The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a New York Times best seller.
After five years, John Hart is back. Since his debut best seller, The King of Lies, reviewers across the country have heaped praise on John Hart, comparing his writing to that of Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy, and Scott Turow. Each novel has taken Hart higher on the New York Times best-seller list as his masterful writing and assured evocation of place have won readers around the world and earned history's only consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel with Down River and The Last Child. Now, Hart delivers his most powerful story yet.
Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.
A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.
After 13 years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen....
This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.
Brimming with tension, secrets, and betrayal, Redemption Road proves again that John Hart is a master of the literary thriller.
©2016 John Hart (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
John Hart has not published a new book in 5 years so I could not wait for this one to arrive. I was not disappointed at all. His first 2 books (both Edgar Award Winners), "The King of Lies" and "Down River" are excellent. I am sure this book will also be nominated for an Edgar - deservedly so.
All of Hart's books are standalone - no series. New characters with each book so you can read them in any order. Detective Elizabeth Black was the main character in this story. I found her to be so frustrating and then fantastic at various parts of the story, I will just say she left me conflicted, but intrigued. There are lots of characters, but Hart does such a good job with character development, I was able to keep up with everyone throughout the story.
In this story, Hart allows the villain to narrate at times. Still, you are never sure "whodunit". I was still guessing to the end. I don't want to give anything away, but will let you know that once it got started, I couldn't stop listening.
Hope Hart is busy writing his next book. The narration was excellent.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
In the beginning few chapters I found the narration lacking and I could not understand where the story was going. Yet without realuzing it, I was gripped by both the narration and completely emersed in the novel.
Having read and listened to John Hart's previous works, I never dreamed he was capable of a novel of this magnitude. Redemption Road puts him in rare company. Thomas Harris and Joe Nesbo come to mind.
Its a complicated tale with several layers of mystery and intrigue. The characters are as intriguing as their secrets.
Scott Shepherd does a wonderful job narrating. 5 stars gatuntees I will be listening to this many times over the years.
This is a slow starter, time for you to relax, kick back and get into the rhythm of a fine story teller. I wasn't sure I had a mystery but the author delivers as promised.
I've been an Audible Customer for 4 years and listen to roughly 3 books a month. This book is one of the most engrossing stories I've had the pleasure to experience, the kind of book that makes an hour long commute go by in minutes. I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery.
Scott Shepherd did an amazing job....I was a big fan of Cry Baby.
I agree with Robbie (review 6-6-16) - where are these 5 stars coming from? The story slogs along for fifteen hours, very slow action, endless analysis of each characters emotions, sensations, how "a ray of light evokes some queasy memory," etc., etc., and above all it is a story of unrelenting misery, misery, misery. The more a character is victimized, the more passionate becomes the zeal of the authorities to punish, pursue, destroy. And there is a lot of of torture porn, if you like that sort of thing. It gets worse - there is actually a segment about the child being taken from the hospital that appears twice in the fifteen hour ordeal - once in the first part of the book, and again, word for word in the last hour or so. Don't these people have editors? Again, I agree with Robbie that this effort is what one would expect from a beginning creative writing class - a long way from being ready for publication.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Small doses: That's how to listen to "Redemption Road".
If you have a tendency toward melancholy... Choose another book. This is my first listen to a Hart novel. At first it reminded me of early James Lee Burke when he was still poetical instead of polemical. Scott Shepard reinforces that feeling with the way his throat seems washed in south-of-the-Mason/Dixon-line ambiguity.
In a lot of ways, particularly in character development, this is a masterpiece. But the book's dark shadows are littered with torture and corpses to make my shuddering finger repeatedly punch the pause button. It was the disconcerting mire of psychological gloom that I found both disturbing, yet intriguing.
Imagine you're caught in the curiosity crawl of gridlocked vehicles forced to slowly pass a ghastly accident. And imagine you can only peer at the bloody puddles and torn bodies for moments and yet like a tongue beckoned back to a wobbly tooth... Your attention keeps returning to the carnage, anxious for order and explanation.
Do I recommend "Redemption Road"? Say yo've just eaten a m eat that's unexpectedly spiced with explosive jalepenos. Startled by its fiery impact, you still carefully ate it all, surprised that the napalm bites were oddly delicious. To you! Now, would you recommend the dish? To whom? With what sort of warning?
Okay, how's this? "Redemption Road" may be hazardously angsty. .
yes, this book kept me up all night. it is incredibly dark and some parts are so difficult to get through, but once i got pulled in, i could not let go, and (minispoiler alert based on the title) you expect by the end that there is redemption, so you are holding out for that all the way through the evil and suspense. the presence of two psychopaths independently operating in evil synergy and surrounded by enablers made this challenging on the premise level, but heck, it worked. the complaint that the characters were one dimensional is bewildering. elizabeth was anything but. same for the others. great writing, but dark. not for the squeamish.
One great book.
North Carolina backcountry setting, realistic characters with depth, and a story line that will have you at times afraid, and at other times in tears.
I have really enjoyed John Hart's other books, but I have to say that this one felt like a slog. A slog in the sense that it was so dark and depressing that for me it took the enjoyment out of the book. There is hope cast at the very end of the book, but for me it was too late. Well written as always, but just too depressing!
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I have read/listened to several book by John Hart. This one was depressing. A never ending series of pain, suffering, and assaults. The narrator's delivery made the book even more depressing. He used the same voice for every character and his tone just kept you down.
It was relentless.
I will read other books by John Hart. Redemption Road is overall a good book. Just not hopeful or uplifting in anyway.
First I'd suggest using different "voices" for different characters. At times it was hard to tell which character was talking. Second, more variance in tonal delivery. Even if the story is a big downer - a varing tonality would make it more engaging. I had to work at staying through the story. I almost quit several times. But I wanted to know where the story ended.
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