Redemption Road

Redemption Road

Now at NYT Besteller 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. After five years, John Hart is back. 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 McC...

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Redemption Road Reviews

  • Diane S ☔

    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. 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 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. 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. 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.

  • Linda

    I received a copy of Redemption Road by John Hart through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to NetGalley, Thomas Dunne Books, and to John Hart for the opportunity.

    John Hart.....A wizard with words.

    "She sat. She paced. The soft, warm day ate her alive."

    Elizabeth Black, a police officer for thirteen years, is under investigation for a crime scene that went terribly wrong. A young girl kept captive in the dark, hollowed-out basement of an abandoned building knows only too well what she and

    I received a copy of Redemption Road by John Hart through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to NetGalley, Thomas Dunne Books, and to John Hart for the opportunity.

    John Hart.....A wizard with words.

    "She sat. She paced. The soft, warm day ate her alive."

    Elizabeth Black, a police officer for thirteen years, is under investigation for a crime scene that went terribly wrong. A young girl kept captive in the dark, hollowed-out basement of an abandoned building knows only too well what she and Liz saw with terror-filled eyes. Will these eyes give way to even more while delving into the deeper levels of what truly lurks within?

    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. I am officially taken with this very talented man.

  • Jennifer Masterson

    5 HUGE STARS!!! This book! This book!!! This is the book everyone should be reading!!! My favorite thriller since last year's "Bull Mountain"! "Redemption Road" grabbed me right from the creepy beginning and never let go!

    I'm not going to say much. It's best to go into this one without reading a lot of reviews.

    This is what I will say. The writing is phenomenal!!! This is my first John Hart novel but it certainly won't be my last. It is a gritty, dark thriller that takes place in North Carolina. T

    5 HUGE STARS!!! This book! This book!!! This is the book everyone should be reading!!! My favorite thriller since last year's "Bull Mountain"! "Redemption Road" grabbed me right from the creepy beginning and never let go!

    I'm not going to say much. It's best to go into this one without reading a lot of reviews.

    This is what I will say. The writing is phenomenal!!! This is my first John Hart novel but it certainly won't be my last. It is a gritty, dark thriller that takes place in North Carolina. The story revolves around fallen Police Officer, Elizabeth Black and her first partner, who has just gotten out of prison after serving a 13 year sentence, Adrian Wall. Elizabeth has just shot and killed two criminals with 18 rounds, yes 18 rounds of ammunition for raping and torturing 18 year old Channing Shore. Gideon is a teen out for the revenge of his mother's death. There is a serial killer that needs to be stopped and many many other memorable storylines and characters. I won't list them all. I will say my favorite character was "Cry-baby Jones"!

    This book is so good!!! I can't wait to discuss it with others!!!

    I listened to the audio version. The narration is 5 Star! Props to Scott Sheperd! There is a lot going on in this novel and Mr. Sheperd did an awesome job of bringing this story and these characters to life!!!

    Highly recommended!!! Read or listen to it and thank me later! It's that good!

  • Brina

    Before John Grisham started churning out formulaic thrillers every year, he wrote southern style thrillers that I anticipated reading. I hadn't read well written books of this genre for a number of years until now that I have discovered John Hart. A former attorney and recipient of the Edgar Award, North Carolina born Hart has penned thrillers that keep one guessing until the final pages. This could not be more true of his fifth book, Redemption Road which had me on edge until the end.

    At the boo

    Before John Grisham started churning out formulaic thrillers every year, he wrote southern style thrillers that I anticipated reading. I hadn't read well written books of this genre for a number of years until now that I have discovered John Hart. A former attorney and recipient of the Edgar Award, North Carolina born Hart has penned thrillers that keep one guessing until the final pages. This could not be more true of his fifth book, Redemption Road which had me on edge until the end.

    At the book's opening we meet ex-con and former cop Adrian Wall who is to be released from prison after thirteen years for a crime he may or may not have committed. On the same day, fourteen year old Gideon Strange, the victim's son, is determined to kill Wall in retribution for murdering his mother. Strange fails and is shot in the stomach, yet avoiding any major arteries, and he heads to the hospital where we find out that he has been living the last thirteen years with a deadbeat, alcoholic father. Meanwhile, Wall escapes authorities.

    Intertwined with Wall's supposed crimes and backstory, is thirteen year veteran cop Elizabeth Black. The daughter of a reverend and brought up strictly, we find Black amid allegations of her own. Thirteen years earlier, Wall had stopped Black from committing suicide and she joined the force partially because she idolized him, partially because she really believed in stopping bad forces in the world. At this story's beginning, Black has been suspended from the police force because she is under investigation for murdering two brothers for holding and raping eighteen year old Channing Shore over a forty hour period. This has occurred on the same week that Wall was released from prison. As the story unravels, Wall, Black, Strange, and Shore all become interconnected.

    Hart paints a vivid picture of a small North Carolina community where retribution for crimes occurs and all people know everyone else. He creates real characters from Wall and Black to elderly attorney Faircloth "Crybaby" Jones, Black's partner Charlie Beckett, and the warden and his peons at the prison. There is no escaping anyone's business or wrath because the entire town knows of old secrets. Or do they?

    The last third of the book had me reading quickly to find out the denouement and whodunit. Just when we think Wall is guilty, Hart peels back more layers to the mystery. In addition to the mystery and thriller, Hart hints at a romantic interest between Wall and Black that also held my interest. The thriller tugged at raw emotions and left me racing at the end. I rate Redemption Road 4 stars and look forward to reading more of Hart's books in the future.

  • Melissa

    If you haven’t read this yet, just know, once you start, there’s no escaping this dark and twisty read. A riveting and suspense-filled police procedural, reminiscent of literary fiction, REDEMPTION ROAD

    for days. There were more times than not, over the five-day span of my read, that I found my mind wandering back to this whodunnit—chock-full of lies, manipulation, degradation and ultimately redemption—I couldn’t get enough. The flawed characters, the corrupt small-town setti

    If you haven’t read this yet, just know, once you start, there’s no escaping this dark and twisty read. A riveting and suspense-filled police procedural, reminiscent of literary fiction, REDEMPTION ROAD

    for days. There were more times than not, over the five-day span of my read, that I found my mind wandering back to this whodunnit—chock-full of lies, manipulation, degradation and ultimately redemption—I couldn’t get enough. The flawed characters, the corrupt small-town setting, the enigmatic twists and

    ending, checked more than the requisite boxes for this suspense reader.

    When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it.

    over it.

    every. single. moment.

    each and every minute detail in an effort to uncover some minor tell that might lead me to the path of truth. I had way too many questions and not enough answers, which in hindsight, isn’t a bad place to be in this genre, right? Who wants to suffer through a predictable plot?

    There’s something about

    's writing, his choice of words, that feels lush and magnetic. Going in, knowing this was a suspense novel/police procedural, his writing wasn’t at all what I expected. I was kind of blown away, if I’m being completely honest. The

    and feel of the story lends itself more to literary fiction than a fast-paced in-your-face police procedural, but the ominous undertone, horrific situations and unexpected paths this story veers down, is sure to keep any suspense junkie on their toes.

    The driving force behind this novel was certainly the cast of dynamic characters. Each memorable and compelling in their own right, there were those I loved and others I loved to hate. Isn't that the best of both worlds?

    Most surprising of all was that ending. I’m a little shocked I can even say this, considering how many disturbing reads I’ve subjected myself to over the years, but turns out, the underlying truth was even

    warped than any of the theories swimming around in my own brain. When the mask was pulled off, I was a little taken aback. I don't know why, but I didn't see

    as a possibility. Maybe my twisted mind, isn’t

    twisted after all?

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