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#BookReview IN THE DARK (DI Adam Fawley #2) by Cara Hunter #InTheDark @CaraHunterBooks @PenguinUKBooks #Crime #Thriller #mystery #NetGalley


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 . . .

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Although this was the first of Cara Hunter‘s book that I read, it is second in the series, following Close to Home. Despite it being part of a series, I was able to read it fine as a standalone, although you do get told more about the detectives’ backstories here than in the first one so I would still recommend reading them in the correct order.

In The Dark is basically bloody brilliant and probably one of my top reads of 2018. It really is so gripping and so full of clever twists that I could barely put it down. I loved its complexity, its plot and its characters. Every one of them was perfectly formed – even if they were horrible people.

I like the way that the action moves from third person chapters and the ‘real time’ twitter posts, police interviews and TV news reports to DI Fawley’s first person insights. His dry, cynical narration sometimes made me picture him as a hard-boiled, noir PI, with his feet up on the desk, cigarette in one hand and cheap whisky in the other. 🙂

The story is such an incredibly well-plotted and clever web that I defy anyone to guess how it all pans out. It is a fantastically original, dark and shocking story but with enough recurring character banter to balance it out. This is an excellent second entry in the series.

Massive thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Books UK for the ARC of In The Dark.

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