Close To Home by Cara Hunter #20BooksofSummer


Author : Cara Hunter
Title : Close To Home
Series : DI Adam Fawley #1
Pages : 400
Publisher : Penguin Random House
Publication date : December 14, 2017


Someone took Daisy Mason. Someone YOU KNOW.

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…


Bloody hell! I’ve had this one on my Kindle for months and I’m kicking myself for not picking it up sooner!

While her parents are throwing a party in their garden, eight year old Daisy Mason disappears without a trace. Nobody has seen anything, nobody knows anything. Or so they say. In charge of the investigation is DI Adam Fawley and he soon realises, someone must be lying.

Boy, oh boy, it’s so hard to review this one without giving anything away. Close To Home hooked me from the very first page and just wouldn’t let go. Never mind thinking “I’ll just read one more chapter before bed”. No, this quickly turned into “I don’t care how long I stay up but I’m finishing this book today!”

This is an incredibly tense, gripping and thrilling ride that throws you into the action right away. No slow build up here as it’s all systems go from the start. With a cast of quite dislikable and suspiciously acting characters, I couldn’t at all figure out what had happened to Daisy.

I love the way Cara Hunter constructed the plot with flashback chapters leading the reader further and further away from the actual day of the disappearance. It worked brilliantly and left me picking up tiny clues along the way, only to be utterly blindsided by the most mind-blowing conclusion. To say I was left reeling is quite the understatement!

Close to Home is an incredibly addictive page-turner, utterly compelling and engrossing and a fantastic start to a series. I can’t wait to read the next one, which I luckily already own and if my schedule would have allowed it, I’d be reading it already! I know I keep saying I really don’t have the time to get hooked on another series but I’ll gladly make space for this one. Highly recommended!

Close To Home is available to buy!

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Book 13 from my 20 Books of Summer list.


  29 comments for “Close To Home by Cara Hunter #20BooksofSummer

  1. August 13, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Wowsers this sounds awesome!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. August 13, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I’m like you, I’ve had it on my Kindle for ages. I really must get around to it as every review I have read has been glowing. Great review, Eva.

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    • August 13, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      I only picked it up because I saw so many great reviews for the second one. The perfect kick up the bum!


  3. August 13, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I agree with your thoughts completely! I also, like many others, didn’t expect that ending at all!

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    • August 13, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      Wasn’t that brilliant? I love it when an author can pull the rug from under my feet like that!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. August 13, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    This is my current read, and I am really liking it so far. Glad you enjoyed it!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. August 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    It’s been on my wishlist for ages. Maybe I should just buy it now 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. August 13, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I have been off the twitter / blogging scale for a while, so this is a book I haven’t heard of. But I like books that start off fast and keeps up the pace. No slow starters for me. Glad you loved it.

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  7. Alex
    August 13, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Wow, this one sounds right up my dark alley! I’ve added it to my Buy list!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. August 13, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Like you, this one is sitting (im)patiently on my kindle. I’m going to try my hardest to squeeze it in as my next read (esp after another raving review!)

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 13, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      Woohoo! I can’t wait to hear what you think! I always worry I’ve oversold it somehow 😄


  9. August 14, 2018 at 3:37 am

    I had this from my library and returned it unread:( I knew I wanted to read it but my ARCS over took my poor library books…I’ll get it back, I love that you said you stayed up late to read it, it sounds suspenseful!

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    • August 14, 2018 at 10:44 am

      Oh, those ARC’s messing everything up. I’m trying so hard to stay away from them (and blog tours, but that’s not working out so well). If this one is anything to go by, I have some true hidden gems on my kindle still that I just don’t have the time for!

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      • August 14, 2018 at 1:56 pm

        I think I’m with you on the poor books that have fallen down my kindle rabbit hole!


  10. Yvo
    August 14, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Fab review! I’m glad to hear it was a good one.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. August 14, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Wow, this sound pretty good. I like thrillers that start with a bang and don’t slow down until the last page. Great review Eva!

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    • August 14, 2018 at 10:42 am

      Thanks, Diana! I hope you give this one a go! This and the second one in the series are getting some incredible reviews.


  12. ChrissiReads
    August 14, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I’m so glad that you loved this book! I think it’s amazing! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 15, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      It is! Now that I’ve discovered this series, I’m not letting go!


  13. August 15, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Yessssss!!! So happy you loved it! 😍 I am SO carrying on with this series until the end of time. Or er….until she finishes it or something! 😂

    Liked by 1 person

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