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Red Fish, Dead Fish

(Fish Out of Water #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  871 ratings  ·  162 reviews
They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other.

Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.

Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s
ebook, 330 pages
Published August 4th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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After I finished "Fish Out of Water", I had to jump right into this one. Just to be clear, these books can not be read as a stand alone ;)

I really loved book 1. I fell in love with Jackson and Ellery, and the suspense had me on the edge of my seat. This one though, blew book one, out of the park for me !!

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Now this is a romantic suspense, so be sure you like mystery/suspense, before starting this series, because it plays a very big part of the story.

Jackson and Ellery are still together and Jackso
August 2018: all the stars the second time around, so I'm rounding my rating up to a solid 5! One word: audiobook! ❤️
***4.5 Stars***

I lost count on how many times Jackson broke my heart this time. The momma bear in me was in full bubble-wrap-up-mode, but thank heavens Ellery took over and showed Jackson that he will take care of him. Always. Loved this to bits and I can't wait for the next book! ❤️
I recall reading some months ago, maybe it was on Twitter or maybe it was on Facebook, but Amy Lane, rather gleefully, mentioned that she was torturing Jackson and Ellery again. And boy does she! I swear, Jackson must have nine lives like his beat-up cat, Billy Bob, because I'm amazed he lived through all that!

Red Fish, Dead Fish is a continuation of the story that began with Fish Out of Water. In my opinion, Red Fish, Dead Fish doesn't really stand alone. The story is romantic-suspense (heavy o
I've given this an A+ for narration and an A for content at AudioGals.

Please note that there will be spoilers for Fish Out of Water in this review.

Amy Lane’s Fish Out of Waterwas a fabulous listen; an exciting, fast-paced suspense story, interwoven with a steamy, opposites-attract romance laced with plenty of snark and quieter moments of emotional insight and intensity. Needless to say, Greg Tremblay hit the narration out of the park, so I eagerly jumped into the sequel, Red Fish, Dead Fish, wh
Jenni Lea
Greg Tremblay did such a fantastic job of narrating the first book in this series that, even though I only liked it, I immediately purchased the audio for this once I was done.

I liked this story waaaaay better.
4.5 Stars

I really, really want to read this, but I also want to hold out for the audiobook version...

I held out for the audio and it was soooooo worth the wait.

I'm having to type this up using my crappy, ancient, slow laptop because my keyboard might have had an accident wherein it collided with a glass of Kool Aid and couldn't be, forgive horrible formatting, grammar, spelling and whatnot because I can't be bothered to fix it right now.

Once again I found myself having to remember tha
What can I say...when it works, it works...

I considered trying to write a whole new review for this book but honestly I couldn't think of anything to say that was truly different or better than my original review for 'Red Fish, Dead Fish' other than to say that once again Greg Tremblay did a totally fabulous job of narrating this book giving Jackson and Ellery even more depth and character and making me love this couple even more.

'Red Fish, Dead Fish' is the second book in Amy Lane's 'Fish
4.5 Stars but rounded up, 'cause Billy Bob. Jackson and Ellery are back, and so is Billy Bob. Because that beat up cat, is my very favorite character. Picking up a few weeks after book 1, Jackson, still recovering from his gunshot wound, is on the trail of Tim Owens, who escaped in book 1. He and Ellery have realized Owens is also an escalating serial killer. I highly recommend reading Fish Out of Water before tackling this. You’ll be pretty lost without the details and Jackson’s history. There ...more
Red Fish, Dead Fish is the second book in the series and I would suggest reading Fish Out of Water first to get more of Jackson's background and the case that brought he and Ellery together, which continues here.

Ellery and Jackson are picking up the pieces of their lives after the events of the first book and are now living together in Ellery's place while Jackson is recovering from his injuries and his townhouse is being fixed up after it got shot up to hell in the last book. Well, maybe "livin
Rachel Emily

Just wow. This might be one of the best things I have read/heard from Amy Lane - and that's saying a lot since everything the woman writes is pretty spectacular.

I love Jackson and Ellery, how great they are together, how strong Ellery can be and allowing Jackson to take that comfort and let his guard down, how they snark and bitch but totally get each other.

And Jackson. Jackson is gonna break your heart in this one, what he goes through and has gone through in the past will totally break
5 stars for the audio. If Greg Trembley could read all books it would make me want to buy more on audio. He really is a fantastic narrator.

3.5 stars for the story. These books are entertaining enough. They have action, drama and romance. I do like the messes Jackson seems to find himself in but I do not particularly care for the mental and physical damage that come along with them. Lucky there is Ellery Kramer, who seems to find a way to keep him grounded.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes opposites really do attract...

'Red Fish, Dead Fish' is the second book in Amy Lane's 'Fish Out of Water' series and like the first one I was gobsmacked. I loved this book. It was more complex, grittier and the sexy times...well they were sexy and sadly Jackson did not come out of things unscathed.

There's a serial killer on the loose and he's got a specific target in mind...and it's Jackson. He's going after anyone he can who's connected to him, but Jackson's surrounded by a stron
BWT (Belen)

I felt like Red Fish, Dead Fish was a really strong sophomore installment to the Fish Out of Water series.

There's a solid mystery element, suspense in trying to figure out serial killer Owens' next move, some pretty hairy situations Jackson stupidly puts himself in, and even a bit of suspense in just how far Ellery is willing to go for Jackson and their relationship. Spoiler: He's willing to go all the way.

I loved the way Ellery handles Jackson. Their relationship is so much better this time ar
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Inspired by JD Robb and other legends of romantic suspense, the very versatile Amy Lane decided to pen her very own series of romance and action, with a pair of competent, resourceful and deeply damaged protagonists at its center. The deeply damaged, in this case, applies to one half of the couple – Jackson Rivers – the former policeman who was, years ago, betrayed and abandoned by his department, his colleagues, and everyone else that was supposed to protect him.

We first met Jackson and Ellery
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great second book - Ellery & Jackson are awesome together. They compliment each other and show strength when the other is struggling or vulnerable. Poor Jackson really cops it - constantly, how much danger and injury can a person withstand ??? I love his never say die attitude but he really needs Ellery to calm his thoughts and actions. This storyline continues with the deep corruption in the police force, council and now the higher ups in the military. Can't wait for the next book to see ...more
I enjoyed this book immensely. Even though the culprit was known from the beginning Ms Lane made the story suspenseful, filled with adrenaline and good investigative work! Jackson is such a complex character. On one hand he is like a cat - he has, it seems, nine lives and he always lands on his feet no matter what life throws at him. On the other hand he shows this vulnerable side where you see his broken dreams of childhood and motherly love that would never be, the tale of shattered body and d ...more
4 Stars
Red Fish, Dead Fish is book two in Amy Lane's "Fish Out of Water" series, published by Dreamspinner press. This book is NOT a standalone, a reader would be totally lost if they attempt to read this story without reading, Fish Out of Water . In this story we are back with Jackson and Ellery as they navigate their relationship, avoiding being murdered, tracking a killer, and dealing with Jackson's emotional hangups. Jackson has had a very difficult life. Where some kids got birthday par
Kaje Harper
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
**** Read the short stories at the end of the book first ****

** This novel begins a few months after the end of Fish Out of Water - a time frame in which four short stories included at the end of the book have happened. If you like reading in order, as I do, check the TOC for "Accompanying Stories" - after the last chapter "New Currents to Explore." They are not essential to understanding the novel, but one scene in particular will be a lot clearer for having read them. And they're fun, with a b
I enjoyed this way more on the last re-read and am changing my rating to 5 stars.
I had a weird reading experience with the next book in the series, but Ellery and Jackson are amazing MCs!
Liz (Bugetta)
I really enjoyed this. I grabbed me from page one (or I should say minute one, since I listened to the audio version). I really like the MCs and Amy Lane's grittier mystery focused storytelling really works for me. There was a bit more focus on the romance than in the first book, mainly Jackson working on accepting that he could love someone and be loved by someone and I thought it was done so well. I also thought the mystery was compelling and creepy. My only complaint is that there were appare ...more
Audiobook review

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What a ride! I love this series! I finally found Amy Lane books that I can love. Red Fish, Dead Fish, is just like Fish Out of Water mainly a suspense novel, The romance is secondary, and this is even more true for this book where intimate moments are few and far between. This book picks up a couple of months after we left Ellery and Jackson the last time. Now they are going after Owens, trying to stop him before it's too late.

The hunt for Owens isn't an easy one, espec
Man, I am starting to love Amy Lane more and more. I'm so happy I gave this author a chance. All I'd heard before reading her books was that she wrote a LOT of angst, like that was her thing. And while that's true, she does it soooo well.

Ellery rubbed Jackson’s pouty bottom lip with his thumb. “I am insecure because you are….” He laughed, embarrassed. “Really hot.”

Jackson ducked his head. “So are you!”


“Tough. I love you. I’ve never loved another man like I love you. This thing that just happ

Interesting 2nd book. I'm not sure If I liked this one more than the first, because I reached a point where I thought the story was dragging a bit, but the main plot was full of suspence, there was the right amount of smut and for the angst lovers, also plenty of it. There were also some brutal scenes, with the description of a rape of a woman, and two(or more) attempted rapes.
Sometimes I wanted to slap Jackson because he acted like an idiot, and other times I wanted to slap Ellery becau
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dear heaven this book put me through the wringer. The crap Jackson and Ellery had to deal with...... Jackson was right. They need some peace. But what a book. What a series. And 'Lucy Satan'. Lmao! I had forgotten that from book 1. I so want a book 3, which i think the are is, but poor Jackson needs a break.

I decided I'm going to wait until I know when the next book in this series is coming out, before cracking this one open. THEN I'll be pouncing on this ❤️❤️❤️ (after I DM/message with Amy this week)!! Since this one will probably end on a semi-cliffhanger too, I want to at least see the 3rd book on the horizon ... That and I don't want to finish this book yet :-). I absolutely ADORED the first book [ALL the stars ❤️] and I am not in a hurry to get to the end. Th
~ 4.5 stars ~


If you are like me and kinda OCD when it comes to the right chronological order of books in a series, my advice is to start this book at the back. There are 4 short stories added after the end of Red Fish, Dead Fish that happened between Fish Out of Water and this book. If you are listening to the audiobook, the short stories start at chapter 21.
Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

Amy Lane exceeded all my expectations with this series. She’s known for sweet romance and is also the queen of angst. Her humor is fantastic and she’s one of the best storytellers ever. But until this series, she’s not done the action, suspense, and chilling drama that she’s done here. This story, like the first one in the series, was highly complex, horror-filled at times, riveting, emo
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A near perfect followup to a near perfect book. The more I read Amy Lane, the deeper I fall for the people she creates on the page.

If you're looking for a series akin to Abigail Roux's Cut & Run or Edin Winters Deception, then look no further. There's a hot, emotionally wounded guy. A hot, uptight lawyer. The lawyers force of nature mother. A three legged cat. Oh, and enough car "accidents" to cancel anybody's insurance.

There's intrigue, dead bodies galore, a psychopath with questionable hobbi
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars That was the perfect balance of plot and romance. I am bumming the fact there are only three books to this series. Did I mention that Greg Tremblay is a narration genius?
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Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail u ...more

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