Title: Red Fish, Dead Fish (Fish Out of Water #2)
Author: Amy Lane and Greg Tremblay (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 2nd 2018
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other.
Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.
Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes.
Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor.
I felt like Red Fish, Dead Fish was a really strong sophomore installment to the Fish Out of Water series.
There’s a solid mystery element, suspense in trying to figure out serial killer Owens’ next move, some pretty hairy situations Jackson stupidly puts himself in, and even a bit of suspense in just how far Ellery is willing to go for Jackson and their relationship. Spoiler: He’s willing to go all the way.
I loved the way Ellery handles Jackson. Their relationship is so much better this time around. They seem more comfortable with one another and Ellery knows Jackson so well he’s able to anticipate certain boneheaded moves before it ruins everything.
I really liked that Red Fish, Dead Fish ties up most of the loose ends from Fish Out of Water and we get an ending where Jackson and Ellery are in a good place relationship-wise, while opening a side plot to be explored in a future story. Yes, it technically ends on a cliffhanger, but it’s not the kind that will probably drive anyone nuts.
I have loved listening to this series because I can get lost in Greg Tremblay’s voice and just sit back and enjoy. He has great character voices, and he paces his delivery to really draw out the suspense.
While Red Fish, Dead Fish could possibly be read as a standalone, there’s a lot happening that directly ties in to Fish Out of Water, so I would definitely recommend reading/listening to Fish Out of Water first for background and the case that finally brought Jackson and Ellery together as a couple.
P.S.: The audiobook includes a bonus after the book of four stories that were posted on various blogs before Red Fish, Dead Fish began that Greg narrates for the listener. Two of the stories involve Ace and Sonny from Racing for the Sun and the action from these stories is discussed in Red Fish, Dead Fish. I sort of wish they’d been at the beginning of the audio rather than the end.