Close to Home (DI Adam Fawley, #1) by Cara Hunter

Close to Home (DI Adam Fawley, #1)

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...

Details Close to Home (DI Adam Fawley, #1)

TitleClose to Home (DI Adam Fawley, #1)
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Books
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Fiction

Reviews Close to Home (DI Adam Fawley, #1)

  • Maureen
    **4.5 STARS**The literary world already has a huge number of successful Detective series, but I believe DI Adam Fawley will find his place amongst those successes with this excellent debut novel from Cara Hunter, as 'Close to Home' has all the makings of a great series. 8 year old Daisy Mason has disappeared from her parents summer barbecue in Oxford; there were lots of guests - neighbours, school friends, their parents, but nobody saw a thing an...
  • Paromjit
    Cara Hunter begins her series featuring DI Adam Fawley of Thames Valley Police with a mix of police procedural and psychological thriller set in Oxford. It begins with a scene of a fearful Daisy Mason. The precocious 8 year old Daisy goes missing at her parents barbeque and fireworks party for parents and neighbours. The police are called in, and DI Adam Fawley instigates local area searches. Adam has a focused and highly competent team that are ...
  • Louise Wilson
    Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents summer party. No on saw anything- at least that's what they are saying. DI Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But nine times out of ten, it's someone the victim knew. Someone is lying and Daisy's time is running out.This fast paced well plotted novel kept me on the edge of my seat, urging DI Adam Fawley and his team to find Daisy. There are lots of twists in this intense psycholo...
  • Gary
    'Close to Hone' is the 1st book in the Oxford detective DI Adam Fawley series by author Cara Hunter.This fast paced novel is certainly a page turner and features some great characters. 8 year old Daisy disappears from her Oxford home and both her parents are quickly identified as possible suspects. Daisy's mother doesn't appear to be concerned and her father is more concerned in keeping a low profile than helping the police to uncover the truth r...
  • emma
    ughhhhhh.this book was so follows Detective Investigator (i'm making that up, kinda) Adam Fawley, in the most procedural murder book of all time. seriously. if you have ever been interested in the mundane inner workings of a suburban british police station, this is the book for you.i am not. so this wasn't.this book was more confusing than mysterious or thrilling, and i ended up just really not caring about what happened. which is impressi...
  • Laura
    I’m going to say this now, before we get started. You won’t like it, but trust me, I’ve done this more times than I care to punish myself remembering. In a case like this - a kid - nine times out of ten it’s someone close to home. Close to Home is a good start to a new police procedural series. The characters are complex, strong and well-portrayed - some might even say unlikable. The mystery here is certainly intriguing with an 8 year ol...
  • Brenda
    Daisy was frightened – she could hear someone coming for her; she knew she couldn’t get away.When Detective Inspector Adam Fawley was called in the middle of the night, he knew it wouldn’t be for anything good. But learning it was a child abduction was much worse – they all hated cases involving small children and Daisy was only eight years old. The big party the parents were holding, with fireworks, lots of people from the neighbourhood,...
  • Michelle
    For a debut novel I have to say that I am very impressed. This is book 1 in the DI Adam Fawley series and I look forward to reading more. During an evening barbecue it appears 8 year old Daisy Mason vanishes into thin air. Even her own parents can't recall the last time they saw her that evening. Now DI Adam Fawley and his team need to put the puzzle pieces together in order to save Daisy before it's too late. In interviewing the parents DI Fawle...
  • Book of Secrets ☘
    CLOSE TO HOME was part contemporary domestic thriller and part police procedural, though probably too heavy on the investigation side for my liking. DI Adam Fawley is the main investigator, though it flipped back and forth between him and other detectives. I felt like it didn't matter which detective did what, as they needed more personality or back story to grab my attention. The mystery of the missing girl was intriguing and had plenty of twist...
  • Sassy Brit
    A nail-biting read! Visit all my reviews here. I love to chat books! I'm reviewing Close to Home by Cara Hunter. This is an Vine Customer Review of Free Product. Here are my thoughts: ^^ 'Close to Home' is the 1st book in the Oxford detective DI Adam Fawley series by author Cara Hunter.^^ I have just finished this book, and I read it fast. I found the whole 'Daisy Mason is missing' mystery wonderfully intriguing and loved the way it was written. ...
  • Susan
    This debut novel is the first featuring D.I. Adam Fawley and is set in Oxford. The story begins when an eight year old girl, Daisy Mason, is reported missing after a family party. From the first we are aware that Fawley has lost a child himself, although the details only become apparent as we read on, so the case is very emotional for him. However, the reactions of the parents are not what either Fawley, or his team, expect. Father Barry Mason is...
  • Rachel Hall
    3.5 starsClose to Home is part police procedural and part psychological thriller and marks the inaugural outing of DI Adam Fawley and his team in Oxford and focuses on the disappearance of eight-year-old Daisy Mason from a family barbecue at the height of summer. So far the premise all sounds pretty conventional but Cara Hunter gives the novel a very distinctive feel with a fly on the wall level of insight into a real-time police investigation wh...
  • Juli
    During a costume party at her home, 8-year old Daisy Mason disappears. The entire family acts strange. The mother is obsessed with appearances. The father is coldly distant. And the 10-year old boy seems a bit too withdrawn and quiet. DI Adam Fawley knows something is amiss and he is determined to find out what happened to the bubbly, beautiful little girl. Did someone in her family do her harm? Has she been abducted? Did a stranger do this, or s...
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Close To Home follows Detective Inspector Adam Fawley and his search for missing 8 year old Daisy. As is often the case, the kidnapper may be closer to home than everyone thinks, and Adam is tasked with finding out who lying.Adam Fawley is a dynamic leading man. He's charismatic, likable and obviously good at his job. I liked that. Too many times in novels like this we see police off...
  • Karen
    Close to Home is the first in a new series – yay, a series that I can follow from the beginning and not have to play catch up with – and I will certainly will be following this one!Eight year old Daisy Mason has disappeared during an evening BBQ at the family home in Oxford. When DI Adam Fawley arrives during the night to take statements and to begin the investigation, my hackles were raised immediately – not with him but with the mother wh...
  • Annie
    Close to Home is book #1 in the DI Adam Fawley series. 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. I guess some readers may disagree with me about the tweets etc.Close to Home is about the disappearance of an 8 year old girl called Daisy Mason from her Oxford home. The Mason family are dysfunctional and b...
  • Clare
    With thanks to Netgalley and Viking for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Eight year old Daisy Mason vanished during her parents fancy dress/summer barbeque. Her parents Sharon and Barry did not see Daisy arrive home after school but both heard her music playing upstairs. Neither parent spoke to Daisy during the party but they did see her playing with the other kids. When DI Fawley and his team visited the scene he found the pare...
  • The Book Review Café
    There are so many crime books on the market that involve children going missing, that I sometimes find myself picking them up with a “sigh” partly because I read so many crime thrillers it also means I’ve read lots of “children go missing” books. So for a book to stand out with this theme it has to be more than a “just so” read, it’s got to have an element of surprise or the “shock factor”, so when I picked up Close To Home I ...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on I have definitely, definitely found a new favourite crime writer (and new crime series) in Cara Hunter! As soon as I read the first few pages of Close To Home I was hooked. It's a riveting read set in Oxford, which effectively combines elements of police procedurals with those of a gripping psychological thriller -this ticked all the boxes for a riveting read!The characters in this novel are really complex and ...
  • Jo Chambers
    This was an absorbing read. A little girl goes missing from her home in Oxford. The police investigation reveals she comes from an unhappy family - did one of the parents kill her? This was a twisty page-turner - highly recommended!
  • Renita D'Silva
    Absolutely brilliant! One of the best crime novels I have read!
  • Joanne Robertson
    Now this is EXACTLY the sort of police crime thriller that I love!! Everyone knows that I enjoy a good “missing child” mystery (yes my kids do still worry that my favourite plot forms the majority of my reading pleasure!) but because of my addiction I do find it hard to be surprised or shocked by them nowadays. Close to Home managed to do both of these things by bringing something so fresh and exciting to the genre that you can’t help but g...
  • Mandy White
    ♥ this book!! Can't wait for the next one in the series. Great characters and story.. and the audio was fantastic.. highly recommend! ♥️ this book!! Can't wait for the next one in the series. Great characters and story.. and the audio was fantastic.. highly recommend!
  • ~ Becs ~
    Wow! This was one heck of a pacy, thrilling ride. This is the first in a new series of detective novels and opens right in the thick of the action. A child has gone missing from a family barbecue and the story gallops right out of the blocks from here and never lets up until the final furlong.This is fast paced, twisty and thrilling and the story meanders along a path littered with red herrings to keep us all guessing at what is actually going on...
  • Janel
    Close to Home is the first book in a new police procedural crime series featuring DI Adam Fawley, and oh my, is it a good one! Close to Home is a gripping read, very early on you’re hit with a turn of events that grabs your full attention; then, that’s followed shortly after by another game changing piece of information – and well, by then, this book has a hold of you, and you just have to accept that you will not be able to return to your ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Close to Home is a gripping police procedural with psychological thriller elements following DI Adam Fawley, a man who lost his own child, searching for another child who has gone missing.What I liked about this is how it was plotted and developed – following the investigation in real time and then with flashbacks starting close to the disappearance and moving outwards in time, enveloping the reader into two strands as the police uncover clues ...
  • Steve Sutherland
    Firstly thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me a pre release copy of this book in return for an honest review.The basic plot of this book revolves around Barry and Sharon Mason and their missing 8 year old daughter, Daisy. Daisy disappears one summer night while the family are hosting a barbecue for friends and neighbours, without anybody noticing. DI Adam Fawley and his team take up the investigation.As for the novel itself, well...
  • Thebooktrail
    Close To HomeThis was a cracker! Set in Oxford with the maze of the city’s streets very apparent – even more so in this case of a missing child, the case starts as one missing child case and then turns into quite something else. The author is very good at making you think one thing, taking you down one path before saying – nope – not that way. This was really entertaining for that reason and makes you feel part of the investigation. With ...
  • Cressida McLaughlin
    Very clever and gripping, and I didn’t guess the outcome at all. Had some truly nasty characters in it, I found the first person male central DI voice a bit strange - though sure that’s just personal taste - and some aspects of the ending I found a bit unsatisfying. Overall though, v good!
  • Kim
    I really enjoyed this thriller. An eight year old girl goes missing from her parents party- but no one can tell the police when they last saw her. Everyone seems to have something to hide and the parents aren't presented sympathetically at all.It's every parents nightmare- but they don't seem to be living in a nightmare and are still more concerned about how they are perceived. There are obviously secrets in this family- but just what secrets we ...