I bought this book ages ago and it’s been languishing away on my TBR on my kindle! Why did I leave it so long!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
HOW CAN A CHILD GO MISSING WITHOUT A TRACE?
Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a family party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.
DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows the nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.
That means someone is lying…
And that Daisy’s time is running out.
Late to the party I know but what a party to turn up to! Close to Home, introducing DI Adam Fawley and a case that chilled me straight to the bone.
Eight year old Daisy has gone missing but her family are not acting in the way detectives would expect the family of a missing child to act. As suspicion falls on each of them, amidst a vicious social media campaign of hatred against them, it is impossible not to become embroiled in the lives and secrets they have tried to conceal. It’s dark and it’s disturbing.
Daisy’s parents, Sharon and Barry Mason, were probably the most chilling characters I’ve come across in quite a while: Daisy’s brother, Leo, is ten years old, and is written in such a way that you might slightly recoil as you read about him. Hate, anger, pity, rage, disgust, all these emotions flitted through my head as I got to know some of the characters a little bit better!
DI Adam Fawley also has his own crosses to bear and little hints about his past are drip fed throughout until his the truth revealed at the end of the book, and what an emotional punch in the guts that was, but written so very sensitively. It certainly set the scene for more about this in future books and I’m really looking forward to getting to know him and his team better!
For me, there was a real sense of uneasiness in reading this book, a real shiver down my spine, the hairs on the back of my neck upright all the way through. Such a fantastic feeling as a reader, it meant I was totally immersed in the story and in the lives of the characters and what dark, dark lives they lead!
The plot was dark, twisted and oh so very cleverly crafted as every time the reader is presented with the evidence the story takes a new twist and this continues all the way through reaching a satisfying but also unexpected conclusion.
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