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Hope to Die

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Cara's novels have sold more than a million copies worldwide, and the TV rights to the series have now been acquired by the Fremantle group. I enjoyed getting to know DI Fawley and his team again and I also enjoyed trying to solve the puzzle over the very unsympathetic character of Camilla Rowan – Milly Liar – and what really happened to her missing baby boy.

There’s an unmistakable link to an infamous case from years earlier involving a child’s murder and an alleged miscarriage of justice. I’ve loved this series from the very beginning, but something about this one just didn’t sit well with me. This novel doesn’t rely on lots of graphic violence or a high body count for shocks (don’t get me wrong – I’m a big fan of all kinds of crime novel!

DI Fawley and his team work to solve the puzzle and create a timeline that spans decades and involves a family tragedy and many red herrings. It boasts a solid set of characters, both past and new, and a steady-paced plot that delivers on all fronts.

Cara Hunter has recently adopted a practice that I thoroughly approve in crime novels, that of including a dramatis personae at the beginning. This is the sixth in Cara Hunter’s Oxford based crime thrillers featuring DI Adam Fawley and this time Hunter turns away from the domestic worries of her regular cast and sticks firmly to the mystery in hand.The same list of characters still appear, with one or two interesting additions to the investigative team. There is no doubt this is an awesome crime thriller, full of twists and turns galore and a riveting read but somehow it just didn’t feel the same as the rest of the series. Cara Hunter is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling crime novels Close to Home, In the Dark, No Way Out, All the Rage and The Whole Truth all featuring DI Adam Fawley and his Oxford-based police team.

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