Published by Forge on March 10, 2020
Crimson Lake is where people with dark pasts come to disappear—and where others vanish into thin air…Four young boys are left alone in a hotel room while their parents dine downstairs. When Sara Farrow checks on the children at midnight, her son is missing.
Distrustful of the police, Sara turns to Crimson Lake’s unlikeliest private investigators—disgraced cop Ted Conkaffey and convicted killer Amanda Pharrell. 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 the missing boy. The clock is ticking, and the danger he uncovers could well put his own child in deadly peril.
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.*