Close to Home

A Novel
Narrated by: Lee Ingleby, Emma Cunniffe
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

She was certain it was Daisy in the flower costume....

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 10, 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 And then there's Daisy's little brother, so withdrawn and uncommunicative....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.

©2018 Cara Hunter (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Intelligent and Suspenseful Police Procedural

I can't say enough how much I liked this first of Cara Hunter's DI Adam Fawley series. Close to Home is a great book and a really enjoyable read. I love the characters- they are realistic and not cookie-cutter cops. You can tell that these people have heart when doing their jobs. I liked the 'mixed media' style with emails and news stories inserted throughout. Unlike other reviewer(s) I didn't find the 'comments' on news stories very tedious. It's realistic and adds to the intrigue, and the Twitter campaign becomes part of the story. The central mystery kept me listening late into the night. Details brought up throughout the book all link together as the book comes to its conclusion! The narration is spot-on and realistic. I think this is an excellent book in a great series and I highly recommend.

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Kept me interested the whole way through

I really enjoyed this book. The story was great. There were lots of unexpected twists and turns. Right from the beginning I was hooked. I loved that there were multiple narrators and that they spoke the lines without saying "he said.. she said." The main narrator in particular was great. I have to say one negative thing, however - something another reviewer noted. There was WAY TOO much social media. They literally spoke the Tweets word for word, punctuation and all, complete with "hashtag, underscore..." And it went on and on. It was probably fine for the written book, but excruciating to have to listen to, and it added nothing to the story.

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Too much social media!!

The amount of social media in this book makes for a dull audio book. For example, the reader repeats every element of each twitter post and there are a lot of twitter posts. Also, FB posts and regular media. Probably makes for a dull book to read as well. Omit all that and it might be a decent book.

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Twists and turns

Every time I thought I figured it out, a new twist changed the direction. The best ending.

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Exceptional Plot and Characters

I loved this book so much that I ordered the next book in the series immediately. What I most enjoyed was that I was kept guessing until the end. The plot has constant twists and turns and the characters lifted the book from a one-dimensional mystery to a multidimensional landscape.

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Lazy writing

The narration was excellent though the material weak. There was no complexity in this story that wasn’t predictable, including the end. The social media posts added nothing more than word count and I found them irritating. It really was rubbish. I would not recommend this book.

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Wow

So good, just wow, I did not see that ending coming!! I rarely give 5 stars but wow!

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Enough with the social media interludes

Not great but not awful. the little interludes with people posting social media comments about the case became really old really fast

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Real Mystery

The characters are fully realized, the story is fascinating and the mystery is baffling until the very end. I loved this book!

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Pretty good

Not much else to add....this is a decent British police procedural; the author made an effort to include some social issues (abuse of social media and fetal alcohol syndrome are two that stand out). I did suspect that something like the "twist" at the end would be revealed, and it just seemed a bit too unrealistic.