About the Book:
Title: Never Never
Author: James Patterson & Candice Fox
Series: Detective Harriet Blue #1
Genre: Crime Thriller; Mystery; Fiction
Published: August 2016 by Century Australia
Source: Library Book
Synopsis: When Sydney police department sex crimes detective Harriet Blue is called into her boss’s office, she never imagined it would be to tell her that her brother is the prime suspect in the brutal murders of three women.
Shocked and in denial, Harry is transferred to Perth to avoid the media exposure this case will attract. Harry is sent into the outback – the never never – to investigate the disappearance of mine worker Danny Carter. The mining town is a seedy place, full of money and immoral ways to spend it. As Harry delves deeper into the murky lives of these miners, she finds that Danny isn’t the first to go missing.
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
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This book has been on TBR for a while, and while I was perusing the shelves in the library the other week I came across it, so figured it was meant to be 🙂
Detective Harriet (Harry) Blue is a sex crimes detective in Sydney Australia, but when her brother is arrested for some of the most viscous crimes in Australia’s history, her boss sends her to a mine site across the county, just out of Perth, Western Australia where there are reports of a missing miner.
As you may have noted above, I gave this book 5 stars, the first reason for this was the setting. As a Perth girl born and raised, it really excited me to read a book that is set in my backyard, and hearing they way the characters spoke, with the odd Australian slang or wording was just so natural to me!
The characters in this book were very likeable and multi-dimensional. Harry Blue was a hard and motivated police detective who wanted nothing else than to keep her head down and find the missing miners. When it turned out that there was a killer in or around the mine, she became even more determined. I admired Harriet, she was trying to stay strong and not think too much about her brother and what was happening at home in Sydney, she was just focused on finding the murderer.
The writing style was first person for the majority of the chapters – where Harriet was the center. The others which were focused on the killer’s POV were third person and he was described at “The Soldier” as he thought that’s what he was.
I was hooked into the story very early on, the chapters were short and left you hanging onto every word so that you needed to turn the page and find out who the killer was. I liked how the authors painted a few characters as possible suspects to the reader, I was almost convinced I knew who it was. At the very end, however, I found out who it really was and I was in shock..they were the last person I would have thought of, in-fact they weren’t anywhere near my potential suspect list.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and have already reserved the second book in the series, Fifty Fifty.
If you haven’t already, I urge you to put Never Never on your TBR lists and read it as soon as possible. If you have read it what did you think?? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of this post!
Thanks for popping in to read my review of Never Never by James Patterson & Candice Fox and until next time, happy reading!
About the Authors:
The son of an insurance salesman and a schoolteacher, Patterson grew up in Newburgh, New York, and began casually writing at the age of nineteen. In 1969, he graduated from Manhattan College. He was given a full ride to Vanderbilt University’s graduate program in English but dropped out after a year, knowing that he wouldn’t be able to continue reading and writing for pleasure if he became a college professor.
Instead, he moved to New York to become a junior copywriter for the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, eventually becoming CEO of its North American company.
In 1976, while still working for J. Walter Thompson, Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, with Little, Brown and Company. After being turned down by thirty-one publishers, it won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Patterson’s 1993 novel, Along Came a Spider, his first novel to feature Alex Cross, was also his first New York Times bestseller in fiction.
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As a cynical and trouble-making teenager, her crime and gothic fiction writing was an escape from the calamity of her home life. She was constantly in trouble for reading Anne Rice in church and scaring her friends with tales from Australia’s wealth of true crime writers.
Bankstown born and bred, she failed to conform to military life in a brief stint as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. Candice lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism.
Hades is her first novel, and she is currently working on its sequel.
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