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  • A refreshing thriller

    The Whole Truth is the 5th book in the DI Adam Fawley series. This was my first taste of the series but it did work quite well as a standalone story so don’t let that put you off too much! I really liked that there is a table at the beginning containing information on the main characters including their physical appearance and anything about them we should already know from reading the other books. I have not seen this used before and it was a really nice way to get an overview of everyone and to stop some bits from becoming repetitive for those who have read the other books. I assume it is full of spoilers though so if you want to read the rest of the books, don’t start here first! The main case in The Whole Truth was really intriguing – a story of sexual assault but the victim is a 6 foot rugby player and the perpetrator is a female college professor. I really liked this premise and it showed how hard it is to find the truth in these cases when a lot of it relies on he said/she said evidence. There are also another 2 cases within this story, both of which feature on our main character DI Fawley and I won’t give any spoilers but they were certainly very interesting! All of the cases have a plot which kept me gripped and guessing from the outset – I never once felt lost although they do take a lot of twists and turns and it was hard to guess where they were going which is great for a reader who often correctly guesses the conclusion mid-story. Even with my handy little ‘who’s who’ guide, there are a lot of characters to get to know in this book – it becomes a little overwhelming at times. There are 7 main character police officers outlined at the beginning of the book, then 3 cases, each of which have their own victims, suspects, witnesses and family members, then each of the police officers also have their own personal stories in the mix too and we meet their partners and members of the family. I guess if you already knew the 7 officers very well from other books this shouldn’t be too much of an issue for you. I did feel sometimes that the secondary character’s personal lives were focussed on a little too much, particularly when the main stories were ramping up to their climax. I do understand that loyal readers may have favourites though and these also set up some good drama which I’m sure will be used in the next book. The writing style of the book was also very different from crime thrillers I have read before. We have the usual 3rd person accounts of some characters, although as it rotates between 7 voices plus Adam’s wife and occasionally the victims so there’s a lot going on here! We also have a 1st person diary-like account from our main character Adam Fawley. This felt very odd although I’m not sure if that’s because it’s quite an usual narrative technique, particularly as the rest of it is in 3rd person. As Fawley is quite a central character in the other cases this also became a bit jarring as it sort of took away any doubt the reader may have about him as he doesn’t really come across as an unreliable narrator. The book also has a lot of interspersed media text to break up the story and give us insight into the wider world. There’s transcripts of podcasts and police interviews, snippets from newspapers and threads from Twitter. These worked nicely to keep the pace up and often all of the sections would be kept very short and particularly at the end, cycled through quickly with just enough information to keep you hanging on for the next part. There are also a few images in the book – there’s a picture of a phone with a Whats App conversation on it for example, also a page from a notebook and medical and police reports. Unfortunately, on my Kindle Paperwhite these were so small they were unreadable, although I don’t think there’s too much on them that’s important to the story – I never felt like I missed too much from not reading them. Overall The Whole Truth is a fast paced and intriguing crime thriller which keeps the genre fresh with it’s interesting writing style. Now that I have gotten to know the characters a little better I would certainly keep an eye out for the next one! Thank you to NetGalley & Penguin General UK – Fig Tree, Hamish Hamilton and Viking for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Page turner

    This is the first of the Adam Fawley series I’ve read and I’ve undoubtedly missed out not discovering them before. I really appreciated the overview of characters at the start as it helped me understand the dynamics of the main character but in honesty I found the storyline had me hooked in no time so it was a bonus rather than necessity. I liked the different formats of writing such as shots of text messages here and there and the short sections of writing switching between one character and part of the story to another made it a pacy read and the two different storylines running on the theme of revenge both worked incredibly well. I raced through this, I was definitely a one sitting read, very well thought out and the end sent a shiver down my spine.

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  • Exhilarating & Thrilling!

    This is a series I look forward to so much and it never fails to be a rewarding read! When DI Adam Fawley gets a call to head to one of Oxford's university colleges, what he's faced with isn't quite what he expected; the accusation against a professor for sexual assault is a bit different from what he usually deals with. This time it's a highly thought of and powerful female being accused by a male student - and a well-built six footer at that. Whilst Fawley and his team get on with their investigating, they don't realise that they are being watched by someone who has plans to stop the Detective Inspector for good. I've loved this series from the very beginning; the author has the dynamics of the team spot on; they are a diverse mix of well-developed characters who work extremely well together. The crimes they investigate are many and varied which makes for exciting reading as I never know quite what to expect, and this fifth novel shocked me to my core. I NEVER saw that coming! Surprises abound in this story and I just kept on reading until I got to the very end - and only then did the revelations come to a halt. Exhilarating and thrilling all the way through, I would venture to suggest that this is the best in the series so far - and that's really saying something given how terrific the first four were! A full five glowing stars and my highest recommendation.

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  • The Whole Truth

    I liked the fact that the characters are well rounded and believable.

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  • Superb!

    This is the fifth book in the 'DI Adam Fawley' series by Cara Hunter set in and around Oxford. I have now read all of the instalments except book two - In The Dark - which I hope to get around to soon. I think there is some benefit in reading at least one of the other books first for character development and to maximise the enjoyment of the story, however, each of the stories has its uniqueness. The Whole Truth was a compulsive read with plenty of twists and turns, many of which were a surprise. The story followed the format of a single timeline as it developed through changing scenes, told mainly from the points of view of Adam and various others, who each had their troubles, personal problems, dilemmas, and difficulties to bear. Everything was all so well executed by Cara Hunter and it kept me reading enthusiastically. Cara Hunter's writing style continues to be very natural, realistic and absorbing. Similar to previous instalments, the author has effectively peppered the tale with the inclusion of newspaper articles, emails, voicemails, podcasts, suspect interviews, phone calls, and even more. The crimes committed made this book a disconcerting read but I appreciated the author’s sensitive handling of the plot lines. The plot was clever and it was impossible to predict what was coming next, making The Whole Truth all the more compelling right until the shocking ending. Cara Hunter's characterisation was tremendous and certainly not neglected in favour of the plot or anything else. I love this team of characters and cannot wait to read more in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Penguin Books (UK) via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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