Saturday 25 January 2020

BLOG TOUR: All the Rage (DI Fawley) - Cara Hunter

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.

What did I think?

I must apologise to Cara Hunter; when I started All the Rage I was dizzy with the introduction to a lot of characters and I was annoyed at the lack of chapters.  It turns out that these are very forgivable and forgettable sins when you get immersed in an amazing and completely addictive story.  Who needs chapters?  They would have just slowed me down!

Although this is my first Cara Hunter book, it is the fourth book in the DI Fawley series; I can say without doubt that it can definitely be read as a standalone, but I guarantee that you will want to read the previous books.  Not necessarily just to fill in any blanks, as Fawley's history is covered, but because it sounds so very intriguing.  Cara Hunter has created a strong and interesting lead character which, along with a fast-paced and intriguing storyline, ensures that the book is impossible to put down.

What happens to teenager, Faith, is so horrendous; being grabbed off the street and abducted.  It's an awful thing to happen at any time, but to realise at such a young age that you're not invincible is quite a reality check.  Faith is lucky to escape but she doesn't want to press charges, and there's a very good reason for this which is handled with sensitivity and respect, but when another young girl goes missing police fear that she won't be as lucky as Faith.  With a modus operandi that looks suspiciously like the work of the Roadside Rapist from almost 20 years ago, DI Fawley comes under scrutiny but he is confident that he sent down the right man...or did he?

With the inclusion of interview and court transcripts, texts, social media excerpts and maps, there are so many extra additions to the storyline that make it virtually pop out from the page.  I love how Cara Hunter has included different media; it really brings a whole new dimension to the story and I actually felt like I was part of the investigation.  I'm not a very good investigator though as even though I suspected a few people, Cara Hunter definitely had me fooled.

All the Rage is an extremely gripping page-turner that had me riveted from start to finish; it's a book that I can see myself continually recommending to my family and friends.  I don't just want to read the previous books in the DI Fawley series, I absolutely MUST read them and if they are even half as good as All the Rage, it'll be reading time well spent.  

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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