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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review: Hades (Archer & Bennett #1) by Candice Fox


Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (January 27, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: Twenty years ago, two children were kidnapped and left for dead.
Raised by a master criminal, they grew up to become cops. Very unusual cops . . .

Homicide detective Frank Bennett has an intriguing new partner. Dark, beautiful, coldly efficient, Eden Archer is one of the most enigmatic colleagues Frank has ever worked with—that includes her brother Eric, who’s also on the Sydney Metro police force. All of them are tested to the core when a local man discovers a graveyard of large steel toolboxes lying at the bottom of the harbor. Each box contains a grisly trove of human body parts.

For Frank, the madman’s clues are a tantalizing puzzle. For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhood—and a murderous mentor named Hades. But the true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killer…


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This book had such an interesting premise that I was immediately sold on it. However, I found the first person point-of-view to cause it to become confusing fairly quickly. It seems that the POV of this book constantly changes between characters with no real warning, and it takes awhile to get the hang of it. I also found it pretty hard to believe that these kids were kidnapped from wealthy parents (who were also murdered - not a spoiler you find this out within the first few paragraphs) - but absolutely NO ONE looked for them? The police were obviously involved in what happened to their parents, and had to have known their were children involved, and yet somehow they were able to not only live their lives, but also join the police force with no one recognizing them? I understand their guardian was able to secure false identification for them, but still. No one anywhere ever looked at them and made the connection? 

Those two things aside, I found this to be a very enjoyable book. I read it over the course of two days, both days for hours at a time. I was very much engrossed in the story and what was going to happen next. I have seen other people complain about the detachment of the main characters, but to me, that just was their character. They weren't supposed to be personable. They had secrets to hide. I will also say that there were some twists in this story that I did not see coming, which added to my overall enjoyment. 

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Dexter series, or anyone who enjoys a good thriller. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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Hades (Archer & Bennett #1)  is available from Amazon.com

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