The Whole Truth by Cara Hunter

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

There is a new case on the horizon, and this one is crazy twisted. I’ve started reading The Whole Truth by the fantastic Cara Hunter on a Tuesday. It was sunny here in Glasgow, and the sun helped me, motivated me even, to read this book in two days. Yes, two days. But it was just the sun that kept my attention engaged. It was the story as well.

When a student comes forward reporting a case of sexual abuse, the detectives of Thames Valley think they know how the story goes. Honestly, I even thought I knew where the story would go. But as the book’s hook says, I should think again. Morgan, a male student, is reporting his tutor, Marina, a very prominent figure in the University of raping him. Now, this wouldn’t necessarily have struck me as out of the ordinary. But as I turned the pages, the more twisted the story became. 

As the sexual assault and rape case is getting traction on social media, a new case is reported. A body is found by some engineers working on the rail during the night. And someone in the police force knows the victim. They are closer to him than he thinks, in fact. 

The Whole Truth stands out from the first page. Brilliant and perfectly paced, Hunter checks all the boxes for the next big detective series.

DI Adam Fawley doesn’t have the time to process that the close friend Emma Smith of his wife was the victim found on the rail. And the evidence is pointing at him as being the murderer. Everything blows up in DI Fawley’s face, and all of a sudden, he faces a lengthy prison sentence. But he swears he isn’t the murderer, even though when presented with the opportunity, he doesn’t provide us with the opportunity to see that, the readers, for ourselves.

The Whole Truth is brilliantly written, with short and snappy chapters turning the tension to the max. The subplots are interlaced with images that I found really engaging as a reader to scrutinise. Instead of the information being dumped on the paper as exposition, we get files and handwritten notes, extracts from a podcast and even screenshots of a WhatsApp group.

I’m surprised (and mad) that I didn’t know earlier of the DI Fawley series. Because I believe there were a couple of easter eggs in this novel that I could’ve appreciated more if I had read the first four books in the series before starting this. However, I’m looking forward to diving into the other four books in the series (they are ordered and are on the way) and then reenjoy this 5th instalment in the series. But disregarding the easter eggs, Hunter makes sure that anyone can read this without reading the previous books (at least I believe it was intentional rather than unintentional).

The Whole Truth is published on the 29th of May by Penguin Viking. I hope you will join me and celebrating this fantastic book, especially if you are a fan of the show Line of Duty. If you are, you have to get your hands on this series. It’s just so, so good. And twisted. Also, rights for a TV show have been sold already, and we might soon get to see Adam Fawley and the crew on screen is just brilliant. I can’t wait. 

PS. Do yourself a favour and start with Close to Home.