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Hope to Die

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Cara Hunter's latest offering is a cracking addition to her Oxford based DI Adam Fawley series, it is packed with her trademark insertions in the narrative that include police interview transcripts, social media comments, psychiatric reports, details of a 2016 Netflix investigation, phone conversations, online media reports and Wikipedia entries. When the police arrive and knock at the door,at first no one answers then the door is opened by pensioner Richard.

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! 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. Tbh there were just a bit too many filler scenes and I didn't feel the main baddie's motive was clear enough. they make some shocking discoveries and my jaw literally drops on occasions and possibly the odd little naughty may be uttered at some of the explosive revelations. Hope To Die starts off with a gunshot in an isolated house in a secluded part of the countryside and when the police arrive at the scene the homeowners, an elderly couple, appear shocked to see the police and upon further investigation, the police find a young man dead in their kitchen killed by a gunshot to the face.The multimedia is superbly realised as ever and just shows the author’s continued ability to captivate.

DNA evidence obtained from the victim proves that the dead man's mother is Camilla, clear evidence that she was not guilty of murdering her baby. This is quite hard for me to review as this is my first Cara Hunter book and at the time of joining the blog tour I wasn’t aware this was book six of a series 😫 and only realised this once I started reading it and put it on goodreads as currently reading so I do think that sadly took away some of the reading experience as I felt like I had missed out on things from previous books. Como é que dois velhotes que vivem num local remoto acabam envolvidos no assassinato brutal de um jovem?I have really enjoyed the DI Fawley series and have admired Hunter's writing style, her use of reproduced documents and evidence that take the idea of show not tell to a new level, making the reader a part of the investigating team. Hunter’s imagining of what happened to Camilla’s baby results in a fast paced, intricate plot, filled with suspense and some great twists. Whittling my suspects down with very clever story telling, a very entertaining read and another hit from one of my favourite authors.

it develops character and back-story instead, with the result that readers become invested in the plot.The characters were superbly drawn although, apart from the police and the odd other ones they were largely, eventually, unlikable. What I did like was the character ‘recap’ as such at the start of the book, with specific things about them and what rank they were.

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