Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hades by Candice Fox

Archer & Bennett Vol 1

A dark, compelling and original thriller that will have you spellbound from its atmospheric opening pages to its shocking climax. Hades is the debut of a stunning new talent in crime fiction. 

Hades Archer, the man they call the Lord of the Underworld, surrounds himself with the things others leave behind. Their trash becomes the twisted sculptures that line his junkyard. The bodies they want disposed of become his problem for a fee. Then one night a man arrives on his doorstep, clutching a small bundle that he wants 'lost'. And Hades makes a decision that will change everything...

Twenty years later, homicide detective Frank Bennett feels like the luckiest man on the force when he meets his new partner, the dark and beautiful Eden Archer. But there's something strange about Eden and her brother, Eric. Something he can't quite put his finger on. When the two detectives are called to the scene of an attempted drowning, they find a traumatised victim telling a story that's hard to believe - until the divers start bringing up bodies. 

Frank is now on the hunt for a very different kind of serial killer: one who offers the sick and dying hope at murderous cost. At first, his partner's sharp instincts come in handy. Soon, he's wondering if she's as dangerous as the man they hunt.

Grabbing! A great page turner with an original plot.

The reviews were full of praise promising me a really compelling thriller. I'm always suspicious but the synopsis was interesting and eye catching.
I'm bored lately with stories that can't really keep my interest so I was very surprised to be hooked from the start.

A police investigation with a bit of Dexter in it as well as very darker characters.
Nobody is black and white. Try somber colors to define and understand the power of a trouble past or a tragedy…

I've enjoyed Hades darkness and strange fragility. Eric made me really uncomfortable. From the start, he is lethal, disturbing and on the knife's edge.
Eden is more difficult to understand but she lure you with her personality and her past. As for Frank, I've enjoyed following his adventure.

Can't tell you the ending but it was brilliant. Haven't see it coming. I was thinking and hoping something terribly dark and awful but I wasn't on the good road. And I really like when an author is catching me off guard with a plot.

This thriller is original, very well written in the nuances of black. Emptiness of emotions, calculation, manipulation, monsters way of thinking, trouble past and difficult choice... I've loved this story. Can't wait to read the sequel and to know more about the personages…

Good one!

"People Care for as long as it's socially appropriate to care," he said finally. "They love and they hate and they share and they feel guilt as long as they need to, and not a second longer."

"You can't punish all the evil in the world. You wouldn't get any further than yourself."

"She was like a flame. I had to get away in order to understand how I really felt about her, what I wanted from this helpless attraction. You have to do that, get away from women in order to think about them. Close up, all you are is a slave to their rich fresh skin, to their honey voices, to the irresistible safety of their company."

"I don't like waste," he said. "Everything has potential. You have to be forgiving of the imperfections of things and find new life for them."

*Arc provided by Netgalley.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.