Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox
eBook review copy; 352 pages
Queensland Series #3
Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox is a highly recommended investigative thriller and the third book in the Queensland series.
When Sara Farrow’s son, eight-year-old Richie, goes missing from
the motel where they are staying while
on vacation in Crimson Lake, Queensland, in Australian, she asks for
help from private investigators Ted Conkaffey and Amanda
Pharrell. Ted and Amanda are an unlikely pair of investigators as Ted is
a disgraced cop and Amanda is a convicted killer. Both are pariahs in
Crimson Lake, but together they are successful investigators. Amanda is
immediately intrigued and begins using her unique perspective to gain
insight on the case. Ted is also looking into the case, but has other
complications. This is the first time his daughter, two-year-old
Lillian, is staying with him for a week. He wants to find Richie, but he
needs to establish a relationship with Lillian.
Ted and Amanda are simply put, great characters. They are wildly
unique, flawed, astute, quirky, and complement each other's style
perfectly. They are both damaged in different ways, but wonderfully
human. Their relationship and the varied animosity from the police
toward them create a hostility right at the start and it doesn't ease
up. All the other characters are portrayed as unique individuals too.
The writing was excellent. Fox does a skillful job with the pacing of
the plot and keeping the tension mounting in the narrative. There are
twists and unexpected complications along the way. Between Ted's
personal juggling of his life, the personal vendetta against Amanda, the
search for the missing boy, and the strained interactions with the
police, the stress and intrigue keep increasing incrementally throughout
this compelling novel.
I was unsure about starting the series with book three, but I had no
problem following along and am anxious to read the first two books now.
Now that I have discovered them, I'll be looking for future Ted Conkaffey and Amanda
My review copy was courtesy of Macmillian.