Tag: Cara Hunter

Close to home By Cara Hunter: Book Review

35478322Someone took Daisy Mason.
Someone YOU KNOW.

Twists galore, a gripping race against time, and police characters you’ll love – if you were addicted to Broadchurch and Line of Duty, then CLOSE TO HOME is for you.

How can a child go missing without a trace?

Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents’ summer 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 that nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.

That means someone is lying.

And that Daisy’s time is running out…

I was sent an ARC copy via Netgalley to review this book for free.

Published 27th December 2017
Pages: 385
Available as: Kindle, Audiobook and paperback.
Amazon rating:
Amazon 4.5

I firstly have to admit that I did not complete this book, I read about 40% and for reasons I will soon share.  Obviously not a good start, however please hold on and read my reasons as to why I didn’t wish to carry on reading as this book has a range of positive and negative reviews online.

I requested to review this book via Netgalley through Penguin publishers.  I have been interested in this genre (Crime, mystery) since reading books like, The couple next door, The girl on the train and Marriage made me do it.
Some of the reviews on Netgalley were positive, and the blurb was very promising.  Obviously I requested this book pre release, therefor reviews were small and spoiler free.

The beginning of the book jumps straight into finding the missing girl Daisy from her parents home during a party.
Straight away I was intrigued as this book used a different layout.  The layout started off as most traditional stories do then lead onto the use of social media- Facebook Status’, Twitter feeds and general newspaper snippets, it really added a modern touch, a bit of realism, how people jump to conclusions and how facts get blown out of proportions via social media.

The book included interviews, different views and perspectives from many characters.
Especially a deeper look into Detective Everett and his personal reasons for wanting the case.

The beginning reminded me very much of how The couple next door started, however I was not hooked with the first few chapters.  I need to feel drawn in as soon as otherwise I lose interest.  However I thought I have to give this book a fair chance and at least try to read until 50%, however only managed 40%.
I found I just fell into a reading slump and did not want to pick the book back up, instead I just stared at it and kept thinking how bored I was.  Unfair I know but I find reading a hobby, I don’t like wasting time if the story is not for me.  Again not every book is for everyone.  As the rating above shows, a lot of people actually enjoyed it.


“This fast paced novel is certainly a page turner and features some great characters.”- Gary

“This was a great read that I would have given a 5* rating, but because I found the Twitter and Facebook entries very boring, annoying and distracting to read, I’m only giving a 4* rating.” – Annie


“A brilliant crime thriller! Couldn’t put it down. This story twists and turns so much I just didn’t know which way it was going to go.” – Cherrymayhem

“An enjoyable read but I felt that quite a few of the characters were under developed e.g Leo, and some of the minor police officers.”  – Marg