EXCERPT: She opens her eyes to darkness as close as a blindfold. To the heaviness of cold dank air that hadn’t been breathed in a long time.
Her other senses lurch awake. The dripping silence, the cold, the smell. Mildew and something else she can’t yet place, something animal and fetid. She moves her fingers, feeling grit and wet under her jeans. It’s coming back to her – how she got here, why this happened.
How could she have been so stupid?
She stifles the acrid rush of panic and tries to sit up, but the movement defeats her. She fills her lungs and shouts, flinging echoes across the walls. Shouts and shouts and shouts until her throat is raw.
But no one comes. Because no one can hear.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive.
No one knows who they are — the woman can’t speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before.
The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible.
And that no one is as innocent as they seem .
MY THOUGHTS: This is number two in the DI Adam Fawley series of which there are currently four books and which, I must admit, I have read in reverse order. Has it impacted on my enjoyment? Definitely not and, yes, I have #1 on order.
This was an exciting read, one which twisted and turned, and one where I would never in a million years have predicted the outcome.
There is a compelling blend of police procedural, mystery, crime and psychological thriller. The characterization is superb. Fawley is very perceptive and knows his team very well. He may not know quite what they’re up to, but he knows that something’s up. He has enough trust in them to let them run with their theories, but savvy enough to keep an eye on them. Quinn and Gislingham (Gis) feature prominently. We get enough of the private lives of the team to satisfy my curiosity, but not enough to overpower the main storyline although, interestingly, they are linked.
THE AUTHOR: Cara Hunter is a writer who lives in Oxford, in a street not unlike those featured in her series of crime books.
DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of In The Dark (DI Adam Fawley #2) written by Cara Hunter, narrated by Lee Ingleby and Emma Cunliffe, published by Penguin. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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