A brilliantly plotted psychological crime novel about a missing child and the scandal that erupts in the aftermath with a shocking twist
They know who did it. Perhaps not consciously. Perhaps not yet. But they know.
When eight-year-old Daisy Mason vanishes from her family’s Oxford home during a costume party, Detective Inspector Adam Fawley knows that nine times out of ten, the offender is someone close to home. And Daisy’s family is certainly strange—her mother is obsessed with keeping up appearances, while her father is cold and defensive under questioning. And then there’s Daisy’s little brother, so withdrawn and uncommunicative . . .
DI Fawley works against the clock to find any trace of the little girl, but it’s as if she disappeared into thin air—no one saw anything; no one knows anything. But everyone has an opinion, and everyone, it seems, has a secret to conceal.
With a story that feels all too real, Close to Home is the best kind of suspense—the kind that sends chills down your spine and keeps you up late at night, thrilled and terrified.
The disappearance of eight-year-old Daisy Mason from a costume party at her home in Oxford, England, drives this insidious, slow-moving novel as horribly fascinating as a train wreck from the pseudonymous Hunter. Oddly, no one can pinpoint when the girl was last seen. As the hours turn to days, Daisy's vanishing galvanizes the community, with unexpected results. The lives of everyone from her family and neighbors to the people at her school are drawn into a web of deceit and rising tension. Det. Insp. Adam Fawley, the lead investigator, is awash in his own deep-seated troubles, while Daisy's agitated father and disaffected mother clearly have something to hide. Even Daisy's older brother, Leo, reacts strangely to the police and their questions, at times upset and other times curiously detached. The lack of clues rattles the police and public until torrents of social media accusations incite action. Hunter does a masterly job of building tension and keeping the reader guessing to the very end.
The story is pretty good. I got lost a few times with the Twitter and news article excerpts. I think I should read it again to get a full understanding of what happened.