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Crimson Lake

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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  7,454 ratings  ·  1,227 reviews
12.46: Thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop
12.47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her
12.52: The girl is missing . . .

Six minutes – that’s all it took to ruin Detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of Claire’s abduction, he escapes north, to the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake.

Amanda Pharrell knows what it’s like t
Paperback, 389 pages
Published January 30th 2017 by Penguin Books Australia
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Marchpane Actually, the 'Top End' isn't Far North Qld at all. It's a term used (mostly by the tourism industry and marketing types) to refer to the top bit of t…moreActually, the 'Top End' isn't Far North Qld at all. It's a term used (mostly by the tourism industry and marketing types) to refer to the top bit of the Northern Territory. So yeah, a bit of an error.(less)
Lesley Moseley NO, neither could a 'suburb' of Cairns have a fence to keep the crocodiles out. And as for hearing them at night.. Just rubbish...…moreNO, neither could a 'suburb' of Cairns have a fence to keep the crocodiles out. And as for hearing them at night.. Just rubbish...(less)
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Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is atmospheric crime fiction set in small town Cairns in Queensland, Australia. It is intricately plotted to weave in three separate murder investigations. Detective Ted Conkaffey's life falls apart when it is alleged that he abducted and raped a young girl, Claire Bingley. He is held in prison for some months until the prosecution drops the case for insufficient evidence. His wife has left him, he hurts from being separated from his baby daughter and the shock that no-one believes that he ...more
Larry H
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars for this one.

I've never been to Australia, but it's definitely a place I'd love to visit someday, and I find myself obsessed with all things Australian. I also think it's a terrific setting for books, particularly thrillers—there's just something about the dry heat, the wetlands, the bush country that seems unrelenting to me, which is one reason I've been drawn to books like Jane Harper's terrific series featuring Aaron Falk, The Dry and Force of Nature , and now, Candice Fox's
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio

I really enjoyed the premise of this book. Ted, a police officer, was accused of raping and leaving a young girl for dead. But after 8 months in jail and being deserted by friends and family, his trial was stopped when the prosecutor deems he doesn’t have enough evidence to secure a conviction. He leaves Sydney and travels to small town Cairns in northern Australia, trying to escape the haters. He teams up with Amanda, a convicted murderer who has her own detective agency.

This book does a wonde
“Another passer-by in the dark. I wasn’t safe here. I ditched the car in the rainforest and walked through the bush to the mangroves, fumbling along in the dark, trying not to think about crocodiles. Spider webs caught in my outstretched hands and palms sliced at my forearms as I made my way to the gate.”

Ted Conkaffey is in strife. He did his time and has fled to a small town near Cairns in Far North Queensland to start a new life. I use the phrase “did his time” loosely. He was jailed as th
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Candice Fox returns with this debut novel in her new series, sure to leave readers disturbed, yet wanting more. Ted Conkaffey has a decent life as a police officer ruined in eight short minutes. When witnesses place him in direct contact with young Claire Bingley around the time of her sexual assault, he is presumed guilty and tossed to the wolves. When, mid-trial, the charges are dropped, Ted is left with the pall of being labelled a paedophile and must pick up the pieces of his shattered life. ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ted Conkaffey, accused of the abduction and rape of a young girl, but not convicted due to lack of evidence, has run away to Crimson Lake, near Cairns to lick his wounds and try to start a new life. Neither his workmates, fellow detectives in the Drug squad, nor his wife believe he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now labelled a pedophile after serving eight months in remand, he has lost his job, access to his baby daughter and lives in fear of the case being re-opened.

In Cairns,
Dash fan
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4 ☆ Atmospheric and full of Suspicion

This is the first book I have read by Candice Fox and it won't be the last!

Crimson Lake is a story full of suspense, suspicions and mystery.

When Detective Ted Conkaffey happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time... He is falsely accused of the abduction and assault of a young girl.

Things go from bad to worse for Ted when he is put into prison pending investigation.

When Ted is finally released with not enough evidence the Branding is still hanging hea
Zoe Mann
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where has Candice Fox been all my life?

"Crimson Lake" by Candice Fox is set in a croc infested town in northern Australia. It follows the life of accused peodophile and child snatcher Ted Conkaffey and his new partner, convicted murderer Amanda Pharell as they privately investigate the disappearance of famous author Jake Scully, but, everything is not as black and white as it seems.

This novel has everything I could ever want from a crime thriller. Suspense, mystery, damaged yet lovable charact
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disgraced Detective Ted Conkaffey is on the run. On the run for some peace from a hellish crime he did not commit. Travelling to far north Queensland in the hopes of beginning to start some semblance of a 'normal' life. It doesn't take long for the locals to tweak to his presence, and we watch him try to grapple with the distrusting community and police constables that make his life hell. Acquainting himself with another burdened soul with just as much baggage and unusual background is Amanda, w ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.75 stars!

I read this for my local mystery book club and really enjoyed it. I am a character driven reader, and while the mystery overall didn't hook me, I loved the main characters and want to read more about them.

A former cop accused but not convicted of an abduction and rape of a young girl, Ted moves to the boonies of Australia hoping to hide. He gets a job with the local private investigator, a convicted murderer who has already served her time.

Did that hook you? It hooked me. I loved th

After spending eight months in prison after being accused of thirteen year old Claire Bingley’s abduction and rape, then having the charges dropped through lack of evidence, ex-Detective Ted Conkaffey knew he needed to escape Sydney and everything it now represented to him. When he found himself in Crimson Lake near Cairns in far north Queensland, he thought he’d be safe. The dilapidated rental; the lack of material belongings – none of that bothered him and he found himself buried in a bot
Gloria Arthur (Ms. G's Bookshelf)
⭐️4 Stars⭐️
A well written, compulsive and edgy crime thriller.

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox is set in the wetlands of Northern Queensland in a small town where snakes, crocodiles, cassowaries, heat, stifling humidity and unfriendly locals are in abudnance.

Ted is a former drug squad police detective from Sydney accused of abducting, raping and leaving a teenage girl for dead that was waiting at a bus stop. Ted was never convicted due to lack of evidence. He’s been driven from the life he knew to th
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
*4.5 stars
Candice Fox first caught my eye in 2014, when she released her debut Australian crime novel, Hades. From that point onwards, I have found myself very taken with Fox’s work. It seems I am not alone. Fox won the 2014 Ned Kelly award for a best first novel for Hades. She backed it up a year later by winning the coveted Ned Kelly award again, this time for her second book Eden. Most recently, Fox has teamed up with none other than James Patterson, a wo
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive, audio
This book has two complicated and compelling protagonists with more than their fair share of baggage. Former cop Ted Conkaffey was arrested for assaulting a young girl. He was not tried for the crime but he also wasn't exonerated. Ted wound up losing his job, wife and infant daughter. Amanda Pharrell was convicted of murdering a teenaged classmate and spent years in prison for her crime. Amanda and Ted are now both living in Crimson Lake and they team up as private investigators hired by the wif ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Do you know what I need in my life? Redemption Point the sequel to this book. And I want it now, but I've heard patience is a virtue so I will have to wait. Anyway, this book is awesome. I mean a team of a convicted murderer working together with a disgraced police officer accused of the abduction and rape of a young girl? A crime Ted is trying to clear his name from. I'm always on the lookout for thriller series that are a bit different that doesn't follow the standard model and here I have fou ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Ted Conkaffey is trying to get his life back in order after being accused of the rape but not convicted of Claire Bingley he settled in a town called Crimson Lake Cairns far north Queensland where the hot sun never dies down. He spent 241 days in jail & was on the drug squad, he met Amanda Pharral a for murderer who spent years in prison & now runs her own PI business. The residents of the town were not impressed with Amanda being there at all but when a body is found mutilated by a crocodile & ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a great time with this book! I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book a while ago and am glad that I was finally able to sit down and read it. I was hooked by the story from beginning to end. This was a fantastic start to the series.

The characters in this book were absolutely fantastic! Ted was a police officer before his life fell apart. Everyone believes that he was responsible for the disappearance of a child. He was no
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
I received a copy of Crimson Lake from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The life Detective Ted Conkaffey used to lead has been obliterated. Falsely accused of abducting and assaulting a young girl, Ted is grilled by his former colleagues like a criminal and then tossed into prison while a case is made against him. When the prosecution drops the charges for a lack of concrete proof, things do not improve for Ted - he is still branded a pedophile. His wife has left him and he has lost hi
Crimson Lake is about Detective Ted Conkaffey whose life was destroyed when he was accused of raping a young girl and Amanda Pharrell who was convicted of murdering a local Crimson Lake teenager. When Crimson Lake local Jake Scully went missing, Ted and Amanda joined forces to investigate his disappearance.

Readers of Crimson Lake will learn about the consequences to people when they are accused of something they did not do and how it affects their lives. Crimson Lake also highlights that you sho
Jessica Woodbury
This one started off fine but just didn't do it for me. I'm not usually much of a fan of the "everyone thinks I did a horrible thing" genre, this one in particular is so over the top in that respect that it was probably a given that I wouldn't connect with it. I stuck with this one only to see if the ending would renew my faith, but it didn't. I really, really didn't like the ending.

As a crime reader, I often differ pretty widely from other crime readers when it comes to straight-up-the-middle
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
love a good Aussie book! and part of it was set in my local area at Mt Annan! i have just recently discovered discovered Candice Fox thanks to her writing with one of my fave authors James Patterson and she is definately now on that same list. this is a great book, great story and characters and i hope that there will be a 2nd book soon!!
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2018
How do you move on when the world won’t let you??
12:46: Claire Bingleystands alone at a bus stop
12:47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her
12:52: The girl is missing . . .

An Aussie mystery(s) with superb writing, + a thrilling storyline! 4 ☆
I’m looking forward to reading the follow-up novel “Redemption Point” releasing May 17th. 👌🏻

Kylie H
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
This is the first book I have read by Candice Fox and it certainly won't be my last. I really enjoyed the quirkiness of Amanda which balanced out the troubled soul that Ted is who becomes her investigation partner.
The book touches on child abuse, pornography and bullying. It also deals with an author who has disappeared without a trace.
There are three mysteries running in parallel, two are personal for the central characters and one is what brings them together.
Great plot with an intriguing set
First Sentence: I was having some seriously dark thoughts when I found Woman.

Ted Conkaffey was tried for the rape of a teenage girl but was released when enough evidence couldn't be found to convict him. Now he lives every day with the fear of being re-arrested. Amanda Pharrell served eight years for murder, was released and is now a PI in Crimson Lake, Australia. When a wealthy woman hires Amanda to determine whether the woman's missing husband, author Jake Scully, is dead, Amanda insists that
NAT.orious reads ☾
4 crimson-coloured ★★★★✩
This book is for you if… not one, not two and not even three crimes at once are enough for you. Be ready to dive into a thrilling book that features 4 cases.

Ok, so this book was a lot better than I expected it to be, hence the 4*-rating. Seriously, I thought this was another semi-genius free audiobook on Spotify, but what I got was, in fact, a genius telling of not one or even two, but in the end, 4 different crimes that are being solved throughout the cours
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 1 in the Crimson Lake series.
There's a lot to like about this book.
Two felons.
Felon one: Ted Conkaffey ex policeman, was charged with the brutal rape of a 13 year old girl but was released because of lack of evidence. This resulted in the destruction of his marriage and being refused access to his only daughter. In an effort to obtain some anonymity from the press and crazed vigilanties Ted goes to Crimson Lake, a small town in northern Queensland.

Felon two: Amanda Pharrell has spent 10
Wowza!! A fantastic book!! It was dark, gritty and intricate. I was not expecting that all from this book!! I cannot wait for the follow up!!
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
The Queen of Quirky characters returns.

Last week I had the privilege of meeting Candice Fox as part of her extended Western Australian book tour. What a great night it was- Candice was open, honest and often hilarious, talking about everything that mattered to her – her childhood, family, marriage, divorce, second marriage, her childhood ambition to become a writer, her writing inspirations, the inspiration she draws from reading true crime novels (which was very evident to me as I read Crimson
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Although I recognise that this book is well written, I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. It certainly has its up moments, but there were many down moments as well in which I asked myself if I should read on or not. I won't go into detail as I don't want to spoil it for other readers.
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The further I read this book, the stronger it became. The plot involves three cases, intertwined because the two main characters are a suspect (Ted Conkaffey) and a convict (Amanda Pharrell) who are investigating the third case as partners. Very well written characters. I loved Amanda! I’m eager to read the next book and will soon!
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