The first girl came back.
The next might not be so lucky.
History doesn’t repeat itself. Does it?
A distressed teenage girl is found on the outskirts of Oxford. The story she tells is terrifying: grabbed off the street, a plastic bag forced over her head, then driven somewhere remote and subjected to an assault.
DI Adam Fawley is doing the best he can to investigate, but the teenager refuses to press charges. All he can do is try to ignore the sickening feeling he’s seen something like this before…
But when another girl goes missing, Fawley knows his time is running out.
Because if he ignores the past any longer, this girl may not be coming back.
I absolutely love this series by Cara Hunter, so was delighted to get the chance to read the fourth book in the DI Adam Fawley series. Although this can be read as a stand-alone novel. It would be better if you have read at least the first two books in the series.
This one is an edge of your seat read, with many twists and turns that will just have your head spinning. I love that these books are set in Oxford, and the Thames Valley Police Force. With a lot of suspects thrown at you, trying to work out what is going on, who is the perpetrator. Cara Hunter certainly knows how to weave a story.
Teenager Faith Appleton’s is found wandering the streets, it’s obvious she has been attacked but she is initially an unwilling victim, which doesn’t help any kind of investigation. But then another teenager Sasha Blackford goes missing. DI Fawley believes the two cases are linked to a past case.
The story is told in different narratives first person from Fawley, and third person narratives mostly from the team, but others as well, I actually enjoy how this works. I’m not a lover of all first person. Some real crime bits have been cleverly moulded into this storyline, and if like me you follow true crime documentaries you may spot them or not.
There are more personal things going on in Fawley’s story, and his narrative makes it feel more real. There may be secrets revealed. He is a very complex character, but I really like him, he feels relatable and believable. It’s good when you gave good characters and this series has certainly never disappointed on that front. A great police procedural.
I look forward to book 5 in the series now. Another successful read from this talented writer.
I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you to #netgalley and #Penguin for giving me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cara Hunter is the author of the Sunday Times best selling crime novels Close To Home, In The Dark and No Way Out, all featuring DI Adam Fawlty and his Oxford based police team. Close to Home was a Richard and Judy Book club Pick, was shortlisted for Crime Book of the Year in the British Book Awards 2019 and No Way Out was selected by the Sunday Times as one of the best crime novels since 1945. Cara’s novels have sold more than three quarters of a million copies worldwide. Cara Hunter lives in Oxford, on a street not unlike those featured in her books.