After reading Close to Home, I decided to have a little bit of a Cara Hunter binge and quickly followed this up with the second in the DI Adam Fawley series, In The Dark.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY’RE HIDING IN THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR?
A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive.
No one knows 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 quiet Oxford street are in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible.
And that no one is as innocent as they seem . . .
Immediately this blurb drew me in, dark promises of unreliable narrators and unlikeable characters had me rubbing my hands in glee and let’s just say the promises were most definitely delivered.
When a young woman is found with a small boy in a cellar DI Fawley and his team are working flat out to try and find out who they are and just who was responsible for this heinous crime; the man whose house it is, appears to be in the advanced stages of dementia and claims to know nothing. Add to this a crime from the past and before you know it all guns are blazing. But we all know that crime fiction is never going to be that simple don’t we? And what Cara Hunter provides for her readers is a deeply disturbing and totally twisted puzzle which will send you spiraling into the depths of some extremely devious minds!
The story is interspersed with social media posts and news broadcasts which I enjoy, to me it adds an extra element of the here and now and authenticity to the plot. With some ingenious twists it left me completely outwitted as I really had no clue where it was going to go and what the outcome was going to be! The characters were fantastically drawn and had me disgusted by them one minute and full of empathy and pity for them the next minute! My favourite type of characters!
In this, the second in the series, I felt as though I was really starting to get to know the team a little better. Fawley’s past which was disclosed at the end of book one is revisited in this story and the relationship between him and his wife, Alex, is put under some pressure as the impact of the current case begins to hit home in more ways than one!
DS Quinn also fell under my radar in this one, he’s a bit of a lothario isn’t he and I haven’t quite made up my mind if I’ve forgiven him for his behaviour in this book yet, especially when he is seems determined to drag others into the messes he makes.
Set in Oxford, the city is as much of a character as the people and Cara Hunter provides an excellent sense of place, I’ve never been to Oxford, yet reading these books I can easily visualise the scenes as they play out inside of my head along with the story.
In the Dark is devious, it’s disturbing, it’s twisted and it is totally captivating. Don’t miss it!
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