#BlogBlitz #BlogTour: Closer To Home from Heleyne Hammersley


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I’m delighted to be hosting today’s spot on the #BlogBlitz for #CloserToHome from Heleyne Hammersley

Thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books and the author for an ARC in return for my honest review.

What the blurb says:

Family. Secrets. Murder.

Newly promoted DI Kate Fletcher has reluctantly returned to her hometown after a twenty-year absence and a recent divorce.  The discovery of a child’s body near the estate where Kate grew up has her rushing back to Thorpe – a place of bad memories and closed mouths.

As her team investigate the murder, they keep hitting dead ends. The community is reluctant to reopen old wounds and retell old stories.  But Kate’s history refuses to stay buried.

Then another child disappears…

Can Kate solve the case and right the wrongs from her past?

My thoughts

Ok, #KillerHook prologue alert! That one had me hyperventilating. I’m claustrophobic and I was struggling to breathe reading it! A sign of just how twisted my reading mind is – if it terrifies me I’m hooked and hooked I was all the way through!

Closer to Home is a taut investigation of the murder of a young child.  DI Kate Fletcher is heading up the investigation in the town she left 20 years ago. A small and closely knit community are reluctant to break rank but Kate’s history is not going to stay buried.

Wow, what an emotional rollercoaster ride of a read this book was! The murder of a small child is never easy to read about but when the story is interspersed with Kate’s history in the village in the 1980s at the height of the miners strikes then it becomes even more hard-hitting as the very real struggle and divisions that existed are brought to life through the pages. I got a real sense of what life was like for Kate and others in the bitter times of the miners strikes of the 1980s and #CloserToHome brought home the very real impact that the politics of that time had on small mining communities

As a DI I loved Kate, she is a tough and ballsy character who is not afraid to confront anyone in her search for the truth and justice. She’s a hands-on type of DI & is struggling with the desk-bound elements of the role preferring to be out with her team and involved in the investigations It’s always exciting when you get to meet and know a new team in a crime series and this book was no exception. I loved the interaction between the team members and how Kate’s relationship with each of them developed and grew as the book progressed.

The families affected by the death of the child seem to be harbouring some kind of secret and even resentment about Kate as a young girl. This common history is interwoven through the pages and it makes the story come alive. Plenty of red herrings keeps the armchair detectives satisfied as suspicion falls across a whole cast of characters and the tension just kept rising as I got nearer the end and wow what a cracker of an ending that was, it has left me looking for more of Kate and her team!

#CloserToHome was a brilliantly plotted narrative with a cast of characters that as a reader, I wholly engaged with; it provided me with a real sense of time and place as both the past and present were brought together to provide an immersing and totally plausible read. If you like your police procedurals full of drama, gasps and OMGs then this one is for you! I’ve only got one question for Heleyne…when is the next one out, please?!

About the author

Heleyne Hammersley was born in South Yorkshire but has lived in Cumbria for the last twenty years where she sometimes teaches English and often walks on the fells.

She has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called Give Them the Works when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool. Since then she’s gone on to complete a number of creative writing courses with the Open University and she is a regular NaNoWriMo participant.

The idea for her first novel, Forgotten, came about while on an extended holiday in China and South-East Asia in 2001.

Heleyne’s second novel, Fracture, again features travel. Set against the backdrop of the Great Ocean Road this tense psychological thriller centres around a fatal road trip.







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