New ( In The Dark)
Managed to finish the book in one week Really liked the story and the surprising twists and turns of events did not see that end coming for a very long time Well I enjoyed the first in this new series when I read it a while ago so I was uite looking forward to seeing what was next for DI Adam Fawley I really wasn t expecting this Oh my goodness I really didn t see that coming And I read a lot of this genre of book so It Takes A Fair Bit takes a fair bit fox me I can tell you Mixing police procedural seamlessly with psychological thriller this ticked every box for me and then some Although the main story is self contained to get the best from it with respect to DI Fawley s backstory you would do better reading the series opener firstA house is being refurbished and work in the cellar there leads to a really nasty discovery A woman and child are being held in the cellar of next door The police are called and free them at the same time finding the owner of the house in a dishevelled and disorientated state They take him in and it becomes evident that he confused and is suffering from dementia and violently protests that he nows nothing of his captives Meanwhile the woman Vicky is hospitalised and in her traumatised state violently rejects the childEnter DI Adam Fawley to investigate He remembers a similar case where another woman went missing a couple of years ago in the same neighbourhood The press also get wind of it so he goes to see the previous woman s husband and reopens that investigation in parallel to the new oneAnd so begins a veritable tale of secrets lies duplicitous behaviour and all sorts of other shenanigans that held me completely rapt throughout Are the two cases linked and if so how With his main suspect not really all there and being very unhelpful in his rare lucid moments how will Hawley manage to get to the bottom of what happened and whyWhat started off as relatively simple in the beginning degenerated into murky waters as slowly the evidence started to come to light The main narrative was interspersed with social media including comments and press reports which made for a good way of giving a lot of information in a short space of time The plot itself ept me guessing throughout as I along with the police suspected this person then that person Luckily for me they managed to get there eventually whereas I was still pretty flummoxed I did have an inkling as to the fate of the original woman but well the rest of it was a right shock to me when it was revealedCharacterisation was great So many duplicitous characters most with their own secrets and lies some to do with what was happening others just adding to the twisty turny nature off the book Pacing was perfect and there was also the usual banter and camaraderie between the police which you would expect from the genre giving a bit of light relief from what was going onI m not the biggest fan of characters personal lives overshadowing what is happening in the main thread but here with what is happening between Fawley and his wife stays just below my threshold of tolerance In fact its inclusion does speak enough to Fawley s personality so it is justifiedAll in all a cracking read that I thoroughly enjoyed leaving me eager for round three My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book I enjoyed Close To Home so much much I pre ordered this and couldn t wait to get started It moves along at the same incredible pace and is well worthy of the tag page turner I enjoyed the level of character development of all involved and look forward to the next one The plot is very good frighteningly plausible and stays just
the right side of one twist too many The author and no 'Your next riveting twisty read' SHARI LAPENA'Reminded me right side of one twist too many The author and no 'Your next riveting twisty read' SHARI LAPENA'Reminded me Hitchcock at his finest where twist follows twist at a breath taking pace' Daily MailDO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY'RE HIDING IN THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR A woman and child are found locked in a basement room barely aliveNo one nows who they are the woman can't speak and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before The inhabitants of the uiet Oxford street are in shock How could this happen right under their noses But DI Adam Fawley nows that noth.
Cara Hunter ç 0 read & downloadLey series followed the format of the first with no clear chapters but rather broken in to descriptive prose of the events and the investigation with snippets of the media surrounding the case and excerpts from transcripts of interviews with various suspects and witnesses Somehow the author manages to the investigative side to the
FORE AND ABSORBS YOU IN IT SADLY Iand thoroughly absorbs you in it sadly I a whole slew of copycats emulating her style and likely failingNothing is what it seems in this tale It seems so cut and dried in the beginning young woman and her child locked in a cellar the owner of the house has Alzheimer s and his responsibility is severely impaired The only real uestion is how long has he ept her prisoner and why The investigation takes a darker turn when the police realise that the garden is overlooked by the former home of a local reporter who went missing 2 years ago and is presumed dead When a body is found in the garden it soon looks like this is far darker than idnapping and imprisonmentThere are plenty of twists and turns in this book and a large cast of civilian characters Like their Constabulary counterparts the characters are drawn sparingly but still manage to exist on the page as fully fleshed people However this is not a tale about the people even the lead character has only sparing detail about his personality and home life although we do find out much about him in this book this is all about the investigation and the little things that can make or break the case for the team The things they miss the things they notice all bring about a cohesive wholeThis is a gripping read that is hard to put down with twists and turns being crafted rather than just appearing by some deductive leap For me being able to figure things out based on logic and reasoning makes it a far better read than the denouement being reached by some miraculous deductive leap even Sherlock Holmes always had a sound reason for his leaps of deductive prowess which seems to be all to prevalent in the genre these days I am looking forward to the third book being published and hopeful that Ms Hunter can continue in the same vein Great read Never saw the twist coming Spent whole day reading Hopefully this is fiction and no such incidents happen in real life Terrific read A very well plotted novel I would highly recommend this book to people who enjoy a well written detective novel which focuses on the narrative and does not try to out gore or over sensationalise the subject matterI liked very much how the story emerged and developed what seemed obvious turned out not to be The many twists were subtle and slow to emerge I certainly was not accurate in my predictions and as with previous book in the series I did not anticipate the epilogue A clever and tantalising way to endI found the main police characters believable and interesting particularly DI Adam Fawley Enjoyed the gentle weaving into his personal life and back story which added to but did not take over from the main narrative thread I was also somewhat relieved that
no corrupt and manipulating senior officer emerged which appears to a trend in this genre and takes away fromcorrupt and manipulating senior officer emerged which appears to a trend in this genre and takes away from focus on the crime and investigationAs with the first in the series I thought the switching between narrative and formal statements media reports and social media comments well done and distinctiveI very much look forward to book 3 Second in the series by Cara Hunter read the first with no previous nowledge of this author but liked the sound of the writer up so downloaded the first book which had me gripped Pre ordered this book straight after and started reading it as soon as it downloaded totally gripped and didn t see the twist. Ara Hunter is a brilliant plotter but it's her masterfully drawn characters that really make her novels stand out' RACHEL ABBOTT 'A twisty utterly compulsive read with an ending you won't see coming I gobbled it up in one satisfying sitting' EMMA KAVANAGH'Gritty compelling and very real I loved it' MEL SHERRATT 'A mazey gripping read' IAN RANKIN'I finished it in one sitting' NUALA ELLWOOD 'Disturbingly real highly clever and it totally ept me guessing I loved it' CJ SKUSE 'It had me so gripped I couldn't put this chilling book down Cara Hunter is a masterful storyteller' SARAH WAR. Oubt publisher are working hard to establish the characters as a series and at the rate the books are coming out that seems a distinct possibility I hope the uality doesn t suffer as a result as these two books are really really good Incidentally just pre ordered the next one Good mystery book lots of twists and turns n the Dark is a very intelligent and brilliantly structured murder mystery DI Adam Fawley returns in this second book "from Cara Hunter to lead a complex police investigation involving murder "Cara Hunter to lead a complex police investigation involving murder false imprisonment rape theft and a right few other crimes It is a smart highly charged and engrossing story with surprises and dead ends galoreNew owners of a house in an exclusive area of Oxford are undertaking renovation work in their basement when they inadvertently nock a hole
through into the neighbour s basement through theinto the neighbour s basement Through the they catch a glimpse of an emaciated woman and a child The owner of the other house is Dr William Harper a retired University professor in his seventies apparently suffering from Alzheimer s and living alone well supposedly alone apart from a woman and child imprisoned in his basement There are inclinations similar to the Austrian case of Josef Fritzl considering
there s every possibility that the child was conceived and born in the basementThe investigation into the incarceration of the womans every possibility that the child was conceived and born in the basementThe investigation into the incarceration of the woman her son gets off to a frustrating start because she won tcan t speak PTSD the child can t and the elderly man is often incoherent The investigation does continue nevertheless and expands into revelations well beyond a case of idnapping and imprisonment As the team delve into the search of the house they discover a dead body tightly wrapped and taped in a blanket beneath a garden shed Now it s a murder case The body is identified as Hannah Gardiner and one of the major suspects will be her husband Rob someone they were suspicious off when she was first reported missing 2 years earlier The police procedural aspect was very well researched and organisedThe backbone of the novel is told through the eyes of DI Adam Fawley but what I loved about the structure of the book was the way other parallel events and information sources seamlessly integrated with the main story and added to a sense of hyperactivity These information titbits such as emails reports news articles and other police activities never overtook the main plot and maintained the narration and intrigue at an enthralling pace I never felt the story abate or wander and at multiple points the cliff hanging statement or observation just needed me to go on a few pages than planned Page turning at its bestThe police characters worth mentioning besides Fawley include DS Gareth uinn DC Chris Gislingham and PC Erica Somer This array of wonderful characters are all individually and distinctly drawn to give us a captivating range of personalities that sometimes are complementary and sometimes fractious Fawley is capable and purposeful but is emotionally uite deep while he struggles silently with devastating personal issues following the suicide of his son and the growing unspoken distance with his wife I believe this team of competent police characters will stand the test of time as the series continues hopefullyI highly recommend this book and Cara Hunter is definitely one author that I will faithfully watch for new releases Many thanks to Penguin Books UK Publishing Limited and NetGalley for an ARC version of the book in return for an honest review I gave up 75% of the way through this book and that was far of my time and effort than it deserved That it has received so many good revi I was pleased to see that the format of the previous book in the DI Adam Faw. Ing is impossibleAnd that no one is as innocent as they seemWHAT AUTHORS AND READERS ARE SAYING'Cancel everything You're not going anywhere until you finish reading In The Dark' EMILY KOCH'A classy agile fresh unpredictable and utterly compelling gift of a book hats off' NICCI FRENCH'Cara Hunter is the new ueen of the cliffhanger fans of Close To Home are not going to be disappointed' JOHN MARRS'A real gripper of a read' PETER JAMES'One of the best crime thrillers I have ever read' KATHRYN CROFT'In the Dark ept me up into the late hours Clever and wonderfully complex' JANE CORRY'C.