Redemption Road – John Hart

Redemption Road is published by Hodder and Stoughton on May 5th 2016


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.

My thoughts

Redemption Road is quite simply a tour de force!

We are taken by John Hart to small town America, where we meet a diverse collection of characters. There is the ex-con Adrian Wall, a man who has suffered in prison and is now a free man. We meet Elizabeth Black, a police officer who has just encountered a terrible trauma and is struggling to cope. Gideon Strange is a fourteen year old boy, who wants revenge and answers from the past. And Crybaby Jones, an ancient lawyer with a heart of gold. Together Hart takes us on a journey, as Wall is released. There are huge ripples in the community. Nothing will ever be the same again.

The writing is beautiful and intense. John Hart is a powerful storyteller, every word perfectly crafted and every character meticulous. This is a serial killer story, set in small town America. Yet it is so much more than that. It is about corruption, how we redeem ourselves and deal with pain and suffering.

I fell in love with the courageous Liz Black and the protectiveness of those in her care. She is strong and willing to do the right thing, even though it may conflict with her role as an officer of the law.

I’m now going to find every book John Hart has ever written. Absolutely fantastic. Totally recommended.


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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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