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Hope to Die

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The murder leads Fawley to a convoluted investigation from the past, and a family torn apart by a devastating crime involving the disappearance of a child. In fact I was so delighted, that I couldn’t wait another minute, and dropped everything to read it straightaway. Cara Hunter has pulled it off again, producing a real page turner, with revelations and twists galore, in this complex, but utterly absorbing police procedural. As a result, it leaves you with lots of competing theories and fuels doubt as to what really happened, both in terms of Camilla’s apparent guilt and how much her parents really knew.

Further inquiries then reveal that Swann is not their real surname and that the couple changed their name by deed poll after their daughter Camilla Rowan was convicted in 2003 of killing her newborn son six years earlier. There is adequate information in the official synopsis to get you started, so you don't need any potential spoilers from me to detract from the pleasure of uncovering the story for yourself. I have really enjoyed the DI Fawley series and have admired Hunter's writing style, her use of reproduced documents and evidence that take the idea of show not tell to a new level, making the reader a part of the investigating team. This is the sixth book in the series featuring DI Adam Fawley and his team – although there are some plotlines that run across the books (mainly to do with the team’s personal lives and relationships), I think this could be enjoyed as a standalone novel. I have a boy cat who does his best to distract me whenever I get close to a keyboard (if you have cats, you'll know), I love travelling, spending time with friends, and I have never knowingly turned down a glass of champagne.There are no chapters, aside from a prologue and epilogue, but there are frequent paragraph breaks every time there’s a scene/POV shift. But, I did get a kick out of a character who had a major role in The Whole Truth, making a brief cameo in this one. While I haven’t read all the books in the Fawley series (this is my third and I am definitely planning on going back to read the first three), I’ve become quite attached to the characters and really enjoy reading about both the police investigation and the lives of the team.

The Oxford setting of these novels always takes me back to reading the brilliant Inspector Morse stories by Colin Dexter.Tbh there were just a bit too many filler scenes and I didn't feel the main baddie's motive was clear enough. I don’t want to give too much away but at the centre of the puzzling conundrum is a character who is fascinating, who will make you recoil in horror and who is most definitely a chameleon who changes and lies with startling alacrity. The story does a draw comparison between the workings of two very different mothers within the story, one of which is Adam’s wife and the other the wife under suspicion.

We are introduced to some new characters in this installment and I really liked seeing how they fit into the dynamics of Fawley’s team. Quinn is still punchable, Gis is Honda Civic Reliable, Fawley is mysterious but brilliant, and so forth. Creepy, disturbing, exciting, fast-paced, with a high level of suspense maintained throughout, culminating in an explosive, satisfying conclusion. I was engrossed at the start of the book, I love a good murder and the whole trying to work out who had done it. stars - this was a real page turner but it was more the format than the storyline that had me hooked.

An all round winner, and I have no hesitation in recommending this book, and the entire series, to mystery, crime, thriller, psychological suspense, domestic drama, and police procedural fans. Like every book in the series, this was a wild joyride from start to finish, and the fact that this is based on a true crime is mind-blowing, guess I've got some more true-crime docs.

they make some shocking discoveries and my jaw literally drops on occasions and possibly the odd little naughty may be uttered at some of the explosive revelations.I object to authors, especially women authors, describing someone’s status as “married, but no children”, marriage and children are not conjoined, having children isn’t part of your marital status! Hunter’s excellent outline of the characters at the start of the book is a wonderful memory refresher for fans of the books and would also be helpful to those new to the series. While delving into the couple who were burglarized he finds they are a connected to a high profile case a few years ago. Cara Hunter has found a way to present her work in a way that comes close to offering the best of both worlds.



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