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The coronavirus lockdown has led to a big uptick in reading and binge-watching. We’ve given you plenty of recommendations in both categories, but as things gradually get back to normal, one show you definitely don’t want to miss is the Canadian crime series Cardinal. Season four is available on iPlayer at the moment – it’s the best of the set and one of the finest cold climate revenge thrillers we’ve ever watched.
Winter has fallen on Algonquin Bay up in Northern Ontario, and the husband of a prominent local politician has been kidnapped. He dies a brutal death, tied to a stake and left out at night to freeze in the minus-20 degree climate wearing just a thin white parka.
At 26 years of age, Australian author Gabriel Bergmoser is already something of a phenomenon in his own country. He’s won the Peter Ustinov and Kenneth Branagh awards for his scriptwriting, and has three young adult thrillers to his name. Now the Melbourne-based writer has fixed his focus on the crime fiction genre with The Hunted, a tense and bloody pursuit through wasteland in a place that could easily be called The Middle of Nowhere, Australia.
In the book, a young woman called Allie arrives to stay with her grandfather, Frank, at a forgotten service station. Also on the highway are the free-spirited wanderer, Simon, and a woman called Maggie who will tie all their fates together. Plus, out there somewhere are those hunters referred to in the title.
From his lockdown base in Melbou...Read More