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Gone by Midnight af Candice Fox
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Gone by Midnight (udgave 2019)

af Candice Fox

Serier: Crimson Lake (3)

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Crimson Lake is where bad people come to disappear – and where eight-year-old boys vanish into thin air … On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young friends are left alone while their parents dine downstairs. But when Sara Farrow checks on the children at midnight, her son is missing. The boys swear they stayed in their room, and CCTV confirms Richie has not left the building. Despite a thorough search, no trace of the child is found. Distrustful of the police, Sara turns to Crimson Lake's unlikeliest private investigators: disgraced cop Ted Conkaffey and convicted killer Amanda Pharrell. This case just the sort of twisted puzzle that gets Amanda's blood pumping. For Ted, the case couldn’t have come at a worse time. Two years ago a false accusation robbed him of his career, his reputation and most importantly his family. But now Lillian, the daughter he barely knows, is coming to stay in his ramshackle cottage by the lake. Ted must dredge up the area's worst characters to find a missing boy. And the kind of danger he uncovers could well put his own child in deadly peril …… (mere)
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Note: Some spoilers for previous books in the series.

This is the third book in the “Crimson Lake” book series.

Ted Conkaffey, divorced after eight years and a former cop in Sydney, having served five years a drug squad detective. He has recently relocated to Crimson Lake outside of Cairns in Queenslands. He went to that remote spot in an attempt at anonymity after being released from an eight-month stint in prison for the rape and murder of 13-year-old Claire Bingley. Ted had been in the wrong place at the wrong time, but couldn’t prove his innocence. Nor, however, could the court prove his guilt, and the charge had been rendered as “no billing.” But while the Office of Public Prosecutions couldn’t find enough evidence to convict Ted, the public needed no such proof; he was guilty in their eyes. As soon as people found out who he was, he was reviled as a violent pedophile. As Ted mused, “When an accusation like that comes into your life, it never leaves.”

In Crimson Lake, Ted has been working as a private investigator with Amanda Pharrell for the past year. Amanda had served eight years in prison for stabbing a seventeen-year-old schoolmate to death. As Ted explains, and as we learned in the first book, it was done in self-defense, but “like my crime hers was a one-way ticket out of the ‘normal’ world.” It is hard, Ted muses, “to turn the great ship of public opinion around.” Most people believe that if you were accused, you can’t be totally innocent, even if you didn’t do what you were accused of.

In the previous book, the actual killer of Claire Bingley was found, but unfortunately executed much to Ted’s chagrin, since he wanted to be publicly exonerated. No matter: as Amanda points out, it’s just “The Life” now - i.e., life after having been shamed in the public eye. “It meant accepting, even anticipating, hatred from other human beings, perhaps forever.”

In this book, Ted and Amanda have been hired to help find a missing 8-year-old boy, but as usual, their involvement creates complications. The police consider both of them vile criminals and hate them. In particular, Amanda is the target of venom by Joanna Fischer, the former partner of DI Pip Sweeney, who was gunned down in the previous book while trying to rescue Amanda. Amanda turns for help to her biker friends, known criminals who nevertheless have, albeit reluctantly, “adopted” Amanda. Amanda told the head of the group, Bruce, that Ted was worried about her hanging out with them. Bruce responded, in a great summary of one of the themes of this series:

“I don’t know why he worries about us. Bad people are predictable. We’ll always do the wrong thing. It’s easier. It’s faster. Cops and heroes - those are the ones you have to worry about. The temptation is always there to cross over, to cut corners, to break the rules. Good people are always treading water, trying not to drown. Bottom-dwellers like us have gills.”

Ted is also unusually challenged. In the first place, he finally is having a visit by his daughter Lillian, almost 3, when they get assigned this case. He needs help looking after Lillian because he can’t ignore that a child has gone missing. In the second place, he may have begun a relationship with the local veterinarian, Dr. Elaine (“Laney”) Bass, but she doesn’t know (yet) about his past, and he is afraid to tell he because he doesn’t want to lose her.

Tension escalates as the various crimes are solved, with both Ted and Amanda and even Lillian getting into grave danger.

Evaluation: As in the other books in this series, we track the development of several stories that coalesce neatly in the end. It was not difficult to follow them, and it was rewarding to learn how they were connected. Ted and Amanda are great characters. I hope the author decides to continue with the series. ( )
  nbmars | Aug 26, 2021 |
Loved this one. Great characters (especially Amanda), interesting twisty plot, and loads of humor, drama, pathos and intrigue. I will have to read more of this author, I have to say I am as excited as I was when I first discovered Louise Penny, Ann Cleeves, Tana French or Elizabeth George! ( )
  porte01 | Jan 25, 2021 |
Ted Conkaffey and Amanda Pharrell are pulled into the search for missing 8-year old Richie Farrow. While on vacation with 3 other couples, Richie disappears and his mother Sara, who has followed Ted's podcast has asked for his assistance in the search. Ted and Amanda search leads them to 2 different suspects. Then, Constable Joanna Fischer, who was best friends with Pip Sweeney, has an ax to grind with Amanda. Joanna blames Amanda for Pip's death. This is the 3rd installment of the Crimson Lake series. This is a fast paced read. I really have enjoyed this series and writing style. I would recommend this series. ( )
  marykuhl | Jul 15, 2020 |
We're back in Crimson Lake with the Crocs, snakes and the mossies big enough to pick you up and take you away if they ever team up.
The reverberations from the last case, Redemption Point, are still being felt. Amanda and Ted are still the most hated people in Crimson Point. This makes things just a little complicated when they are asked to assist the family of a boy who has disappeared from his hotel room. Four young boys are left to amuse themselves in one families room while the parents are in the restaurant downstairs. When Sara does her final hourly check at midnight only three boys are there. Where is her son? Note trusting the local police Sara appoints Ted and Amanda to help find him.

Things are complicated enough for Ted when this case arrives. He has finally managed to repair his relationship with his wife Kelly who has allowed him to spend the week with his young three year old daughter. The timing could not be worse.

The story is primarily told through the eyes of Ted and Amanda. Amanda is the loose canon in this story. Her personality fisses and sparks throughout. Setting off unexpected and unwelcome reactions. Ted is conflicted with wanting to help the family find their missing son at the same time not stuffing up his opportunity to look after his daughter.

Candice Fox is excellent with the pacing of this story. It's exhausting for the reader to have nothing but fast action when the tension is racked high all the time. She allows both Ted and Amanda to have quiet reflective times so that when the action does ratchet up it actually has more impact. The characters are believable and more importantly the secondary characters are well defined and play an integral part in the story. They are not just plonked there to keep the plot rolling along.

Who done it? How did it happen? I didn't pick it until it was right in front of me. Hell of a twist

I highly recommend the entire series. You will need to read them in order as their are spoilers for previous books in the later ones. ( )
  Robert3167 | Apr 14, 2020 |
I’ve probably read way more mystery and suspense novels already in 2020 than I read in the last three years combined. So I’m sure no one’s surprised that I’m reviewing yet another. Thankfully, while many I’m the genre have let me down, Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox did not!

My Thoughts on Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox:
I absolutely loved this book!!! So much so that even in self-quarantine with 3 toddlers, a 4-year-old, a 20-year-old, and a husband, it took me less than 24 hours to read it.

Gone by Midnight is book 3 in the Crimson Lake series by Candice Fox. It follows private investigators Ted Conkaffey and Amanda Pharrell as they try to solve a missing child case. The child disappeared without a trace from a hotel room there was no way to escape from. The plot had a very Agatha Christie kinda vibe to me. Since I’m a Christie fan, that’s a huge compliment!

Ted and Amanda are both ostracized by just about everyone due to their pasts. Amanda accidentally murdered her best friend as a teen while trying to escape a rapist, and Ted was wrongfully accused of a crime so heinous he lost everything – his wife, kid, job… Basically his entire life. So no one is happy when the mother of the missing child hires Ted and Amanda to help find her son.

I thought Amanda was hilarious and she and I could definitely hang out, even though I’d probably be ostracized by just about everyone else except for Ted. But that’d be okay with me.

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series yet, but I’ll definitely be going back and reading them now! I was a little aggravated with the seemingly pointless info-dumping at times, but I’m assuming it was done to update on what happened in the previous books, but most of it didn’t really move the story along. So the book got 4 instead of 5 stars from me for that.

**Thanks to NetGalley and MacMillan-Tor/Forge for the review copy. This did not affect my opinions in my review.* ( )
  jesscombs | Mar 30, 2020 |
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Crimson Lake is where bad people come to disappear – and where eight-year-old boys vanish into thin air … On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young friends are left alone while their parents dine downstairs. But when Sara Farrow checks on the children at midnight, her son is missing. The boys swear they stayed in their room, and CCTV confirms Richie has not left the building. Despite a thorough search, no trace of the child is found. Distrustful of the police, Sara turns to Crimson Lake's unlikeliest private investigators: disgraced cop Ted Conkaffey and convicted killer Amanda Pharrell. This case just the sort of twisted puzzle that gets Amanda's blood pumping. For Ted, the case couldn’t have come at a worse time. Two years ago a false accusation robbed him of his career, his reputation and most importantly his family. But now Lillian, the daughter he barely knows, is coming to stay in his ramshackle cottage by the lake. Ted must dredge up the area's worst characters to find a missing boy. And the kind of danger he uncovers could well put his own child in deadly peril …

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