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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.
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If you could sum up Red Fish, Dead Fish in three words, what would they be?
Holy fucking hell
Who was your favorite character and why?
It’s a tie between all of them. Making me choose is cruel. Jackson and Ellery for different reasons. Also Lucy Satan. Also mike. Seriously there is no choosing. They are all wonderfully written well rounded characters whom I would love to meet in real life.
What does Greg Tremblay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The accents and the pacing. I’d read too fast, miss too much. And Greg isn’t just reading, he’s acting. It’s like watching tv but better.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Oh god, if only. I would have if i could have. But at the same time i wanted to draw it out and make it last because god only knows how long it’s going to be until the next one. I’ve been waiting for this book since last summer. It was worth the wait, no question, but I listened to it a lot faster than It’ll take for the next one to come out.
Any additional comments?
I’m about to go fangirl at Amy Lane. These books, both Fish out of Water and Red Fish Dead Fish are some of favorite books. And Greg Trembly is a narrator of unimpeachable quality. The combination is outstanding.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this. As well as the ongoing developing relationship between two main characters I really liked the story and looking forward to part 3.
Greg Tremblay’s narration was Excellent.