Close to Home

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 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...

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Title:Close to Home
Author:Cara Hunter
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  • Maureen

    **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 more 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 more 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

    for my paperback copy in exchange for an honest review*

  • Michelle

    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 more.

    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 more.

    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 more 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!

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I feel like I've hit the jackpot lately because I've read so many excellent novels! Why aren't more 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!

    I feel like I've hit the jackpot lately because I've read so many excellent novels! Why aren't more 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!

  • Gary

    '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 more 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 more concerned in keeping a low profile than helping the police to uncover the truth regarding Daisy's whereabouts. The book reveals more information to the reader by featuring flashbacks that explain the family history and open up more possibilities to the crime.

    This is an excellent novel that keeps the reader interested to know more 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.

  • Paromjit

    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 more trolling, toxic presence with its vilification of the parents, threats and more 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 more 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 more 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.

  • Louise Wilson

    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.

  • Jonetta

    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 more 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)

  • Meredith

    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 more than

    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 more 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 more about him, as well as more 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 more.

    I thought the culprit came out of left field, which made things more interesting. I would recommend this to those who enjoy mysteries and police procedural series!

  • emma

    ughhhhhh.

    this book was

    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't.

    this book was more 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.

    this book was

    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't.

    this book was more 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 context.

    also 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. yippee.

    anyway. i didn't hate this book but i did really dislike it! there were twists, kind of, but the twists were more just discoveries of evidence and who cares about that. whatever. boring.

    bottom 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

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