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Close to Home: The 'impossible to put down' Richard & Judy Book Club thriller pick 2018 (DI Fawley)

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In an investigation fraught with difficulties even establishing an approximate time for Daisy’s disappearance is not without complications and as the now de rigueur trial by Twitter ensues public vitriol incites a backlash against Barry and Sharon the fear of vigilante reprisal attacks adds to the pressure on DI Fawley and his team. As is the case today, thoughts and feelings about the family are displayed for the whole world to read on the big wide web. Cara Hunter’s debut novel presents us with a case that could have been ripped from last night’s headlines.

It’s light on the procedural with interview transcripts, a Find Daisy Mason Facebook page complete with comments, and a “Trial by Twitter” where Supporters and Trolls all weigh in on the guilt or innocence of Daisy’s Mom, Sharon and Daisy’s Daddy, Barry. Don’t expect the dreaming spires and eccentric academics of Inspector Morse, though; the focus here is town rather than gown (there’s a nod to this when the detective inspector who narrates sections of the story tells us that he drives a normal car and doesn’t do crosswords). Lo más seguro es que siga con la serie del inspector Adam Fawley, que le da su toque personal con una trama paralela propia, aunque él, en esta entrega, no deslumbra especialmente, pero sí me gustaron mucho algunos integrantes de su equipo de investigación.However after this initial discomfort Close to Home does settle down and the narrative of DI Adam Fawley becomes steadily more engaging and sincere, only for early probing to reveal that the Mason family have a closet full of secrets rattling around. I'd like to thank Penguin Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. It's one of those rare books when you don't even notice the how much of it you've read until you find yourself turning the last page! Characterisation of both Sharon and Barry Mason is also weak with Barry never rising above seedy and Sharon appearing resolutely self-obsessed.

No suelo ser de los que adivinan los finales, pero en esta ocasión hubo una parte que sí intuí… La otra, la resolución a la pregunta que plantea el título del libro, es sorprendente.This was a page turner in every sense, the writing was crisp, the storyline was utterly gripping, and the characters (though not always likeable ) were completely believable. There’s nothing ground breaking about this book but it’s excellently plotted and you really need to know what comes next. Mistakes are made, clues missed and police characters lose their cool, say inappropriate things and get too close to the case.

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