A few years ago I read a wonderful thriller called “The last child“. It was the first book I had read by John Hart and it has resonated in my memory. When I saw that Thomas Dunne Books offered another title by John Hart on NetGalley I wasted no time in requesting it. Am I glad I did!
Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.
A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.
After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free. But for how long?
And deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, the unthinkable has just happened…
This is a town on the brink. This is a road with no mercy.
“Redemption Road” has some very memorable characters.
Adrian Wall: Incarcerated for thirteen years for a crime for which he was innocent. A good cop, in prison for murder, where he was treated abominably. Now newly released, his life has turned into a fresh kind of hell…
Elizabeth Black: A North Carolina policewoman. Daughter of a clergyman. Deeply scarred by a traumatic event in her youth. Loves Adrian Wall and the children she has come to love like her own, Gideon Strange and Channing Shore. Now under indictment for a double homicide herself.
Reverend Black: Elizabeth’s father. A man who believes in family and a ‘profounder truth’.
Julia Strange: Murder victim loved by Adrian Wall. Mother to Gideon. Her body was found on the alter of Elizabeth’s father’s church.
Gideon Strange: The son of the woman Adrian Wall was convicted of murdering. Now lives with his alcoholic father in less than ideal circumstances. Is very fond of Elizabeth, who entered his life in her capacity of policewoman when his mother was murdered.
Charlie Beckett: A homicide detective and Elizabeth’s police partner. Happily married, yet extraordinarily fond of Elizabeth.
Channing Shore: A beautiful eighteen year old woman. The victim of a horrific abduction, she has bonded with Elizabeth who rescued her from her abductors and has been charged with their brutal murder.
Eli Lawrence: Adrian Wall’s cellmate and confidante. It was Eli who kept Adrian sane during his years within a corrupt prison system.
Faircloth Jones: An aging defense lawyer who has never gotten over his failure to keep Adrian Wall out of prison.
Peopled with such strong and individual characters, this novel is written with skill and a deep understanding of human nature. The book expounds upon the premise that people who love, see what they want to see. Because the reader connects to the characters you will rage at injustice the whole way through… The compelling narrative illustrates the lengths to which a man will go when betrayed and desperate.
Those who read my reviews know that I love a character-driven plot and “Redemption Road” exemplifies this. John Hart’s writing is in part literary, at times almost poetic, with equal parts page-turning suspense. This is a gritty, dark, and psychologically astute novel which will appeal equally to male and female audiences. Very highly recommended!
John Hart is the author of the upcoming REDEMPTION ROAD, and of four New York Times bestsellers, THE KING OF LIES, DOWN RIVER, THE LAST CHILD and IRON HOUSE. The only author in history to win the best novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels, John has also won the Barry Award, the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Award for Fiction, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His novels have been translated into thirty languages and can be found in over seventy countries. A former defense attorney and stockbroker, John spends his time in North Carolina and Virginia, where he writes full-time.