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Published by Penguin Books, 11 January 2018. ISBN
978-0- 241-28309-7 (OPB)
eight-year-old Daisy Mason goes missing from her parent’s home on the Canal
Manor estate in Oxford all hell is let loose. Whilst the Police, volunteers and
neighbours all do their utmost to find her, others in the media along with
on-line observers are not slow in coming forwards with their comments on what
they believe has happened to the little girl and whom they believe has taken
DI Adam Fawley, a very human chap who is still
suffering from the tragic death of his own son, leads the Police
investigation. As the search continues we learn that Daisy disappeared
from a fancy-dress barbeque party with fireworks that her mother had organized
in her back garden. But then we begin to wonder if Daisy was ever
actually at the party? Nobody remembers seeing her there, although some
of the guests and her parents do remember seeing a child in Daisy’s fancy dress running around at the
party. Is it possible, one wonders, that a parent wouldn’t realize
that the child in Daisy’s dress wasn’t Daisy? Also interesting is the
circumstance that Daisy hadn’t invited her two best friends to the party until
she knew they couldn’t come. Again, one wonders why.
Sharon and Barry Mason, Daisy’s parents, are not
exactly ideal role models for parenthood. In an extraordinary series of
revelations more and more potentially incriminating information about their
backgrounds, and present and previous behaviour, comes to light. You wouldn’t
think it possible for two people to have either caused, or experienced, so many
adverse circumstances in their comparatively short lives. None of the
additional intelligence puts either of them in a good light, particularly as
each of them has now begun to blame the other for Daisy’s disappearance.
Cara Hunter is a masterful weaver of an
extraordinarily complicated and ultimately deceitful network of threads. Close to Home is a book that you simply
can’t put down, but nobody should be surprised that this tangled web of
corrupted lives leads to a truly shocking ending.
Reviewer: Angela Crowther
is the pen name of an established British novelist who lives and works in
Oxford. She also studied for a degree and PhD in English literature at Oxford
University. The second book in the DI Adam Fawley series
will be published July 2018.
Angela Crowtheris a
retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet,
no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing
group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the
operas of Verdi and Wagner.