All the Rage is the fourth novel in Cara Hunter’s fantastic DI Fawley series. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the series, and All the Rage is just as good as the earlier instalments!
A teenage girl is found wandering the outskirts of Oxford, dazed and distressed. The story she tells is terrifying. Grabbed off the street, a plastic bag pulled over her face, then driven to an isolated location where she was subjected to what sounds like an assault. Yet she refuses to press charges.
DI Fawley investigates, but there’s little he can do without the girl’s co-operation. Is she hiding something, and if so, what? And why does Fawley keep getting the feeling he’s seen a case like this before?
And then another girl disappears, and Adam no longer has a choice: he has to face up to his past. Because unless he does, this victim may not be coming back…
I’ve loved each of the cases in this series. They’ve all been very different, ranging from a missing child to arson by way of a woman and her son found locked in a basement room. What they do all have in common is the incredible complexity of each case – Hunter is clearly a master when it comes to plotting her novels, and I’ve not solved a single one of them yet. Looking back, the clues are there, but the smallest details might be the key to solving the case, while the red herrings keep readers on their toes. All the Rage sees Adam and his team facing another complex situation in which a young woman is abducted before miraculously escaping – with little more than a few bruises – from a horrifying situation.
For Adam, this investigation hits a little closer to home than others have done as it bears similarities to a case he worked on years ago, and the reader gets to see more of Adam and his wife, Alex, as a result. I liked that this made All the Rage a little different to the earlier novels in the series, as we see Fawley having to justify both his current decisions as well as the evidence gathered in the previous case that has seen a man locked away for 18 years or so. A man who has always proclaimed his innocence. The Adam Fawley of the previous novels has been relatively cool and calm under pressure, but this case starts to take its toll, and I watched with interest to see just how far he’d unravel. This also allows Hunter to explore a little more of the Fawley’s backgrounds. They’re characters that I really like, and it was great to see more of them and to learn more about their pasts even if it wasn’t what I expected.
The rest of the team – the good and the bad (yes, Quinn, you’re still in my bad books!) are all present and correct. One of the elements I love about the series is seeing how the different skills of each team member contribute to the outcome of the investigation. There is no lone wolf, going off and doing their own thing and disregarding the rules – each crime is solved through the combined efforts of the whole team. I loved seeing these characters develop over the series as the reader gets to know them better. They’ve all got their own worries and concerns outside of work, and this really helps to bring them to life.
All the Rage is another fantastic instalment in one of my favourite series of recent years. If you enjoy police procedurals, I can’t recommend Hunter’s novels enough. Do start at the beginning though – each crime can be viewed as a standalone, but you’ll miss out on the background of the characters if you don’t read the series in order.
All the Rage will be available as an eBook from 19 December, and in paperback from 23 January 2020. Many thanks to Cara Hunter who sent me a copy of All the Rage when I won a competition to guess the title of book five, which is The Whole Truth – currently planned for release in 2021. I can’t wait for the fifth instalment – it promises to be another gripping read!
You can see my reviews for the earlier novels in the series via the links below: