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Close to Home

(DI Adam Fawley #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  35,249 ratings  ·  3,139 reviews
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The RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB pick everyone is raving about, this pulse-pounding thriller about the search for a missing child is perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door.

'One of the best crime thrillers I have ever read' Kathryn Croft


Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published December 14th 2017 by Penguin
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Stina My thoughts exactly. All the way through I thought Daisy was one twisted kid. I mean I know kids can be cruel but I just thought she was a little too …moreMy thoughts exactly. All the way through I thought Daisy was one twisted kid. I mean I know kids can be cruel but I just thought she was a little too cocky. I don't think she thought it all out herself. I think the teacher gave her some ideas of what to do. But when I finished the book I thought she is going to have problems with her when she gets older. What happens when she thinks the teacher isn't being fair. "I don't like you anymore. I want another mummy." She's done it once, what's to say she wouldn't do it again. Trade her mummy in for a better one. I certainly didn't feel sorry for Barry, Sharon or Daisy in this story. The only one I felt was the true victim I felt sorry for was Leo. But in all, as a story, it was brilliant!!(less)
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Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**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 and were therefore unable to help with police enquir
Aug 28, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Close to Home Cara Hunter (Author)
Lee Ingleby (Narrator), Emma Cunniffe (Narrator)

An eight year old girl is missing from a backyard party put on by her parents. She was wearing a daisy costume at the party and there are pictures to prove it. But as the story goes back and forth in the timeline, it is obvious that almost nothing is as it seems.

DI Adam Fawley is in charge of the missing girl investigation but those who know him think that's probably not a good idea. Not because he isn't good at
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
Promising new police procedural series about the disappearance of an eight-year-old girl. Close to Home offers compelling characters, an unpredictable mystery, and some surprising twists and turns.

When 8-year-old Daisy Mason is reported missing, DI Adam Fawley and the team are called in to investigate. Daisy was last seen at a neighborhood barbecue wearing a daisy costume. As Fawley and his team investigate, they quickly learn that the Mason’s carefully crafted personas are nothing more tha
Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I feel like I've hit the jackpot lately because I've read so many excellent novels! Why aren't more people talking about this book? I'm blown away and likely can't wait for book 2 to make it to the states, so I'll be purchasing off of Book Depository. Fantastic debut that completely had me fooled; I did not guess the ending in any way, shape or form. Highly recommended and full review to come!

Content warning for mentions of child abuse, child pornography, and murder (thought not graphically desc
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 determined to find Daisy that includes DS Gareth Q ...more
Peter (catching up)
Close to Home is Cara Hunter’s first novel in the Detective Inspector Adam Fawley series. Having already read the other 2 books in the series, (In The Dark & No Way Out) I had a huge desire to return to the debut novel and appreciate how it all started. It's clear why this series became so highly regarded and anticipated because this debut smashed it out of the park.

Cara has the wonderful ability to enable the reader to experience a detailed police procedural story that feels real with
Richard (on hiatus)
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-series
Close To Home is the first of a series of police procedurals by Cara Hunter, featuring DI Adam Fawley. I had high expectations of this series as many of my goodreads friends rate it highly with a profusion of 5 star reviews.
Eight year old Daisy Mason goes missing from a party - a summer barbecue organised by the Masons for friends and neighbours.
Adam and his team become embroiled in the tensions and awkward relationships that exist within the Mason family and strange and unsettling details soon

this book was so meh.

it 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 impressive, considering this book details a sh*t ton of ch
Bookoutlet read.

Writing: 4/5 | Plot: 3/5 | Ending: 3/5 but that epilogue can fk off LOL


8-year-old Daisy is reported missing after her family's BBQ. Who's at fault? Her image-obsessed mother? Her shifty-eyed father? Or her sullen brother?


This was solid until that epilogue. Who asked for that? Everything was wrapping up nicely and then the author said, let me throw a lil razzle dazzle in there even though no razzle nor dazzle was needed. Instead it felt like being showere
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
I have wanted to get my hands on a book by Cara Hunter for so long now its not funny, so i thought i would take a punt & read Close To Home (DI Adam Fawley) i have just finished it and i must say what a start to a new series for me, the subject was dark & gritty with a bit of Psychological suspese. I could not stop turning the pages, the prose got me in & i just could not stoponly to get sleep.

Barry Mason & his family wife Sharon & children Daisy & leo were living a good life until one day their
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Fawley can't help but to wonder what they may be hiding
Louise Wilson
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 psychological thriller. I was constantly changing my mind
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'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 regarding Daisy's whereabouts. The book reveals mor
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up

“They know who did it. Perhaps not consciously. Perhaps not yet. But they know”.

DI Adam Fawley knows that nine times out of ten, the offender is someone close to home.

And, DI Fawley is tasked with finding out where 8 year old Daisy Mason has vanished to in the first installment of this police procedural. (#5 is due out Jan 21, 2021)

I have been wanting to try this series since this debut was released in March of 2018, because of the many 5 star reviews it has received, but I am n
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#1 Close To Home - ★

Close To Home is, I believe, the first mystery/thriller book I have given one star to. I had very high hopes for this one. And it crashed my hopes quite hard.

Close To Home is the first book in a series called DI Adam Fawley. The books are not related to themselves and can be read as standalones. They all feature the detective Fawley, therefore the series solution. Something similar to Dan Brown's series. I listened
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 old who goes missing at a family BBQ, although it takes h
Daisy Mason inexplicably disappears during her parents costume party at their home. She’s only 8-years old so the case is given high level importance and captures the attention of the media, as well as everyone within their reach.

Detective Inspector Adam Fawley is the lead on the investigation, which is one of the book’s superlatives. Everyone carries their weight and the procedurals are highly interesting, causing me to have a tough time finding a breaking point. The clues took me on the most
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having recently come across and enjoyed the 2nd book in the DI Adam Fawley series ‘In The Dark’, I hastily checked out the debut novel by Cara Hunter from my local library.
There’s something so distinctive and unique that has made me obsessed with this series!

Eight-Year-Old Daisy Mason has not been seen since a BBQ in the family home in Oxford.
With DI Fawley and he’s team starting to investigate its instantly apparent that doubt surrounds both parents Sharon and Barry’s accountability, they soon
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Before you start, you'll want to put Do Not Disturb and Keep Out signs on the door!

She can hear noises in the undergrowth, the rustling of small animals and a heavier movement coming steadily closer, step by step. She wipes her cheek, where tears still linger, and she wishes with all her heart she was like the princess in Brave. She wouldn’t be frightened being in the forest all alone. But Daisy is.
Daisy is very frightened indeed.

‘Daisy?’ says a voice. ‘Where are you?’ More steps, closer now, a
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
The detective literary market place is a plentiful one these days and I didn’t think this particularly stood out from the crowd. This novel centres around a missing school girl Daisy Mason and her utterly dysfunctional family which is investigated by DI Adam Fawley , who is an interesting character with a sad personal history which became clearer as the book unfolded. The story was easy to read although I became very irritated by the constant backwards and forwards through time which didn’t alwa ...more
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Close to home is the first book in the DI Adam Fawley series by Cara Hunter.
When eight-year-old Daisy Mason vanishes from her family’s home in Oxford during a party, Detective Inspector Adam Fawley suspects the offender is someone close to home.
The investigation starts at the street where Daisy lives, with her family, friends and neighbours. Daisy’s mother is obsessed with ‘fitting in’, her father seems to be hiding something and her brother is shy and introverted.
You may know that I regularly
Diana | 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 twists. The big reveal at the end was great but kind of ...more
Elyse Walters
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook....narrated by Lee Ingleby and Emma Cunniffe

“Such as the ‘daisy’ came by symbolized childbirth, motherhood, and new beginnings”......

Personally I wouldn’t want to grow up with the name Daisy, (symbolizing innocence and purity), but I did wonder what happened to eight year old Daisy Mason on the night she was having a BBQ -costume party at her house in Oxford with friends and neighbors.

This is ‘book 1’ of a police procedural psychological thriller.....a British crime novel. The best co
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, including children – the noise would have muffled the sou
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 upset, but acting suspiciously, mother Sharon is ...more
Kat (Books are Comfort Food)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Started off well and kept me going.

I’d probably rename it, Nasty Parents. The parents, Barry and Sharon Mason, are a piece of work. Barry is never home and Sharon cares only about keeping up appearances. By the end of the book I loathed them both!

The day of a costume party, little Daisy, goes missing, from her own home. I don’t want to say too much here because there is a twist and I want you to enjoy it! Daisy is 8 years old, quite precocious, a little wicked a
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Aug 13, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, well-paced mystery that kept the twists chugging along. A bit like a roller coaster, to use a hackneyed phrase, although the first person to make that comparison must have felt like a genius.

"Hey, you know those new, twisty-turny carts that go in loops and makes it feel like your stomach is going to drop out of your butt?"
"Doesn't that replicate the feeling of a good mystery?"
"Not really."
"OK, but it sounds damn good, doesn't it?"

And the rest, as they say, is history.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 someone else at the party? Little does he know just ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hunter’s debut police procedural featuring Detective Inspector Adam Fawley captures the reader from the first paragraph to the last. [And what an ending! I sure didn’t see that coming!]

The plot begins with the disappearance of 8-year-old Daisy Mason from her home in the Canal Manor Estates in Oxford during a barbecue party. Suspicion falls immediately upon the family as they all seem to have issues. Shannon seems most concerned about appearances—her own in particular. Barry’s construction busine
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
8 year old Daisy Mason disappears during a party held at her home. Everybody saw Daisy running around, wearing her daisy costume, having fun. So when was she taken? Who took her and why?

Was it her self-absorbed mother? Was it her father who is obviously hiding something? Her introvert older brother? Or a total stranger with a motive of their own?

Cara Hunter has a unique way of telling a story. I like the way she includes the news reports and the comments of people on Twitter and Facebook. It mak
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Cara Hunter is a writer who lives in Oxford, in a street not unlike those featured in her series of crime books. Close to Home is her debut featuring DI Adam Fawley, and her second, In the Dark, is coming soon.

Other books in the series

DI Adam Fawley (6 books)
  • In the Dark (DI Adam Fawley, #2)
  • No Way Out (DI Adam Fawley, #3)
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