Your Preview Verdict: The Chase by Candice Fox

Your Preview Verdict: The Chase by Candice Fox

The new novel by New York Times #1 bestselling author Candice Fox is an electrifying cat-and-mouse thriller set in the Nevada desert.

Candice Fox has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘one of Australia’s finest new gen crime writers’ and her latest novel is another thrilling ride, as a mass prison breakout lets loose 650 of the country’s most dangerous prisoners.

‘Are you listening, Warden?’

‘What do you want?’

‘I want you to let them out.’

‘Which inmates are we talking about?’

‘All of them.

When more than 600 of the world’s most violent human beings pour out from Pronghorn Correctional Facility into the Nevada Desert, the biggest manhunt in US history begins.

But for John Kradle, this is his one chance to prove his innocence, five years after the murder of his wife and child.

He just needs to stay one step ahead of the teams of law enforcement officers he knows will be chasing down the escapees.

Death row supervisor turned fugitive-hunter Celine Osbourne is single-minded in her mission to catch Kradle. She has very personal reasons for hating him – and she knows exactly where he’s heading..

Read some great reviews from our Preview readers here:

Thank you to Better Reading Preview and Penguin Random House Australia for the opportunity to read and review The Chase, the latest novel from the highly acclaimed Candice Fox. Having been a fan of Fox for quite some time, I must confess to being biased when I received this book, anticipating a well-written, page-turning crime story that would keep me reading well into the night (and the early hours of the morning). I was not disappointed! The plot of The Chase centres on the idea that more than 600 violent prisoners have escaped into the community from a Nevada correctional facility. Subsequently, the reader follows the stories of several characters, most notably Death Row supervisor, Celine, and prisoner, John Kable, who was on Death Row for murdering his family. While Celine is determined to capture her prisoner, Kable is equally determined to prove his innocence. Various other characters and sub-plots add to the story’s tension. Fox is a gifted storyteller and is particularly skilled at combining nail-biting plot development with the presentation of well-rounded, three-dimensional characters. The Chase is yet another example of why she is such a highly regarded crime-fiction author. Alison, QLD, 5 Stars

The Chase by Australian author Candice Fox is a fast-paced thriller set in the Nevada Desert, USA. This story reminded me a bit of the old action movie, Con Air. Over 600 prisoners are let loose after an attack on a busload of innocent people occurs. With petty criminals and dangerous killers free to roam the countryside the suspense builds. With thanks to Better Reading for my ARC of this exciting story. Sharah, QLD, 5 Stars

This is the first time I have read Candice Fox. “The Chase” is an exciting book that keeps you engrossed to the end. The mass escape from the prison in the Nevada desert follows several of the prisoners and the law enforcement officers trying to recapture them. Some were eager to escape the while others were reluctant. Some were eager to continue their crime sprees while prisoner Kradle (a sympathetic character) wants to prove his innocence. Celine, a prison guard supervisor, reacts and views people as a result of previous experiences. A great read! Anne, NSW, 5 Stars

From the first chapter of The Chase, I was hooked. The opening visceral scenes plunge the reader right into the heart of the action when over six hundred prisoners are released from Pronghorn Correctional facility into the Nevada Desert. The stakes are high as this large scale manhunt begins and I’m on the edge of my seat for this dramatic journey. What I really love about The Chase is the strong female characters at the centre of the story. Death Row Supervisor, Celine Osbourne’s view of the world is filtered through a tragic history. Marshal Trinity Parker leads the investigation and her feisty personality and fantastic dialogue keeps the hunt moving at a cracking pace. Equally intriguing is Celine’s relationship with Death Row inmate John Kradle. Themes like guilt versus innocence, bad versus good, crime and punishment make this a very compelling read. Popular Australian author Candice Fox sure has the skills when it comes to writing thrilling fast-paced crime novels. The tension is constantly building so it is a real page-turner. I loved reading it and would also love The Chase to be adapted for the screen one day! Vanessa, NSW, 5 Stars

Fantastic! It’s the first Candice Fox novel I’ve read and I can’t wait to read more. The Chase was a perfectly written, page-turning thrill ride filled with drama/crime/action. The only problem was I had to fight my son to read it! He read the first chapter and was hooked so I knew where it was when it disappeared from my bedside table! Katrina, QLD, 5 Stars

Candice Fox has written an addictive and intriguing novel in The Chase. I found it very hard to put the book down and looked forward to every evening reading a little more! It was a gripping novel with lots of twists and turns throughout. Candice created her characters, both the good and bad, enticing us into their lives and following the escapees on their journey. I can’t wait for Candice’s next thriller! Christine, WA, 5 Stars

I loved this book – great characters, fantastic (and fantastical!) plot and a totally satisfying ending. It was so much more than just a thriller or a crime story. Clever use of sub-plots too – all those little side stories. At times chilling but with plenty of lighter moments. I can see a TV series on its way! Victoria, NSW, 5 Stars

Oh wow – what a fantastic ride that one was! This book just grabs you by the throat right from the start and drags you along, kicking and screaming at times. Candice paints such a vivid picture of the events as they unfold that I felt like I was right there, a silent observer who wanted at times to yell out a warning or race in and help. The characters are very well developed, allowing me to be drawn into caring about several and feeling hatred and disgust for others because of their crimes. I have never read anything by Candice Fox before but I will certainly be looking out for her other books after reading The Chase. Maree, QLD, 5 Stars

Candice Fox’s writing is smooth and rich, creating a fast-paced thriller that hooks you in from the first sentence. This is a must-read. You’re immersed in numerous perspectives to create a 360-degree view of the entire narrative, ranging from escaped prisoners to correctional officers to the general public; in order to encapsulate what happens when over 600 dangerous prisoners are released freely into the Nevada Desert. Fox does an amazing job at getting the reader to connect to the characters through flashbacks, making them vulnerable and believable people and then juxtaposing this with their reality. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Never having read a Candice Fox novel, I will now endeavour to seek out her entire book collection after reading this novel. So, if you love thrillers, action, suspense and impeccable writing, go out and read this book. Charlotte, NSW, 5 Stars

I’ve found my new favourite author! Candice Fox has written a real page-turner, the likes of James Patterson and Kathy Reichs. The pace of the story, the variety of characters, and the thrill of the chase (pun intended) leaves you wanting more. A true-crime thriller that sucks you right into the lives of Celine and Kradle – what will happen? How will it end? Who is good and who is bad? Nothing is what it seems. Ammie, NSW, 5 Stars

This fantastic crime read is made up of many storylines that follow escaped prisoners and prison guards from Pronghorn Correctional Facility, each on their own personal pursuit. As the storylines unfold we learn the sad truth that not all Death Row prisoners should be behind bars, and scarily some prisoners that are locked away for much lesser crimes should be on Death Row. Fox’s writing is easy to read and creates a vivid picture, so much so that reading this book felt like I had watched a great movie or tv series. I highly recommend this book! Thank you Better Reading and Penguin Random House Australia for the advanced copy of this book. Sarah, NSW, 5 Stars

Wow! This was my first encounter with author Candice Fox, and I was suitably impressed! Will be adding her other titles to my reading Wishlist! A gripping thriller with subtle themes of innocence shattered & good triumphing evil & the interweaving of characters stories as each chapter unfolded. Highly recommend. Melanie, VIC, 5 Stars

I loved this book!! Five pages in and I was hooked. This is the first book I have read by Candice Fox but I will definitely be reading more by this author. The story was clever, with the desert giving the perfect sense of desperation to the escaping fugitives, with plenty of twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters were well written, but not predictable, with plenty of psychos for all those crime fiction fans. The author has obviously done a lot of research on the type of criminals she is writing about, some were quite terrifying. An exciting and fast-paced thriller I would highly recommend. LT, VIC, 5 Stars

From the moment I picked up Candice Fox’s new crime novel, “The Chase” I couldn’t put it down. This fast-paced adventure follows escapees from a maximum-security prison and one woman’s quest to track them down. From the central character through to the variety of escapees, we learn how events from each person’s past influence the decisions they make later in life, without them necessarily being aware that it is happening. With a line up of characters that will send a chill down your spine and have you locking your doors at night, this book is a breathless race to the finish. Karina, QLD, 5 Stars

“The Chase”.. what more is there to say about it, other than.. let the women do the work! It’s very rare to find a book full of strong empowering women in male-dominated positions but this booked captured it perfectly. Celine has made it her life’s work to punish her grandfather and his crimes vicariously through the inmates on death row, particularly to John, a man reminiscent of her grandfather.. or is he? This is a crime novel that is fresh and new from the first chapter, It was a thrilling read from start to finish! I was disappointed when it ended after what felt like 4 chapters and I have so many follow up questions for the characters that a sequel is a must! Mercury, NSW, 5 Stars 

Candice Fox is back with a bang and THE CHASE just might be her biggest, baddest and most-adrenalin packed book yet. Opening with a prison break in the Nevada desert, the story sets off —much like her escapees—in varied directions, showing us the bigger story picture from a mix of wildly interesting viewpoints. The writing is compulsively readable, the pace relentless and the characters jammed full of the flaws and humanity we’ve come to expect from Fox. The characters she chooses to highlight in short and punchy POV chapters around the main chase almost steal the show. Make no mistake, Fox specialises in plot-based narratives but it is her fully-fleshed and relatable characters that lift her books up above the pack. And she writes ballsy, imperfectly real women as well as anyone out there. THE CHASE is a sure-fire adrenaline shot of a thriller, and I can’t wait to see where Fox heads next with her writing. Michelle, VIC, 5 Stars

Holy moly, The Chase is a supercharged rollercoaster ride, fast-paced and action-packed. I was beyond excited to receive an advanced copy of The Chase by the Queen of crime writing, Australian author Candice Fox and was hooked from the opening chapter. The Chase begins with a mass breakout of six hundred and fifty-three dangerous criminals from Pronghorn Correctional Facility in the Nevada Desert including those on Death Row, the most violent of all, evil murderers and serial killers. Death Row supervisor Captain Celine Osbourne is determined to make it her mission to capture in particular fugitive John Kradle who massacred his family. Celine hates Kradle and has her own personal reasons for singling him out which centre around tortured memories from her childhood. Meanwhile, John Kradle is more concerned with finding out the truth about who murdered his family and enacting vengeance. He has planned this for years on the off chance that there’s a breakout. As the story follows the hugest manhunt the country has ever seen, we follow the assorted exploits of a number of the fugitives in their escape for freedom. I absolutely loved the character portrayals, the compelling storyline and the quirky banter between Celine and Kradle. As usual, I just love Fox’s unique brand of wry humour and the quirkiness with her characters as usual sparkles through. Candice never disappoints, a tremendously entertaining read, highly recommended! Gloria, SA, 5 Stars

What a ride! This story caught me right from the opening page and dragged me along for ‘The Chase’! Well written characters that invest you, particularly John Kradle, and an interesting plot that seems scarily plausible. This is my first time reading a Candice Fox book, but I look forward to reading more from this talented Aussie. Thanks to BetterReading for an uncorrected advance proof in exchange for an unbiased review. Tracy, VIC, 5 Stars

I recently received a copy of The Chase by Candice Fox as an ARC copy thanks to Better reading and Penguin Random House Australia. It’s the first Candice Fox novel I’ve read which wasn’t a collaboration with James Patterson. It won’t be my last. What’s even better is that she’s an Australian author. It’s a fast-paced, action-packed tale of an innocent busload of family and friends on their way to visit loved one inmates incarcerated in an isolated Nevada prison. They find themselves hostage to an unknown sniper ready to kill them all if all the prisoners aren’t released including the most dangerous on death row. Celine Osbourne is a death row supervisor who tries to prevent the release, however with all the other wardens family at risk she fails to convince them to keep the prison in lockdown. Thus releasing 600 very dangerous and violent criminals back into society. The cat and mouse game begins. Celine has an intense hatred of one particular inmate, John Kradle because of deep wounds from childhood traumas which seem too close to his own conviction to have an impartial attitude towards hence her narrow-minded obsession of being to recapture him. He is on a mission of forgiveness, redemption and the truth. Who will win? A brilliant book filled with action, drama and twists which are often unexpected. Love, love, loved it. Janet, NSW, 5 Stars

Kristen Phillips Nsw A cracker from start to finish! Had me hooked right from the beginning. A great story with characters you get invested in from the sassy prison guard Celine to death row escapee John. Candace takes you on a crazy journey of inmates following an entire prison breakout and the ensuing manhunt. You won’t want any interruptions as you speed through this thriller! Sharon, ACT, 5 Stars

Twenty pages in I realised I was going to have to hunt down Fox’s entire back catalogue. “The Chase” is that good; it’ll turn you into an instant fan. The hostage situation that opens the book is breathtaking in its’ tension. It opens the novel with a bang, making you care from page one. Soon after that Fox engages you with strong characters. Kradle’s quest to stay free long enough to prove his innocence provides much of the suspense throughout the novel. This kept me turning the pages quickly. Fox has us cheering both protagonists on, which is a bit of a challenge given they’re at complete odds with each other, and if the guard intent on recapturing Kradle succeeds in her goal, she’ll prevent Kradle from succeeding at his. Trust is a theme. With most of the escaped prisoners, the message seems to be that it’s stupid and dangerous to trust anyone. Yet Kradle relies heavily on the trust of others to help him, and we encourage him. “The Chase” is a genuine page-turner; it’ll engage your attention fast, be difficult to put down, and linger in the back of your mind afterwards. It’s an outstanding crime novel. Lorraine, ACT, 5 Stars

The Chase by Candice Fox Crime Fiction at its best! – Brilliant, fast-paced, suspenseful writing that hardly gives the reader time to catch their breath. The short, sharp chapters provide just enough detail to maintain the reader’s continuing interest but not too many clues so as to be predictable. The end of each section leaves the reader tense, wondering, afraid of what’s going to happen next- then the scene changes to focus on a different character and his or her story. This technique links everything together to keep the reader in constant suspense and with no idea how the many storylines will be resolved. My first Candice Fox novel but definitely not my last! Sandra, NSW, 5 Stars

The Chase by Candice Fox was a winner from start to finish. So easy to read. A real page-turner! Following a prison breakout, nasty characters are on the run. One prisoner is trying to prove his innocence and others out to cause nothing but mayhem. Candice doesn’t hold any punches either. She writes extremely well and her words are able to paint grizzly scenes with twists and turns that add to the drama. It’s hard to pick the good guys from the bad guys. Loved the ride. The Chase has everything a crime reader wants with more than enough to keep you guessing and leaves you wanting more. I thoroughly enjoyed my first novel by Candice Cox and it certainly won’t be my last. Sandra, NSW, 5 Stars

This is the first Candice Fox novel I have read but it won’t be the last! She takes the reader on a turbulent ride from the horrifying release of the prisoners to the turn around of some of the characters who aren’t who you thought they were. Candice explores the corruption within prisons, the biases people bring to their workplace, themes of revenge, and the ability of people to see past the façade of danger to recognise the innate goodness of the person within. Fox creates interesting characters and I really enjoyed the fast-paced banter between the main characters, as well as their character development. This is gripping, edge of your seat stuff – adrenaline pumped right from the start, the disturbing adventures twist their way towards the conclusion – nothing is what it seems. It makes you question – what would you do for the people you loved? I’m off to read all the other Candice Fox books now. Debra, NSW, 4 Stars

Aussie author Candice Fox has previously collaborated with one of the best-selling crime writers of all time, James Patterson, on six books, so I knew going into this that I was in capable hands. Her latest tale, The Chase, is US TV series Prison Break meets blockbuster movie Con Air. It is action-packed, addictive and suspenseful. The story launches with the breakout of more than 600 prisoners from a Nevada Desert jail and what follows is the biggest manhunt the US has ever seen. At the top of the list to recapture are mass murderers, terrorists… and John Kradle. Kradle has been convicted of murdering his wife, son and sister-in-law – a crime he maintains he is innocent of. But prison guard Celine Osbourne doesn’t believe him and will go to any lengths to hunt him down. Her motivation behind this forms the central plot, but there are just-as-juicy sub-plots that also drive the story forward. Like who organised the breakout and why? And if Kradle didn’t kill his family, who did? With his unexpected chance at freedom, Kradle takes us on a cat-and-mouse chase as he races to find his family’s murderer before authorities close in on him. Refreshing to see strong, believable female characters cast as heroes. A cracking read! Eynas, SA, 4 Stars

This is another stand-alone novel from Candice Fox and her writing is just so exciting to read! Over 600 prisoners have been released from Pronghorn prison including the most dangerous psychopaths and murderers on death row. We follow Celine, a prison officer with a traumatic past as she tries to find death row inmate John Kradle. John’s out to prove his innocence, no matter what it takes and Celine’s out to get him. Candice Fox has successfully written another exciting, fast-paced novel and I was continually surprised by the twists and turns. The story kept me guessing and I struggled to put the book down. My only gripe with the book is all the characters, sometimes I found it confusing. Highly recommend it for crime and thriller lovers! Rosie, NSW, 4 Stars

The action starts immediately in this fast-paced thriller and doesn’t stop until the very end. The Nevada desert, the American prison system and the police are all described in accurate detail, which is impressive coming from an Australian writer. There are loads of characters to keep track of, and many are multi-faceted so your opinion changes throughout the book. John Kradle is a MacGyver-like figure, resourceful and resilient in his quest to seek justice for his murdered family. He quickly elicits sympathy, as does Death Row warden Celine, whose horrific backstory is played out gradually as the reader begins to understand her particular fascination with Kradle. The actions of the escaped prisoners, interspersed throughout the main action of the book, were particularly well written and frightening. There were a few loose ends not tied up in the book, but aside from that, I found it to be a fascinating read, with loads of action and plenty of thrilling twists and turns. Katrina, TAS 4 Stars

From the very first line, Candice Fox hurls you into a state of confusion, much like the guards and inmates must be experiencing when the mass exodus begins. The Chase is a complex, exciting game of cat and mouse, with some secondary “mice” sprinkled in to throw readers off the scent. Fox has created flawed, complex anti-heroes and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. She touches on family violence and terrorism but at times still manages a little laugh. Some of the secondary storylines lost me a little, but the main narrative was compelling and exciting. I would definitely recommend it. Felicity, NSW, 4 Stars

The Chase by Candice Fox is an action-packed, fast-paced adventure, which involves the orchestrated breakout of 600 inmates from a prison in Nevada. At first, the mastermind behind it all and the immediate plan of this inmate is unclear. But as the plan is unveiled, there are also several other storylines running in tandem, which keeps the reader engaged and interested. The other major storyline is that of convicted killer John Kradle, a man accused of murdering his own family and determined to find out the truth upon his unexpected release in the breakout. I enjoyed this novel, it had the story of one innocent man amongst hundreds of criminals and you were constantly reminded that they were desperate criminals, due to the frequent violence and deception they undertook. They were not misunderstood and looking for forgiveness, their lives were based around survival; through whatever means necessary. I felt this lent authenticity to the story. Fox also fleshes out female characters who are cynical, hard-bitten and conflicted. Fox also writes them with strength, as they need to be particularly when working in law enforcement. I appreciated that they weren’t just token females. Karlie, SA, 4 Stars 

Wow, what a wild ride. Candice Fox really is a master of the thriller genre. She has created believable characters that you can’t help but get invested in, while also seeing their fatal flaws that make them who they are. Anyone who loves an action-packed, hugely suspenseful thriller, this novel is for you. Well worth a look even if you don’t usually go for this sort of thing. Well done, Candice! We look forward to your next exciting page-turner! 4 stars. Angie, NSW, 4 Stars

Despite a few cleverly sketched characters (Axe’s journey was brilliant), I found the book an overall disappointment. Even though the book’s initial premise was explained later in the book, I didn’t find it believable – and without that buy-in from the start, it was hard to really engage with the book. I did find the main plotline derivative of the movie The Fugitive, (which is mentioned in the book, so the potential comparisons are self-consciously pre-empted) added nothing of real value to the original story. Some characters, particularly Keeps and Christine, were initially described in a way that didn’t seem – to me – to match their later characterisations. There were also some pretty important points in the book that were obviously not well researched, that didn’t sit right on reading and only took a few minutes Googling to find the answer. Much of the book felt like it was capitalising on huge, urgent issues – but without offering any true depth. Anne-Marie, QLD, 2 Stars 


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        The Chase
        Candice Fox
        Crime Fiction
        30 March, 2021


        Candice Fox has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as 'one of Australia’s finest new-gen crime writers' and her latest novel is another thrilling ride, as a mass prison breakout lets loose 650 of the country's most dangerous prisoners. When more than 600 of the world’s most violent human beings pour out from Pronghorn Correctional Facility into the Nevada Desert, the biggest manhunt in US history begins. But for John Kradle, this is his one chance to prove his innocence, five years after the murder of his wife and child. He just needs to stay one step ahead of the teams of law enforcement officers he knows will be chasing down the escapees. Death row supervisor turned fugitive-hunter Celine Osbourne is single-minded in her mission to catch Kradle. She has very personal reasons for hating him – and she knows exactly where he’s heading . . .
        Candice Fox
        About the author

        Candice Fox

        Hades, Candice Fox's first novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association. The sequel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in 2015, making Candice only the second author to win these accolades back to back. All her subsequent novels – FallCrimson Lake, Redemption Point and Gone by Midnight – have been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award.In 2015 Candice began collaborating with James Patterson. Their first novel together, Never Never, set in the vast Australian outback, was a huge bestseller in Australia and went straight to number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list in the US and also to the top of the charts in the UK. Their subsequent novels Fifty FiftyLiar Liar and Hush Hush have all been massive bestsellers across the world. Their most recent collaboration, The Inn, was released in August 2019.Bankstown born and bred, Candice lives in Sydney.

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