Blog Tour: In The Dark by Cara Hunter

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…

What I Thought:
Having read and enjoyed Cara Hunter’s Close to Home earlier this year, I was delighted to pick up In The Dark, the second DI Adam Fawley thriller. Despite being second in a series, In The Dark works just as well as a standalone thriller, but I would definitely advise you to grab Close to Home if you can.

It’s really difficult to give an in depth review of this book without revealing some of the details of the riveting and twist-filled plot, but I shall definitely try as it really is a masterclass in keeping the reader guessing.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the police procedural format had nowhere else to go, as it has be used so many times but Cara Hunter is able to inject a freshness into it with engaging characters led by a flawed DI whose personal issues occasionally bubble to the surface. There is a diverse cross-section of officers and detectives, which is in keeping with a modern police force, and it’s great to see glimpses of their personal lives too as they work together – sometimes with a lot of friction – to find out what happened to the girl and the child.

The plot itself is really clever, leading you to assume many things about what is going on before peeling each of your assumptions away to get to the truth of the case and I guarantee you, your jaw will drop come the end of the book.

The style of the book is definitely to my taste, using news reports, transcripts of police interviews and Twitter comments to provide background on the case – the Twitter comments I feel act like a Greek chorus in a way, attempting to sway the reader into a certain way of thinking. It’s a clever device to use and is in keeping with our social media age.

As I said before, I enjoyed Close to Home, and am looking forward to picking up book 3 in the series soon – Cara Hunter is definitely an author to watch and I’m excited to see more twisty plots from her!

In The Dark is published by Penguin. To find out more about Cara Hunter, you can connect with her on Twitter.

This post is part of a blog tour celebrating the release of In The Dark – why not check out some of the other reviews and exclusive content on the blogs listed below?

Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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