- Red Fish, Dead Fish by Amy Lane (audio review)
Red Fish, Dead Fish by Amy Lane (audio review)Hot
Narration 5 stars
Overall 5 stars
A superbly narrated, intense romantic thriller.
Red Fish, Dead Fish is the second book in the Fish Out of Water series by Amy Lane, and should not be listened to as a stand-alone novel. This is an action packed series and must be listened to in order to fully appreciate its complexities.
In Fish Out of Water we first met gritty troubled PI Jackson Lane; a man who learnt at a very young age that trust often led to betrayal and worse. Attorney Ellery Cramer, on the other hand, grew up in a world of privilege. Meeting Jackson turned Ellery’s life upside down in more ways than one. Dealing with his growing attraction to the rough around the edges, prickly man was hard, but seeing the world without his rose coloured glasses proved even harder. Together these two extraordinary men fought corruption at the highest levels but, even as they achieved justice, one man remained standing and it is in Red Fish, Dead Fish that Jackson and Ellery must face the most evil of their adversaries, thus far.
Red Fish, Dead Fish is the story of how two men of character, backed by their closet friends and family fight, not only a deadly adversary, but also an officialdom more intent on covering themselves than uncovering a potential serial killer. The fact that he is an ex police officer makes them slow to believe Jackson and Ellery, and this will lead to deadly consequences. With Jackson, Ellery, and their family, in the killers crosshairs not everyone will survive, and it will take the abduction of a fellow police officer to finally get them the help they need. It will be a miracle if Ellery can save Jackson, when Jackson’s passion for justice overcomes his need for self preservation.
I loved Jackson, with his survivor/warrior strength, and Ellery with his strong sense of justice and openness to see the world through other’s eyes. The fact that he also called Jackson on his bs was a bonus. Watching the development of Jackson and Ellery’s relationship, against the horror of all that they lived through, added glimpses of happiness in this otherwise harsh and gritty tale. The secondary characters were all multifaceted and very easy to connect with, or despise, adding even more depth to an already multidimensional story. Red Fish, Dead Fish really is a riveting, roller coaster of a novel.
Greg Tremblay’s narration was pitch perfect as always. He is a superb voice actor and the characters come alive under his masterful touch. It was impossible not to disappear into the world he created, and in his hands this story was riveting, horrifying, touching, and very difficult to pause.
A compelling story, beautifully narrated. Highly recommended.