Book Review: Hope to Die – Cara Hunter

Book Review: Hope to Die – Cara Hunter

DI Adam Fawley #6
Release Date: July 21st 2022
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 416
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: I bought a copy of this book in my local supermarket
Rating: 4.75/5 stars


When a body is found in a farmhouse in a gruesome state, DI Adam Fawley is one of the first on the scene. The murder leads Fawley to a convoluted investigation from the past, and a family torn apart by a devastating crime involving the disappearance of a child.

Can Fawley piece together the facts of history with the clues in the present? Sometimes the truth is the hardest answer to face up to…


The DI Adam Fawley series is without a doubt my favourite police procedural series. Everything about this series is so well done and Hope to Die is another terrific installment. In Hope to Die we follow Fawley and the team as they are called to investigate a shooting at a remote farmhouse. Shootings don’t happen often and there are a few things about the scene that don’t seem quite right. As the team dig deeper they soon discover that this was far from a burglary gone wrong and may have connections to one of the country’s most infamous crimes.

There are so many things to love about this series. Hunter has once again crafted a story that is so fast paced, so full of twists and turns and so well researched that I honestly couldn’t have put the book down even if I wanted to. I really enjoy Hunter’s writing style and I find it absolutely fascinating the way she includes interview transcripts, newspaper clippings and TV scripts to bring the story to life. I was also really intrigued to learn that the story is inspired by a real life case in Australia which for me made the story even more compelling.

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. We are introduced to some new characters in this installment and I really liked seeing how they fit into the dynamics of Fawley’s team.

Hope to Die is an intricately plotted story and the last few chapters absolutely had me on the edge of my seat. If you’re looking for a crime book that will have you guessing right to the end, Hope to Die and the rest of the DI Adam Fawley series is a must read.

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