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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