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Close to Home: The 'impossible to put down' Richard & Judy Book Club thriller pick 2018 (DI Fawley)

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Dragged through the Twittersphere, the Mason’s are found guilty in the eyes of the public but many questions remain: Where is Daisy? Es como si vieras los titulares de las noticias, y luego te preguntaran el orden en que aparecieron. Close 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. I'm not sure the ending was quite believable, but having been utterly gripped throughout, I'm willing to go with it.

The secrets just kept on coming, and just when you thought you knew all there was to know, there was more. And Daisy’s family is certainly strange—her mother is obsessed with keeping up appearances, while her father is cold and defensive under questioning.En resumen, una historia irregular que no cumple mis expectativas, pero que tampoco es un fracaso completo porque logró entretenerme por momentos, e interesarme por el final de esta obra, que si bien ya lo predecía, fue importante corroborar. Matters are further complicated as we become aware that Adam and his wife, Alex, recently lost their son, Jake, in highly emotionally upsetting circumstances. 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. Characterisation of both Sharon and Barry Mason is also weak with Barry never rising above seedy and Sharon appearing resolutely self-obsessed. 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’s a relatively new area of concern in criminal investigations, but Hunter shows how it impacts the investigating team, and prejudices those involved, from the police to the witnesses, to the victims themselves. Adam and his team become embroiled in the tensions and awkward relationships that exist within the Mason family and strange and unsettling details soon begin to emerge.I've always been a voracious reader and viewer of crime - I've learned so much from the outstanding writing that we now see on crime TV like Line of Duty or Broadchurch, and I've tried to recreate the experience of watching series like that for my readers. The precocious 8 year old Daisy goes missing at her parents barbeque and fireworks party for parents and neighbours. It's clear why this series became so highly regarded and anticipated because this debut smashed it out of the park.

I like to not only see what characters do but crucially understand their motivations and with a more 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. Cara Hunter’s debut novel is a lightning fast read that barely lets the reader settle in before moving the goalposts at every possible opportunity.SO- it confirmed for me that police procedural series, even the good ones, are STILL not quite my thing, and I will probably leave it to our favorite reviewers who love these, to review the rest of the series for you! Fawley has lost his own son, though the details remain sketchy, and along with his Superintendent, we find ourselves wondering if he’s the best person to lead this enquiry.

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