She was constantly in trouble for reading Anne Rice in church and scaring her friends with tales from Australia's wealth of true crime writers.
Bankstown born and bred, she failed to conform to military life in a brief stint as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. Candice lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism.
Hades is her first novel, and she is currently working on its sequel.