All the Rage by Cara Hunter / Blog Tour

All the Rage by Cara Hunter

 

Publisher: Penguin 43518959._sy475_

Publishing Date: 23rd January 2020

Source:  Received from the publisher, thank you!

Series: DI Adam Fawley #4.

Number of pages: 416

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

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Synopsis:

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 . . .

Rating:   four-stars

 

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!

 

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No Way Out by Cara Hunter / Blog Tour

No Way Out by Cara Hunter

 

39805700Publisher: Penguin

Publishing Date: 18th April  2019

Series: DI Adam Fowley #3

Source:  Received from the publisher, thank you!

Number of pages: 360

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller

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Synopsis:

DID YOU SEE ANYTHING ON THE NIGHT THE ESMOND FAMILY WERE MURDERED?

From the author of CLOSE TO HOME and IN THE DARK comes the third pulse-pounding DI Fawley crime thriller.

It’s one of the most disturbing cases DI Fawley has ever worked.

The Christmas holidays, and two children have just been pulled from the wreckage of their burning home in North Oxford. The toddler is dead, and his brother is soon fighting for his life.

Why were they left in the house alone? Where is their mother, and why is their father not answering his phone?

Then new evidence is discovered, and DI Fawley’s worst nightmare comes true.

Because this fire wasn’t an accident.

It was murder.

Rating: four-stars

 

Michael and Samantha Esmond and their two children live in a large house in an expensive part of Oxford. On New Year the fire brigade is called to their property and when they arrive, it’s already engulfed by flames. Two children are being found, three year old Zachary and his older brother Matty. However, there is no sign of the parents, it looks like the children were left alone at home. What’s worse is the fact that all the evidence points to the fire having been started deliberately, of it being an arson. The police and fire investigating team start to investigate.

This, what at the beginning looked like a simple case, turned out into something full of twists, turns, red herrings and puzzles along the way. The story is told “before” and “after”, so we slowly start to find out what has happened on the day of the fire. The events from few months before intertwine with the current police investigation and what emerges is a picture of the family that isn’t necessary happy, as we get to know their dynamics. Actually, it was like peeling away the layers, with each layer revealing more and more, until we get direct into the heart of the event.

No Way Out” is the third book in the DI Adam Fowley series and the first one read by yours truly – no idea how I’ve missed on it, to be honest, though I’m sure that the two previous novels hide somewhere in my never – ending TBR pile – and I had some reservations before reading it, not knowing if it can be read as a stand – alone. Well, the verdict is, yes it can. I haven’t got a feeling that I’m lost, that I’m missing something, the cameos were enough. Though yes, at the beginning I felt really confused with all those DIs, DSs, who was who before and was there someone degraded?

It took me some time to get used to the way it was narrated, as it was told in the first person present and third person past, and at the beginning I wasn’t sure who it is that’s talking to me, but then I simply got used to it, got into the story, felt invested in the characters’ lives so I also didn’t have any more problems. I truly liked the way the author mixed police statements and telephone transcripts, news and social media – it felt so realistic, dynamic and sharp.

This was a captivating, heart – breaking and also sad read, and the relaxed banter from Adam’s team, that occasionally was there to relieve the tension only shows how skilful the author is in planning her novel. It was, for me at least, full of twists, turns and surprises, but I would never make a good investigator, so there, and of course I couldn’t guess the outcome, but this is only a huge bonus point for the book. It dealt with a truly poignant case, and I really appreciated the way the author tackled all those issues – always when children are involved it needs this special, gentle touch and Cara Hunter provided us with it. The author’s writing style is refreshing and very modern, which makes the reading this bit faster. I can only highly recommend this domestic – noir police procedural.

 

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