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Hope to Die

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The case takes several very surprising turns and the plotting is impeccable, absolutely nailing the thrill factor even when some of the topics it covers are on the tragic side. Whittling my suspects down with very clever story telling, a very entertaining read and another hit from one of my favourite authors. Hunter’s imagining of what happened to Camilla’s baby results in a fast paced, intricate plot, filled with suspense and some great twists.

The acknowledgements in the book does indicate that part of the story is based on the Australian case of Keli Lane which you may want to look up for more background. Thankfully Cara Hunter was kind enough to entertain me and answer my questions and tell me – politely – to read the acknowledgements section.

Hope to Die could be read as a standalone, as I thought this one was more crime than character focused when compared to the previous books. The Swanns prove to be a shifty pair especially aggressive Peggy and her brand of motherhood contrasts sharply with that of Alex. There are also the relationships you’d expect in a team that work together so closely and intensively – the banter, the one-upmanship, the tensions. After the previous book, Fawley's personal and professional life is far more settled, there is joy to be found in baby daughter, Lily Rose, for both him and his wife, Alex, and he is more focused on fulfilling his ambitions for his police career. Further inquiries then reveal that Swann is not their real surname and that the couple changed their name by deed poll after their daughter Camilla Rowan was convicted in 2003 of killing her newborn son six years earlier.

I always enjoy the way Cara Hunter tells a story using a variety of formats including Netflix extracts this time and, as always, Adam‘s perspective and with good injections of humour. In fact I was so delighted, that I couldn’t wait another minute, and dropped everything to read it straightaway. While I haven’t read all the books in the Fawley series (this is my third and I am definitely planning on going back to read the first three), I’ve become quite attached to the characters and really enjoy reading about both the police investigation and the lives of the team.

Having already had one baby adopted, she claimed to have left her son with his father after giving birth, but no trace of him was found and she was eventually found guilty of murder. Under questioning, Richard Swann and his more evasive wife Margaret insist that the man was an intruder and they were defending their household, but the police believe the real story is much more complex than that.

But I gotta say, this book was quite a chunk with +900 pages, and then I was waiting for that punch in the jaw at the end of the story - Cara Hunter style, which was there but we've had stronger punches in the previous books. In contrast to most types of fiction, I feel that police procedurals often work better as televisual dramatisations rather than on the printed page.Cara Hunter also makes great use of some literary / publishing mechanics that really embellish and enhance the overall impact of the book. Like every book in the series, this was a wild joyride from start to finish, and the fact that this is based on a true crime is mind-blowing, guess I've got some more true-crime docs. The plot is complex and very clever, the pace rises and falls appropriately and it’s compelling and entertaining from the beginning to the end. An all round winner, and I have no hesitation in recommending this book, and the entire series, to mystery, crime, thriller, psychological suspense, domestic drama, and police procedural fans.



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