Candice Fox | Hades (Kensington)

Hades 75While it may make you question humanity a bit, Hades is a wild ride and a fantastic read.


Hades is by far one of the greatest mystery/thrillers ever written. The novel flips back and forth between the past and present with twins Eden and Eric. As children, they are raised by the Lord of the Underworld himself and, as adults, they are detectives on the same police force working to solve a murder mystery.

Hades contains a multitude of characters, but each is represented in a way that none are forgotten. Much of the story is told in the first person perspective of Frank, Eden’s partner on the police force. Frank has his own dark past to reveal to us, but other chapters are told in an omniscient point of view, to introduce us to characters that Frank has not yet come into contact with. It seems like this might be a choppy avenue of storytelling, but in fact it works really well.

Fox clearly spent a great deal of time on every aspect of this thriller—there is a new, unforeseen character connection or plot twist at every corner—the book is impossible to put down.

I appreciate the complexity that Fox attributed to each of her characters, as well. Hades is fraught with villains, some of which we feel remorse for and some of which we wish for their demise, but every character has a clear drive and belief that their actions are right and acceptable.

While it may make you question humanity a bit, Hades is a wild ride and a fantastic read. You’ll start out thinking that there are too many characters, and wondering how Fox will tie them all together, but she does this with great skill. The writing is seamless—there are no plot holes or unintended questions left at the end, although the end definitely leaves you wanting more.

In fact, Fox is currently working on Eden, the sequel to Hades, due out in 2016. It’s sure to be a fantastic story as well, and I can’t wait to read it. | Samantha LaBat

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