Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox #BookReview

About this book…

On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young boys are left alone while their parents dine downstairs.

But when one of the parents checks on the children at midnight, they discover one of them is missing.

The boys swear they stayed in their room. CCTV confirms that none of them left the building. No trace of the child is found.

Now the hunt is on to find him, before it’s too late – and before the search for a boy becomes a search for a body…

My review…

How is it that this is my very first Candice Fox book?! I don’t know how she has passed me by before but, thankfully, she’s on my radar now! I was attracted to Gone by Midnight by the blurb but what I got went far beyond my expectations as I met interesting, realistic characters who kept my attention focused throughout a strong and impressive storyline. And although it is part of the Crimson Lake series, it can easily be read as a standalone novel.

When a group of parents go out for dinner in the hotel that they are staying in, they leave their children all together in one hotel room with movies, food and fun to keep them busy. There is no way that they can leave the room and the parents will all pop back to double check on their offspring throughout the evening. Honestly, have parents learned NOTHING from media coverage of similar cases involved children left alone?! So it’s no surprise (well, not to us as the readers!) when one of the mum’s checks the sleeping group of boys and realises that her son is missing. But this missing person enquiry takes on a different direction when a notorious local is brought in to help investigate at the request of the mother.

Yet again I read this bad boy in one session (Christmas has been great for toppling my TBR pile!) as once I was caught up in the drama of this missing child, I couldn’t rest until I found out what had happened to him. And the plot didn’t develop in quite the way that I was expecting either! The quality of the plotting was quite brilliant which, alongside the wonderfully crafted characters, made this book one to remember. I will definitely be reading more books by Candice Fox in the future if this is the standard I can expect from them. Consider me a fan!

Meet the author…

Candice is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney’s western suburbs. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil as her father relayed his work stories to her mother and older brothers.

Candice won back-to-back Ned Kelly awards for her first two novels Hades and Eden. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Fall and co-writer with James Patterson of the Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Never Never set in the Australian outback.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

5 thoughts on “Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox #BookReview”

  1. As you say, have parents learned NOTHING from media coverage of similar cases! Interesting link about the Ned Kelly award, his name keeps popping up for various reasons, for me, at the moment.


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