Close to Home

Close to Home

by Cara Hunter


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A brilliantly plotted psychological crime novel about a missing child and the scandal that erupts in the aftermath with a shocking twist

They know who did it. Perhaps not consciously. Perhaps not yet. But they know.

When eight-year-old Daisy Mason vanishes from her family’s Oxford home during a costume party, Detective Inspector Adam Fawley knows that nine times out of ten, the offender is someone close to home. And Daisy’s family is certainly strange—her mother is obsessed with keeping up appearances, while her father is cold and defensive under questioning. And then there’s Daisy’s little brother, so withdrawn and uncommunicative . . .
DI Fawley works against the clock to find any trace of the little girl, but it’s as if she disappeared into thin air—no one saw anything; no one knows anything. But everyone has an opinion, and everyone, it seems, has a secret to conceal.

With a story that feels all too real, Close to Home is the best kind of suspense—the kind that sends chills down your spine and keeps you up late at night, thrilled and terrified.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143131052
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: DI Adam Fawley Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 584,659
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Cara Hunter lives and works in Oxford. She also studied for a degree and PhD in English literature at Oxford University.

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I'm going to say this now, before we get started. You won't like it, but trust me, I've done this more times than I care to punish myself remembering. In a case like this - a kid - nine times out of ten it's someone close to home. Family, friend, neighbour, someone in the community. Don't forget that. However distraught they look, however unlikely it seems, they know who did it. Perhaps not consciously, and perhaps not yet. But they know.

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Close to Home: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Kim Weaver 4 days ago
Ending was a surprised!
Haziegaze 4 months ago
This is the first in a series of novels starring DI Adam Fawley and his team and what a start to the series this is. I actually missed this first time round and was only reminded I had it when I was sent book 4! Packed with fantastic characters not all of which are particularly likeable but all of whom are well developed and with interesting stories to tell in their own right. The story line is a difficult one to read being that of child abduction and exploitation however this is not written in a gratuitous way but with care and attention although not is all as it seems and so begins DI Fawley's task of unravelling just what has happened to young Daisy. This is a fast paced, gripping and absorbing story that had me reading it in quick time in order to discover the secrets and lies contained within the twists and turns of this excellent book and I highly recommend this to those of you who love a great police procedural. Thank you to Penguin Books (UK) and NetGalley for my copy in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns right up to the end. Nicely written.
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Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
First off there are no chapters here, there are natural breaks as we switch perspective or format but there are no actual chapters. Told from multiple viewpoints within the investigative team, facebook posts, newspaper articles and twitter feeds this is a very modern police procedural. It also throws a laser beam on the court of public opinion that seems to take the place of actual reporting and fact these days. 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!
Barnseys_Books More than 1 year ago
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.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Cara Hunter takes an inventive approach in Close to Home. The story centers around DI Adam Fawley during an investigation of an 8-year-old missing girl, and includes perspectives of his team, those closest to Daisy, and the few who happened to cross her path before she went missing. There are even a series of Twitter discussions that portray public opinion during the investigation that are scarily realistic. While the story is everything you'd expect from crime fiction, it did not end up where I expected at all. Normally, I'm all for plot twists, but I wasn't crazy about the ending. It was interesting and I kind of expected it after a few well-placed clues, but it made me feel like I sat through a whole story for the lead characters to get it wrong and not even for a reason I can sympathize with. I'm still deciding whether I'll be reading the next story, In the Dark, because even though DI Fawley's part of the story was written in first person I didn't feel like he dominated the story or made a lasting impression. All in all, I'm glad I read the story because it is nice to read crime fiction that doesn't take the expected path and leaves me thinking about the outcome long after I've moved on. *ARC provided via First to Read in consideration for review*