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.
What I Thought:
As a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, Close to Home is about to get huge and that is excellent news, as it’s a really inventive thriller, with a very neat twist.
I read a lot of crime and police procedural novels and the characters in them definitely cover certain types – broken homes, women working hard but not given a chance to shine, the new boy trying to impress and, while there are some of these in Close to Home, Cara Hunter has found a really unique and tragic back story for her lead detective, DI Adam Fawley. I won’t go into detail as it is skillfully revealed over the course of the book, but it does give Fawley a connection with a case involving children that, at times seems hard for him to bear.
Oxford is a very popular setting in fiction, but this book provides a new perspective on it with the action taking place not among the ancient academic buildings, but on a new housing estate that is clinging to its prestigious older neighbour for all it’s worth and playing home to some great upwardly-mobile characters, including the Mason family.
The Masons are a beautifully depicted dysfunctional family and there are a lot of skeletons in their cupboard, each more damning than the last. Despite the fact that their daughter has disappeared, it is very difficult to feel sorry for them.
That’s about all I can say without giving things away, and that brings me onto my one niggle with the book – and it’s not a niggle with the story, it’s with the Richard and Judy Book Club edition of the novel. Let me just say that if you want to maintain the element of surprise as you read along, avoid Judy’s book club notes until you’ve finished! I felt that adding these notes at the beginning of the book was a mis-step for Penguin and that the tone they set would have been better placed at the end. I’ll be taking my own advice in future and leaving note-reading until afterwards!
That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed Close to Home and have bookmarked the second book in the Adam Fawley series, In the Dark, which is out in July and available for pre-order now.
Close to Home is published by Penguin, and available now.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book to enable participation in the blog tour. All opinions are, as ever, my own.