In The Dark

Written by Cara Hunter


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 . . .




Outstanding Second Novel!   5 stars


What a follow-up to the first book! DI Adam Fawley and his team are fast becoming favourites of mine.

When workmen remove bricks from the dividing wall in a cellar, they are shocked to see a distraught woman in the cellar next door. Thus begins the second case for the police murder squad in Oxford. As the enquiry races on, we get the chance to learn more about this team – their strengths and their weaknesses. There isn’t a wasted word in this novel; you need to pay attention to every small detail no matter how insignificant it seems at the time or you will be haunted by chances missed to work out what’s going on.

This is a tremendously exciting read. The author has a way of plotting an intricate crime story and merging it with amazingly created characters to create a second masterpiece in this series. The police officers – at all levels – are team players and I am fascinated by the manner in which they manage to get to the bottom of things. The shocks and surprises just never stop coming – right up to the very last – and it all adds up to an absolutely remarkable crime thriller. More, please!

My thanks to publishers Penguin Books UK for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: crime thriller, police procedural


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4398 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication Date: 12 July 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


Carahunter-214x300I’m lucky enough to live in the city I write about. Oxford will be familiar to crime fans across the whole world because of the fabulous Morse novels and TV, but my version of the town is a long way from the beautiful ivy-clad colleges. A much edgier place where the crimes are darker and closer to home.

I’ve always been a voracious reader and viewer of crime – I’ve learned so much from the outstanding writing that we now see on crime TV like Line of Duty or Broadchurch, and I’ve tried to recreate the experience of watching series like that for my readers. I love true crime TV as well – my husband used to tease me about it but now just nods sagely and says ‘research’ !

What else about me? I have pet cats who do their best to distract me whenever I get close to a keyboard (if you have cats, you’ll know), I love travelling, spending time with friends, and I have never knowingly turned down a glass of champagne….



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