Book Review- Redemption Road

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Title- Redemption Road
Author- John Hart
Published-  2016
Genre- Crime, mystery
Length- 433 pages
Rating- 3/5
Synopsis (Amazon)- Elizabeth Black is a hero. She is a cop who single-handedly rescued a young girl from a locked cellar and shot two brutal kidnappers dead. But she’s also a cop with a history, a woman with a secret. And she’s not the only one.

Adrian Wall is finally free after thirteen years of torture and abuse. In the very first room he walks into, a boy with a gun is waiting to avenge the death of his mother. But that is the least of Adrian’s problems.
He was safer in prison.
And deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen. It is not the first to be found.

This is a town on the brink.

This is Redemption Road.

Brimming with tension, secrets, and betrayal, brilliantly evoking an America of small towns and remote landscapes, of the abandoned, the derelict and the desperate, this is a novel so chillingly suspenseful and a story so full of twists and turns that you simply cannot stop reading. It marks a new high point in the writing of this bestselling master of the literary thriller.

Review- I received an ARC of this book from the publisher so thank you to them.

This book is a little difficult for me to review as the genre  is one that I have realised I am not that keen on. That however, has no bearing on how good or bad the book actually is.

The synopsis led me to believe this book was a thriller, it’s not, certainly not in a traditional sense anyway, it is a crime novel. When reading it I very much felt that I would enjoy it more if I was a man in my forties, a stereotype yes but I just don’t think I am the target audience.

There is a lot of description in this book and it made it feel slow at times. I think though that for those into crime novels, that kind of thorough description is part of what they like? I prefer more action. I don’t really care about exactly how a road looked, or how  wet the grass was, I care about where the killer is and what they are doing! For me this kind of narrative made the book seem very long.

Some of the chapters were also very long which didn’t help. There was often no real reason behind chapter breaks when they were there either. Within a chapter sometimes the narration flipped between characters with no real warning and these changes were no less significant than those distinguished by a new chapter. The flipping within the chapters  also meant that it was sometimes briefly unclear what was going on as suddenly a new person was being discussed, but you didn’t initially know who. The characters are interesting enough and well developed.

There are a lot of separate things going on in this book with relevant information gradually revealed as you go through. I think it is well done for a crime book but that’s just not my thing, again it all just felt so slow.

I figured out really early on who the killer was but really there were pretty obvious clues right from the start. The ending was a big disappointment. It was long and drawn out. In movie form it might be good but it just dragged. The reasons behind all the crimes were just boring too.

If you like crime you might enjoy this book, but if you are more into thrillers I think you will struggle with the pacing of this.

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6 thoughts on “Book Review- Redemption Road

  1. Great review! I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this one; sometimes it’s just really hard to enjoy a story if you’re not the target group in the first place. Although long descriptions and chapters and too obvious clues sound like a turn off for even those who enjoy the genre…

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