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Not all favourable either, the character of Angus was totally unlikable, no redeeming features, and yet central to the story. I loved all of the characters except him, and saw how they developed, got completely involved in this story, and their lives. It is one of the best books I have read, and will stay in my memory for a long long time.

My thanks to the very talented author for giving us such a terrific read, I enjoyed this one more than "The Guilty One" actually, have already bought her next one too. Well done Lisa. Redemption Road to me is a story of love and loss. No frills. I enjoyed this book. Getting to know the main characters. Their upbringing, beliefs and the way they tried to stick to what was important to them. Making difficult choices. I loved Lisa's first book, The Guilty One, but this surpassed that for me. Well-crafted book in which the changes from one character's story to another was clear and easy to follow.

Excellent characters, who I really cared about as the book went on. I read several books a week as a chronic insomniac and often find books do not live up to their editorial "blurb", this certainly did, I loved it and will be reading her next novel soon. One person found this helpful. A compelling story that I found hard to put down, Redemption Road is the story of a little girl's abduction by her estranged father, and the woman she becomes. To say too much more would spoil the denouement, but suffice to say it is a gripping tale of love, loss and redemption, and I highly recommend it.

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. This is a mesmerising, vivid and moving story of the intertwined lives of Margaret Holloway, a 35 year old school teacher and a scarred stranger who rescues her from a horrific car crash in present day London. We are taken on an emotional journey into past events where these two lives come dramatically together and in ways which have redemptive repercussions for both 28 years later; into the world of Glasgow gangsters, where Big George, sensitive son of a vicious gangland leader, struggles to transcend the horrendous violence he is subjected to as a young boy growing up; into a world, where Moll, a 7 year old girl, is frighteningly abducted; into a world, where Angus, a freaky, misogynist religious bigot casts maliciousness and hatred all around while pursuing his selfish self-serving ends.

You are drawn into the interwoven lives of these compelling characters and those around them in a story which is riveting and engaging and rich in imagery and suspense. A beautifully written and perceptive literary thrill of a read. Cannot praise this book enough. This book was brilliant and so cleverly and well written with a great story line Such an emotional book and compelling read. George and Molly such a beautiful relationship between father and Daughter. I felt so connected to characters in this wonderful novel.

More please Lisa. Cannot wait for more good reads from you Lisa. You deserve every praise for these amazing novels x. I enjoyed reading this book. The plot didn't quite work for me and nor did the ending. I am not sure why, I think maybe it felt a bit contrived, or maybe the character development was sacrificed to the machinations of the plot. But I did enjoy reading it. I hope she goes on to write better books. Love any book by Lisa Ballantyne ,so excellently written.

Loved the main characters ,the story is very upsetting at times I found it a very emotional read and couldn't put it down! See all 94 reviews. Would you like to see more reviews about this item? Go to Amazon. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Length: pages. Word Wise: Enabled. Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled. Page Flip: Enabled. Audible Narration: Audible Narration Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. We are introduced to a gamut of characters that come alive with the brushstrokes of John Hart. Gideon Strange, a young fourteen year old boy, initiates this story with his compelling drive to seek justice for the death of his mother. Hart describes Gideon's alcoholic father as "wearing his days like a faded suit".

And Hart lights up these pages with great detail to his blessed act of character development. We come to know "Crybaby" Jones, an ancient 89 year old retired lawyer, who received his nickname from a judge after Jones was so emotionally taken by his first encounter with the justice system. There is layer upon layer of story and backstory on this rough terrain of a North Carolina town. And the searing fire is re-lit upon the release of Adrian, an ex-police officer, from prison.

John Hart weaves these characters brilliantly throughout the story, connecting and re-connecting the ties that bind. This is a story of how one's past can never be set aside fully. The shadows of it cast largely into the present and the response is, often times, not pleasant or palatable. This is my first encounter with John Hart. Oh, please know, I will be reaching back into his other published works. This author writes admirably with the likes of John Grisham and Harlan Coben.

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I am officially taken with this very talented man. This man can pen a story unlike any others. Create characters that are never just one thing, memorable, so very memorable. This story is gritty, no this is beyond gritty, it is violent, at times graphically so. Dark, but really darker than dark, whatever that would be. I have gotten wimpy in my reading, graphic violence is no longer my thing. Yet, I could no more put this book down than I could refuse to eat or sleep. Compelling, intense with an intensity that never lets up.

Actually had to put This man can pen a story unlike any others. Actually had to put it down and read something else forma while, but it called to me, boy did it ever. The characters, the many different shades to their personalities, the conflicted feelings we all share, how one person is never just one thing and how sometimes experiences affect us all differently.

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What would make one a killer would make another a saviors. Hart, gets this so right. Believe it or not there is also a great deal of love. Love for the wounded in body and spirit.

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The scarred children of the world, trying not to let the darkness define them. What people will do out of love, for love and how this will change them, lead them to do things they normally would not. There is evil, born out of greed and those that are caught in its path will never be the same.

Maybe not the same but Hart makes sure we realize there is still a chance to live a good if different life. That is his genius, his writing ability, that he makes the reader see all this. See the many shades and experiences that go into making a person who they are.

Characters and a story that despite the violence is so much more. My only wish is that this author could write faster. ARC from Netgalley. View all 44 comments. I absolutely loved this book!!! You can feel the despondency of all the characters, like a ton of bricks. The writing was sublime!! A must read. View all 27 comments. Mar 09, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley. Obstacles and emotions submerge like a Hurricane in this wonderful literary-mystery-thrillers!! I can't think of a better book in this genre! I've read many of the popular best sellers in years past the psychological- mystery -thrillers Even the epilogue will keep throw you for a loop.

I saw a 'few' things coming down the pipes early into this story I'm guessing many readers will but the writing is so page-turning terrific you won't care. Plus, Obstacles and emotions submerge like a Hurricane in this wonderful literary-mystery-thrillers!! Plus, I only got a few sprinkles right - not the whole sundae. I'll give you a hint - I promise there are enough twists and turns you can't possibly guess everything-- situations will be 'at least' a little different than the puzzle you might be trying to put together in your head.

Taking the Fifth on sharing anything else about this story Thank You St. Martin's Press, Netgalley, and the man who captures us: John Hart! View all 31 comments. Hahaha sister dear!! The road to redemption is a road filled with compassion and emotionally troubled relationships that will have you totally engaged to the surprising and gratifying ending.

JOHN HART delivers an extremely well-written read here that takes you on an emotional and bumpy road of trust and betrayals that tests the beliefs and the personal strengths of our two main characters, Elizabeth and Adrian throughout their complicated relationship. We loved the unique relationships and understanding Elizabeth had with troubled, flawed and damaged Gideon and Channing which added some backbone to the storyline.

The relationships added contrast to Elizabeth's strained relationship with someone close to her. We suggest catching a ride along with Elizabeth on her road to redemption. It's a thrilling and electrifying ride! Definitely recommend!! View all 70 comments. I am in awe of John Hart's ability to tell a story and there's no way my words can do this book justice.

It took me on a thrill ride, but with fully developed characters and a story that touched my heart. The experiences that Adrian, Liz, Channing and Gideon go through, while absolutely horrible, are told in bits and pieces and Mr. Hart's handling of those aspects of the story was masterful. Deeply troubled North Carolina police detective Elizabeth Black prowls the streets of her hometown, wondering if she will be charged with murder.

While rescuing kidnapped teenager Channing Shore, Elizabeth killed the two men who were sexually assaulting the teen in a desolate house. The case became a political hand grenade. I am going to stop here because I do not want to spoil it, but I loved every minute of it. View all 58 comments. Mar 08, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: heart-racing-thriller.

This is a heart thumping right out of your chest kind of read.

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In this complex narrative, the characters are shamelessly flawed. There is Elizabeth- a broken cop trying to do the right thing in the wrong ways. We have an ex-con, Adrian, also an ex-cop, recently released from jail with a claim of innocence. He is broken from the 13 years of time served where victimization peaks within the institution itself and power taken to an extreme. We have good cops, bad cops, a twisted warden and his posse This is a heart thumping right out of your chest kind of read.

We have good cops, bad cops, a twisted warden and his posse. So much darkness. The plot itself surrounds a disturbing murder s but we are witness to other deviant acts and crimes that will make you shudder. Redemption road is about making peace with oneself. It's acknowledging the past betrayals and moving forward. It's not always about choices made or the circumstances in which they happened, as these are often beyond our control, but rather the reality of living one's life on their own terms and deciding if the past is going to define who you are or if it's an opportunity to reinvent oneself.

Hart, your writing has redeemed the thriller genre for me. For as few of them as I read, they need to give me a jolt and this one delivered. Well played, John Hart. View all 51 comments. Redemption Road is the first book I have read by author John Hart and well worth it. An intense crime and suspense thriller set in a small southern town where everyone knows each other. What's wonderful about the book is the way 4 people are interconnected. With twists and turns we learn more about these 4 characters as the pages turn.

Adrian Wall, an ex-cop punished for a crime he may not have committed, Elizabeth Black, a suspended cop, loyal to Adrian with her own issues, Channing Shore a cri Redemption Road is the first book I have read by author John Hart and well worth it. Adrian Wall, an ex-cop punished for a crime he may not have committed, Elizabeth Black, a suspended cop, loyal to Adrian with her own issues, Channing Shore a crime victim, and Gideon Strange a child set on retribution.

With multiple plots and in depth description of events, I found this book hard to put down. Nice twist at the end. Highly recommend. View all 37 comments. May 20, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: crime , mystery-shelf , overdrive , e-book , suspense. So, sometimes authors slip past my radar, even when they are back to back Edgar winners, like John Hart. I am just now getting around to reading one of his books, but with so much positive press behind him, I was confident I was in for a real treat.

Elizabeth Black, is a well -respected cop with an impeccable record, until she makes a spontaneous decision that has her under fire by the press, the state police, her partner, her superiors, and her father, who is a minister. Her former idol, Adrian, also a cop, who has spent the last thirteen years in prison, has been released early for good behavior, but his freedom is very short lived, and he soon finds himself the prime suspect in another murder, and on the run. Elizabeth always believed in his innocence and still carries a torch for him, but helping him could cost her everything.

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Deemed a literary thriller, this story delves into the murky waters associated with the prison system, rogue cops, and religious zealots. The innocence of children and their victimization is a key theme in the story as several threads come together exposing horrendous crimes that have far reaching consequences. Elizabeth Black, is a character I will not forget anytime soon, but the supporting cast is also stellar, each bringing a crucial element to the story. I felt compassion, righteous indignation, and even fury on more than one occasion, on behalf of these characters, but I also came away with a lot of respect for them too.

This crime thriller has everything fans of the genre crave, but it is layered with a rich texture of emotions that touched every nerve fiber in my body. While, it is difficult to provide too much in depth analysis due to the possibility of giving away a key plot twist, I can say I felt some uneasiness due to a few free passes, and was left scratching my head about the attitude of some secondary characters, but overall, I felt the key players came away with something they never really had before, which gave me a feeling of fresh hope even if their circumstances are flawed.

So, all in all, I was quite impressed with this story and the author is certainly deserving of all the accolades. View all 28 comments. Apr 06, Maureen rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley , favorites. What a talent! A master storyteller, creating psychological fear of such depth that by the end of the opening chapter I felt traumatised yet hooked on his every word. Detective Elizabeth Black is smart and tough, but has an ice cold persona that hides a wealth of love for those she sees as victims.

As the story begins, we see her having to confront her past in the aftermath of a double shooting that causes both anger and suspicion, even among her fellow officers. Adrian Wall, an ex cop and convicted murderer is released from prison after 13 years. He suffered extreme violence during his prison term, and he has no reason to believe life will be any different on the outside. There are certain people out to get him wherever he is. He and Elizabeth are inexorably linked in their quest for justice and truth, and in Elizabeth's case almost to the point of self destruction, but it will lead them to some very dark and dangerous places.

I hated to put this book down, and when I did, it called to me with a persistence that was hard to ignore. Wonderfully written with a host of powerful characters, and a storyline that took my breath at times, then gave it back again - but not for long! Stunning read! View all 79 comments. With all the early five star love that this book has been receiving, I was pretty quick to queue this one up. Yes, please!

But then the darndest thing happened. At the proverbial last minute, I came down w With all the early five star love that this book has been receiving, I was pretty quick to queue this one up. At the proverbial last minute, I came down with a nasty strain of that Mitchell virus , which must have infected my mind because.

Not buying it. Not any of it. Not even for a second! Fellow officers so quick to turn on one of their own and believe the worst. Wrongfully accused man convicted, with Matlock as his attorney. An old inmate with a secret stash of buried treasure. A killer too obvious to be believed. No one bothers to stake out the church or put a tail on Liz. No one checks a downed officer for a concealed firearm.

All ring blatantly false. Essentially, Hart painted himself into a corner with a narrative that was too unwieldy with so many competing storylines that, in order to bring it all together, the climax came off as ham-fisted and contrived. In summation: Apparently that Mitchell bug in conjunction with my general negativity, broken belief system, and fundamentally reading all things wrong flaw is a deadly combination. View all 46 comments. Adrian Wall, formerly a very good cop, is on the cusp of being released from prison after thirteen years served, for a crime he may or may not have committed.

A heinous crime that left a young mother naked and strangled on the altar of a church. Once revered by the small North Carolina town that he served, Adrian has become an outcast, an ex con, an undying blemish to the community that once loved Adrian Wall, formerly a very good cop, is on the cusp of being released from prison after thirteen years served, for a crime he may or may not have committed. Once revered by the small North Carolina town that he served, Adrian has become an outcast, an ex con, an undying blemish to the community that once loved him.

Meanwhile a teenage boy, Gideon Strange, sits in the dark wondering if he is man enough to do what his father could not. His father is a broken shell of a man who can not pull himself out of a bottle long enough to offer any comfort, guidance, love or support to his young son. He lives for the memory of his dead wife, the woman whose life Adrian Wall allegedly snuffed out. Elizabeth Black, daughter of a local reverend, who has had a very strict upbringing, is a good cop. Years ago Adrian Wall saved her life and she idolizes him or at least she used to but the truth is she has had no contact with him the whole time he has been in prison.

She is unsure just how she will respond on his release, but these days she has bigger problems to worry about. She has been suspended from the force pending the results of an investigation into the deaths of two brothers who had held and brutally raped an eighteen year old girl. Elizabeth rescued Channing Shore from these scum buckets and the problem is not so much the deaths of these two brothers as it is her methods.

The real problem here lay in the evidence of excessive force and potential torture that these two men suffered. If only Elizabeth would cooperate and tell the investigating officers what really happened in that basement, but Elizabeth is not talking and neither is Channing. And upon the altar of a long since, abandoned church, as yet undiscovered, another young woman lay stripped and strangled beneath the pure white linen so carefully laid by her killer.

Wow, I have previously read two other John Hart novels and while I can say I enjoyed them because I really did, Redemption Road is in a league of its own. It is a tautly told thriller with unforgettable, sympathetic characters that you will find yourself caring about and rooting for long before you even know who they truly are.

With lies, deceit, long held loyalties questioned and dark family secrets at play, it becomes difficult to know who you can trust or believe. Meanwhile, in the dark of night there is still a depraved, psychotic, serial killer out there and he has a plan.

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John Hart has hit a homerun here folks. Be sure and pick this one up. Five fully engaged stars.

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View all 30 comments. Apr 18, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in , denied-the-arc , everyone-loved-it-but-me , the-great-white-hype , nutters , liburrrrrry-book. The office is really not the place for that type of outburst. And to all of my friends who have already read and loved this book — I wish I could join your ranks. Redemption Road got put on my TBR simply for the author name. When I noticed friends enjoying this 4. I immediately grabbed it from the library without even bothering to read a synopsis. I love dark. It gives me a reaction that is a complete of this chick.

My reaction after wrapping up the aforementioned bitchfit???? Basically, this is the synopsis of Redemption Road. I assumed since it was so obvious that meant the story would get twistier and turnier, but that was not the case. The plot points here barely even reached a shade of grey on my scale of dark. Per usual, I probably read this wrong. I definitely recognize I went in with my expectations set way too high.

View all 25 comments. From the blurb: Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. The last time I wanted From the blurb: Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.


The last time I wanted to grab my heart in my hands and run for the hills was with Patricia Cornwell's series with Dr. Kay Scarpetta turning my nightmares into a Halloween funfair for real! The escapism in Redemption Road felt more like criminal minds on steroids. There was no super written all over the characters of events. No heroes. Reality with the spotlight turned on.

All the issues in the book could be true, but combined in this thriller, it promised me a night of sleepless hours with my eyes bigger than the planets. I'm a little speechless after closing this book. It was really good. Not only was there an economy of words, but also precise characterization without too much extreme exaggerations in descriptions, plot, tension, probabilities, reality. I never wanted to escape this plot. Neither did I ever disliked or despise any of the characters.

The atmosphere and tension never released me. I did not want to come up for air. Oh but did I get mad! Then scared, then sad! Indeed, completely invested in this drama. Yes, I'm exaggerating, because in reality this book addressed corruption, abuse of power, religious insanity, betrayal, lost children and loneliness- as the central axes of motives to kill, lie, and steal.

But an element of kindness and compassion filters through by way of the 'show, don't tell'-principle. And I liked that. Very much. Behind it all are imperfect individuals who deal with these flaws in human behaviour as part of their baggage and bloodlines. Events drove them to despair and destruction of body mind and soul. However, the human spirit still hangs onto the goodness of the heart. And hope writes the final sentence over their stories. There was a cliffhanger feeling to the ending, even though it was good.

I know if I read my own comments on the book a few months from now, I won't remember what it was and I cannot leave it in a spoiler. But overall, I absolutely loved this book. This first encounter with this author was a thrill! He added much more to this story than the usual elements. What a road to redemption it was! I'm still rating it five stars, despite my slight annoyance with the ending, Yes, five stars it is and now I will stop babbling.

For murder mystery and psycho-thriller fans. This is for you! View all 26 comments. Mar 23, Paromjit rated it it was amazing Shelves: crime-fiction , literary-fiction , thriller , mystery , netgalley. John Hart has put together an incredibly good multilayered and complex crime story set in North Carolina. It is an intricate puzzle of a plot and inhabited with characters with such depth that they became real in my head. I could not stop myself from reading this twisted and exceedingly dark tale. Hart's writing expertise spins a mesmerising spell of tangled actions and people, and their history that explodes in this town.

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An experienced cop, Elizabeth, is being investigated for a shooting in whi John Hart has put together an incredibly good multilayered and complex crime story set in North Carolina. An experienced cop, Elizabeth, is being investigated for a shooting in which her actions are deemed as excessive. A 14 year old boy, Gideon, is looking to avenge the killing of his mother whilst his father seeks to blot out the world through drink. Adrian, an ex cop, is being released from prison. These characters connect and interweave, the past raises its head, reluctant to remain hidden.

This is the first book that I have read written by John Hart. It is not going to be the last, I will be trying to get my hands on his other books as soon as possible! By the way, be prepared for violence in this gritty read. I cannot express how much I loved this book. Grateful thanks to St. Martins Press for an ARC via netgalley. View all 20 comments. Oct 03, Debra rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-books. There are good books and there are great books Redemption Road is one of those books.

I love everything about this book. First off, this book is beautifully written. I also love how all of the subplots and main plot pints were woven into each other like a tapestry that if you keep reading you see how all the threads fit perfectly together. After 13 torture filled years in prison, Adrian Wall has been released wearing an ill fitting suit and 5o There are good books and there are great books After 13 torture filled years in prison, Adrian Wall has been released wearing an ill fitting suit and 5o dollars in his pocket. He has been in prison serving time for a crime he claims to have not committed.

Aiden is scarred inside and out, free but not free. Gideon Strange is a poor neglected boy with an alcoholic father. His Mother, Julia, was the woman Adrian was convicted of Murdering. He was to seek revenge for the death of his Mother. The only constant in his life is Elizabeth Black, a police officer with a tender heart for young people. Elizabeth Black is a female police officer who has a tenuous relationship with her father.

She has always believed in Adrian Wall's innocence. She met him as a teen and has felt a kinship with him every since. She has always looked out for Gideon Strange. She is a strong flawed woman with a tender heart for young people who have been wronged because she can identify with them. Beckett, a police officer and Elizabeth's partner, would do anything for his wife. He looks out for Elizabeth and tries to help her but the past has a way of creeping up and tapping one on the shoulder. The story opens as Adrian is released for prison as Elizabeth is being investigated for shooting 2 rapists.

Channing, an 18 year old girl of privilege has been kidnapped and raped by two men. Elizabeth entered the home alone where she was being kept. Only the two women made it out alive. What really happened in that house in the dark. Why are Channing and Elizabeth not cooperating fully with the investigators. Then there is a matter of another dead woman being found dead on the alter of an old church where Elizabeth's father used to preach. Coincidence that this happened right after Adrian was released from prison. There are so many terribly flawed damaged people in this book.

I liked how his characters were multi-dimensional. His characters can be both strong and weak, soft and hard, good and bad, right and then just so wrong. They make mistakes, they use poor judgement, they do wrong things but for the right reasons. There are some really evil characters in this book but then there are some good ones as well Crybaby Jones.

I liked how his main characters were incredibly human Elizabeth, Bennett, Adrian. Many of his characters are looking for redemption, revenge, or just to get on with their lives. I forced myself to read this slow as I tend to devour books that I love to fast. Then I get mad when they are over. I read this slow and savored every word. There were no slow parts to this book, no parts I wanted to skim through, there was nothing that deterred from the story line.

I will admit, I thought I figured out what was going on. I love books that make me think and feel. This book did both. This was my first book by John Hart but it definitely will not be my last. I see myself binge reading the rest of his novels. View all 8 comments. Mar 14, Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: audio.

Inspired - to be breathed upon by God. This is a convoluted tale

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