Thank you to Net Galley and Penguin Randomhouse UK for providing me with an e-ARC copy! All opinions in this review are my own and are honest.
You would not believe my excitement when I saw this was available for request on NetGalley; the first book in the Adam Fawley Series, Close to Home, was one of my favourite books of 2017 and I couldn’t wait for this sequel to be released – In the Dark is one of my most anticipated publications for 2018! You can find my review for book one here and you also get Close to Home for just 99p in the kindle edition on Amazon UK! until 31st January 2018!
This starts with a woman and a child being found locked in the basement of an elderly man’s house after building work commences next door. There’s obviously the questions of who the woman and child are and how did they get there but things start to get more complicated as more of the story unravels and you struggle to know who or what to believe.
One of the things that I loved with the first book was the inclusion of al the social media posts and news paper clippings. They really helped add extra dimensions to the story and helped add to the plot in an interesting way which was just including extra POV’s all the time which could get confusing. In the dark contains the same social media posts and news stories which I really enjoyed. It also included transcripts of interviews which made it so much easier to read through the interviews themselves. It lessened the need for the whole I said, he said, she said and trying to figure out who said what in long dialogue parts in the book and it also allowed phone interviews to be easily put in the book. Its just a really great way of telling the story.
I really enjoyed seeing more of Adam/s home life and how he’s been coping with the death of his son. Again, one of the things that I like about Adam is that he’s had a family tragedy, but it wasn’t some dark twisted serial killer that killed his son and wrecked his family, it was something that a lot of non-police families will be dealing with and it’s nice to follow him and his wife as they come through the hard times together. It also deals with the process of having another child after you’ve already lost one and I really enjoyed the way that it was handled.
We also got to see more relationships and interactions between the other officers which was great. I feel like I got to know a lot more about them all and they developed as characters within their own right in this book, with some of their own issues without overshadowing Adam Fawley as the main character and the main plot.
If you’ve read the first book, Close to Home then you are definitely not going to be disappointed with this sequel. Normally you can get sequel blues where the first book is fantastic, but the sequels just don’t live up to expectations but not here. If anything, this has just got better and I can’t wait to see what book 3 chucks at Adam for him to deal with.