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Hope to Die

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Every time you think you know what is going on, something else will be discovered and send you back to square one. Cara Hunter's characterisation was tremendous and certainly not neglected in favour of the plot or anything else. Many thanks to Netgalley and Penguin General UK - Fig Tree, Hamish Hamilton, Viking, Penguin Life, Penguin Business for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly. Cara Hunter has pulled it off again, producing a real page turner, with revelations and twists galore, in this complex, but utterly absorbing police procedural.

Fawley finds himself interviewing Camilla in prison and she truly is just as slippery and unhelpful as reported in her original interviews. For any prospective readers who may find themselves in a similar situation, I am pleased to tell you that you can simply pick this series up at this point without it having any adverse effect on your enjoyment. They changed their name and moved to Oxford seventeen years ago after their daughter Camilla was convicted on circumstantial evidence of killing her baby.Overall, this a brilliant book that might just claim the honour of being the best DI Fawley novel to date, thanks to a case that proves impossible to get out of your head and impressive steps forward in character development. In the beginning before we discover the connection to Camilla, the Swanns come across as a somewhat quirky old-fashioned couple, but there was always going to be more to it than that. And yes, this is based on a true story, but since other creative liberties were taken, I think it would've been worth it to make the motive a bit clearer. The format is exactly the same as in the previous books, with short sections as opposed to chapters and mini-cliffhangers everywhere in sight. 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.

What at first seems like an easy case of an intruder being shot by an elderly man in his home, turns into a complex and twisty case that has links to a high profile case of convicted child killer, Camilla Rowan.Hope to Die is an intricately plotted story and the last few chapters absolutely had me on the edge of my seat. I buddy read this with Pat, and Ceecee (because they couldn’t wait to read it either 😊), and all three of us enjoyed it. 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. 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.

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