An unputdownable police procedual with an ending I didn't see coming. CLOSE TO HOME would make an excellent book club pick -- I guarantee you'll want to talk about it! Recommended by Jane— From Books We Love: Fiction
A brilliantly plotted psychological crime novel about a missing child and the scandal that erupts in the aftermath with a shocking twist
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 And then there’s Daisy’s little brother, so withdrawn and uncommunicative .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.
With a story that feels all too real, Close to Home is the best kind of suspense—the kind that sends chills down your spine and keeps you up late at night, thrilled and terrified.
About the Author
Cara Hunter lives and works in Oxford. She also studied for a degree and PhD in English literature at Oxford University.
“Hunter does a masterly job of building tension and keeping the reader guessing to the very end.”
“This well-written psychological drama will keep you guessing until the very end.”
“[A] mazey, gripping story.”
—Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus series
“Close to Home is an utterly immersive story that pulls you into the heart of a search for a missing child. Compulsive, with an ending you will not see coming.”
—Emma Kavanagh, author of After We Fall
“An amazing, fast-paced thrill-ride and one of the best crime thrillers I have ever read! An exciting plot combined with top quality writing—just perfect!”
—Kathryn Croft, author of The Girl with No Past and While You Were Sleeping
“Great characters, engrossing story and a twist at the end I did not see coming.”
—Marika Cobbold, author of Frozen Music
“Close to Home hit the ground running and didn’t stop right until the final page . . . the last [twist] was a genuine stroke of genius . . . told in a unique, modern way that sets the bar for new crime writers . . . the last time I felt that excited by a book was A Kind Worth Killing.”
—John Marrs, author of When You Disappeared and The One
“This book won’t let you off the hook. Once you open it and start reading, forget about doing much else at all.”
—Adele Geras, author of Troy
“[I] finished Close to Home in one sitting! Such a cleverly written, chilling and twisty read.”
—Nuala Ellwood, author of My Sister’s Bones