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No Way Out: The most gripping book of the year from the Richard and Judy Bestselling author (DI Fawley)

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While the first two books in the series are available here, I had to get a UK version of the paperback for this one and I know I’m going to be going that route for book four, as well. Detective Inspector Adam Fawley and his team, certain that the fire was set deliberately, start to dig into the family’s background and discover that money problems may well be at the root of the problem: the house has been in the father’s family for generations, but his grandfather’s cast-iron will ensures that he can never sell it. In my opinion this book is the weakest of the three I have read although it was still a captivating read.

After the death of their son, Jake, Alex was pushing Adam to adopt, something he is not ready or capable of doing, leaving him terrified that this will signal the end of their marriage. Here we see a much more human, much more emotional Fawley than we’ve grown used to, but thankfully it doesn’t seem to have much impact on his deductive reasoning abilities or his ability to solve this increasingly complex case. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.The plotting is intelligently layered and each team member brings their own skills and experiences in advancing the investigation. It could be read as a standalone novel, but to get most out of the characters, I recommend starting at the beginning, and believe me Close to Home and In the Dark are just as worthy as this one. The house is large - three stories, and half of it has collapsed so investigators will need time to sift through the rubble. In a narrative that goes back and forth in time, we become intimately acquainted with the Esmond family that includes Michael's carefree brother, Philip, who spends time sailing round the world, Michael's university colleagues, Samantha's severe post-natal depression, their employment of Harry who tends to their garden.

Love having the same police team investigating and finding out what is happening in their personal lives. DI Frawley has got acting DS Gislinghame as SIO on the case after Quinn has been demoted following the events of the previous book.The story moves between past and present, giving the reader insight, as the investigation progresses, into how and why these horrific events came about. There are not standard chapters, which is something I thought I would hate when I read Hunter’s first book, but I was quickly proven wrong. Two children are pulled from the wreckage of the fire - three year old Zachary is already dead and his older brother Matty is in a critical state, and the prognosis isn’t good. Everything wasn’t perfect in the Esmond household, and the reader discovers this through flashbacks.

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