Crimson Lake

Narrated by: Euan Morton
Series: Crimson Lake, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (786 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2019 Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense Audiobook

Crimson Lake by Sydney-based, Ned Kelly Award-winning author Candice Fox is a thrilling contemporary crime audiobook set in Queensland, Australia - perfect for listeners who like to immerse themselves in exotic, evocative climes. 

Six minutes in the wrong place at the wrong time - that's all it took to ruin Sydney Detective Ted Conkaffey's life. Accused but not convicted of the brutal abduction of a 13-year-old girl, Ted is now a free man - and public enemy number one. He flees north to keep a low profile amid the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake. 

There, Ted's lawyer introduces him to Private Investigator Amanda Pharrell, herself a convicted murderer. Perhaps it's the self-isolation and murderous past that makes her so adept at tracking lost souls in the wilderness, but her latest target, missing author Jake Scully, has a life more shrouded in secrets than her own. 

Not entirely convinced Amanda is a cold-blooded killer, Ted agrees to help with her investigation, a case full of deception and obsession, while secretly digging into her troubled past. The residents of Crimson Lake are watching the pair's every move.... 

Once Ted's true identity becomes known, the threats against him become violent, and the town offers no place to hide. 

Candice Fox's new audiobook proves that mysteries are even more thrilling when they take place down under.

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.

©2016 Candice Fox (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Complex, human characters, and a dark, meaty story, and fine writing, and a great sense of place - this is one of the best crime thrillers of the year. Sign me up as a big-time Fox fan!" (Lee Child, best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series)

"Narrator Euan Morton's gravelly voice and Australian accent embody Ted.... His excellent pacing and gripping delivery maintain tension." (AudioFile)

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Best Mystery I've listened to since Tana French

I'm a big fan of the Tana French Dublin Murder Squad series. After listening to those, I got hooked and tried to find something similar without much success. This is the first mystery I've found that I enjoyed just as much.

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a great find!

Completely different to your run of of mill mystery. The characters are well developed, believable.The setting is so real you feel as if u are there and the story is unexpected with twists and turns that surprise u. you won't be sorry if u buy this one!

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great characters, not predictable

I think one of my favorite parts about the story is that it was not predictable. There was two good story lines that fit together very well. Not a cookie cutter ending. Really made you feel for a couple of the characters. Loved it!

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Satisfying plot, vivid characters, great narration

Highly recommend! Images of the fictional Crimson Lake and its inhabitants - human, avian, reptilian, etc. - are not fading any time soon! Thanks to the author and narrator for a brilliant journey.

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Hard to put down

Really enjoyed this book. Kept me curious and reading past my bedtime for 3 nites. Only problem is next installment to the story not available in US. at this time.

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listened to it in 2 days

I enjoyed it very much. Where is the next one in the series?

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Great narration and good story..

Like books that take me to new places..this time rural Australia. The author keeps the suspense of sketchy background of protagonists til the end. Listened to the book because narration of Euan Morton who, as always, is captivating.

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Started off good then lost steam...

Started off good, but lost steam. I kept waiting for intrigue, danger, something. It just never hooked me. The characters had potential, but never got there. Solid reading by Morton.

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Great audio book

best audio book yet. Great story and fantastic flawed and lovable characters. can't wait for the next installment

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tired of the F word

I'm really tired of the F word being used so much. It's not needed to be a good book. I'm returning what I think could have been a excellent book.

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