29 May 2018

Close to Home


By Cara Hunter

Paperback 400 pages
Publisher Penguin (14th Dec 2017)
ISBN-13 978-0241283097

'A mazey, gripping read.' Ian Rankin 

📕My Review

When eight-year-old Daisy Mason goes missing on the evening of her parents' barbecue party, it falls upon DI Adam Fawley and his team to discover exactly what happened. As time runs out for Daisy's safe return, long hidden secrets begin to emerge. DI Fawley knows all too well in cases like this the perpetrator is often someone close to home. With obstructions coming from every angle, he knows he's got an uphill struggle. Will Daisy be found before it's too late?

Close to Home is a complex story centered around the hunt for a missing child in which family secrets come to the forefront. As the search intensifies, it becomes apparent not everyone is telling the truth. But what are they hiding and why?

I thought this book was a gripping read. Once started I simply couldn't put it down until I had the answers. A couple of times I thought I'd figured it out...only to be proved well and truly wrong! The ending was unexpected and shocking. However, I'm not sure whether it was just a little too unbelievable or a stroke of genius. Without doubt it's a quality British crime thriller. The second book in this series, In The Dark, is published on July 12th 2018. I shall definitely be reading it.

Barnsey's Books Rating 

Other reviews:
In the Dark
No Way Out

📗The Blurb


Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a family party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything - or at least that's what they're saying.

DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows the nine times out of ten, it's someone the victim knew.

That means someone is lying...
And that Daisy's time is running out.

📘The Author

I'm lucky enough to live in the city I write about. Oxford will be familiar to crime fans across the whole world because of the fabulous Morse novels and TV, but my version of the town is a long way from the beautiful ivy-clad colleges. A much edgier place where the crimes are darker and closer to home.

I've always been a voracious reader and viewer of crime - I've learned so much from the outstanding writing that we now see on crime TV like Line of Duty or Broadchurch, and I've tried to recreate the experience of watching series like that for my readers. I love true crime TV as well - my husband used to tease me about it but now just nods sagely and says 'research'!

What else about me? I have pet cats who do their best to distract me whenever I get close to a keyboard (if you have cats, you'll know), I love travelling, spending time with friends, and I have never knowingly turned down a glass of champagne....

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