In The Dark by Cara Hunter (Book Review)

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Book Blurb:

Do you know what they’re hiding in the house next door?

A woman and child are found locked in a basement, barely alive, and unidentifiable: the woman can’t speak, there are no missing persons reports that match their profile, and the confused, elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before. The inhabitants of the quiet street are in shock—how could this happen right under their noses? But Detective Inspector Adam Fawley knows nothing is impossible. And no one is as innocent as they seem.

As the police grow desperate for a lead, Fawley stumbles across a breakthrough, a link to a case he worked years before about another young woman and child gone missing, never solved. When he realizes the missing woman’s house is directly adjacent to the house in this case, he thinks he might have found the connection that could bring justice for both women. But there’s something not quite right about the little boy from the basement, and the truth will send shockwaves through the force that Fawley never could have anticipated.

A deeply unsettling, heart-stopping mystery of long-buried secrets and the monsters who hide in plain sight, In the Dark is the second gripping novel featuring DI Adam Fawley.


Rating: 3/5 Stars

Tags: Thriller, Crime, Mystery

My Thoughts:

(I received a free copy of this book, thanks to Penguin and Edelweiss, in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinions on the book.)

Let’s just keep this review simple. In The Dark fell short of my expectations but is good enough to keep me up all night trying to get to the bottom of it.


  • engrossing story
  • Challow, the guy’s gives a refreshing dose of humor whenever he appears
  • realistic approach to investigations(in real life finding clues, suspects and establishing timelines are messy)


  • Multiple POVs can take a little time in adjusting
  • Lots of missing sentences(at least that’s the case for my e-copy of the ARC)
  • a little all over the place, trying to bundle in the officers’ private lives and the investigation. But with a bit of polishing this can be a good combination.

The detectives deal with two cases in this story , but are they linked in some way or not? Throughout the book we’re tugged left and right as a suspect is found and is later cleared. Who really did it? Is anyone telling the truth? All these questions and intrigue kept me awake well past sunrise. Although, I wasn’t a big fan about the gross acts some of the characters did and some parts niggled me up the wrong way. In The Dark is entertaining but could do with some more editing.

Is it the job that does it or is that sort of person attracted to the job in the first place?


Parental Guidance: 17+
Violence – Graphic violence, rape and gore
Sex – Mentions of sexual encounters
Religion – No
Profanity – Yes, plenty of it

Recommended for: Readers looking for some shock factor and lots of twists.

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13 thoughts on “In The Dark by Cara Hunter (Book Review)

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            1. Ohh xD Did she switch POVs and 1st person third person in those two also? I disliked that. Although, the 1st person view was easy to catch on that it was that officer(I forgot his name).


    1. Oh, it was VILE. Do you read thrillers? I don’t prefer the ones with too much graphic content. Caters to the schadenfreude in me and I would not like to encourage that!


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