Summary

Murder in the Family delivers a fresh perspective to mysteries, forging a path for a new approach to keeping readers engaged.

5-STAR REVIEW: MURDER IN THE FAMILY by Cara Hunter

The Description

Publication Date: September 19, 2023

ONE BODY. SIX EXPERTS. CAN YOU SOLVE THE CASE BEFORE THEY DO?

Mega-bestselling British crime novelist Cara Hunter makes her big American debut with a wholly immersive thriller like none you’ve seen before: written as the teleplay of a true-crime documentary, it has the reader puzzling away, reviewing photos, maps, coroner’s reports and other evidence as they read. The exciting multi-narrator audiobook features five actors telling the story from different perspectives. Can you tell who’s lying?

It was a case that gripped the nation. In December 2003, Luke Ryder, the stepfather of acclaimed filmmaker Guy Howard (then aged 10), was found dead in the garden of their suburban family home.

Luke Ryder’s murder has never been solved. Guy Howard’s mother and two half-sisters were in the house at the time of the murder—but all swear they saw nothing. Despite a high-profile police investigation and endless media attention, no suspect was ever charged.

But some murder cases are simply too big to forget…

Now comes the sensational new streaming series Infamous, dedicated to investigating—and perhaps cracking—this famous cold case. Years later a group of experts re-examine the evidence – with shocking results. Does the team know more than they’ve been letting on?

True crime lovers and savvy readers, you can review the evidence and testimony at the same time as the experts. But can you solve the case before they do?

The Review

Reality television shows have created a new generation of true crime fans who immerse themselves in the investigation as junior detectives.

Author Cara Hunter uses a compelling technique to entice would-be detectives in Murder in the Family. A British filmmaker launches a seven-episode series on a 20-year-old unsolved murder. The catch? The victim was his stepfather.

Rather than typical narrative fashion, the author uses a screenplay approach that includes images, text messages, and other visual elements. Six key experts, some of whom have ties to the original investigation, are charged with re-examining original testimony, re-interviewing witnesses, and essentially taking another look at the evidence in light of forensic advancements.

Needless to say, there is such a thing as binge-reading. Once you get comfortable with the presentation, you get hooked by episode cliffhangers that keep you reading. I found it very easy to follow and appreciated the extra elements. Each episode also comes with a review from a newspaper columnist, in addition to the latest on the social media discussion boards.

This was a plot that kept on giving. Just when I thought I was on the path to figuring things out, the trajectory would change. As a result, we are kept guessing until the final episode. However, if you aren’t careful, you will miss an extra twist embedded in the two final newspaper clippings.

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About The AuthorCara Hunter is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling crime novels Close to HomeIn the DarkNo Way Out, All the Rage, and The Whole Truth, all featuring DI Adam Fawley and his Oxford-based police team. Close to Home was shortlisted for Crime Book of the Year in the British Book Awards 2019. No Way Out was selected by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 best crime novels since 1945. Cara’s novels have sold more than a million copies worldwide. She lives in Oxford, on a street not unlike those featured in her books.

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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

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Murder in the Family delivers a fresh perspective to mysteries, forging a path for a new approach to keeping readers engaged.5-STAR REVIEW: MURDER IN THE FAMILY by Cara Hunter