About the Book:
The new novel by New York Times #1 bestselling author Candice Fox is an electrifying cat-and-mouse thriller set in the Nevada desert.
Candice Fox has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘one of Australia’s finest new gen crime writers’ and her latest novel is another thrilling ride, as a mass prison breakout lets loose 650 of the country’s most dangerous prisoners.
‘Are you listening, Warden?’
‘What do you want?’
‘I want you to let them out.’
‘Which inmates are we talking about?’
‘All of them.’
When more than 600 of the world’s most violent human beings pour out from Pronghorn Correctional Facility into the Nevada Desert, the biggest manhunt in US history begins.
But for John Kradle, this is his one chance to prove his innocence, five years after the murder of his wife and child.
He just needs to stay one step ahead of the teams of law enforcement officers he knows will be chasing down the escapees.
Death row supervisor turned fugitive-hunter Celine Osbourne is single-minded in her mission to catch Kradle. She has very personal reasons for hating him – and she knows exactly where he’s heading . . .
Gripping from the first page, The Chase is an electrifying cat-and-mouse thriller where there is more than one cat and a whole lot of mice. Written with her trademark humour and offering multiple perspectives throughout, this highly anticipated new release from Candice Fox exceeded my expectations and then some.
I love the way Candice creates her characters, all shades of grey; good, bad, and in-between. The story was funny, shocking, horrific, thrilling, moving, and above all, entertaining. I hesitate to say that this is Candice Fox at her best because I love all of her novels but suffice to say, she is in top form and it doesn’t get much better than this.
John Cradle’s pursuit to prove his innocence alongside Celine Osbourne’s pursuit to lock him back up offered a particularly striking storyline, but there is so much more to The Chase than these two characters. There are other escaped criminals, other law enforcement officers, other lay people who are in the sights of the escapees; and then there’s the million-dollar question: who orchestrated the break out and what are they planning now that they’re out?
This is an immensely busy story with a huge cast of characters, but it all works so well. There’s one particular escapee that I want to mention who amused me greatly for the way in which he demonstrated how age can be a factor in underestimating someone. Let’s just say, if there’s been a prison breakout nearby, best not to stop and pick up strangers off the side of the road, no matter how old they are. Old does not equate to infirm. And age is no barrier to barbecuing.
The only problem with finishing a Candice Fox novel is knowing that you now have to wait for her next one. But it’s always worth the wait. Always.
Thanks is extended to Penguin Random House for providing me with a copy of The Chase for review.
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About the Author:
Hades, Candice Fox’s first novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association. The sequel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in 2015, making Candice only the second author to win these accolades back to back. Her subsequent novels – Fall, Crimson Lake, Redemption Point and Gone by Midnight – were all shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award. In 2015 Candice began collaborating with James Patterson. Their first novel together, Never Never, set in the vast Australian outback, was a huge bestseller in Australia and went straight to number one on the New York Times bestseller list in the US, and also to the top of the charts in the UK. Their later novels – Fifty Fifty, Liar Liar, Hush Hush and The Inn – have all been massive bestsellers across the world. Bankstown born and bred, Candice lives in Sydney.
Published by Penguin Random House Australia
Released 30th March 2021