Title: Hush Hush (Harriet Blue 4)
Author: James Patterson & Candice Fox
Published: May 7th 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Crime, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
The blistering new novel in James Patterson’s #1 bestselling series set in Australia.
Harriet Blue used to be a detective. Now she’s inmate 3329.
Prison is a dangerous place for a former cop – as Harriet is learning on a daily basis.
So, following a fight for her life and a prison-wide lockdown, the last person she wants to see is Deputy Police Commissioner Joe Woods. The man who put her inside.
But Woods is not there to gloat. His daughter Tonya and her two-year-old child have gone missing.
He’s ready to offer Harriet a deal: find his family to buy her freedom …
Harriet Blue back for another blockbuster and action packed thrill ride in Hush Hush. The fourth novel in this popular series penned by the world’s most popular thriller writer James Patterson and my own favourite crime fiction writer, Candice Fox, will send you in a spin. I consumed this one over two sittings, it is compulsive, addictive and unputdownable!
Hush Hush follows on from the events that closed Liar Liar. I am a keen fan of this series and I love how all the books in this series, Hush Hush included, are injected with plenty of Candice Fox flavour! I was definitely itching to get back to Harriet. At the close of the previous book in this series, Harriet was placed in jail and was stripped of her rights to work as a Detective. I was keen to see if Harriet would survive jail. I know she is one tough cookie, but being a former officer of the law, this would make her an immediate target in jail. It doesn’t take long before Harriet is placed under extreme threat. Support comes from an unlikely source, the very same man who put Harriet in jail. Reaching out for help, the Deputy Police Commissioner knows Harry is his best bet to help find his missing daughter and her child. Harry must do all she can to strike this deal and retrieve the missing woman and child. In solving this case, Harry faces a reprieve from her jail sentence. Can she pull it off?
The Detective Harry Blue series is a fantastic one to follow and I’ve committed myself to this one from the very start. If this book or series has sparked your interest somewhere along the line, I do encourage you to begin from the first book in the series as it will enhance your reading experience. All the books are fast reads, which is a reflection of James Patterson’s signature style. I tend to whizz through each one. Hush Hush is definitely no exception, it was a white knuckled ride from start to finish. The short and sharp chapters really worked for me, ramping up the pace and suspense element of this new tale from the Patterson/Fox combo.
When Liar Liar concluded, I was absolutely dying to see how Harry would go in jail. I know she is tough and unbreakable, but I wanted to see how this experience would test, as well as change her. The jail sequences are completely absorbing, I did enjoy these scenes and I liked how they led to a new case to solve. In addition, Harry is given a lifeline by someone I truly did not suspect would offer an olive branch of sorts, but this comes at a cost. The pressure is high as Harry must solve a missing person’s case in order to buy her ticket to freedom. As usual, thanks to the clever groundwork of Patterson and Fox, I was unable to successfully crack the cases, but readers will be pleased with how it all concludes.
I am a little unsure of what is happening to this series, as I have made a firm commitment to following Harriet Blue and I genuinely enjoy reading each issue. I always look forward to the next book and I would be jumping with joy if we get to see more of Harry, Tox, Pops and the crew in the not too distant future. These protagonists, both old and new, are personified so well by the two authors, it would be a shame to let them go. I was pleasantly surprised to see a new book on the horizon from Patterson and Fox, The Inn. I started reading the first four chapters included in the back of my copy of Hush Hush and I was hooked! I can’t wait for this one to come out, but at the same time, I really do hope that we are reunited with Harriet again.
Hush Hush by James Patterson & Candice Fox was published on 7th May 2019 by Penguin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
To learn more about the author of Hush Hush, James Patterson, visit here.
To learn more about the author of Hush Hush, Candice Fox, visit here.
*I wish to thank Penguin Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.
Hush Hush is book #65 of the 2019 Australian Women Writers Challenge