Close to Home: The 'impossible to put down' Richard & Judy Book Club thriller pick 2018 (DI Fawley) Paperback – 14 Dec 2017
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THE HOTTEST NEW CRIME SERIES OF 2018
From a ferocious new talent, this pulse-pounding race against time to find a missing girl will be loved by fans of Susie Steiner, Tana French and Ruth Rendell.(From the publishers)
A mazey, gripping read (Ian Rankin)
Cara Hunter has written like a pro, with admirable command of pace and rising tension (The Times)
Close to Home is an utterly immersive story that pulls you into the heart of a search for a missing child. Compulsive, with an ending you will not see coming (Emma Kavanagh)
One of the best crime thrillers I have ever read! (Kathryn Croft)
Hunter has a keen sense of contemporary mores...The most compelling thing about the novel is its portrait of a self-absorbed mother whose inability to love her children leads to a breathtaking denouement. (Sunday Times)
Close To Home hit the ground running and didn't stop right until the final page...the last twist was a genuine stroke of genius... sets the bar for new crime writers (John Marrs, author of The One)
'In this gripping mystery, Hunter keeps her readers guessing about Daisy's fate until the last page.' (Daily Express)
I finished Close to Home in one sitting! Such a cleverly written, chilling and twisty read (Nuala Ellwood)
A thrilling opener to a hugely promising new series, with a cop who sidesteps all of those weary 'maverick' tropes while staying kind, compassionate, clever and just that bit out of the ordinary (Alison Graham Radio Times)
About the Author
Cara Hunter is a writer who lives in Oxford, in a street not unlike those featured in her series of crime books. Close to Home was a Sunday Times and Kindle bestseller, and her new novel, In the Dark, is out soon.
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the style of the book switching between the POV of DI Fawley and other characters as well as newspaper articles, Facebook entries and twitter feeds - really engaging. 8 year old Daisy Mason goes missing on the day of a BBQ party her parents are hosting. As the story progresses, suspicion keeps moving to different characters - it really keeps you going throughout. And the twist at the end - whilst I has a suspicion there was something else going on, I didn't didn't see it coming in the way that it did!!! Great read - can't wait for the next book. A new favourite author.
This has got to be one of the best crime thrillers/police procedural's I've ever read. Absolutely fantastic plot, characterisation, sub-plots, themes, dialogue, description... A definite five star read!
The father doesn’t escape scrutiny either – turning out to be a regular user of dating sites, where he has invented a number of alter-egos. He freely talked of Daisy as his princess, and soon have the authorities, and the public in general, wondering just how pure was his love for his daughter.
Even the girl's twelve year old brother comes under suspicion, with the police suspecting he knows more than he's letting on.
Speculation on social media sites is rife.
The story does a great job at unveiling all of the different possible players in Daisy’s life – from possible adult abductors to Daisy’s school friends. The character portrayal and dialogue is also very strong.
A well written, enjoyable story, with lots of content, and twists and turns that never appear ridiculous.
It is a very clever book but not in a "look at me, look how smart I am" way. It seems to evolve naturally and unfold on the page in real time and completely drew me in. See how I mentioned above that there are no chapters well this is where that becomes a problem because there is no natural breaking off point you forget to look at the clock and find yourself staying up far too late so absorbed by the story are you.
The plot is all here and it covers everything from relationships, the "keeping up with The Joneses" mentality, jealousy and the workings of a police investigation. The frustration DI Fawley and his team feel is balanced with their euphoria at finding another lead and their crashing disappointment as it turns in to a dead end. There is no easy or convenient smoking gun here and events don't feel manipulated to provide a resolution to the tale and when the reveal comes it is somewhat out of left field and not one I saw coming at all.
Characterisation is sparse but somehow you come to feel like you know not only the police team but the family at the centre of the shocking disappearence of Daisy Mason. Not only that but her school friends and their parents all have a strong presence despite their limited page time. It is a very modern tale and I do fear it will not stand the test of time as technology, in particular social media, moves on but for right here and now in 2018 it is an engrossing read.
As a debut novel it is a stunning piece of writing and I see that there are 2 more books slated for release this year alone - I just hope that the same care and attention has been lavished on those as have been on this book because I am aching to read them!
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