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Eden

Narrated by: Lani John Tupu
Series: Archer & Bennett, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
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Most police duos run on trust and their shared desire to see killers standing up in court. But Detective Frank Bennett's partner, the enigmatic Eden Archer, offers him darkness and danger. She doesn't mind catching killers - but it's not the courthouse where her justice is served.

As Eden heads undercover to work on a remote farm - a place linked to three missing girls - Frank's priority is to monitor her 24-7, but is it for Eden's protection or to protect their suspects from her?

©2014 Candice Fox (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

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"Breathtaking." ( Sydney Morning Herald)
"A sizzling page-turner." ( Daily Telegraph)

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 05-16-19

Riveting and Distracting

Frank Bennett is struggling with the loss and trauma that occurred during the first book, and he’s doing it the same way, by drinking too much and generally putting everything off until the last possible moment. Eden Archer lost as much or more, but is so enigmatic and self-contained that she spends most of her time fixing Frank’s life, including pestering him to see their court-ordered therapist, Imogen Stone, who has to clear both detective’s for active duty. Eden is itching to get back to work on their next case; three missing women, all of whom worked for a low-life named Jackie Fry, who runs a farm that seems only to employ ex-cons and reprobates.

Once they start Eden goes undercover, leaving Frank with her nothing to do but monitor her progress with a tech named Juno, and wait. However Eden’s father, Heinrich “Hades” Archer, has problems of his own, mainly a man from his distant past who claims that Hades ruined his life, and is taunting the aging but still dangerous semi-retired fixer into losing his temper and doing something that could ruin his life. So he drafts Frank to help him find solve his problems. At the same time there is another story-line about a young, nameless almost feral street-kid, set in the past, who is “adopted” by a criminal named Bear, and we follow his brutal and gripping tale as it provides us not only with a solid background, but dovetails neatly with the current story.

But I knocked a star off because of some formatting choices that I think the editors/author thought would enhance the listening experience, for me it was just distracting.
There were multiple perspective shifts in each chapter but rarely were they delineated in any understandable way. Perhaps it was meant to keep the listeners on our toes but mostly it was just frustrating.

Lani John Tupu was excellent with the delivery of the story

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Melanie
  • 04-04-19

Riveting!

Just as riveting as the first book, Hades...I can't wait to find out what happens next...

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  • Daniel
  • 03-24-19

Fantastic

So good. I didn’t think it could be as good as the first book in this series (Hades), but it was. Great stuff, read it!

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  • rogerdwknights
  • 05-23-18

Exemplary

Can't reccomended this too highly and I hate giving reviews!!! Great book and superbly performed 😁

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  • chopton2107
  • 04-11-18

Great narrator.

Enjoyed this book more so because of the narrator’s performance. Lani John Tupu read with perfect pace at all the right times. One of the best voices I’ve listened to.

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  • CanyonBlue
  • 11-23-17

EDEN - 2nd Book in the Series even better !

Read this a month ago and still lingering.
Story based around several key characters and how their paths come together over the years. Some from severe hardship/mistreatment and some from the right side of life. Eden and her brother, and Hades, harsh and evil ... or just victims, and bringers of justice? Frank the detective, weak and human ... or just lonely, and good, and honest?
Builds on the characters and story from the first book, so maybe this fact makes it a little more cohesive and consistent ... or maybe I'm just getting used to the style and the theme.
The backward time jumps sometimes a little disconcerting, but the story slowly grows to terrific build up and tension filled unexpected (to me!) ending. Sometimes spicy, sometimes uncertain, but always drawing you to the next chapter. Great read / great narration. Is there a 3rd book in the series? Read the first book for context and enjoyment. This one steps up.