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The Whole Truth: The new ‘impossible to predict’ detective thriller from the Richard and Judy Book Club Spring 2021 (DI Fawley) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0828Q7226
- Publisher : Penguin (15 April 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 4603 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 424 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 73,162 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I did, however, find this is a difficult review to write because, on the one hand, the premises for this story was such a good one, and the characters are so enjoyable and interesting to read about. One the other hand the story is long, very in-depth and, for me, disjointed. It is told in the first-person narrative and set out with no chapters which I found quite hard to follow.
Fawley and his team are investigating a case that concerns a male student that has apparently been sexually harassed by his tutor who is female, which was an unusual storyline and one I thought was an excellent idea.
This is a new author for me and the fifth book in the Detective Inspector Adam Fawley series, so maybe I am just not used to how this author writes her stories. Also, in this text were media transcripts, podcasts and WhatsApp reports which I just didn't connect with very well and which from my perspective contributed towards the fact that I found it hard to follow and was disjointed. A great plot but just really hard to follow.
While the abuse case turns on its head again and again, recently released serial rapist Gavin Parrie is quietly plotting his revenge against DI Adam Fawley who was a DS 18 years ago and was largely instrumental in getting Parrie convicted. Adam’s wife, Alex - one of Parrie’s former victims, is heavily pregnant with their second child. The first one having died in tragic circumstances some years ago. Alex is a bundle of nerves, she is 44, quite an age to be pregnant and she is convinced Parrie will want his revenge because his conviction was not as simple as it seems.
When Parrie finally strikes it is not in the direction the Fawley’s anticipated, its almost worse. The rug is well and truly pulled from under Fawley’s feet and he is truly in a bind that even he may not be able to escape from!
The first half of the book sets it all up - subtle clues and a slow ramping up of foreboding. Then WHAM, a sucker punch to the gut. I really don’t want want to spoil this excellent story for anyone so I’ll stop there. This is #5 in the series but can be read as a stand alone, although I do think it would be so much better to read them all. It is a truly excellent series. Cara Hunter writes so well and her characters are wonderful. In each book she adds more flesh to their bones. In this book we become concerned over Somer’s health and Fawley’s impending fatherhood. Quinn has almost redeemed himself and Everett shows her us her empathetic side again.Their loyalty to Fawley is laudable. This book will appeal to anyone who loves a good thriller or mystery or crime story. It is not gruesome and no animals were hurt or killed. Many thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and Cara Hunter for providing a copy for me to review. My opinions are my own.
There is so much going on in The Whole Truth. We have a claim from an Oxford student of sexual assault by a professor - a case like none you have seen before. At the same time Adam and his wife are dealing with their past coming back to haunt them. It is twisty and unpredictable and Adam certainly has his work cut out for him this time.
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Given that this is the fifth book in this series, it is fair to say that I am a little late turning up to the party. For any prospective readers who may find themselves in a similar situation, I can assure you that this will not impair your enjoyment of this novel in the slightest. Author, Cara Hunter, even goes as far as to provide a little background précis of the central characters at the start of the book, which shows wonderful practical consideration for her audience.
This is the finest example of a police procedural that I have read to date. I am frequently irked by books from this genre. The format is so often hackneyed with stereotypical characters and plots that are ridiculously far-fetched, scripted in yawningly melodramatic fashion. None of the aforementioned criticisms apply here.
I won't even begin to rehash the plot in this review. There is adequate information in the official synopsis to get you started, so you don't need any potential spoilers from me to detract from you own enjoyment of uncovering the story for yourself.
The characters are all well-drawn and credible. The plot is believable, compelling and has been carefully and tightly constructed. The pace of the novel is practically faultless. There are sections that are somewhat more considered, but only when it is appropriate for them to be so - and there are other times when I was left almost breathless as events briskly unfurled.
The author also makes great use of some literary / publishing mechanics that really embellish and enhance the overall impact of the book. In contrast to most types of fiction, I often feel that police procedurals work better as televisual dramatisations rather than on the printed page. Cara Hunter has found a way to present her work in a way that comes close to offering the best of both worlds. I have no doubt that this series would translate very well onto the small screen, but even in book form it offers an enjoyably immersive experience to the reader.
I don't give out many 5-star ratings for book reviews, but "The Whole Truth" absolutely deserves the top mark. If you are a fan of police procedurals, a fan of crime fiction in general ... or just someone who enjoys good, well-written fiction of any genre, then you really should put this on your reading list.
Even before the story began, I was really impressed with the 'Fawley Files'! A profile on each character to introduce for standalone-ers, or as a reminder for people who have read a million books between the last in the series and this one (ahem... 🙋♀️).
In The Whole Truth, Adam and the team find themselves in the midst of two crimes to solve and with his personal life about to undergo a huge change, Adam is feeling the pressure more than ever. But even he couldn't predict the route that these investigations would take.
It was really good to see all the old team back, with some new faces too. It is honestly like having a big old get together with a group of old friends, catching up on what they have been up to since you last saw them!
As has now become a bit of a signature for Hunter, the use of social media posts, texts, interviews and a new addition of podcasts interspersed within the story make it really interesting and feels more interactive.
In a nutshell, this is another excellent story and cements this series as an absolute favourite of mine. The only bad thing is how long I have to wait for the next book!
It's very frustrating.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 June 2021
It's very frustrating.
Think you know the story? Think again.’ - cover tag line.
‘The Whole Truth’ by Cara Hunter is the fifth in Hunter’s series of police procedurals featuring DI Fawley, set in Oxford. I appreciated that the book opened with a short ‘previously on the Fawley files’ that served as an introduction (or refresher) to the main characters.
Aside from the accusation referenced in the tag line above, there is another case involving a brutal murder that comes to the fore during the investigation. No further details to avoid spoilers but trust me it’s complex and very thrilling.
Each of the previous books in this series has been a five-star read for me and Hunter’s latest has again proved an outstanding crime thriller.
I combined reading with listening to the unabridged audiobook edition as I have for two of the previous books. It was narrated by Lee Ingleby, Emma Cunniffe, and Roy McMillan; having three narrators brought a heightened sense of drama to the reading.
Lee Ingleby and Emma Cunniffe have narrated all the earlier books in this series and I have previously enjoyed Roy McMillan’s narration on a number of audiobooks in my library.
Overall, a totally riveting addition to this excellent series that had me glued to my settee for the duration. I can hardly wait for Book 6.
All that aside, the story was engaging but not one of her best, I wasn’t gripped and won’t be recommending this one as I think there are more innovative and exciting books out there from other authors.
Finally, why, why, why do we have to have such appalling covers on these books? It really grates that someone (the publisher? The author?) thinks this type of fiction deserves such terrible, cliched covers - which in this case have almost nothing to do with the story except in one scene someone drinks champagne or sparkling wine. I feel insulted that crime fiction generally uses these trashy and derivative stock images rather than something meaningful. The whole PD James back catalogue has been reissued with excellent linocut artwork covers, that’s what we need, not this easy to identify trashy artwork. Publishers and creatives should be supporting other creatives and using artists and photographers to create unique cover artwork, not using meaningless photos which have no relevance to the story at all.