All the Rage by Cara Hunter
Publishing Date: 23rd January 2020
Source: Received from the publisher, thank you!
Series: DI Adam Fawley #4.
Number of pages: 416
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
A teenage girl is found wandering the outskirts of Oxford, dazed and distressed. The story she tells is terrifying. Grabbed off the street, a plastic bag pulled over her face, then driven to an isolated location where she was subjected to what sounds like an assault. Yet she refuses to press charges.
DI Fawley investigates, but there’s little he can do without the girl’s co-operation. Is she hiding something, and if so, what? And why does Fawley keep getting the feeling he’s seen a case like this before?
And then another girl disappears, and Adam no longer has a choice: he has to face up to his past. Because unless he does, this victim may not be coming back . . .
Faith has been found by a taxi driver, wandering around after, as it turns out, being abducted, with signs on her wrists indicating they were tied with a cable. She has managed to escape and now, terrified, tries to get home. The driver takes her home and contacts the police, even though Faith says she doesn’t want to press charges. Her mother is backing her on this decision. Why doesn’t she want to speak with the police? They are baffled, and DI Adam Fawley and his team are truly disturbed. They know they have to act carefully but what if the next victim is not as lucky? Because it’s not this kind of crime that doesn’t repeat itself, and they are right. The investigation takes Adam twenty years prior, when he helped to ensure the conviction of Gaving Parry, known as The Roadside Rapist, who has been claiming his innocence ever since he’s been sentenced. Adam is certain that Parry is guilty but uncertainties arise – either Parry is a victim or they have a copycat. What is happening?
Even though I’ve previously only read the book three in the series, it was a great feeling to be back with Adam and his team in Oxford, with old and new mates. It’s a great group, hardworking, highly motivated and not giving up easily, and I really liked their team – spirit.
The book is mainly told through DI Fawley and his team points of view, but what is more, each of them has also their own troubles and problems, loads to bear but it only made the narration feel more down to earth, more human and real. Also, the characters were like living and breathing people that you’ve met in real life – or at least they felt like this. They’re not all likeable but them being so full of flaws makes them feel like normal people. The author has got into their heads, into their minds and brilliantly captured all the personalities.
This narration is jazzed up with the inclusion of social media, newspaper articles, court and interview transcripts, and the variety is great and makes the reading even more interesting and realistic.
And again the author has managed to pull wool over my eyes, dragging me this way and then another, making me think that I’ve got everything solved and then hitting me around the head with a brick and pointing in another direction. It is really a twisty read full of turns and when you think you have something sorted out, you are taken for a different route on another thrilling roller – coaster ride.
It was a great, fast – paced read. Yes, I had some problems at the beginning to get into it, the many characters and the many things that happened, the quickly changing scenes made me feel rather confused, and the sections seemed, I don’t know, disjointed, and it really didn’t make the reading easier. But I still enjoyed the many twists and turns that I – of course, of course, me and my detective skills – haven’t seen coming. It was an intense and thrilling crime, twisted and full of red herrings, with shocking revelations that kept me on my tenterhooks. Hugely recommended!
FOLLOW THE BLOG TOUR: