Dark and thrilling Australian crime


Fall (Archer & Bennett #3) 

Candice Fox 
Paperback, 352 pages Published December 1st 2015 by Random House Australia

This is my first foray into the world of Candice Fox and coming in at book three was probably not the smartest idea. This book can be read as a stand alone with no issues at all. Fox is able to bring into the world quickly and you are racing along with the story. However, this is a series where knowing the characters previous interactions will only enrich the story. I will go back and read the other books but I should have done that first! Bad reader.

Detectives Frank Bennett and Eden Archer are knee deep in crime and waist deep in personal troubles. Someone is out there killing female joggers, the people are not happy about it and about to take action. For Bennett, he is still struggling to come to terms with the past with his girlfriend Imogen creating tension with his partner Eden. The Amy comes to the fore and shows her skills and potential in some disturbing ways.

You have to feel a great deal of pity for Bennett as it does not seem that he has one female in his life who is does not have some severe hang up. He is certainly surrounded by women who are deadly and Bennett is part of their agenda. All of the women in his life seem to want to manipulate and own him in some way. At times when I was reading, I was thinking Bennett are you really that stupid, do you not see the clues to behaviour that are laid out before you?

While Bennett's story is the main narrative it is Eden Archer that is really driving the story. What you have is two characters both rising from the ashes of the past traumatic experiences but it Archer who accepts her embraces her calling. There is a darker change in the character, even though her past is not pretty, what happens here, well, Archer appears to be in full survival mode. Wanting to protect her identity and her past, no matter the cost to others around her.

Fox has written a snappy, engaging thriller that is dark with a foreboding of greater evil to come. A real cracker of a read.

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