Good Morning All,
I’m all out of sorts, posting a review on a weekday morning. I finished this book last night and had to write my review immediately before everything I wanted to say disappeared into my sleep. I could have written so much more in this review but tried to keep it as short as possible.
Thank you to Penguin UK and the author for this advanced readers copy in return for an honest review.
When teenager Faith is found stumbling around the streets of Oxford one morning, the police are called and DI Fawley picks up the case. Faith is clearly distressed and has been assaulted, yet refuses to co-operate with police. DI Fawley can’t ignore the similarities between this case and a case from years ago and when a similar crime is committed he is forced to continue with the investigation.
With very little evidence and circumstances extremely close to home for DI Fawley, the investigation dredges up memories, but are the similarities circumstance or more?
General Thoughts 🤔
I got this book for review without first realising that there are another 2 DI Fawley books by Cara Hunter. I realised when I started reading, but didn’t remember again until I had finished, so it definitely didn’t make any difference and can be read standalone.
I love a thriller mystery (as you will well know if you’ve read my previous reviews) and this book didn’t disappoint. I was guessing right until the very end and there was no anti-climax once the unravelling happened. The ending definitely wasn’t what I was expecting and was a very interesting twist.
Knowing now that there are other DI Fawley books, I can see that there is some background to this character that I have missed. Therefore I probably didn’t feel as close to this character as others may. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like him though. I like his thorough and clear way of thinking.
My favourite character though, was Somer. I loved the empathy that she brought to the investigation team whilst maintaining complete professionalism. She seemed like a very real, female police officer who wasn’t able to completely switch off her feelings during a criminal investigation, which is how I imagine I would be in the same scenario.
Writing Style ✍🏽
I really enjoyed the author’s writing style and thought that the story was written in such a clever way to keep us as readers in the dark right until the very end. Again, as this is a DI Fawley series, a lot of the book is written in first person from his perspective, which I’ll be honest I didn’t truly understand at the time, though makes sense now.
Upon reflection, I am sure that a particular thread of the story is in reference to a previous book (though I can’t say for sure). I would never have known that whilst I was lost in the storyline though and I think it’s admirable to be able write a book within a series to satisfy both new and already invested readers.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
To round up, I really enjoyed the storyline of this book along with the writing, and all of the characterisations. If I had had the time on my hands, I’m sure I would have finished this a lot quicker as it is very “unputdownable”. There’s a slight open end in the last chapter so I can only assume there is more DI Fawley to come and I’ll for sure be keeping my eye out for it! Would definitely recommend this for a good autumn read.