All the Rage by Cara Hunter reviewed

All the Rage Book Cover All the Rage
DI Adam Fawley
Cara Hunter
Penguin Books (UK)
January 23, 2020

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’d not read any Cara Hunter books when I got this one, All the Rage, so I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. This is a tale about a teenage girl who is found wandering in a distressed state by a taxi driver. She claims that it was just a prank but the story she tells suggests something rather different. She refuses to press charges so one of the first things is to find out why. When another girl goes missing the case takes on additional dimensions. Is this a serial offender and could it possibly be linked to an old case that DI Fawley was involved in.

All the Rage follows DI Fawley and his team as they try to make sense of the events surrounding these cases. The book successfully drags you this way and that. It allows you to say – “Ah maybe it’s xxx” and then promptly reverse the thought which is decent enough in this sort of story. The involvement of the old case worked well for me too. It kept me wanted to return to the story.

I confess I found All the Rage fairly readable with interesting characters involved in it. There were twists, turns and red herrings enough to keep me entertained. I think maybe I would have got into the story more quickly had I read the previous books.  However it works well enough as a standalone book for me. My slight irritation was with the writing style.  I found the sections rather disjointed.  Sometimes I found that I had no idea who the section I was reading was about. The use of modern aspects in the text such as webchats and twitter was something I’d not really come across much before but didn’t particularly bother me.

I’ll certainly read another earlier Cara Hunter when I get the chance as overall, I enjoyed it. It’s a decent enough “police thriller”. However, other than the style of presentation, I’m just not quite sure how long the book will stay with me. I guess it never quite got under my skin.

Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review