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What an ending...
on 11 February 2018
“Close to Home” hit the ground running and didn't stop, told in a unique way that sets the bar for crime writers, I finished it in one sitting.
When 8 year old Daisy goes missing it soon becomes apparent that her mother is less concerned than expected, her father appears to be hiding something and her brother is unusually withdrawn.
The title suggests the obvious thoughts... were the parents responsible, a neighbour perhaps, a sibling? Your expectation is of a suspenseful, edge-of-your seat thriller to find out not only the villain, but whether Daisy is dead or alive... and Cara Hunter delivers on that. There are lots of characters so if you do need to put it down don't leave it too long before you pick it up again.
The layout started off as most traditional stories do however than incorporates the use of social media well - Facebook Status', Twitter feeds and general newspaper snippets, which adds a modern touch & Shows how facts get blown out of proportion via social media & people jump to conclusions.
The plot of “Close to Home” is well developed, despite a slow start, and there are some unexpected twists, particularly at the end. For all that, this previously unknown-to-me author is new and exciting. And as this is the first in the D. I. Adam Fawley series, I’m really looking forward to reading DI Fawley’s future investigations.