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When eight-year-old Daisy Mason goes missing, her father, mother and little brother are questioned. At first, they appear to be a typical grieving family. But then questions arise, and their story begins to fall apart.

On the surface, Daisy is the perfectly loved child of everyone, until you hear more about her life. There are hints of abuse by her father, Barry, and evidence that he has been cheating on his wife. Her mother, Sharon, seems neurotic and has a sketchy past. And her brother, Leo, turns out to be adopted.

"This well-written psychological thriller will keep you guessing until the very end."

Did Barry permanently silence Daisy to cover up his abuse of her? Did Sharon commit this unthinkable act out of jealousy, or is she covering up for her husband? Did Leo kill his sister when he found out he was adopted and no one really wanted him? Or did someone else do the deed? But is Daisy even dead? If not, then where is she?

The title of the book refers to the fact that Adam Fawley, the lead detective on the case, lost his own son, Jake, so investigating Daisy's disappearance hits "close to home." Also, the Detective Inspector is convinced that the killer is someone who is close to the home, whether it’s a family member or someone associated with the Masons.

This well-written psychological thriller will keep you guessing until the very end. The story is told through regular narrative, as well as Twitter messages, newspaper articles and transcripts of interrogations of various people connected with the incident, which keeps the plot interesting and the telling fast-paced.

CLOSE TO HOME kicks off Cara Hunter’s DI Fawley series, with the second installment, IN THE DARK, releasing in July. I love what I’ve seen so far from Hunter and look forward to the continuation of what I’m sure will be a very successful series for her.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on March 23, 2018

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by Cara Hunter