Book Review: In the Dark by @CaraHunterBooks @PenguinUKBooks



From the author of the massive bestseller CLOSE TO HOME, comes the second pulse-pounding DI Fawley crime thriller.

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 . . .


When I read Cara's first book Close to Home, I loved the way she interweaved the social media posts with the story. It was relatable in the trial by social media world we live in today. So I was delighted to see this format repeated in In the Dark.

Adam Fawley and his team return to solve a disturbing case where a woman and young child are found in a suburban basement while an not very likeable neighbour does work to his house. It's immediately clear from their emaciated conditions that they had been in said basement for some time. 

Cara knows how to grip the reader from the first few pages. Immediately drawing the reader in, forcing them to question and suspect almost every character that pops up. Possibilities are teased to the reader as they venture deeper and deeper into the story. Several times, I thought I had the plot sussed, only to be proven wrong time and time again. The number of twists and turns in this book made it a highly engaging read. Definitely a page-turner! 

I also love the way she seamlessly waves Adam's backstory into the narrative without it being distracting. It's not vital but I would really recommend reading Close to Home first. One, because it's an amazing two, because you'll gain a deeper understanding of Adam and all he has been through. The characters are so well developed that it would be a shame to miss out as In the Dark is definitely driven more by the investigation rather than the people. 

If you love a book that keeps you guessing then you must add In the Dark to your reading list. 

I have to say that Cara Hunter is fast becoming one of my favourite crime fiction authors. Watch out, Karin Slaughter!



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'A revenge thriller to make you punch the air in solidarity’ 
Eva Dolan, author of This Is How It Ends

‘A gripping story, sensitively told’
Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request

‘Deliciously dark and gripping’ 
Emily Koch, author of If I Die Before I Wake

Imogen’s husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now he’s given her an ultimatum: get out of the family home in the next fortnight or I’ll fight you for custody of our son.

In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable: she locks her husband in the cellar. Now she’s in control. But how far will she go to protect her son and punish her husband? And what will happen when his ex and his girlfriend get tangled up in her plans?

Sticks and Stones is a deliciously twisting psychological thriller from an unforgettable new voice.

'Revenge is a dish served with lashings of relish in this vivid, blackly comic suspense novel, as three women fight back against an abusive partner. I cheered them on to the bloody end'
Louise Candlish
‘Sensational – pacy, twisty and darkly funny with well-rounded characters'
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'A cracking book. Darkly funny, yet also touching and emotive. Plus, full of suspense and twists. Buy it!' 
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‘A brilliant debut from an author with a sharp wit and a keen understanding of human nature. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough’
 Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

About the author:

Jo is a writer based in Derbyshire. Her debut Psychological Thriller will be published in the UK as Sticks and Stones by Harvill Secker (Penguin Random House) on 12 July 2018, and as The Exes’ Revenge by Berkley in the USA on 11 September.


For a chance to win a copy of Sticks and Stones, head to my Twitter, follow me and retweet the pinned tweet. Open to the UK and Ireland only. 

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