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Redemption Road: A Novel av John Hart
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Redemption Road: A Novel (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2018)

av John Hart (Författare)

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"Over 2 million copies of his books in print. The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a New York Times bestseller. Now after five years, John Hart is back with a stunning literary thriller. 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. Since his debut bestseller, The King of Lies, reviewers across the country have heaped praise on John Hart, comparing his writing to that of Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy and Scott Turow. With each novel Hart has climbed higher on the New York Times Bestseller list, with his last two books - The Last Child and Iron House - landing squarely in the top ten. His masterful writing and assured evocation of place have won readers around the world and earned history's only consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel. After five years, John Hart returns with Redemption Road, his most powerful story yet"--… (mer)
Medlem:Cedarfieldlibrary
Titel:Redemption Road: A Novel
Författare:John Hart (Författare)
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2018), 544 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:0820, 2016

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Redemption Road av John Hart (2016)

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Redemption Road. John Hart. 2016. I skipped a day at the gym and stayed up until after one two nights in a row to finish this book. John Hart’s books are like that. A policeman, framed for the murder of a woman, is released from prison only to be accused of another murder, and is forced to go into hiding. He is helped by a policewoman who is determined to discover who the murderer is. Hart has been compared to Pat Conroy, and I agree with that comparison. The characters are compelling—you see and feel for them immediately, and they stay with you. The action is suspenseful and non-stop. And the complicated plot is revealed with perfect timing. Wounded people finally find peace. Intense violence. ( )
  judithrs | Jan 14, 2021 |
Rechercheur Elizabeth Black wordt geconfronteerd met haar verleden in de nasleep van een bruut schietincident.
Een jongen met een pistool staat te wachten op de man die zijn moeder vermoordde.
Na dertien jaar in de gevangenis komt een goede politieman vrij. Maar voor hoelang?
En op het altaar van een verlaten kerk, ver weg op een heuvel, is het onvoorstelbare net gebeurd.
Dit is een stad aan de rand de afgrond. Dit is een weg zonder genade.
  Vysoka | Aug 8, 2020 |
Redemption Road is a powerful, intoxicating tale that manages to be both disturbing and beautiful at the same time. Elizabeth Black is a cop under pressure. She just pumped 18 bullets into two black suspects while rescuing a young girl and refuses to talk to investigators. In the meantime, Adrian Wall, another North Carolina cop whose career went even further off the tracks, is released from prison after 13 years of torture. He still claims innocence, but few believe him. A young boy wants revenge, a young woman struggles to deal with her abduction and rescue, and behind the scenes evil is everywhere.

The characters make this novel a fascinating read. They’re all broken in different ways and trying very hard to hold themselves together. If you're looking for a book that will emotionally capture you with both story and characters, this fits the bill. I thought it was a great story and an excellent audio narrated by Scott Shepherd. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars but rounded to 4 stars on Goodreads.

So I would rather read an overly ambitious book that failed in the execution, than one that was not ambitious enough that failed. Does that make sense? I have read some glowing reviews about "Redemption Road" from fellow reviewers and I was hoping that I was going to love this one too. But due to me figuring out who the real murderer was around the 20 percent mark and waiting for everyone else to catch up was annoying. And honestly, I didn't really like the two characters the book focused on (Elizabeth "Liz" and Adrian). I thought the overall ending really didn't work because I saw so many flaws that it just ruined it for me. I would still read if you are a fan of earlier Pat Conroy books since Hart's style reminded me of him a lot.

The book starts off with a man who abducts a young woman. Since we are privy to his thoughts (terrible) we know that things are about to end badly for her. And they do. From there the storyline shifts to a suspended police officer (Elizabeth) who is dealing with the fallout from shooting two unarmed black men who had abducted and raped an 18 year old girl (Channing).

We also go from a young boy (Gideon) who is dealing with his alcoholic father that is still grief stricken over the murder of his wife 13 years ago. Gideon is focused on waiting for the man who he blames for ruining his life (Adrian).

And then we have Adrian who is being released after being sentenced for the murder of a young mother and wife who is still haunted by his past and all he his ordeals while in prison.

That's a lot going on. And the book does not shift between all of this seamlessly (unfortunately).

With an active investigation into Elizabeth we find out that she is hiding something (it didn't take long for me to figure out what was going on with her and the shooting) but then we start to slowly unravel her past and why she is estranged from her father and only talks sporadically to her mother. I honestly did not get Elizabeth at all. She was frustrating because in the end she was doing something that I thought was very foolish that I had a hard time with because of the circumstances.

Adrian though he is an ex-con does not seem to be smart about what he is doing. I mean at one point there is a death directly attributable to him and even though as a reader I knew what he had been through, I had a hard time with Elizabeth kind of just shrugging the whole thing off.

Channing I really liked the most next to Gideon. Probably because Channing is a survivor and she honestly sees how superficial her family is now. With her mother wanting to pretend nothing is wrong, and her own father unable to talk to her, you can see why she keeps seeking out Elizabeth. Sadly in the end, Channing shows herself to be more mature than Elizabeth.

Gideon we get only pieces of interacting with him in the beginning of the book, but he comes into his own towards the end, and once again I found him to be more solid in this book than the other two adults.

There are other characters we focus on during this book, Elizabeth's partner, a warden at the jail that housed Adrian, Adrian's defense attorney. There were a lot of moving pieces that really didn't work for me. I loved Adrian's lawyer, but thought the warden should go and take I am an evil person lessons from someone. He started to come off as cartoonish after a while.

Regarding the plots, I also didn't like the author throwing in Ferguson and other deaths by black men as a reason why the prosecutor would just charge someone with murder. I mean the reality is that even when an unarmed black man or woman is shot in the U.S. nine times out ten the jury refuses to convict the officer, that is if charges are even brought. Sorry, that whole thing ticked me off. The fact that the two men were called "animals" by Elizabeth and everything else that went with it sat wrong with me the whole book. I loathed these two characters, but finding out the backstory with everything made me really disgusted with both of them (the men) but still I see justice as always being done in a courtroom, not someone running around lone wolfing it and taking matters into their own hands. Reading about what really happened, I don't for a minute believe that a prosecutor would have brought a case. I am supposed to believe for one freaking second?

And it is said repeatedly that Elizabeth had a thing for Adrian and she still does. I am just baffled by it, because there were a lot of words, but when the two of them were near each other and actively interacting there was no chemistry. If anything, because of Elizabeth's past and how she first met Adrian I could see how she pretty much saw him as a hero and went on to hero worship him. But the whole thing was unhealthy and if there was some acknowledgement of that, I would have liked the book better.

We also have a serial killer in the midst and the author clumsily ties everyone all together in the end. The why behind the serial killer at one point kind of made me give an exasperated sigh. The whole reveal danced towards unbelievable at that point. When other bad guys popped up I just wanted the whole book to be over.

Though Hart gets complimented on showing a darker side to the south (North Carolina) I didn't get that here. He doesn't spend a lot of time on the town that everyone lives in. I didn't get a sense of the community. I just got a sense of places, we focus on a church, quarry, silo, etc. and that was it. I just needed to get a better visual on the layout of everything.

I really didn't buy the ending and it was hard for me to swallow based on the events that came before. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Great book! ending is a little blah...and perhaps too many murders. ( )
  RonSmedley | May 5, 2020 |
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"Over 2 million copies of his books in print. The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a New York Times bestseller. Now after five years, John Hart is back with a stunning literary thriller. 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. Since his debut bestseller, The King of Lies, reviewers across the country have heaped praise on John Hart, comparing his writing to that of Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy and Scott Turow. With each novel Hart has climbed higher on the New York Times Bestseller list, with his last two books - The Last Child and Iron House - landing squarely in the top ten. His masterful writing and assured evocation of place have won readers around the world and earned history's only consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel. After five years, John Hart returns with Redemption Road, his most powerful story yet"--

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