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Book Review: Eden by Candice Fox - Reviewed by CloggieA (23 Apr 2015)
Eden is the second novel by Australian author, Candice Fox. It is the sequel to her first novel, Hades, and, perversely, it reveals the history of Heinrich “Hades” Archer in a narrative interspersed with an account of events since the deaths of Eric Archer, serial killer, Jason Beck and the woman who escaped his cage, Martina Ducote. It is, therefore, essential to read Hades first.
Detective Frank Bennett is barely existing since the death of his lover, but Eden Archer is determined he will resume his role as her partner. There are three case of young women gone missing, and they have thug Jackie Rye’s farm in common. If Eden is going to go undercover, she need’s Frank’s backup. But Hades is demanding Frank’s time too: it seems he has a stalker at Utillo tip, and he wants to know why. However, Frank has to complete his sessions with police psychologist, Imogen Stone, before he can join Eden on the case, and facing his demons is something he resists at every turn.
This sequel has two main plotlines: one involving a cold case disappearance, the other set in the present day. Both plots have clues and red herrings, and clever twists at the end. The narrative dealing with young Hades will answer some questions raised by the first novel. The action is non-stop, and Eden proves again that she can look after herself very well. This gripping novel is a very satisfying sequel, and readers will wonder if there is more to come of Archer and Bennett. At least as good as Hades, if not better, this is a real page-turner.
Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney s western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil as her father relayed his work stories to her mother and older brothers. As a cynical and trouble-making teenager, her crime and gothic fiction writing was an escape from the calamity of her home life. She was constantly in trouble for reading Anne Rice in church and scaring her friends with tales from Australia s wealth of true crime writers. Bankstown born and bred, she failed to conform to military life in a brief stint as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. Candice lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism. Hades is her first novel, and she is currently working on its sequel, Eden.
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