Mini Review of ‘All the Rage’ by Cara Hunter with huge thanks to Penguin Books.

D.I. Adam Fawley series

Blurb

A teenage girl is found wandering the outskirts of Oxford, dazed and distressed. The story she tells is terrifying. Grabbed off the street, a plastic bag pulled over her face, then driven to an isolated location where she was subjected to what sounds like an assault. Yet she refuses to press charges.

DI Fawley investigates, but there’s little he can do without the girl’s co-operation. Is she hiding something, and if so, what? And why does Fawley keep getting the feeling he’s seen a case like this before?

And then another girl disappears, and Adam no longer has a choice: he has to face up to his past.

Because unless he does, this victim may not be coming back . . .

My thoughts…

This is the fourth book in the DI Adam Fawley series, so to make the most of the character development it’s best to read in order. Although, the investigation is new and therefore, of course, it can be read as standalone.
The pieces and puzzles mount up in this pacy crime read as Fawley and his team try to solve an attack on a young girl and the following brutal murder of another. There’s also a stark connection to a previous conviction which casts significant doubts within the team, and for Fawley personally.

I really enjoy the mixed media and investigators/court document inserts in Hunter’s novels – the early books were rather Twitter heavy, for me, however the balance in this book is really good ~ the documents and social media chats are short and snappy enough to be an asset to the storytelling rather than a distraction. The perfect balance.
This is an intelligent, twisty, impeccably plotted and driven crime thriller read. Highly recommended.

Books in order

  1. Close to Home
  2. In the Dark
  3. No Way Out
  4. All the Rage

Paperback out January 2020, Kindle edition Dec 2019

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