Today I have a review of the 4th Adam Rowley book, All The Rage, by Cara Hunter as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Ellie Hudson for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.
What’s the book about?
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.
Yay!!! DI Adam Fawley is back!! Yes this is the 4th book in the Oxford based police crime series but don’t worry if you’ve not read one before as this contains a complete standalone case. But once you HAVE read it, you will probably want to go back and read the rest of the series anyway as it’s just so damn good! It’s always the highlight of my visit to Harrogate each year to pick up a proof of the new Cara Hunter and I have a lovely matching set of 4 now!
All The Rage has a complex and clever storyline that uses social media and interview techniques to showcase a contemporary narrative. Nowadays crimes are very quickly posted all over social media which can be a hindrance for the police but also can act as a warning for the public that wouldn’t have been out there before. The discovery of a teenage girl wandering in a distressed state is only the start of an investigation that is going to hit a little too close to home for Adam. His life has taken a surprising turn but past secrets may threaten to overshadow his current investigation. And when another girl goes missing, he knows he needs to dig deeper into the dark side of human nature to solve the crime…
Cara Hunter really brings her home city to life here and her detective fits perfectly into city life as he works a difficult and emotive case. His personal life has never been easy and he has hidden his emotions, channelling his energy into his career but here he does sail a little too close into the wind as a past encounter comes back to haunt him. It made him seem more human somehow as I saw a side to him I hadn’t seen before. Adam Fawley has been through a lot but his private life always plays out perfectly in the background of the crimes he has to solve so that the balance is always maintained between his private and professional life.
I raced through All The Rage in a few hours. It was a gripping crime thriller with a compulsive hook and I thoroughly enjoyed every single page even though it was tough to read at times due to the subject matter. Highly recommended by me!
Meet the author
Cara Hunter is the author of the Sunday Timesbestselling crime novels Close to Home, In the Dark and No Way Out, all featuring DI Adam Fawley and his Oxford-based police team. Close to Home was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, was shortlisted for Crime Book of the Year in the British Book Awards 2019 and No Way Out was selected by theSunday Times as one of the 100 best crime novels since 1945. Cara’s novels have sold more than three quarters of a million copies worldwide. Cara Hunter lives in Oxford, on a street not unlike those featured in her books.