The Whole Truth by Cara Hunter (eARC Review)

The Whole Truth by Cara Hunter

Format: eBook

Source: Publishers via NetGalley

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Genres: Crime, Mystery, Triller

Publication Date: 25th February 2021

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“An attractive student. An older professor.


She has everything at stake; he has everything to lose. But one of them is lying, all the same.

When an Oxford student accuses one of the university’s professors of sexual assault, DI Adam Fawley’s team think they’ve heard it all before. But they couldn’t be more wrong.

Because this time, the predator is a woman and the shining star of the department, and the student a six-foot male rugby player.

Soon DI Fawley and his team are up against the clock to figure out the truth. What they don’t realise is that someone is watching.

And they have a plan to put Fawley out of action for good…

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My Thoughts & Review

The Whole Truth is the fifth book in the Adam Fawley series. I’ve read all four of the previous books in the series and loved them all and this one didn’t disappoint either.

The Whole Truth follows two separate cases. The first follows a case where a student claims to have been sexually abused by a tutor, and the second follows a murder case which has connections to both DI Fawley and his wife Alex.

The first half of the book slowly sets the scene of both cases and the second half goes full speed into revealing plot twists that you just don’t see coming. There were moments where I thought I know what was about to come but I was so wrong, Cara has definitely included some red herrings in this one.

I’ve been a fan of Cara’s writing style from the very first book and have always liked the inclusion of the interview transcripts and different multimedia throughout the book and was glad to see that she included them in this book too.  I know a few writers have started doing this in their novels but I still think Cara does them the best, as she manages to make them follow with the rest of the book and they never feel out of place.

I may be biased but I loved all the characters, especially the main ones that have been with us from the beginning. They are well done and continue to be developed as the series progresses. I really liked the side characters in this book too. I feel they were better done and they actually all seemed to have a part to play in the storyline rather than just appearing in the background for the sake of adding characters and bulking out the book.

Even though this is the fifth book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. And if you’re worried about not knowing the characters don’t worry as there is a quick summary of the main characters in the series at the beginning, which gives just enough information about the characters. I loved this and think more writers need to include something similar in their book series, as it’s super helpful, especially if you have to wait a while to read the next book a series.

I really enjoyed this one and can’t wait for the next book. Also, can’t wait for the series to be made into a TV series, which I hope will be coming soon.

If you’re looking for a fast paced, well written Police procedural thriller, thin I definitely recommend this book and all the previous books in the series.

Before picking up this book please beware there may be some triggers which some people may find difficult to read. I have listed just some of the ones I found.

  • Rape/Sexual abuse
  • Violence
  • Murder
  • References to suicide

I would like to thank Penguin Random House for inviting me to read and review and to NetGalley for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Happy Reading!!!

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