Close to Home

Close to Home

Cara Hunter / Jul 20, 2019

Close to Home 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 Ada

  • Title: Close to Home
  • Author: Cara Hunter
  • ISBN: Close to Home
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  • 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, whil 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up appearances, while her father is cold and defensive under questioning And then there s Daisy s little brother, so withdrawn and uncommunicative DI Fawley works against the clock to find any trace of the little girl, but it s as if she disappeared into thin air no one saw anything no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 Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 292 pages Published March 6th 2018 by Penguin Books More Details Original Title Close to Home ISBN 0143131052 ISBN13 9780143131052 Edition Language English Series DI Adam Fawley 1 Other Editions 21 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Close to Home, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This question contains spoilers view spoiler Anyone feel like the ending turned out to be a dark twist on Matilda hide spoiler 1 likelike 8 months ago See all 5 answers Stina My thoughts exactly All the way through I thought Daisy was one twisted kid I mean I know kids can be cruel but I just thought she was a little too My thoughts exactly All the way through I thought Daisy was one twisted kid I mean I know kids can be cruel but I just thought she was a little too cocky I don t think she thought it all out herself I think the teacher gave her some ideas of what to do But when I finished the book I thought she is going to have problems with her when she gets older What happens when she thinks the teacher isn t being fair I don t like you any I want another mummy She s done it once, what s to say she wouldn t do it again Trade her mummy in for a better one I certainly didn t feel sorry for Barry, Sharon or Daisy in this story The only one I felt was the true victim I felt sorry for was Leo But in all, as a story, it was brilliant less flag This question contains spoilers view spoiler I am wondering how is it possible to take a foreign kid and pretend it is yours How is the teacher going to have Daisy as her daughter I believe that some kind of bureaucratic papering is waiting for her as Daisy is going to go to a new school or e.g in a hospital if the girl is sick do they want some kind of previous records I don t know English law, probably it allows something like this hide spoiler like 44 days ago Add your answer Tom Who knows As for English British law, taking a child that isn t yours IS illegal The ending makes it yours to decide what happens to the teacher and Who knows As for English British law, taking a child that isn t yours IS illegal The ending makes it yours to decide what happens to the teacher and Daisy less flag See all 10 questions about Close to Home Lists with This Book I Had No Idea This Book Would Be So Good 1,924 books 1,271 voters Smart Summer Reads 2,524 books 3,519 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 06, 2017 Maureen rated it it was amazing review of another edition 4.5 STARS The literary world already has a huge number of successful Detective series, but I believe DI Adam Fawley will find his place amongst those successes with this excellent debut novel from Cara Hunter, as Close to Home has all the makings of a great series 8 year old Daisy Mason has disappeared from her parents summer barbecue in Oxford there were lots of guests neighbours, school friends, their parents, but nobody saw a thing and were therefore unable to help with police enquir 4.5 STARS The literary world already has a huge number of successful Detective series, but I believe DI Adam Fawley will find his place amongst those successes with this excellent debut novel from Cara Hunter, as Close to Home has all the makings of a great series 8 year old Daisy Mason has disappeared from her parents summer barbecue in Oxford there were lots of guests neighbours, school friends, their parents, but nobody saw a thing and were therefore unable to help with police enquiries But the one thing all police officers hate than anything else, is a case involving a child, and DI Adam Fawley and his team will leave no stone unturned in their search for Daisy Suspicion naturally falls on those closest to her, and investigations reveal that this normal everyday family is actually very dysfunctional Mum Sharon, and Dad Barry, each have secrets they d rather keep hidden from the outside world, while 10 year old Leo, Daisy s brother is reluctant to share what he knows with the police and he clearly knows something.As is the case today, thoughts and feelings about the family are displayed for the whole world to read on the big wide web This is definitely trial by social media, with many of the posts making serious accusations without anything material with which to back up those accusations This in turn, results in anger and threats of violence, and it becomes even imperative that DI Fawley and his team discover the whereabouts of Daisy.Nothing is as first appears in this investigation, but through flashbacks we gradually gain insight into this very complex family, and what led to Daisy s disappearance, though what actually happened to her isn t revealed until the very end of the book.This was a page turner in every sense, the writing was crisp, the storyline was utterly gripping, and the characters though not always likeable were completely believable DI Fawley and his team worked tirelessly in their search for Daisy, and it was encouraging to watch the results of their hard work and long hours unfold into concrete clues.I don t think I ve ever changed my mind so many times regarding who the perpetrator was so congratulations to the author for keeping me guessing right until the end I m not sure the ending was quite believable, but having been utterly gripped throughout, I m willing to go with it.A brilliant start to a series that I for one will greet with huge anticipation Thank you to shotsmag for my paperback copy in exchange for an honest review flag 250 likesLike see review View all 122 comments Maureen Thanks Nick Dec 30, 2018 03 28AM Maureen Thanks Jackie Jan 31, 2019 03 23PM Apr 26, 2018 Meredith rated it really liked it Promising new police procedural series about the disappearance of an eight year old girl Close to Home offers compelling characters, an unpredictable mystery, and some surprising twists and turns When 8 year old Daisy Mason is reported missing, DI Adam Fawley and the team are called in to investigate Daisy was last seen at a neighborhood barbecue wearing a daisy costume As Fawley and his team investigate, they quickly learn that the Mason s carefully crafted personas are nothing than Promising new police procedural series about the disappearance of an eight year old girl Close to Home offers compelling characters, an unpredictable mystery, and some surprising twists and turns When 8 year old Daisy Mason is reported missing, DI Adam Fawley and the team are called in to investigate Daisy was last seen at a neighborhood barbecue wearing a daisy costume As Fawley and his team investigate, they quickly learn that the Mason s carefully crafted personas are nothing than facades hiding dark secrets The Mason s quickly become primary suspects due to mother Sharon s chilling facade and father Barry s repulsive hobbies Dragged through the Twittersphere, the Mason s are found guilty in the eyes of the public but many questions remain Where is Daisy Did she someone kidnap her Did she run away Or has she been murdered The case is especially traumatic for DI Fawley who is dealing with the loss of his young son This is a fast paced read that goes back and forth in time to before and after Daisy s disappearance The POV shifts, and while Fawley s is the main voice, additional character POV s are shared Fawley is a likable lead, and I am curious to learn about him, as well as about some of the other characters that play a role I feel like we only get tiny glimpses of their inner lives, and I would like to have seen What I liked most about Close to Home was that the mystery kept me guessing I thought things were going to be cut and dry in terms of who committed the crime, but in the end, I wasn t even close to being right about I thought the culprit came out of left field, which made things interesting I would recommend this to those who enjoy mysteries and police procedural series flag 133 likesLike see review View all 45 comments Apr 15, 2018 Chelsea Humphrey rated it it was amazing Recommended to Chelsea by Penguin Books Shelves giveaways I feel like I ve hit the jackpot lately because I ve read so many excellent novels Why aren t people talking about this book I m blown away and likely can t wait for book 2 to make it to the states, so I ll be purchasing off of Book Depository Fantastic debut that completely had me fooled I did not guess the ending in any way, shape or form Highly recommended and full review to come Content warning for mentions of child abuse, child pornography, and murder thought not graphically desc I feel like I ve hit the jackpot lately because I ve read so many excellent novels Why aren t people talking about this book I m blown away and likely can t wait for book 2 to make it to the states, so I ll be purchasing off of Book Depository Fantastic debut that completely had me fooled I did not guess the ending in any way, shape or form Highly recommended and full review to come Content warning for mentions of child abuse, child pornography, and murder thought not graphically described Won via Giveaway flag 120 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Nov 19, 2017 Paromjit rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery, netgalley, thriller, crime fiction Cara Hunter begins her series featuring DI Adam Fawley of Thames Valley Police with a mix of police procedural and psychological thriller set in Oxford It begins with a scene of a fearful Daisy Mason The precocious 8 year old Daisy goes missing at her parents barbeque and fireworks party for parents and neighbours The police are called in, and DI Adam Fawley instigates local area searches Adam has a focused and highly competent team that are determined to find Daisy that includes DS Gareth Q Cara Hunter begins her series featuring DI Adam Fawley of Thames Valley Police with a mix of police procedural and psychological thriller set in Oxford It begins with a scene of a fearful Daisy Mason The precocious 8 year old Daisy goes missing at her parents barbeque and fireworks party for parents and neighbours The police are called in, and DI Adam Fawley instigates local area searches Adam has a focused and highly competent team that are determined to find Daisy that includes DS Gareth Quinn, DC Gislingham and the sharp eyed DC Everett However, the parents, Barry and Sharon Mason are displaying strange behaviour and refusing to countenance a detailed search of their home Leo, their 10 year old son, is clearly not opening up about all that he knows In the meantime, the media have parked up outside their home with no intention of leaving anytime soon A social media storm takes off, firstly mostly concerned but later a trolling, toxic presence with its vilification of the parents, threats and worryingly, incitement to violence and murder.As the team delve into Daisy s life and her family, it soon becomes clear that they are a dysfunctional family mired in secrets and lies Sharon is insecure, vain and lacking the maternal instincts to nurture her children Barry has a secret life of other women and dodgy business practices Daisy is painted as a exceedingly bright child, who feels like a fish out of water with her intellectually pedestrian family She is given to eavesdropping on the conversations of others, has her own secrets and emotional fallouts amongst her own coterie of schoolfriends We are given flashbacks that go back a considerable number of years to the recent past Adam and his team slowly find that every assumption they have made begins to slowly fall apart as they try to find out what happened Matters are further complicated as we become aware that Adam and his wife, Alex, recently lost their son, Jake, in highly emotionally upsetting circumstances In a investigation where nothing is as it seems, suspicions focus on and oscillate between Sharon to Barry, as Adam believes the perpetrator is usually close to home.This is a fast paced and well plotted story peppered with social media postings, news bulletins and police interviews It authentically replicates the reality of how outrageously people behave on social media in real life missing children cases There is twist after twist in the narrative that has you desperate to keep reading to find out how it all ends The final twist requires a huge suspension of disbelief in my view, as indeed does the portrayal of Daisy as a 8 year old, but this did not stop me from enjoying the novel One of my favourite parts is just how well Adam s police team worked, their absolute commitment to the case and how they support one another A highly entertaining and absorbing read Many thanks to Penguin for an ARC flag 112 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Dec 13, 2017 Louise Wilson rated it really liked it review of another edition Last night, 8 year old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents summer party No on saw anything at least that s what they are saying DI Fawley is trying to keep an open mind But nine times out of ten, it s someone the victim knew Someone is lying and Daisy s time is running out.This fast paced well plotted novel kept me on the edge of my seat, urging DI Adam Fawley and his team to find Daisy There are lots of twists in this intense psychological thriller I was constantly changing my mind Last night, 8 year old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents summer party No on saw anything at least that s what they are saying DI Fawley is trying to keep an open mind But nine times out of ten, it s someone the victim knew Someone is lying and Daisy s time is running out.This fast paced well plotted novel kept me on the edge of my seat, urging DI Adam Fawley and his team to find Daisy There are lots of twists in this intense psychological thriller I was constantly changing my mind about who the guilty party was Even better eas the books satisfying ending I loved it.I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin Books UK and the author Cara Hunter for my ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 57 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Aug 13, 2017 Gary rated it really liked it review of another edition Close to Hone is the 1st book in the Oxford detective DI Adam Fawley series by author Cara Hunter.This fast paced novel is certainly a page turner and features some great characters 8 year old Daisy disappears from her Oxford home and both her parents are quickly identified as possible suspects Daisy s mother doesn t appear to be concerned and her father is concerned in keeping a low profile than helping the police to uncover the truth regarding Daisy s whereabouts The book reveals mor Close to Hone is the 1st book in the Oxford detective DI Adam Fawley series by author Cara Hunter.This fast paced novel is certainly a page turner and features some great characters 8 year old Daisy disappears from her Oxford home and both her parents are quickly identified as possible suspects Daisy s mother doesn t appear to be concerned and her father is concerned in keeping a low profile than helping the police to uncover the truth regarding Daisy s whereabouts The book reveals information to the reader by featuring flashbacks that explain the family history and open up possibilities to the crime This is an excellent novel that keeps the reader interested to know and serves up twists and turns to keep you guessing to the very end.I would like to thank Penguin Books UK and Net Galley for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review flag 53 likesLike see review View 1 comment Mar 19, 2018 emma rated it it was ok Shelves 2 stars, unpopular opinion, reviewed, mystery thriller horror etc, from publisher author, dark, arc, nope ughhhhhhis book was so meh.it follows Detective Investigator i m making that up, kinda Adam Fawley, in the most procedural murder book of all time seriously if you have ever been interested in the mundane inner workings of a suburban british police station, this is the book for you.i am not so this wasn tis book was confusing than mysterious or thrilling, and i ended up just really not caring about what happened which is impressive, considering this book details a sh t ton of ch ughhhhhhis book was so meh.it follows Detective Investigator i m making that up, kinda Adam Fawley, in the most procedural murder book of all time seriously if you have ever been interested in the mundane inner workings of a suburban british police station, this is the book for you.i am not so this wasn tis book was confusing than mysterious or thrilling, and i ended up just really not caring about what happened which is impressive, considering this book details a sh t ton of children s suffering it s kind of crazy to be so bored and ready for a book to be over that you re like child death sure child abuse uh huh child negligence kk please if i ever choose to run for president, do NOT take the preceding quote out of contextso shoutout to the gender roles in this book, which were truly wildin we ve got objectification of female interviewees objectification of female police officers condescension patronizing of female police officers judgment of women based on sex life clothing maternity and just really vitriolic ways of talking about women on the internet which, speaking of there was also some half ass attempting at unique formatting through the inclusion of tweets and BBC articles that was just the worst it added nothing to the story that wasn t already covered and completely broke the narrative flow yippeeyway i didn t hate this book but i did really dislike it there were twists, kind of, but the twists were just discoveries of evidence and who cares about that whatever boringttom line non merci is it possible that i m bigoted on the subject of british thrillers exclusively thanks to penguin first to read for the ARC flag 48 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Mar 19, 2018 Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves arc from publisher For a debut novel I have to say that I am very impressed This is book 1 in the DI Adam Fawley series and I look forward to reading During an evening barbecue it appears 8 year old Daisy Mason vanishes into thin air Even her own parents can t recall the last time they saw her that evening Now DI Adam Fawley and his team need to put the puzzle pieces together in order to save Daisy before it s too late In interviewing the parents DI Fawley can t help but to wonder what they may be hiding For a debut novel I have to say that I am very impressed This is book 1 in the DI Adam Fawley series and I look forward to reading During an evening barbecue it appears 8 year old Daisy Mason vanishes into thin air Even her own parents can t recall the last time they saw her that evening Now DI Adam Fawley and his team need to put the puzzle pieces together in order to save Daisy before it s too late In interviewing the parents DI Fawley can t help but to wonder what they may be hiding An uninterested mother who seems to care about her appearance than the fact that her daughter has gone missing and a father who comes across as cold and hostile All the while keeping his eye on Daisy s brother Leo who seems withdrawn and scared but of who This is an excellent police procedural and I was hooked on every word The best part for me was the fact that the pacing never let up No moments of boredom here To be sure Cara Hunter is an author to watch out for Highly Recommended I d like to thank Penguin Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review flag 44 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 31, 2018 Peter rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves crime, owned tbr, mystery, thriller Diligence Close to Home is Cara Hunter s first novel in the Detective Inspector Adam Fawley series I had already read the other 2 books in the series, In The Dark No Way Out so this was a huge desire to return to the debut novel and complete the series to date Not a bit of wonder this series has become so highly regarded and anticipated because this debut smashed it out of the park Cara has the wonderful ability to enable the reader to experience a detailed police procedural story that Diligence Close to Home is Cara Hunter s first novel in the Detective Inspector Adam Fawley series I had already read the other 2 books in the series, In The Dark No Way Out so this was a huge desire to return to the debut novel and complete the series to date Not a bit of wonder this series has become so highly regarded and anticipated because this debut smashed it out of the park Cara has the wonderful ability to enable the reader to experience a detailed police procedural story that feels real with all its discovery, dead ends, tensions, horrors, frustrations and rewards Cara introduces modern sources of information including Twitter feeds, police interview reports, transcribed phone discussions etc This adds to a genuine police investigation feel with all the public intrusion and misdirection.In this missing person hunt, young 8 year old Daisy Mason has been reported missing from her house party in Oxford No one that attended the party can remember anything strange, in fact, no one can clearly remember her even being at the party The Mason family are the obvious initial targets for any investigation and we see that under the hood of the apparent normal English family there is a completely dysfunctional family with questionable behaviour, privately, socially and in business The father, Barry, works in construction and has until recently been very close and affable with Daisy, exhibiting that easy father and daughter connection The mother, Sharon, seems a little neurotic with a strange maternal attitude and obsessive vanity, and the 10 year old son, Leo, is distant and is obviously hiding something and unwilling to speak up The family refuse a police search of their home which sparks greater suspicion, however, the investigating team must keep options open The media storm kicks into high gear and Cara uses this backdrop expertly in propagating an atmosphere of suspicion, blame and frustration, particularly with the public involved The investigation team of DI Adam Fawley are a wonderful array of characters that add so much depth and variation to the storyline, with DS Gareth Quinn, DC Chris Gislingham and DC Verity Everett It will take all their wits and expert investigative skills to unravel this complex winding plot that is so brilliantly woven Flashbacks to the days prior to Daisy s disappearance help create the background and potential motives and routes the plot can take This is a real gift Cara Hunter exhibits, the ability to plot so many captivating threads that the reader is constantly kept guessing right to the end.I would highly recommend this book as a full on entertaining and thrilling mystery, framed perfectly in a police procedural structure flag 46 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Feb 01, 2018 Laura rated it liked it Shelves read in 2018, crime mystery thriller I m going to say this now, before we get started You won t like it, but trust me, I ve done this 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. Close to Home is a good start to a new police procedural series The characters are complex, strong and well portrayed some might even say unlikable The mystery here is certainly intriguing with an 8 year old who goes missing at a family BBQ, although it takes hou I m going to say this now, before we get started You won t like it, but trust me, I ve done this 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. Close to Home is a good start to a new police procedural series The characters are complex, strong and well portrayed some might even say unlikable The mystery here is certainly intriguing with an 8 year old who goes missing at a family BBQ, although it takes hours for anyone to notice The police know something isn t right from the start with each family member suspicious in their own way and certain details not adding up Can DI Fawley find Daisy before it s too late Interwoven throughout are tweets, articles, police interview transcripts, emails, facebook posts, etc This is a nice addition to the format because it shows how things develop throughout the case, how information is released to the public and how the public reacts to the case as it unfolds.My biggest issue is with Daisy Not in the way you may think, but it bothered me how she came across when she spoke There were times she seemed her age, but times than not she sounded like an adult My other issue is the final reveal I felt it came out of nowhere and wasn t particularly necessary.I see myself reading the sequel because of DI Fawley Plus, the twists and turns throughout were entertaining flag 38 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Apr 28, 2018 Jonetta rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook, mystery suspense, publisher review request, 12800 in 2018, 5000 books, audio 2000 Daisy Mason inexplicably disappears during her parents costume party at their home She s only 8 years old so the case is given high level importance and captures the attention of the media, as well as everyone within their reach Detective Inspector Adam Fawley is the lead on the investigation, which is one of the book s superlatives Everyone carries their weight and the procedurals are highly interesting, causing me to have a tough time finding a breaking point The clues took me on the most Daisy Mason inexplicably disappears during her parents costume party at their home She s only 8 years old so the case is given high level importance and captures the attention of the media, as well as everyone within their reach Detective Inspector Adam Fawley is the lead on the investigation, which is one of the book s superlatives Everyone carries their weight and the procedurals are highly interesting, causing me to have a tough time finding a breaking point The clues took me on the most puzzling journey but it prepared me for the big twist in the epilogue The story is well paced and both narrators delivered two fine performances It s a large cast but each was given distinction both in voice and design The primary suspects kept me off balance for most of the book And, the inclusion of social media commentary added a layer of reality, no matter how unfortunate I m really looking forward to in this series as the procedurals were so well done and I liked how each character was developed This was an incredibly interesting story that could have taken predictable paths but fortunately offered something different I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review flag 38 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 30, 2018 Book of Secrets rated it liked it CLOSE TO HOME was part contemporary domestic thriller and part police procedural, though probably too heavy on the investigation side for my liking DI Adam Fawley is the main investigator, though it flipped back and forth between him and other detectives I felt like it didn t matter which detective did what, as they needed personality or back story to grab my attention The mystery of the missing girl was intriguing and had plenty of twists The big reveal at the end was great but kind of CLOSE TO HOME was part contemporary domestic thriller and part police procedural, though probably too heavy on the investigation side for my liking DI Adam Fawley is the main investigator, though it flipped back and forth between him and other detectives I felt like it didn t matter which detective did what, as they needed personality or back story to grab my attention The mystery of the missing girl was intriguing and had plenty of twists The big reveal at the end was great but kind of out there This book has gotten lots of great reviews, though for some reason I had a hard time really getting into it Not bad, but didn t wow Thank you to Penguin s First to Read Program for a review copy flag 37 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2017 Brenda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2017 release, arc, net galley, thriller, suspense, 4000 books, own read, read on kindle, psychological thriller Daisy was frightened she could hear someone coming for her she knew she couldn t get away.When Detective Inspector Adam Fawley was called in the middle of the night, he knew it wouldn t be for anything good But learning it was a child abduction was much worse they all hated cases involving small children and Daisy was only eight years old The big party the parents were holding, with fireworks, lots of people from the neighbourhood, including children the noise would have muffled the sou Daisy was frightened she could hear someone coming for her she knew she couldn t get away.When Detective Inspector Adam Fawley was called in the middle of the night, he knew it wouldn t be for anything good But learning it was a child abduction was much worse they all hated cases involving small children and Daisy was only eight years old The big party the parents were holding, with fireworks, lots of people from the neighbourhood, including children the noise would have muffled the sounds of a child screaming As the force investigated, the door to door with the neighbours, the scouring of the nearby bush and surrounding land, Adam knew time was running out for little Daisy They had to find her, and fast But where would she be How could she just vanish as if from the face of the earth Surely someone had seen or heard something Close to Home by Cara Hunter is an intense psychological thriller that just buried itself under my skin and stayed there The pace was electric the clues and innuendoes horrifying But the twist at the end now I didn t see that one coming Absolutely brilliant My first by this author, and definitely not my last Highly recommended.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read and review flag 32 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 23, 2018 Juli rated it it was amazing Shelves read review copies 2018 During a costume party at her home, 8 year old Daisy Mason disappears The entire family acts strange The mother is obsessed with appearances The father is coldly distant And the 10 year old boy seems a bit too withdrawn and quiet DI Adam Fawley knows something is amiss and he is determined to find out what happened to the bubbly, beautiful little girl Did someone in her family do her harm Has she been abducted Did a stranger do this, or someone else at the party Little does he know just During a costume party at her home, 8 year old Daisy Mason disappears The entire family acts strange The mother is obsessed with appearances The father is coldly distant And the 10 year old boy seems a bit too withdrawn and quiet DI Adam Fawley knows something is amiss and he is determined to find out what happened to the bubbly, beautiful little girl Did someone in her family do her harm Has she been abducted Did a stranger do this, or someone else at the party Little does he know just how horrible and vile things really areOMG This book is amazing The story grabbed my total interest from the beginning, and the suspense kept going strong until the very last word The story moves along at a good pace, and there are plenty of suspects I like DI Fawley as a main character He s had a lot of pain in his life including the death of his own child, and that makes him go after this case with determination The author does a great job of portraying these totally crappy parents I wanted to jump into the book and punch both of them The mother is completely narcissistic And the father is a total Wanker yes, with a capital w There are some magnificent twists and turns of plot in this crime story.I didn t know exactly what had happened until the very end I LOVE suspense novels that always have that one last surprise in store Just lovely This is book 1 in a series featuring DI Adam Fawley I will definitely be reading of this series and yes, that gets two exclamation points This is Cara Hunter s debut novel Awesome job The second DI Fawley book, In The Dark, will be coming out in July 2018 Can t wait to read it I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Penguin Books via First To Read All opinions expressed including capital letters and extra exclamation points are entirely my own flag 27 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 04, 2018 Helga rated it it was amazing Shelves british, crime, mystery, series 8 year old Daisy Mason disappears during a party held at her home Everybody saw Daisy running around, wearing her daisy costume, having fun So when was she taken Who took her and why Was it her self absorbed mother Was it her father who is obviously hiding something Her introvert older brother Or a total stranger with a motive of their own Cara Hunter has a unique way of telling a story I like the way she includes the news reports and the comments of people on Twitter and Facebook It mak 8 year old Daisy Mason disappears during a party held at her home Everybody saw Daisy running around, wearing her daisy costume, having fun So when was she taken Who took her and why Was it her self absorbed mother Was it her father who is obviously hiding something Her introvert older brother Or a total stranger with a motive of their own Cara Hunter has a unique way of telling a story I like the way she includes the news reports and the comments of people on Twitter and Facebook It makes it real and connectable This was such a fast paced and enjoyable read with a shocking ending flag 27 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 17, 2017 Susan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves vine This debut novel is the first featuring D.I Adam Fawley and is set in Oxford The story begins when an eight year old girl, Daisy Mason, is reported missing after a family party From the first we are aware that Fawley has lost a child himself, although the details only become apparent as we read on, so the case is very emotional for him However, the reactions of the parents are not what either Fawley, or his team, expect Father Barry Mason is upset, but acting suspiciously, mother Sharon is This debut novel is the first featuring D.I Adam Fawley and is set in Oxford The story begins when an eight year old girl, Daisy Mason, is reported missing after a family party From the first we are aware that Fawley has lost a child himself, although the details only become apparent as we read on, so the case is very emotional for him However, the reactions of the parents are not what either Fawley, or his team, expect Father Barry Mason is upset, but acting suspiciously, mother Sharon is defensive and secretive and Daisy s brother, Leo is withdrawn and quiet As the investigation continues, we begin to learn of the many secrets in the Mason household This book takes us from the investigation, to the day of the disappearance, back to events in the past using newspaper reports, interviews and the outpourings of social media along the way It soon becomes clear that the initial report is not to be trusted and interviews with the family, classmates of the missing girl, and their parents, reveal that nothing is as it first appeared on the surface.This is a clever and well plotted novel, with lots of plot twists and some good characters There seem to be a plethora of crime novels about missing children at the moment, but any book so good that I forsake my kindle and take a paperback with me on my daily commute, is a winner for me I thought this was realistic including the police assumption that the outlook of finding Daisy alive was bleak , the characters interesting and the story gripping I look forward to reading novels by Cara Hunter and to revisiting D.I Adam Fawley and his team flag 25 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 16, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it review of another edition Close to Home is the first in a new series yay, a series that I can follow from the beginning and not have to play catch up with and I will certainly will be following this one Eight year old Daisy Mason has disappeared during an evening BBQ at the family home in Oxford When DI Adam Fawley arrives during the night to take statements and to begin the investigation, my hackles were raised immediately not with him but with the mother when she asks him to take his shoes off before stepping in Close to Home is the first in a new series yay, a series that I can follow from the beginning and not have to play catch up with and I will certainly will be following this one Eight year old Daisy Mason has disappeared during an evening BBQ at the family home in Oxford When DI Adam Fawley arrives during the night to take statements and to begin the investigation, my hackles were raised immediately not with him but with the mother when she asks him to take his shoes off before stepping indoors because the carpets have been cleaned Who the heck worries about their carpets when their child is missing The structure of this book was different to usual There were no defined chapters which I found a bit disconcerting at first simply because for me that s the natural end of a reading session, although there were asterisks to delineate the beginning of a new section The narrative from Adam Fawley s perspective is told in the first person, whilst everyone else is in the third Each section ended with a cliffhanger or a question all encouragement to keep reading and I really didn t want to put the book down.The story uses flashbacks to move between various times before the disappearance and to the investigation in the present Interspersed with the story are social media posts and police interview transcripts, these all help to give an additional edge to the story, particularly as the intervention of social media isn t particularly helpful with random strangers jumping in with their own theories and judgements Everybody is aware of Twitter trolls and keyboard warriors and there is an abundance of them in this book As the police follow up leads in an attempt to pin down the timeline it becomes clear that not everyone is being totally honest almost to the point of obstruction.The characterisation was good, especially for Adam Fawley I liked Adam He was a troubled man and not without his flaws but did his best to put his own personal problems to one side whilst leading the hunt for Daisy and the story wasn t all about him The Mason family themselves, particularly the parents, are shown to be dysfunctional and quite frankly awful, although I did have some sympathy for their young son Leo The lack of emotion or empathy from the beginning made them very easy to dislike and for my own part I would have preferred them to have been a shade of grey rather than black and white Daisy herself was not a perfect child, she could be cruel and manipulative So many times I thought I had worked it out but my list of suspects kept changing until eventually I admitted defeat With plenty of red herrings and surprising turns, Close to Home was an intricately plotted, addictive and extremely enjoyable read It does touch slightly on some darker subjects for example child pornography and abuse but this is not gratuitous I liked the occasional humorous exchanges and banter between the police team which helped to lighten the tone and although there always so many missing children stories to choose from the bookshelves, this one was rather different flag 19 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2017 Rachel Hall rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 starsClose to Home is part police procedural and part psychological thriller and marks the inaugural outing of DI Adam Fawley and his team in Oxford and focuses on the disappearance of eight year old Daisy Mason from a family barbecue at the height of summer So far the premise all sounds pretty conventional but Cara Hunter gives the novel a very distinctive feel with a fly on the wall level of insight into a real time police investigation which prioritises action over analysis and ensures r 3.5 starsClose to Home is part police procedural and part psychological thriller and marks the inaugural outing of DI Adam Fawley and his team in Oxford and focuses on the disappearance of eight year old Daisy Mason from a family barbecue at the height of summer So far the premise all sounds pretty conventional but Cara Hunter gives the novel a very distinctive feel with a fly on the wall level of insight into a real time police investigation which prioritises action over analysis and ensures rapid fire plot development In fact, the reader barely has a moment to digest one shock before being hit by the next bombshell The narrative details not only the police investigation but is also comprised of newspaper articles, Twitter commentary, Facebook postings and the odd hand written contribution Close to Home is not separated with the usual chapters thus emphasising the continuously unfolding developments and a feeling of being privy to all of the thoughts of the investigating CID from the get go DI Fawley and his cohorts are bound together by the belief that the answers to Daisy s disappearance lie close to home, within the family and the local neighbourhood The predisposition of the investigators towards laying the blame firmly at the parents door will leave readers in no doubt that this is definitely not a random snatch by a stranger 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 Receiving a call in the early hours of the morning to the Canal Manor estate when the Mason family discover that their youngest child is nowhere to be found, Close to Home opens with a first person narrator judging the family before even entering the house and casting aspersions on living on the wrong side of the canal After the first few pages I wasn t overly optimistic as it then progresses to a piecemeal character assassination of a family who rapidly reveal themselves to be highly dysfunctional Adding to this disjointed feel are the fleeting attentions of a story which jumps between random elements meaning that much of what unfolds is merely given cursory attention However after this initial discomfort Close to Home does settle down and the narrative of DI Adam Fawley becomes steadily engaging and sincere, only for early probing to reveal that the Mason family have a closet full of secrets rattling around A second and occasional narrative marked in italicised text takes the form of flashbacks from the days preceding Daisy s disappearance.House proud mother Sharon Mason is clearly a woman for whom appearances matter and her unruffled demeanour seems oddly calm in comparison to her sweating and agitated husband, Barry, who keeps his head in his hands throughout Daisy s ten year old brother, Leo, appears rather detached from events and is reluctant to speak with the police, however obvious is it that he clearly knows than he is willing to disclose Daisy is portrayed as a precocious and exceptionally bright child with a circle of exclusive and similarly erudite friends, both supremely confident and able to express their emotions candidly With an image conscious mother and a father living a double life it soon transpires that Daisy was privy to most of the hidden secrets within the Mason household, imbuing her disappearance from the family home with even greater significance In an investigation fraught with difficulties even establishing an approximate time for Daisy s disappearance is not without complications and as the now de rigueur trial by Twitter ensues public vitriol incites a backlash against Barry and Sharon the fear of vigilante reprisal attacks adds to the pressure on DI Fawley and his team Extreme suspension of disbelief is required to believe Daisy and her group of friends are just eight years old from their emotional articulacy to the complicated friendship dynamics of a group who should surely be concerned with playground games Characterisation of both Sharon and Barry Mason is also weak with Barry never rising above seedy and Sharon appearing resolutely self obsessed I like to not only see what characters do but crucially understand their motivations and with a linear structure I usually find that the characters are fleshed out throughout the course of events but in Close to Home much of this is foregone The unusual format didn t prove a hindrance to my overall enjoyment however but the Twitter commentary of trolls brings nothing to the party and as a reader who enjoys the escape from the vile social media slanging I have no desire to read pages of it in a crime fiction novel The ludicrous epilogue compounds the impression that characterisation is not Cara Hunter s strength requiring Daisy to have the foresight of a paid up member of Mensa and undoubtedly devalues much of what has preceded it Narrated in the first person by DI Adam Fawley I was surprised at how little I learnt about him, apart from his own loss of a son in tragic circumstances and having been adopted himself Diligent and focused, I was disappointed that he never appeared as anything other than bland throughout and I felt connection and familiarity with several of his constables, notably the reliable DC Gislingham, shrewd DC Verity Everett Ev and ladies man Acting DS Gareth Quinn There is something distinctly unsavoury about the novel, from the judgemental attitudes of the detectives prior to even entering the home or meeting the family, the scant dull diligence into the background of the family that is performed through to the complete lack of tact and discretion with how the case is handled Admittedly I may be old fashioned but I like to the think that the majority of the detectives are pursuing a vocation first and a career secondly and whilst every human implicitly makes judgements seeing the politically incorrect opinions bandied around by Thames Valley CID leaves a very bad taste Hunter makes a belated attempt to show some sympathy for the two children involved but this all feels a little too late to pass muster Despite tearing through this highly readable novel I was less enamoured by the generalisations blatantly obvious from outset and the attitude that financially challenged parents who haven t had the benefit of higher education themselves would be so hostile towards their own children with a propensity to learn and a desire to do so As it stands Close to Home has too much of the sensationalised expose attitude and lacks credible characters, however is also proves nigh on impossible to put down flag 18 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Nov 23, 2017 Sara rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves arc, contemporary, fiction, horror mystery thriller I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Close To Home follows Detective Inspector Adam Fawley and his search for missing 8 year old Daisy As is often the case, the kidnapper may be closer to home than everyone thinks, and Adam is tasked with finding out who lying.Adam Fawley is a dynamic leading man He s charismatic, likable and obviously good at his job I liked that Too many times in novels like this we see police officers who are so incompetent its a miracle they ev I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Close To Home follows Detective Inspector Adam Fawley and his search for missing 8 year old Daisy As is often the case, the kidnapper may be closer to home than everyone thinks, and Adam is tasked with finding out who lying.Adam Fawley is a dynamic leading man He s charismatic, likable and obviously good at his job I liked that Too many times in novels like this we see police officers who are so incompetent its a miracle they even catch the suspects I was happy to see this was not the case in this book.The other characters in this were all a little annoying and unlikable Daisy s mother doesn t seem to care that her daughter s gone missing, and her father is concerned with keeping up appearances than actually trying to find his child As the story continues, we see why the parents are acting like this, and the reasoning behind their behaviors is explained well but I just still didn t like them As we see Daisy s backstory unfold and we see a precocious intelligent little girl, I couldn t even bring up any feelings for her I had no sympathy for any of them, and that made it difficult for me to care.The story itself is also a little all over the place with flashbacks to back fill and flesh out the main characters and develop their history and significance to the case This meant the plot jumped around at times, and disrupted the flow of the story I m not a fan of this type of story telling personally I like a linear approach I also would have appreciated less of the police reports which seemed to reiterate or repeat information the reader already knew, making the plot a little too long winded.Look, I m very picky with my contemporary thrillers I like something a little out of the ordinary, and something that s going to really shock and surprise me Unfortunately, I think this subject matter is very common at the moment, with a flood of novels relating to missing children etc and I think in some parts the novel suffers because of this I didn t find it particularly original or griping enough at all and the ending requires a large amount of suspension in belief, and made no real sense to me.Unfortunately not for me flag 18 likesLike see review Jun 28, 2018 Stephen Clynes rated it really liked it review of another edition 8 year old Daisy Mason disappears from her family home in Oxford whilst her parents are hosting a BBQ party in their garden Daisy appears to have vanished into thin air right beneath her parents noses Detective Inspector Adam Fawley and his team at Thames Valley police start an investigation to find her.Close to Home is a regular British Police Procedural Crime Thriller that is very easy for the reader to drop into Although DI Adam Fawley is the main police character, he is part of a team and 8 year old Daisy Mason disappears from her family home in Oxford whilst her parents are hosting a BBQ party in their garden Daisy appears to have vanished into thin air right beneath her parents noses Detective Inspector Adam Fawley and his team at Thames Valley police start an investigation to find her.Close to Home is a regular British Police Procedural Crime Thriller that is very easy for the reader to drop into Although DI Adam Fawley is the main police character, he is part of a team and ALL the other police officers take a full part in this story There is a diverse range of characters throughout this novel and they are all developed rather well I did however have some frustrations with the format of this book The story floated backwards and forwards in time with the beginnings of each chapter clearly labelled as xx days before the disappearance OR the current day and date You were then getting background and information that the police had no knowledge of, so you were at times ahead of the police You are drip fed the story of DI Adam Fawley s son Jake, tiny piece by tiny piece and this is not essential to the plot but is a distraction As the story unfolds, things develop to show that every single character may have been responsible for the disappearance of Daisy Mason Totally ignored is the assumption of innocent until proven guilty and every character is made out to be the bad guy It would have been nice to have characters who were really nice people and did not raise any suspicions of foul play.Still, I enjoyed reading Close to Home and accepted the way Cara had chosen to tell her tale I simply went with the flow and let this story carry me along I tried not to think who the bad guy was and gave all the characters the benefit of the doubt Then there was a trigger point towards the end when I thought, ah I think I know what is going on here and earmarked one character as the bad guy I am pleased that within the mountain of information thrown at the reader, I was able to spot the 2 vital clues and identify the bad guy All in all I think Close to Home is a GOOD 4 star read It is not outstanding but is purely entertaining in the who done it sense of reading pleasure I really liked that Cara used real locations in and around Oxford, where I spent some time in the 1980 s, rather than use fictional settings flag 16 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jan 07, 2019 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it review of another edition Daisy Mason, an eight year old girl vanishes without a trace As most police officers know in a case such as this it is often someone close to home, a relative or someone the child knows well that is responsible Though Detective Inspector Adam Fawley attempts to keep an open mind, he is suspicious of both Daisy s parents Someone is lying but who The the police uncover about aspects of the past and the relationship both parents have with their older child Leo, the suspicion falls on Daisy Mason, an eight year old girl vanishes without a trace As most police officers know in a case such as this it is often someone close to home, a relative or someone the child knows well that is responsible Though Detective Inspector Adam Fawley attempts to keep an open mind, he is suspicious of both Daisy s parents Someone is lying but who The the police uncover about aspects of the past and the relationship both parents have with their older child Leo, the suspicion falls on the parents Of course as appears to be usual in these days of social media everyone has an opinion and are not backward about voicing it I particularly thought this comment was apt, I suspect the Masons are in for trial by Twitter Whether they deserve it or not The real question is do they Are both of the parents involved Or has either the mother father acted on their own The parents, Sharon and Barry Mason are both unlikeable for various reasons, and that does tend to colour the reader s view at times This book got me in More so, when our local newspaper featured a story of a child who has been missing since Boxing Day It s sadly, just such a real event in our world these days On the whole I liked the way the story was set up, the shifts from one person to the other, the revelations from the past, the suspicions and the aspect of the social media input and the record of police interviews as well as snippets of Daisy s activities from the time before Daisy went missing I also liked the personal story of DI Adam Fawley that is revealed as the story progresses I also liked that the title of the book had than one meaning.I expected the story to make than one sharp turn And it did But when the final one came it was not the one I had been expecting, yet in hindsight it made sense Though I suspect some readers might not be happy with the ending, I actually thought it was clever and fitted the groundwork that had been carefully laid out before A compulsive read guaranteed to win this author fans flag 16 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2017 Clare rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2017 netgalley challenge, 2017 reading challenge read, 2017 english mystery challenge, 2017 big book challenge With thanks to Netgalley and Viking for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Eight year old Daisy Mason vanished during her parents fancy dress summer barbeque Her parents Sharon and Barry did not see Daisy arrive home after school but both heard her music playing upstairs Neither parent spoke to Daisy during the party but they did see her playing with the other kids When DI Fawley and his team visited the scene he found the parents less then co operative Sharon was very abrupt With thanks to Netgalley and Viking for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Eight year old Daisy Mason vanished during her parents fancy dress summer barbeque Her parents Sharon and Barry did not see Daisy arrive home after school but both heard her music playing upstairs Neither parent spoke to Daisy during the party but they did see her playing with the other kids When DI Fawley and his team visited the scene he found the parents less then co operative Sharon was very abrupt, defensive and would not let the police search Daisy s bedroom Barry was upset but he had his own secrets that maybe uncovered during the investigation Daisy had a ten year old brother called Leo who was not as confident or clever than his little sister On the day of the party Leo and Daisy walked home together after school, after a row with Leo she ran off on her own The story had flashbacks to before Daisy s disappearance so the reader understood her home life I also enjoyed the excerpts from social media and the resulting backlash against the parents and police.During the investigation Adam Fawley and his wife Alex are still grieving following the loss of their son Jake.I don t want to write any in case I spoil the story All I can say is Close to Home is a fast paced story that never gets boring The book is packed with so many twists and turns I felt dizzy This was a long book but I was so immersed in the story it went quickly The twist at the end was shocking indeed, I did not see that coming It rather reminded me of Roald Dahl s Matilda.I hope to read books with DI Adam Fawley and his team flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 29, 2018 NZLisaM rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favourites, crime, mystery, suspense This was epic The ultimate merging of domestic noir, psychological suspense, and police procedural Barry and Sharon Mason host a summer barbecue for friends and neighbours When the party ends their eight year old daughter, Daisy, is nowhere to be found From the moment DI Adam Fawley arrives on the scene, the lack of emotion, and odd behaviour of both parents strikes him as odd And as he soon discovers that s only the beginning Wow, the characters in this book couldn t have possibly had any This was epic The ultimate merging of domestic noir, psychological suspense, and police procedural Barry and Sharon Mason host a summer barbecue for friends and neighbours When the party ends their eight year old daughter, Daisy, is nowhere to be found From the moment DI Adam Fawley arrives on the scene, the lack of emotion, and odd behaviour of both parents strikes him as odd And as he soon discovers that s only the beginning Wow, the characters in this book couldn t have possibly had any skeletons in their closet The secrets just kept on coming, and just when you thought you knew all there was to know, there was And while you were recovering from that, still Cara Hunter expertly utilised red herrings, subtle misdirection, and well timed and carefully hidden hints There was many a scene, where I was so immersed in what else was going on that I failed to notice important clues, and each new reveal left me reeling, thrilled over the authors ability to surprise me The plot unfolded in the present mainly focusing on the investigation into finding Daisy, as well as flashbacks to before The flashbacks used a format not often seen, with the first one taking place the day before Daisy went missing, and then working backwards Often there would be a plot reveal in the present, followed by the flashback relating to it, increasing my dread at every turn There were also twitter posts inserted throughout, containing sadness and well wishes from the public, as well as accusations, conspiracy theories, and escalations of violence Not only were the views and opinions downright scary in some instances, but they also showed just how much social media can impede an investigation There are some distressing and disturbing scenes given the topic it would be hard for there not to be but they are handled sensitively, and aren t overly graphic I really enjoyed DI Adam Fawley and his team Even though we did get some of his tragic back story, I feel like we ve barely scratched the surface, and I m relishing delving into his psyche as the series progresses Can t wait to get stuck into book two, In the Dark flag 16 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jan 04, 2018 The Book Review Caf rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves top reads 2018 There are so many crime books on the market that involve children going missing, that I sometimes find myself picking them up with a sigh partly because I read so many crime thrillers it also means I ve read lots of children go missing books So for a book to stand out with this theme it has to be than a just so read, it s got to have an element of surprise or the shock factor , so when I picked up Close To Home I wasn t convinced this book would have much to offer than many oth There are so many crime books on the market that involve children going missing, that I sometimes find myself picking them up with a sigh partly because I read so many crime thrillers it also means I ve read lots of children go missing books So for a book to stand out with this theme it has to be than a just so read, it s got to have an element of surprise or the shock factor , so when I picked up Close To Home I wasn t convinced this book would have much to offer than many other crime books dealing with the same subject At this point I should apologise to the author Cara Hunter I take back all I said, Close To Home has to be one of the most exciting and riveting crime thrillers I ve read in a long time.Close to home is part police procedure and part psychological thriller, the novel follows DI Adam Fawley, a man who lost his own child, he finds himself leading the investigation into the disappearance of eight year old Daisy Mason The author uses tweets, Facebook and witnesses interviews to good effect, it not only gave the book a very up to date twist, but as a reader I actually felt like I was part of the investigation The date and timeline stamps peppered throughout this book added weight to the investigation, as the reader you can t help but feel the tension, the frustration, and the frantic pace of the investigation.Cara Hunter does a remarkable job in pointing the finger of suspicion at numerous dubious characters, I found myself going back and fourth looking for a motive and the culprit The characters are complex and importantly very convincing, you have the very odd and despicable Mason family who immediately rouse suspicion, and then you have Detective Inspector Fawley, like many fictional Detectives he has his demons, but unlike lots of crime thrillers the author has chosen to not reveal all and Fawley remains something of an enigma, I think part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much was the fact that Fawley s character is secondary to the investigation and doesn t overshadow the plot as some fictional Detectives tend to do.The last ten percent of Close To Home is electrifying as the evidence mounts up, the author manages to keep the reader in suspense I found myself to ing and fro ing between suspects and scenarios, it s not often an author manages to keep me utterly engrossed to such an extent I found myself getting irritated every time I was interrupted, I even thought about locking myself in the bathroom, and believe me the thought crossed my mind once or twice I think Cara Hunter has a bestseller on her hands Close To Home is gripping, shocking and made for an heart pounding read Personally I can t wait to read the second book in this highly entertaining series, and just in case you haven t guessed It s one of those books I will be shouting about and recommending to anyone and everyone flag 15 likesLike see review Sep 13, 2017 Annie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017 reads, crime thriller detective, netgalley, new to me author Close to Home is book 1 in the DI Adam Fawley series This was a great read that I would have given a 5 rating, but because I found the Twitter and Facebook entries very boring, annoying and distracting to read, I m only giving a 4 rating I guess some readers may disagree with me about the tweets etc.Close to Home is about the disappearance of an 8 year old girl called Daisy Mason from her Oxford home The Mason family are dysfunctional and basically the parents don t give one iota about the Close to Home is book 1 in the DI Adam Fawley series This was a great read that I would have given a 5 rating, but because I found the Twitter and Facebook entries very boring, annoying and distracting to read, I m only giving a 4 rating I guess some readers may disagree with me about the tweets etc.Close to Home is about the disappearance of an 8 year old girl called Daisy Mason from her Oxford home The Mason family are dysfunctional and basically the parents don t give one iota about their children, Daisy and Leo Sharon, the mother, is totally vain and is even jealous of her own daughter Barry, the father, is a builder from hell and a womaniser Even Leo has problems that stem from his birth and his ever so unloving parents.No one knows exactly when Daisy disappeared and DI Adam Fawley, together with DC Gislingham and DC Everitt are trying to piece everything together According to her parents, Daisy was at the family BBQ, but police enquiries discover that it was another girl wearing Daisy s costume who was at the BBQ The parents very quickly become suspects and even Leo s behaviour is suspicious More and information is revealed to the reader, with plenty of twists and turns, causing you to chop and change who you think is guilty I did manage to suss out who I thought was the perpetrator, but couldn t think of a reason as to why Not sure if an 8 year old girl would actually do some of the things that Daisy did, but this is fiction so I guess anything goes A very good ending.Looking forward to book 2 in the series and reading of DI Fawley.Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the advanced digital copy flag 15 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 25, 2018 Maria Jo o A Biblioteca da Jo o rated it really liked it review of another edition 8 de 10 Perto de Casa o thriller de estreia da Cara Hunter e o primeiro livro de uma s rie denominada DI Adam Fawley Adam o detective da pol cia que encabe a o caso de pesquisa do desaparecimento de uma crian a de 8 anos, Daisy Mason Os seus pais est o a dar uma festa em sua casa, para vizinhos e amigos, quando percebem que a pequena Daisy n o est presente Depois de todos os convidados ajudarem na busca pelas imedia es, acabam por ligar para a pol cia a comunicar o desaparecimento.C 8 de 10 Perto de Casa o thriller de estreia da Cara Hunter e o primeiro livro de uma s rie denominada DI Adam Fawley Adam o detective da pol cia que encabe a o caso de pesquisa do desaparecimento de uma crian a de 8 anos, Daisy Mason Os seus pais est o a dar uma festa em sua casa, para vizinhos e amigos, quando percebem que a pequena Daisy n o est presente Depois de todos os convidados ajudarem na busca pelas imedia es, acabam por ligar para a pol cia a comunicar o desaparecimento.Coment rio completo em flag 15 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 05, 2018 Joanne Freitas rated it really liked it review of another edition Este o primeiro livro da s rie do inspetor Adam Fawley A estreia da autora n o poderia ser melhor Sem d vida vou querer acompanhar toda a hist ria do inspetor e todos os seus casos.Opini o completa no blog lostinmyownworldofbooks.wordpress flag 14 likesLike see review Jul 31, 2018 Eva rated it it was amazing review of another edition Bloody hell I ve had this one on my Kindle for months and I m kicking myself for not picking it up sooner While her parents are throwing a party in their garden, eight year old Daisy Mason disappears without a trace Nobody has seen anything, nobody knows anything Or so they say In charge of the investigation is DI Adam Fawley and he soon realises, someone must be lying.Boy, oh boy, it s so hard to review this one without giving anything away Close To Home hooked me from the very first page Bloody hell I ve had this one on my Kindle for months and I m kicking myself for not picking it up sooner While her parents are throwing a party in their garden, eight year old Daisy Mason disappears without a trace Nobody has seen anything, nobody knows anything Or so they say In charge of the investigation is DI Adam Fawley and he soon realises, someone must be lying.Boy, oh boy, it s so hard to review this one without giving anything away Close To Home hooked me from the very first page and just wouldn t let go Never mind thinking I ll just read one chapter before bed No, this quickly turned into I don t care how long I stay up but I m finishing this book today This is an incredibly tense, gripping and thrilling ride that throws you into the action right away No slow build up here as it s all systems go from the start With a cast of quite dislikable and suspiciously acting characters, I couldn t at all figure out what had happened to Daisy.I love the way Cara Hunter constructed the plot with flashback chapters leading the reader further and further away from the actual day of the disappearance It worked brilliantly and left me picking up tiny clues along the way, only to be utterly blindsided by the most mind blowing conclusion To say I was left reeling is quite the understatement Close to Home is an incredibly addictive page turner, utterly compelling and engrossing and a fantastic start to a series I can t wait to read the next one, which I luckily already own and if my schedule would have allowed it, I d be reading it already I know I keep saying I really don t have the time to get hooked on another series but I ll gladly make space for this one Highly recommended flag 14 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 14, 2018 Zoe Mann rated it it was amazing THIS WAS AMAZING full review to come flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 24, 2018 Chloe rated it liked it Shelves netgalley 8 year old Daisy disappears during her parents costume party Detective Inspector Adam Fawley leads the investigation with suspicion falling on the parents as both their stories don t add up Daisy s older ten year old brother Leo seems to hide something and is reluctant to talk to the cops.With everybody keeping secrets the cops have a hard time trying to what actually happened to Daisy Close to home is a debut thriller by Cara Hunter which shows some promise The book has lots of twists and t 8 year old Daisy disappears during her parents costume party Detective Inspector Adam Fawley leads the investigation with suspicion falling on the parents as both their stories don t add up Daisy s older ten year old brother Leo seems to hide something and is reluctant to talk to the cops.With everybody keeping secrets the cops have a hard time trying to what actually happened to Daisy Close to home is a debut thriller by Cara Hunter which shows some promise The book has lots of twists and turns with an unexpected ending ,but the book did seem a little disjointed and I would have liked to know about Detective Adam Fawley s character so will look forward to the sequel.I would like to thank Penguin Books UK NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review.This and reviews at flag 14 likesLike see review 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      • Cara Hunter

        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 is her debut featuring DI Adam Fawley, and her second, In the Dark, is coming soon.


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    1. 4.5 STARS The literary world already has a huge number of successful Detective series, but I believe DI Adam Fawley will find his place amongst those successes with this excellent debut novel from Cara Hunter, as Close to Home has all the makings of a great series 8 year old Daisy Mason has disappeared from her parents summer barbecue in Oxford there were lots of guests neighbours, school friends, their parents, but nobody saw a thing and were therefore unable to help with police enquir 4.5 STAR [...]


    2. Promising new police procedural series about the disappearance of an eight year old girl Close to Home offers compelling characters, an unpredictable mystery, and some surprising twists and turns When 8 year old Daisy Mason is reported missing, DI Adam Fawley and the team are called in to investigate Daisy was last seen at a neighborhood barbecue wearing a daisy costume As Fawley and his team investigate, they quickly learn that the Mason s carefully crafted personas are nothing than


    3. I feel like I ve hit the jackpot lately because I ve read so many excellent novels Why aren t people talking about this book I m blown away and likely can t wait for book 2 to make it to the states, so I ll be purchasing off of Book Depository Fantastic debut that completely had me fooled I did not guess the ending in any way, shape or form Highly recommended and full review to come Content warning for mentions of child abuse, child pornography, and murder thought not graphically desc I feel li [...]


    4. Cara Hunter begins her series featuring DI Adam Fawley of Thames Valley Police with a mix of police procedural and psychological thriller set in Oxford It begins with a scene of a fearful Daisy Mason The precocious 8 year old Daisy goes missing at her parents barbeque and fireworks party for parents and neighbours The police are called in, and DI Adam Fawley instigates local area searches Adam has a focused and highly competent team that are determined to find Daisy that includes DS Gareth Q Car [...]


    5. Last night, 8 year old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents summer party No on saw anything at least that s what they are saying DI Fawley is trying to keep an open mind But nine times out of ten, it s someone the victim knew Someone is lying and Daisy s time is running out.This fast paced well plotted novel kept me on the edge of my seat, urging DI Adam Fawley and his team to find Daisy There are lots of twists in this intense psychological thriller I was constantly changing my mind Last ni [...]


    6. Close to Hone is the 1st book in the Oxford detective DI Adam Fawley series by author Cara Hunter.This fast paced novel is certainly a page turner and features some great characters 8 year old Daisy disappears from her Oxford home and both her parents are quickly identified as possible suspects Daisy s mother doesn t appear to be concerned and her father is concerned in keeping a low profile than helping the police to uncover the truth regarding Daisy s whereabouts The book reveals mor Close to [...]


    7. ughhhhhhis book was so meh.it follows Detective Investigator i m making that up, kinda Adam Fawley, in the most procedural murder book of all time seriously if you have ever been interested in the mundane inner workings of a suburban british police station, this is the book for you.i am not so this wasn tis book was confusing than mysterious or thrilling, and i ended up just really not caring about what happened which is impressive, considering this book details a sh t ton of ch ughhhhhh [...]


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