Never, Never by Candice Fox, James Patterson
Also by this author: Black & Blue, The 9th Judgment
Series: Detective Harriet Blue #1
Published by Little Brown and Company
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Thriller/Suspense
Source: Public Library
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In the never never, no one knows if you're dead or alive.
Detective Harriet Blue of the Sydney Police Department prides herself on an uncanny ability to catch the most deviant of criminals. So when her brother is charged with a brutal string of murders, it rocks her world. Shocked, in denial, and facing uncomfortable questions about how much she knew, Harry is transferred to avoid the media circus. Investigating the disappearance of a worker in an isolated mine deep inside the desolate Australian outback--the never never--she uncovers an insular society that has sprung up around the mine. It's a world full of easy money, plenty of immoral ways to spend it, and no shortage of suspects. Still reeling from her investigative failures back home, Harry must get to the bottom of the mine's mysteries before she vanishes into the wilds of the never never for good. - via GoodReads
I was scrolling through my library’s available ebook selection one night when I saw Never, Never by Candice Fox & James Patterson. I hadn’t been aware he was co-writing a new series and the blurb caught my attention.
Never, Never kept me engaged and I certainly needed that. I enjoyed a setting outside of the USA. Hello Australia! I have to say that the ending while enjoyable came across as a bit “flavor of the month” to me. I was still able to enjoy the story but the ending felt a bit like a cop out. It may just be me but I feel that the topic is beat to death on a near daily basis. The rest of the book was pretty good! I was intrigued and found myself drawn to the mystery of the story. I really did think that I had the villain pinned down but I was wrong. (Really this is truly the only time I enjoy being wrong! There is nothing better than reading a mystery and not figuring it out.)
I am not a huge fan of Harriet Blue. One of the tag lines is a comparison to Lindsay Boxer. Lindsay Boxer she is not. I would say Harriet Blue is more a mix of Olivia Benson, a Jack Russel Terrier, and a MMA fighter. (Weird combo I know!) She’s a detective, small, easy to rile but can defend herself deftly. I actually enjoyed her temporary partner Whittaker more. Jack Russels have too much wirey energy for my patience. There weren’t a ton of characters but each character added to the story. Thankfully I didn’t figure out the who dun it until I was told.
I’m definitely continuing with the series because I have to know what happens with Sam. I just know I won’t be financially invested in it this time. Saved myself a nice $14.99 by checking this book out from the library!